We think "balance bikes" like this
are really cool for little kids. Supposedly they make learning to ride a bike easier by letting little kids focus on balance without also having to pedal, but mostly we just think our 3-year-old would enjoy one.
There are about a thousand models available right now, from expensive all-wood European models
to the modestly-priced Radio Flyer bike I linked above--but not one single store near where we live carries any that we can go look at or let the little guy try out.
The least expensive models are from Radio Flyer and Kettler, but we have had kids' bikes from both of those brands that we weren't impressed with. So we're a bit wary of ordering either of those. But we're also wary of spending almost $300 on a higher-end model if we could get something good enough for less than $100.
Anybody have any experience with these bikes? With the Kettler or Radio Flyer bikes in particular? Tips on what to look for when choosing? "Wish I'd known" type things?
Yes, I've looked for reviews on-line, but haven't found any that do comparisons of brands or that are written with the kind of specific detail I'm interested in.