Toddler Pedal Bike
The world of kids' bikes can be a little bit daunting, but we've been really happy with the function and utility of the 2 bikes we've gotten so far.
Silas started out with a balance bike a few months before he turned 2, and still plays with it now that he's almost 5. Then my parents got him this freewheel pedal bike for his third birthday because he was begging to try pedaling for himself.
Since he had started with the balance bike, the transition to pedaling without training wheels was pretty smooth, although it took a while for him to confidently start and stop (using the brakes) on his own. He's on the small side and started at 3 so we got him the smallest (12") size. Now it looks like we'll need to size up around his 5th birthday.
In addition to looking pretty cool with its black trim, this bike has held up great with no issues at all. Just make sure you've got some tools, wrench, and bike grease for assembly.