Let’s GIVEAWAY! a Balance Bike

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Winner will be announced Friday, September 15.**

If your fairly new to the site you may have missed a post I did way back in January called “The Power of the Balance Bike“. It’s such a fine product, I’m pleased and honored to be giving away a strider for our first ever Outsidemom giveaway!

I would love to take all the credit for this, but the giveaway is sponsored by Outdoor Daily Deals, it’s entirely their fault you have a chance to win this bike. They’re a facebook page that posts one outdoor item every day that you can purchase for 25-50% off. Emphasis on the ONE ITEM a day. They don’t drive you crazy by spamming your facebook feed with “deals”. They’ve been awesome to work with, and I highly recommend the “like“.

How do you enter my Outsidemom giveaway? All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog. Tell me how old you were when you learned to ride a bike, who taught you,  and whether the experience involved a banana seat.

And, of course, we would love it if you shared this opportunity with friends, but we completely understand if you don’t because it lowers your chances. You can always make it up to us by sharing something with them later (wink wink).

The winner will be announced Friday September 16th here on this very blog. Other rules below, check ’em out before entering. Good luck!


  1. You must supply me with a valid email address when you enter.
  2. You can only enter once.
  3. My husband can’t enter.
  4. Yes, you can pick the color. Colors available: green, orange, yellow, pink, blue, and red. See colors here.
  5. The contest starts now and entries must be date stamped by our server no later than Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 11:59 AM Pacific Time to be eligible.
  6. Alas, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry Canada…
  7. The winner will be chosen using the number generator at
  8. Winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to reply to my notification. If I don’t hear back, I’ll pick another winner.
  9. Bike will be shipped by outdoor daily deals via UPS or FedEx. Bike will be shipped within 14 days once the winner is chosen.

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  1. I never had a small bicycle. My first one was a pink and purple barbie bike. I must have been about 6 or 7. No banana seat, but I could leave pink marks on the black top when I hit the brakes hard.

  2. Oh this bike is wonderful. We’ve been coveting one for our almost 2 year old – sure beats the red schwinn I learned to ride on.

  3. Laura

    I remember riding my pink barbie bike and thinking I was the coolest kid in the world. To this day I remember how the streamers on the handle bars tickled my hands as I wove throught the streets of my neighborhood!

  4. Cathy Murphy

    I learned to ride when I was about seven years old. That would have been the summer of 1966. We had a big, old, heavy bike that had been my aunts. It was too big for me, really. My dad helped me to learn. I remember how much I loved riding my bike after I was able to leave the yard with it, even though it was big and heavy and difficult to handle when I had to walk it, such as up hills. Being an older bike, and it was in 1966 as it was, it didn’t have a banana seat. I do remember those, though. I believe they came out not much later than that. My sister had a “banana” bike. Those seats were great because we could fit two kids on the seat, and one on the handle bars. We’d start at the top of the road (somehow we never worried about the intersection we’d be crossing through), the top of the road was also the top of a slowly gradient hill, so we’d by flying be the time we reached the bottom. I can’t believe we survived that kind of thing. And we didn’t wear helmets back then, either! But I’ll always remember that first bike.

  5. I don’t know how old I was, but it was a lovely red number. She was so shiny! I think my dad taught me. I must admit that I really wanted to learn so that I could ride my older sister’s banana set bike with wonderful handlebar fringe! My kids would love the balance bike (as would my little sister who has a boy and covets all hand me downs!)

  6. Oh we need a balance bike! My brother who was 10 or 11 taught me how to ride a banana seat bike when I was 5 or 6. I’m pretty sure it was pink. It was my sisters old bike. My parents were out that night and my sister was babysitting.

  7. The year before I started kindergarten my older brother taught me to ride. The bike was a hand-me-down from my oldest brother, he’s 10 yrs older. The bike had a metal mud guard that my brother would sit on and use his legs as training wheels. The bike was a classic red “vintage” bike. I loved it!

  8. Stephanie

    I had my sister’s old bike with a sparkly yellow banana seat and streamers on the handlebars. I miss that bike. My dad taught me, and I still remember how great it felt to finally ride without the training wheels.

  9. Julie

    So amazing. Those are awesome.

  10. I learned to ride a bike when I was around 6 or 7….my two older brothers took me to the top of a hill dared me to sit on the bike and ride down….of course I did it! And of course, I crashed…but was then determined to figure out how to ride it.

  11. Deann

    I think I was 6. I remember walking with one foot on the curb when the training wheels were taken off.
    Balance bikes are awesome, my oldest two kids rode a bike at 4 because we took the pedals off their little 12″ bike first. I want to get a real balance bike for the two younger ones to learn :)

  12. carly yates

    I first learned while my siblings were at school and I was too young and too bored. And yes it was on a banana seat.

  13. Adele

    I don’t remember when I learned how to ride a bike! I guess I am too old??? I am a huge bikerider now and would love to win this bike for my grandson!

  14. Jana

    I learned to ride a bike when I was about 8 years old. My Mom came home from a second hang store with a pink and purple bike ( no banana seat). She was going to put training wheels on it the next day, but my Dad said.. NO! She can learn to ride without them! The next day my Dad stayed home from work and helped me learn to ride!

  15. Susan Wheatley

    We had the most awesome babysitter when my kids were little. She was so much fun and the kids loved her and still do to this day. Believe it or not, she was the one who taught my kids to ride a bike. She now has two young twin boys and one little girl. I would absolutely love to win this bike and give to her for her little boys to ride as a thank you for all that she means to our family. She is a wonderful mother and truly puts her children first in her life. She is an inspiration!

  16. Trieste

    I didn’t have a banana seat… It was a hand me down boys bike. I was six. I remember the moment my moms hand left the back and I was free!

  17. Andree'

    I don’t remember how old I was, but I remember my dad running down the street holding the handle on the back of the banana seat to steady me. :) I believe the banana seat was white with pink flowers! The bike was pink and it had a basket of course! We have been looking at balance bikes for miss o for a while now. I have a friend who has one for her son, and he can zip around on it (he’s only @)!
    Keep up the good work Linds!

  18. Becky

    I learned to ride when I was five. We were living in Denver at the time. All I remember was loving it and being scared to death at the down hill… I’m still a little that way! :) Eva says “Oh yeah… pink balance bike.. cause thats my color you know… ” :)

  19. Natalie Bock

    My step Dad taught me to ride a bike when I was 3 or 4 (it’s a rough guess based on which house we were living in at the time). I remember that it was pink, with a white banana seat, and had streamers dangling from the handle. He did, however, fail to teach me to turn, and I rode straight into the neighbors car. After that day though, I was a pro. My step Dad was the best!

  20. Kelly

    I was 6 or 7 when I learned to ride on my cousin’s hand-me-down bike with a banana seat and U-shaped handlebars. It originally had a basket, but I think I eventually took the basket off. My cousin taught me how to ride,

  21. I learned when I was 7, when visiting my granparents in New Hampshire. Their dirt road had a nice easy slope to get going on. Bikes are a great way for the little trekkers in our hiking group to keep up a little faster when we are using the paved trails in town.

  22. Tina

    I did learn on a ride with a banana seat which was white and green. I had that bike for years. I believe that I was about seven years old when I learned to ride a bike. I believe it was my dad that taught me to ride a bike. And I have had the priviledge of teaching all three of my kids to ride a bike on the same bike with no banana seat.

  23. Jen

    Lucky for me, I had two older brothers to keep up with. At four, I learned to ride their hand me down black and yellow Schwinn. It stood a few inches from the ground with balding black plastic tires and a sweet yellow banana seat! It took me everywhere my eyes could go. Up the mountain, to the “swamp”, camping, around the block and to my best friends house. The best part, i never had to worry about puncture weeds and flat tires!

  24. Janie

    Ohh I hope I win… I wanted to get this for max for christmas!!! Well, I learned to ride a bike when I was 6 (I think) I remember where we lived and I had a barbie bike. My dad helped me the very first time, but then my brothers helped me get better and better. It didn’t have a banana seat.

  25. kdog

    Ooh pick me! Pick me! Awesome giveaway, Linds!
    My first bike was purple with a sparkly banana seat and streamers on the handlebars. I’m betting I was 7 when we took off the training wheels. And then I ran into my neighbor’s car and broke their turn signal light. Oops.

  26. I think I was about 6 or 7 when I learned how to ride a bike. I received a new bike from Santa for Christmas and I remember that I felt very lucky that It hadn’t snowed that year so I could ride it right away. It had a banana seat, but that didn’t stop me from trying to imitate my older brothers and pop some wheelies!

  27. Jodi M

    I learned to ride a bike (without training wheels) when I was 9!! If I looked at ANYTHING… i would run into it. ANYTHING. No banana seat :)

  28. Courtney

    I was 10. My first bike did have a banana seat and fringe on the handlebars. My dad taught me and I was so scared.

  29. Al Quackenbush

    I think I was around 6 years old. My mom and dad worked with me. Most of the bikes at that time had banana seat and I remember that one bike had a nice red/white striped one. Classy!

  30. Funny this should coincide with a balance bike . . . What I remember most about learning to ride a bike was the day my dad removed the training wheels and launched me down the road into what I believed to be certain death. I cried and cried. But I also tried and tried until I mastered that sucker enough to move on to jumping curbs. I was 5 years old.

  31. Anne

    I have a picture of me as a 3 year old little girl riding a bike. My mom said that I told her to come look at something outside and jumped on the neighbor boys bike and rode down the street. It’s my proudest moment. :)

  32. Kyle Lowdermilk

    I learned to ride a bike while I was in Germany. Our “drunk” neighbor downstairs decided to help out on the hill in front of our house. He ripped off my training wheels and brought my bike up to the top of the hill. I got on and he said, ” You won’t even need to pedal!” Then, he gave me a push. It was a very exhilarating 200 yards, however, the final 2 yards of gravel kind of hurt. I rode down that hill everyday after until we moved.

  33. I can barely remember. I think my dad and grandpa taught me around age 5 or 6. I remember seeing a picture and it did have a banana seat! Ha!

  34. Banana seat of course…it was purple with tassles and a kick stand perfect for the 7-year-old me! Love the giveaway!

  35. Pam

    My older sister got a brand new bike for her birthday one year, (in our big family new bikes were unheard of so it was a big deal.) I learned the same time as her. It had a banana seat, of course.

  36. Holly Ackett

    I think I was around 5 or 6 yrs old when my dad taught me to ride without training wheels. I had a sparkly purple bike with streamers (banana seat came later).

  37. Krystal

    I can honestly say I don’t remember being taught how to ride a bike. I do remember teaching myself on my older siblings bike that was WAY to big for me. I had to get started off of the curb and stop near the curb or else fall off. It only made me a better rider though… Right. I guess that’s what happens when your the 6th child that needs to be taught how to ride a bike and balancing bikes don’t exist.

  38. Alice

    I don’t remember how old I was when I learned how to ride a bike but I do remember that my sister and I would always pretend our bikes were horses and we named them, my was named White Lighting.
    I would love to win a balance bike for my 2 year old

  39. Jill

    I was about 6 or 7 when my Dad taught me how to ride a bike. I had a lovely banana seat bike, but wanted me to learn on the larger 10-speed bike so that I would know how to get on and off the proper ‘English’ way (he’s from the UK and to this day insists that one should get on bike while cruising with both legs on one pedal until you can effortlessly lift other leg over while moving) I learned, but it did take a few extra tries – and bumps!

  40. Elisha B.

    I learned how to ride a bike when I was about 7. I was so scared to ride a bike so my parents put a ton of hockey gear on me to keep my fears eased a little. I had a pink banana seat bike that used to my sisters. Needless to say, the hockey gear made it super hard to ride a bike so after taking it off, I figured it out.

  41. joanna

    i have a vivid memory of staring down at my right foot for what seemed like an hour. i was bare foot, and i was trying to get up the courage to press it down on the top pedal and hop myself up onto the seat of our family’s starter bike. i was surrounded by 3 or 4 siblings and friends, all urging me to just do it. i stood there so long, i swear i remember seeing freckles forming on the top of that bare foot. i eventually did it, of course, and everything was fine. now i’m trying to encourage my 8-yr-old to just do it, and he is even more scared than i was. (it doesn’t help that his 5-yr-old brother got it on the first try.)

  42. Lacey

    Wow, talk about a good response. :)
    I think I was about 8ish, dad taught me and yes there was a banana seat, basket and bell.
    I was hoping the competition was based on a good sob story, i had one all prepared, something about out of work parents and all. :)

  43. Ashlynn

    I had a little red bike & learned from my parents when I was 5 or 6. That was the first of many bikes I left behind my moms car to get run over. Oops

  44. Brooke Shapiro-Heisel

    I decided I wanted to learn how to ride a real bike (one sans training wheels) when I was about 8 years old. I came home from school and announced to my brother, “I’m ready to take the training wheels off my bike”. He immediately got the wrench and got to work. Ten minutes later, helmet on, I was ready for the endeavor. My brother instructed me on the basics and I was off. Pink plastic tassles flying, brother in the dust behind me… I was feeling great. Confident and cocky, I was a self-proclaimed pro, when moments later I was introduced to the gravel. I feel right on to the rough desert landscape of my neighbor’s yard. This didn’t stop me. I got right back and kept going. I am proud to say I never fell again! Unfortunately no banana seat on this bike.

  45. starli anderson

    I was 8 i think and my grandmother had just given me a little red bmx bike for my birthday. I was so excited that I went out for a ride. My dad pushed from behind to stabilize and the next thing I knew I looked back and he was not holding the seat, within the next few seconds I crashed and cried and decided the bike was not for me. A year or so later my little brother got a bike and in no time was riding around, so me being the competitive sister got my bmx bike and bravely learned to ride. Hoping the journey for my son will not be so traumatic.

  46. Kim C.

    I don’t remember how old I was when I actually learned to ride a bike but I remember my pink bicycle which most likely had a banana seat! I really want want want this balance bike for my daughter! So bad!

  47. Tammy Knudsen

    Hi Lindsey – first off I need to tell you that my mom (Kristine Twiggs) thinks you and lacey are just the BEST EVER! With that said…

    I learned when I was 7 – 8 years old, purple bike, YES to the banana seat…and then I’m sure I rode said bike around the block with maren :)

    I first read your blog when you did post about Lacey for her birthday. It’s really fun having her out here – she’s bringing out the ‘outdoorsy’ side of me :) We went on a beautiful little hike this morning!

  48. Teresa Allpress

    In the early spring of 1995, my Parents bought me a purple Huffy (no banana seat) for my seventh birthday. It had training wheels, but after a few weeks, my dad took them off because he thought I was relying on them too much. After that the bike sat gathering dust in the shed for months because I was too scared to ride it without my training wheels. Finally my parents borrowed a very old, red bike that was about half the size of my huffy from my mom’s boss, who used it to teach his kids many years before. My across-the-street neighbor, who was six years old to my seven, was the one who stayed out late on her front lawn, patiently teaching me how to ride without fear (but god forbid without a helmet!). Fast forward 16 years and now I don’t know where either the huffy or the red bike are, but I do commute to work every non-snowy day on my mother’s 21-yr-old univega!

  49. I was around 5 or 6 I think, a dainty pink bike with a banana seat and white basket on the front. I also had streamers on the handlebars…I think my grandmother (who had given it to me) was hoping the pink would wear off on me. No such luck, but htankfully the love of biking did :)

  50. michael

    My dad taught me when I was 6 on a huffy (no banana seat). I rode right into a curb and got some scratches but just kept on riding.

  51. Robyn

    I wanted to ride a bike but was sure I could not do it, I was ten and my dad tried but gave up. My older brother took one whole Saturday and worked with me giving me confidence to ride. He gave me the goal of staying on for one side walk square without putting my foot down and then he would hold the back of the seat till I was going fast enough to stay up and until I felt confident.

  52. Kat S

    I vividly remember learning (or NOT learning) how to ride my bike (that, yes, had a banana seat!). I was probably six when my parents started to teach me, but I was horrible at it (so afraid I’d fall over) that they actually gave up on me! My brother was the one who taught me – I believe I was 8 by then. It was a great moment between him and I!

  53. Sus

    I don’t remember how old I was when I learned to ride a bike. Typical. I do remember when I learned how to mount the bicycle on the move though–you know, by swinging your leg over the back of the bike as you glide along. It was in the vacant parking lot down the street from our house. I was in 3rd grad I think and my dad taught me. Yes, I had a green bike with a banana seat (as opposed to my sister’s sleek pink bike with a normal seat) but that’s not the one I learned this skill on.

  54. Seth

    I think I was 4 or 5, and I was mostly taught by my older siblings. We made fun of kids with a banana seat!

  55. Amy

    I think I was 5 or so and it was yellow with a banana seat! Woohoo!

  56. kristy

    I had a light blue banana seat bike with white clouds. I was 5 or 6 when my Mom taught me to ride.

  57. kathy

    I was 7 yrs old, no banana seat(weren’t invented) and my Dad taught me on the road in front of our house. I would get on the bike and then he would help me balance as I got started. He would run behind me to help me balance. Then he got tricky. He would start with me and run behind and let go but keep running behind me. After a few times my Dad got me started, let go and then tell me I was riding all by myself. Once I knew I could ride I learned how to start on my own.

  58. david

    I was 7 or 8 years old and my older sister just got a brand new red bike with a battery powered horn. It was to big for me but I would push it up this long hill by our house and stand on the pedals and just ride it down. I didnt know how to brake so I would just crash on the grass of a neighbors home and then push it back up. I dont remember anyone teaching me how. It did not have a banana seat.

  59. I totally remember my dad teaching me to ride when I was 7. It was a pink bike, hand me down from my sister. He ran beside me holding the bike up for a week, when finally, he silently let go, and I rode by myself. I had no idea he let go, but when i realized, I looked back for him, panicked, and crashed to the ground.

  60. Aimee

    My dad aught me on a red bike with sreamers and a banana seat. Loved it. I just heard about the Strider bike from my friend this week and totally need one for my 3 year old. Very cool.

  61. Erin

    My parents taught me to ride a bike down our hill when I was 5 or 6 ish. There were training wheels and a joyous banana seat as well! I love the idea of the balance bike. We bought my son a great bike for my 4 year old’s b’day and took the pedals off in hopes; alas it is a bit too big for him and he is uncomfortable with it. Would LOVE the green one, since after my son is done it will be passed down to his sister. <3

  62. My dad and I spent the better part of a weekend practicing on the blacktop of my elementary school. I was six. I had been riding with the training wheels for a couple years and couldn’t believe that I would actually be able to ride bike without them. But I did! My bike had a banana seat and a basket that was studded with plastic flowers. I married a man who loves his bike — my husband rides to work every day, and takes my daughter to preschool in the bike seat. Bikes are awesome!! We’d be happy with any of the colors — they’re all fabulous. But if I’m hard pressed, it would have to be pink. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m loving your blog!

  63. Halie

    My first memory of riding was of the red trike I had. We had a steep sidewalk leading from the front door to the street. I would get on the trike and the top and fly down to the bottom. But just before reaching the street I would turn the handlebars and tumble onto the grass.

  64. Katie

    I learned to ride a bike when I was about 6…and yes it involved a pale pink banana seat with lavender streamers. My dad taught me in our culdesac!

  65. Kellie

    I honestly can’t remember how old I was or who taught me to ride a bike, but I do remember the banana seat and the streamers : ) !
    Thank you!!

  66. Sarah b

    I’m pretty sure I was around 5 when my dad taught me to ride. That would have been 1985. Yes! A banana seat was involved. That and lots of bruises and scrapes. Ps my kids both have balance bikes. The 4 yr old a skuut the 2 year old a pink strider. The 4 yr old was riding by 3 w no training wheels bc of his early riding on a balance bike!

  67. Brian

    6 or 7. No banana seat. No helmet of course and I lived to tell about it!

  68. Lauren

    Wow…dusting off the memory banks here. To be honest, I can’t remember when I learned to ride a 2-wheeler…I remember it being to big for me. I actually think I may have learned to ride on a mini dirt bike….ended up taking off and crashing right into a chain-link fence. No injuries. Although not involved in me learning, I proudly road a beautiful banana bike with a lavender seat for years….you’d be amazed how many kids you could get on that bike at once :P Thanks for the chance to win one of these balance bikes…they are definitely the way to go.

  69. Latonya Ramsey

    I was about about ten years old. I learn to ride with my cousin bike. I did not have my own but my uncle and cousin took turns teaching me and I learned from them. No banana seat. (

  70. Bonnie

    I don’t have a memory of my first bike ride or even my first bike (ancient history), but secretly learning to ride my brother’s over sized 10-speed in the alley behind the garage was memorable–in part because I wasn’t supposed to be touching his bike and in part because…well, let’s just say a banana seat would have been infinitely better!

  71. Good info. Thanks. Keep up the quality posts.


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