...go out to all of Japan today as they deal with this terrible disaster. Below is an email Strider sent to the Strider Japan Team. Please keep them and all of Japan in your thoughts in the weeks and months to come.
Dear Kazushi, Mathew and the entire Strider Japan Team,
We have seen the reports of the terrible events in Japan and our heart felt sympathy and prayers go out to all of you and all of Japan. From our hearts we hope that everyone close to you and your team are safe and out of harms way.
In disasters of such incredible magnitude, there is no doubt that it will touch and affect all the Japanese people. We hope that you feel the solidarity and support that your friends at Strider US are offering and sending to you from across the Pacific. We wish you strength and resolve as you pull together as a nation to overcome the devastation that nature has brought upon you. And we stand ready to help from afar in any way possible.
Please share our message and support with your team and let us know if there is anything we can do to help in the time ahead.
The Worldwide Strider Family
Six degrees Fahrenheit with Six more inches of fresh snow on the ground! We're gonna have to do our Strider riding in the house for a while longer. Hopefully it's better in your neck of the woods.
While we're dreaming of higher temps, less snow and dry trails here is a great video of :"Kai killin' it on his Strider!"
Kai rocks it down grassy slopes (make sure you're wearing your helmet), down stairs, bike trails and a bmx track! Awesome footage that will help with cabin fever while the snow is melting...it's got to melt sometime right?
After mastering such skills as balance, ramps and offroad riding (among other things) it's not time to hang up the Strider just yet. Upgrading to the extra long seat post will make it useful until they are 5!
This is a great way for them to continue working on their balance skill without being hindered by pedals. It also gives them an opportunity to be a little more daring. Whether they start getting some air off of curbs and ramps or they get more comfortable "shredding the gnar" (We're not quite sure what that means, but probably not this) at their local skate park.
A lot of Strider riders will continue to go back to their pedal-less friends even after starting to ride a pedal bike. Remember it's all about fun and honing their craft!
Here's a great video showing a lot of the skills that your rider will continue to develop.
In this installment of Strider Progression we take a look at JoJo as he cruises off road on Earth Day!
JoJo is feeling very comfortable at this stage in his Strider riding. He is cruising on the rough trails and pulling up the front wheel over roots. Another key to this step in Stridering progression is the ability of your little Strider Rider to look around more while riding. JoJo is interacting with the Filmer and others around him all while cruising along.
The skate park is another great example of this step. Longer coasting, going up and down ramps and interacting with their environs.
The KTM Strider was recently given a great review in Transworld Motocross magazine!
"We have only one thing to say about the Strider bikes: why didn't we think of that? These are amazing starter bikes for the little BMXer/MXer in your life. They promote balance and the concept of bike riding without those sissy training wheels. Add in the KTM branding, and it only reinforces the moto mind." ~ Transworld Motocross (The Things You Need)
That sounds about right to us! Let us know if you see Striders anywhere else in the press and keep sharing your photos, videos and stories with us and the other Strider fans on facebook.
In our second installment of Strider Progression we will take a look at "Extreme Zane"! This is a great example of the next step for most youngsters as they become more confident on their Strider.
Zane is not quite two, but has clearly been riding his Strider a lot. In the last video we saw Aiden walking with his butt on the seat. Zane is moving a little faster while occasionally lifting his feet to glide.
Its important to remember that as they get more comfortable and have more time in the saddle the comfort level and commitment to balance will be natural.
Thanks to Ryan B. for sending us this video on Facebook...Great editing skills, keep that camera rolling!
This week we'll be posting a series of videos showing a progression of Stridering skills. Since this is the first entry naturally we will start with a video of a child's first time on a Strider PREbike!
Cut to Aiden on his cool orange Strider! He is 20 months old and has a very stylish flame-laden helmet. He is very smiley and amazingly already trusting his weight to the seat.
Aiden is a little wobbly, but you can tell that he is quickly understanding his early balance skills. At the :50 second mark he sees a big kid ride by on his bike and thoughts of future bike riding glory are planted!
Keep watching the progression of riders this week and make sure to check us out on facebook to share your Strider stories, photos and video!
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Gabe's Mom recently said us a review and a link to her blog that we found really interesting. Not only are there some great photos, but she shares a story of falling down and getting back up.
"I just wanted to thank you guys for such an amazing bike! My son has had his Strider for over a year now and there still isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't insist it is by his side! He now rides at our local BMX track and loves it!" ~Deanna (Gabe's Mom)
By the end of the day Gabe was able to conquer his fears...and the hill. Go Find a bmx track near you....it may just spark a passion for riding that your child will carry through their whole life!
Click on either photo above to go to Gabe's BMX blog entry.
"I was researching a bike to buy for my 3-year old girl for Christmas. She had her heart set on a pink Disney Princesses bike. What I read about the quality of that bike turned me off as I could see her breaking down and crying when it fell apart in a matter of days. I was looking around for an alternative and saw that the Strider bike was a big seller and decided to look further. I became convinced that the bike would be sturdier and that the innovative concept was worth a shot - we could always buy the Disney bike as a back up.
Christmas day arrived and she opened up the box and was all excited to see her new, pink bike. However, I explained to her that her bike was different in that it didn't have pedals nor training wheels (where we live, no one has these bikes yet). She was a real trooper about it. She let me put on her helmet and she did her best to walk around with the bike, explaining to onlookers that it had no pedals.
A few days of this and I started to worry that she would give up. So I invented a little game - run over daddy's foot. I would walk in front of her and she would have to move quickly enough to run over my foot with the front tire. This helped a little. So then I turned to YouTube and showed her videos of other kids riding the bike.
A few days later, a bunch of kids in our apartment complex were playing, many of them with bikes with training wheels. My little girl participated a litte more, walking around with her bike. Suddenly, she said: "look, dad!", took a few steps and then lifted both feet off the ground and coasted. I was in shock! She repeated this about a dozen times but then got tired of it. So, I was happy with the progress but still unsure if this would work out.
The next day, we went to our parking lot and she simply took off. She did not stop running and coasting for a whole hour. The only time she took a rest was to stop and spontaneously shout that she loves her bike! Since then, she rides the thing almost every day and totally loves it.
Believe in this bike, it's awesome!" ~Mark B.
Last week we put a call out on our Facebook page to get photos and videos posted on our wall. The international Strider M.O.B. heard us loud and clear! We want to highlight a few of that crowd today.
[caption id="attachment_1119" align="aligncenter" width="453" caption="The first is Emily from the United Kingdom. She got her Strider last Summer and started gettingher sense of balance, but mostly walked with her bum (I think that's what they call it in the U.K.) off the seat. This summer she will be outfitted with her new helmet and there'll be no stopping her!"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1120" align="aligncenter" width="504" caption="Our next international Strider rider is the ever-cool, Johnny Rock. He hails from Sydney, Australia, sports an awesome Nutcase helmet, and some really cool low-top Chuck Taylors!"][/caption]
Keep the photos and videos coming! We love seeing local, nation, and international Strider riders.