Radio Flyer Glide & Go Balance Bike Red Review | Your Favorite Childhood Brand

Radio Flyer Glide & Go Balance Bike Red Review | Your Favorite Childhood Brand

Radio Flyer is a classic American toy company that everyone knows about. They are popular for their iconic red toy wagons. The name of the brand “Radio Flyer” gives a nostalgic feeling because it has been around for almost 100 years. It was 1918 when they first established their company. Since they started making balance bikes, we had to get our hands on the Radio Flyer Glide & Go Balance Bike Red. This bike has quite a reputation to live up to.

Radio Flyer Balance Bike Review

Radio Flyer has 3 standard balance bike models to choose from. The first two bikes are pretty much the same except for the tires. One has foam tires and the other one has pneumatic tires. We will be doing a detailed review of the first one.

1. Radio Flyer Glide & Go Balance Bike Red (Editor’s Choice Balance Bike)

2. Radio Flyer Glide N Go Balance Bike with Air Tires

3. Radio Flyer Classic Glide & Go Balance Bike

Radio Flyer Glide & Go Balance Bike Review

Specs

Recommended Age: 2.5+
Frame Type: Steel.
Tire Size: 12”.
Tire Type: Foam Tires.
Seat Range: 14.5″ x 18″
Seat & Handlebar: Adjustable.
Weight: 9 pounds.
Brakes: No.
Footrest: No.

Features Of The Radio Flyer Glide & Go Balance Bike Red

Frame

The Radio Flyer Glide N Go Balance Bike has a steel frame that is sturdy and lightweight. This bike weighs only 9 pounds is considered lightweight for a 2.5 year old kid. This is the ideal weight for a balance bike to handle and carry. It can hold a maximum weight capacity of 49 pounds. The steel frame will last much longer compared to the wooden frame version one.

Durability

In terms of quality, all the materials used on this bike are premium quality materials. The steel frame, foam tires, cushioned seats, bearing and other parts will last a long time. This bike is durable enough for regular use.

Adjustable Seat & Handlebar

The seat height on this bike is adjustable. You can also adjust the handlebar. You can set it to a minimum height setting of 14.5” to a max height setting of 18”. 14.5” is the lowest you can set the seat. This makes it too tall for a toddler. That is why we recommend this bike a 2.5 year old kid. The quick release clamp is a convenient feature of the Glide and Go. You can easily adjust the seat height without using any tools.

Ringing Bell

Radio Flyer Glide & Go Balance Bike

It is a unique feature for a balance bike. This bike comes with an actual ringing bell. The bell on this bike is quite durable. It is also very loud. It’s one of those extras that don’t really add anything special to a balance bike. But kids sure do love it. You’ll eventually be annoyed by it though. Some kids enjoy ringing the bell more than riding the bike.

Tires

The Glide and Go use 12” traction tread tires. They are non-inflatable and puncture free. To be honest the “traction tread” is just a made-up word by the manufacturers. These are foam tires and performs like foam tires. We could say they are slightly better than average foam tires. They do last long.

However, you won’t get the same amount of traction or cushioning like the air tires. If you prefer air tires The Radio Flyer Glide N Go Balance Bike with Air Tires will certainly be a good choice. It’s the same bike in terms of quality. They even look the same except for the tires.

There is also a unique feature in the tires. The spokes are different than normal foam tires. Unlike the conventional foam tires, they have a 5 spoke design that is made for the safety of your child.

Comfort

The seat is quite comfortable. The handlebar not so much. Most bikes come with padded handlebar grip, but this one just comes with a normal handlebar grip. The seat is padded to give your child a comfortable riding experience.

Assembly

This assembly of this Radio Flyer Glide & Go Balance Bike was piece of cake. The instruction was very clear. You can easily put the whole bike together on your own. The only tool required is a wrench. Maybe a screwdriver if you want to tighten the ringing bell.

We have head some consumers complaining about adjusting the handlebar. It is actually not that difficult. Most of them overdid it by tightening it too much. Apply normal pressure and it’ll do.

Things We Liked About This

  • Nice eye-catching red design.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Comes with a real ringing bell.
  • Sturdy frame.
  • Easy to adjust seat pad.

Things We Didn’t Like About This

  • First of all, this bike isn’t a high-end class balance bike. So, expect some cons. The saddle is not all that durable and the paint on this bike isn’t scratch proof. There was no issue regarding the durability.

Other Radio Flyer Balance Bikes

There is another version of the Radio flyer balance bike that we just reviewed. This one comes with air tires.

Radio Flyer Glide N Go Balance Bike with Air Tires

Radio Flyer Glide N Go Balance Bike with Air Tires

Specs

Recommended Age: 2.5+
Frame: Steel.
Tire Size: 12”.
Tire Type: Air Tires.
Seat Range: 14.5″ x 18″.
Seat & Handlebar: Adjustable.
Brakes: No.
Footrest: No.

Radio Flyer Classic Glide & Go Balance Bike

This one is different than normal balance bikes. It is made out of premium quality wood. The hand grips are nice and soft to touch. The seat is also padded and adjustable.
Radio Flyer Classic Glide & Go Balance Bike

Specs

Recommended Age: 2.5+
Frame: Wood.
Tire Size: 12”.
Tire Type: Air Tires.
Seat Range: 13.5″ x 15.5″.
Handlebar: Adjustable.
Brakes: No.
Footrest: No.

Final Thoughts

If we have to choose one bike from these three, then the Best All-around Budget Bike would be the Radio Flyer Glide N Go Balance Bike Red. Radio Flyer is a brand that you can trust. They have been on the market long enough and they know what parents want, especially what children want. With a budget balance bike like the Radio Flyer Glide N Go, it’ll certainly be a worthwhile investment.


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