Comparing the learning curves of my two daughters I can definitely vouch for the balance bike approach for a faster and more effective experience.
The PV Mini Glider comes with a lot of safety features and attention to details, to enable the best and fastest learning experience.
Compared to similar products it offers the foot rest, an adjustable rear brake, fully adjustable seat and handlebar and a comfortable seat. Wooden bikes are more limited in terms of adjustments and usually have no brakes, while retailing around the same price.
Its light weight makes it very friendly even to smaller toddlers, down to 2 years old and is the main advantage compared to regular 12″ bikes that can weigh as much as twice.
SIMILAR PRODUCTS & WHERE TO BUY
The Mini Glider can be purchased directly from PV-Glider web site for $99
Specialized Hotwalk retails for $159, light aluminum frame, but no brakes or foot rest.
Skoot wooden balance bike retails for $89, directly from Skoot Web site
Strider Kids Running Bike Retails for $98, aluminum frame, no brakes, optional foot rest