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Cycling: Skuut Wooden Balance Bike for toddlers and kids

This fun wooden balance bike by Skuut may just be the only ride-on toy your child will need until he or she is 5 years old! Skuut is a great alternative to the more expensive Like A Bike wooden balance bike.
This well designed wooden framed bicycle by Skuut does not have pedals and children propel themselves with their feet. Skuut is a great way for your aspiring cyclist to learn balance and control while gaining a sense of independency. The European-style Skuut bicycle is sturdy and sized just right for growing legs. Skuut eliminates the need for training wheels (training wheels prevent a child's development of balance) and small children will gain key developmental skills along with beginning steps to learning to ride a two-wheeled bicycle with pedals.

With Skuut, suddenly a trip to the supermarket, park or beach isn't a chore anymore! Small children love moving around and this fun first bike by Skuut enables them to independently move within the framework of their own capabilities and learn all the skills needed for riding a 'big bike'! The Skuut can be anything kids want it to be - a shiny Harley, fast racing horse or just their favorite Skuut bike - having fun walking, gliding, riding and skuuting around.

The Skuut bike is lightweight, making it easy to take along on outings or vacations. Skuut is also designed with your child's safety in mind:
* The steering of the Skuut bike is designed to prevent children from turning too fast and tip over (a common mistake when learning to ride),
* the wheels are pneumatic with no spokes
* Padding ensures that fingers don't get pinched in the Skuut steering mechanism
* The Skuut's sleek European design not only makes is very attractive but also ensures that there are no sharp edges that can lead to injuries.
Skuut has a one-year manufacturers guarantee!

Some common questions people have about the Skuut wooden balance bike:

What does Skuut mean?
An attractive wooden bike without pedals for young children. To push forward and glide with glee on this amazing Skuut ride-on toy bike.

How do you pronounce Skuut?
Skuut rhymes with hoot, toot and boot. Use it as in It's a hoot to Skuut!

Where do Skuuts come from?
The Skuut were designed by Dr. Peter Emblad in Marin County, California and are manufactured in China

Does the Skuut come with a warranty?
Skuut USA guarantees all Skuuts to be free of manufacturing defects for up to one year.

Is any assembly necessary for the Skuut?
The Skuut comes fully assembled except for the handlebars and front wheel, which are easily attached to the Skuut. Instructions are provided. All you need is a screwdriver and the Skuut can be fully assembled in no time at all! The Skuut's tires might need to be inflated. They can tolerate up to 40PSI, but Skuut suggests 20-25 PSI for best shock absorption on the Skuut.

How do you Skuut?
It is very easy to skuut. Sitting on the Skuut, kids first walk the Skuut bike forward with their feet - tilting to one side or the other and their feet catch them like training wheels would.
As they get more confident on the Skuut and their balance improve, they will go faster and start lifting their feet off the ground for longer and longer periods of time, ultimately being able to pull both feet off the ground and coast on the Skuut. Braking the Skuut is done Fred Flintstone style: kids just put their feet down and stop.

How old does a child have to be to ride the Skuut?
The Skuut is designed for children ages' 2- 5.

How tall does your child need to be to control the Skuut comfortably?
Our two year old is about 40 inches tall and his feet are just about flat on the floor when the seat is in the lowest position on the Skuut.
BUT - The innovative design of the Skuut allows you to assemble the Skuut with the middle bar upside down, lowering the seat by several inches when assembled - allowing children with shorter legs to be comfortable on the Skuut.
Please note small children may be reluctant to learn riding the Skuut if their feet are not flat on the ground when on the Skuut. They need to feel secure and confident since they are still developing their balance and having both feet securely on the ground give them the confidence they need to explore the different riding styles Skuut has to offer.

Is the seat on Skuut adjustable?
The seat is easily adjustable so children of all sizes can ride the Skuut.

How much does The Skuut balance bike weigh?
The bike weighs about 10 lbs, and is well distributed, so it is easy to carry the Skuut when your toddler tires out.

How high up is the seat on the Skuut? T
The adjustable Skuut seat ranges from just over 13.5 inches to 16.5 inches high, fitting most 2-5 year olds.
DR Toy 10 Best Active Products Award Winner The National Parenting Center 2007 Seal of Approval

Skuut Wooden Balance Bike (Like A Bike and Bugabike alternative) is a well designed wooden framed bicycle with no pedals

The Skuut's seat height is adjustable in several different positions

Skuut Measurements:
* Length: 33 inches (84 cm)
* Height to handlebars: 21 inches (54cm)
* Seat Height - lowest: 11 inches
* Seat Height - highest: 16.5 inches

Skuut Materials:
* Soft, yet durable rubber handlebar grips
* 12" pneumatic rubber tires (The manufacturer - Skuut USA - recommend the wheels be inflated to 40PSI, but inflating the wheels to 20-25 PSI gives you the best shock absorbtion.)
* The Skuut's body is constructed from heat-treated softwood and hardwood, coated with nontoxic laquer
* The Skuut's seat is padded cotton - removable & washable
This versatile toddler Skuut bike can be used indoors and out
The Skuut bike is Light and Portable
Ages: 2 - 5 Years

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