|Photo courtesy of Like-A-Bike|
Amy from biblioMOMia wrote, “My friends are all CRAZY about LikeABikes. It's so funny to watch their toddlers zooming around on them!”
Rebbie from the Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market said, “My son rode his Skuut for about a year, probably age 2.5 - 3.5, and then when he decided to try a pedal bike this Feb, it took him about 15 minutes to learn to ride without training wheels.... His 6 year old sister STILL can't ride a bike, and she didn't have the Skuut.”
Mikael Colville-Andersen, proprietor of the Copenhagen Cycle Chic and Copenhagenize blogs, has offered up his own experience here and here--be sure to check out the second link for further helpful comments and a lethally cute video of Colville-Anderson’s daughter learning to ride her pushbike.
Finally, for the ultimate in thrifty DIY action, you can take a very small bike (bikes with 12” wheels are recommended) and remove the pedals to create your own balance bike. Then you can just re-mount them when your little dude or dudette is ready to start pedaling.