Saturday, 23 November 2013 07:00

Happy STRIDERday: UK Super Enduro!

Check out this fun video from the Super Enduro in Liverpool, UK. An enduro course is a great example of what can be done on a STRIDER! Riding over/around tires, over 2x4's, and through soft dirt would be nearly impossible for a toddler on a heavy training wheeled bike or tricycle.

If you're in STRIDERville (aka Rapid City, SD) make sure to keep watching for info on STRIDER racing on January 4th at the Extreme Indoor Enduro!

Now get outside and have a great Saturday!

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Published in Strider Racing
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 07:00

How Will You GoPro?

How can you win a Dream Adventure + $15,000 Cash + Everything GoPro Makes?

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Simply by submitting an image and an answer to the question, "How Will You GoPro?"

Watch the video below and keep reading for some cool ideas you, and your STRIDER rider could enter!

The ideas submitted on the GoPro website are unique and fun: hunting for waves in Morocco by camel, a world record tall bike, or riding a bike in the tallest mountains on earth. 

The grand prize winner will receive a $30,000 dream trip accompanied by a GoPro film crew, $15,000 USD in cash, and Everything that GoPro makes!

If you aren't the Grand Prize Winner (out of the thousands of entries) you could still be one of the 9 weekly winners and win everything GoPro makes for being the most creative or original entry.

Here are some that we thought of:

1. Ride my STRIDER on every continent!

2. Race my STRIDER in Japan, Australia, South Africa, England, Venezuala, and the STRIDER World Championship in the USA.

3. Take an epic road trip with my family up the Pacific Coast Highway with plenty of STRIDER riding breaks along the way.

4. Follow the Tour de France and get my STRIDER signed by each stage winner.

We'd love to see some STRIDER parents get super creative and win some prizes. What would you do with the grand prize? Steal our ideas or come up with your own, but make sure to enter for your chance to win some awesome GoPro swag!

Full Details, Prizes, and Rules can be found on the GoPro site.

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 21:45

Photos From the USA BMX Disney Cup Nationals

We love to see all the new and returning STRIDER riders at the USA BMX National events! The season is nearly wrapped up, but if you're in Tulsa the final weekend in November make sure to check out the Grands at the QuikTrip Center. You can also look for events in your area on the STRIDER Calendar or find a local STRIDER friendly riding area.

 

4 Year Old STRIDER
Logan Coakley - Kid Dynamite - St Petersburg, FL
Lilani Pringle - Profile/Crit Plate - Archer, FL
Rebecca Biberos - Loveland, CO
Reagan Rice - Plainfield, IN

3 Year Old STRIDER
Mark Beilfuss - Lutz, FL
Isaac Teran - Astoria, NY
Nixon Murr - Vert Clothing - New Smyrna Bch, FL
Ethan Rose - Winter Springs, FL
Andre Hernandez - Miami, FL
Isabella "Hellz Bellz" Pullen - Kingwood, TX

2 & UNDER STRIDER
Addison "Addi Bo Baddi" Schleifer - Jacksonville, FL
Logan Rudy - Pasadena, MD
Jaystin Simmons - Alachua, FL
Elise Schleifer - Jacksonville, FL
Tanner Burden - Tampa, FL
Edwin Gonzalez
Laila Maszak - Lake Worth, FL
Cooper Loggins - Newnan, GA
Kalia "Rum Bum" Pringle - Profile Racing - Archer, FL

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Published in Strider Racing

We've wrapped up the calendar contest for the year!  A huge thank you to everyone who entered, we love seeing the photos from all over the world. You definitely didn't make the voting process easy this year!

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Below are the winners for October, November, & December. If your photo is in the top 3 be on the look-out for an email with your gift certificate number. Make sure to reply with your shipping address so that we can send you out a calendar.

We will be receving the calendars by the end of November and they will be available for purchase in the webstore as well.  

OctoberWinners

See all of the entries from October over on our HERE.

 

NovemberWinners

See all of the November entries HERE.

 

DecemberWinners

See all of the December entries HERE.

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Published in Parents Are Talking

 

 Marty

 

  1. I grew up in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
  2. I love to hunt and fish with my family.
  3. Denver Broncos are my favorite NFL Team.
  4. I am not Spanish, even though my last name is Martinez.
  5. I was adopted.
  6. I lived in a school bus.
  7. My favorite color is green.
  8. Jack Kerouac's On The Road is my favorite book.
  9. My favorite band is Social Distortion.
  10. I am in the elusive 100 days of skiing club the "Ski Bum Club."

 

To view Marty's full profile on our staff Bio page click HERE.

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Published in Our Passionate Staff
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 21:12

STRIDER Calendar Winners from September!

 

Here are the Top 3 photos as chosen by the STRIDER staff for September! We loved all of the entries this month so it was hard narrowing it down to these 3...go check all of them out for yourself on our Flickr page.

If you were a winner make sure to check your email inbox for instructions on using your gift certificate. If you weren't chosen or didn't enter, head over to the blog for instructions on entering by 10/21/13 for October, November, & December!

1stPlaceSeptemberWeb

1st Place September

 

2ndPlaceSeptemberWeb

2nd Place September

 

3rdPlaceSeptemberWeb 

3rd Place September

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:09

STRIDER Track Highlight: Charlotte BMX

Charlotte BMX - STRIDER Track

Florida is one of the hot spots for BMX racing in the US and Charlotte BMX is definitely one of the more unique tracks. Their signature yellow announcers nest and bridge are mirrored in their amazing STRIDER specific track! 

We sent track operator, Amanda Carr (yes, THAT Amanda Carr), and asked her some questions about the construction of the track and the success of their STRIDER program.

1. Where are you located?:  Charlotte BMX is located in Punta Gorda, FL.  and online at www.CharlotteBMX.net and on FaceBook.

2. When are you open?:  STRIDER practice ($3) is Monday & Wednesday 6pm-8pm, Sunday 2pm-4:30pm with STRIDER races ($5) the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 3:45pm.

3. Why did you build a STRIDER track?:  Charlotte BMX understands the root of BMX Racing is with the youth. We recognize that STRIDER BIkes will help build rider retention and an overall enjoyable family experience at the BMX track!

4. Completion date, cost, and time spent?:  The track was completed on January 1st, 2013. It took about 6 months to completely build it, but racing/practice took place throughout the building process. Total cost was around $1,500.

5. Space and Materials:  Base is 8-10 loads of fill dirt with a surface top of 1-2 loads of 80/20 Red clay and Soil Tac. Track was built with volunteers, a small tractor, shovels, rakes and concrete mixer (for soil tac and slurry).

6. Track Layout:  Total course length is 127 ft. The track consists of Starting hill (7.5 ft wide), 3 turns, 9 rollers, and a 10 ft wooden bridge!

7. Overall Experience: STRIDERS are a great way to get little ones started with BMX racing. Families with multiple children, STRIDERS are a way for the younger siblings to get started and have fun at the track! Charlotte BMX races our STRIDERS at the beginning of our races (on the big track), the parents and riders enjoy watching the little ones stride! They add a new element to our facility.

If you are from the Punta Gorda area, or are ever in the area, make sure to stop by and say hello to Amanda and don't forget to bring your STRIDER riders!

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Published in Strider Racing

 

USA BMX Olympic Day

Have you been wanting to try out STRIDER Racing, but didn't know where to start? The next couple weeks USA BMX tracks all over the country will be celebrating Olympic Day in commemoration of the June 23, 1894 convening of the first International Olympic Committee.

What else is cool about Olympic Day? FREE Racing! 

It's coming up quick though so go over to www.USABMX.com and find a track near you.

What do you need? 1. A STRIDER for your toddler

                                    2. A bike for yourself (Once you see others racing you'll want to get in on the action)

                                    3. Long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toe shoes, and a helmet (adults require full face)

                                    4. A sense of Adventure!

If you're a local Rapid City (aka STRIDERville) resident make sure to check out Olympic Day at Rapid City BMX (6/26) and Box Elder BMX (6/29).

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Published in Strider Racing
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:02

STRIDER Bikes Featured on Kelo Land News!


KELOLAND

STRIDER recently had a really fun news story appear on KeloLand News statewide in South Dakota. We know that not every STRIDER rider lives in STRIDERville so we're sharing it with you here!

Watch the video below to hear about how we began and how we're growing. There is also some pretty good footage of Wyatt, Charlie's (Head STRIDER R&D) little scene stealer and super cute STRIDER spokes-person!

 

RAPID CITY, SD - at least one Rapid City warehouse, it's not all work and no play.

"I like coming here because I like to ride around here," five-year old Wyatt Brumbaugh said.

The building is the headquarters for the Strider Balance Bike, a pedal-less bike that's making it easier for children just learning the ropes. Forget pedals and training wheels. Balance is all any kid needs to hit the open road.

"I think Wyatt was probably 15-months, 16-months the first time he picked his feet up just a little bit.  I think Cole was probably a little bit older.  He didn't go until probably 18 months the first time he picked his feet up," Wyatt's dad and Strider employee Charlie Brumbaugh said.

Even though they haven't started school yet, both the Brumbaugh boys have already graduated to pedal bikes.

"I remember when we first started on a pedal bike, it was hard.  My brother started when he was just turning three," Wyatt said.

"You know, that's pretty early.  I didn't start riding a bicycle until I was probably six or seven," Charlie said.

It's all thanks to a little bit of Midwestern ingenuity.

"I've been a motorsports, motorcycle and mountain bike enthusiast pretty much my whole life and when I became a dad I really wanted to share that with my little boy," Strider's founder Ryan McFarland said.

But at just one-and-a-half-years-old, McFarland's son Bode was too small to get the hang of riding a traditional bike with training wheels.

"Some people may have just said wait a year or two, but I was just too impatient so I thought there's got to be a way where we can make this work right now," McFarland said.

So in true motorsports form, McFarland stripped the boys bike of everything it didn't need including the pedals and the concept for the Strider was born.

"I got it to a point where it was extremely light and small and it was just like magic. He was tearing around on it and exceeding even my expectations of what he was capable of," McFarland said.

Soon, people around the community started to take notice of the little boy on the pedalless bike and began asking where they could get one for their own kids.

"I pulled some friends together and we built some prototypes, developed it a little bit further and eight years later we're selling them all over the world," McFarland said.

Striders can be found at many different retailers including bike shops, motorcycle dealers and toy stores.  But McFarland says the biggest sales boom has come from the Internet.

"We're selling in about 36 countries right now. We've got about half a million kids that are on Strider bikes now, and if you figure that a lot of those bikes have also taught a younger sibling or neighbor kid we're pretty confident in saying that we've taught over a million little kids to ride bikes," McFarland said.

The little bikes have gotten so popular that they've even inspired their own nation-wide racing circuit; the Strider Cup.

"Even on our first round of bikes, we'd get kids together in the park and play.  Sooner or later someone's drawing a line in the dirt for a starting line and we're lining them up to have a race," McFarland said.

"One race we were in Florida, another race we were in Rapid City. A couple races we were in Rapid City," Wyatt said.

Thanks to a ski attachment for the bike, the competition doesn't end once the flakes start flying.

"We race up by Lead on Terry Peak in the winter, and I won first place this year," Wyatt said.

"It's been amazing to see the kids and the parent's enthusiasm for coming together at these events; getting a taste for that competition but very friendly competition at this age, for sure," McFarland said.

But win or lose, these kids are developing skills that will last a lifetime.

"With Striders, it's not just riding but just the whole experience of being outside with your family and with other kids, especially," Brumbaugh said.

Published in In The News
Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:00

Chenoa

Let me tell you about a real life super woman. Her name is Chenoa. Wife, Mother of 4, devoted Strider Product Development Specialist, and a PHENOMINAL cook. I'm talking, the real deal. When Chenoa brings chili to work she has spent two days preparing all of the ingredients, roasting the peppers, preparing the steak (not frozen hamburger, steak.) soaking the beans and making them fresh. (Turns out they aren’t just for counting)putting who knows what other magic into it to make it the chili that came straight down from heaven into my little white paper bowl and straight to my happy tummy.

Yesterday I tasted her homemade ginger-ale. Yeah, that's a real thing. She does that. A few weeks ago at lunch she asked me if I wanted to try a falafel. A fa-what!? All I heard was "awful" but I tried it anyway. I bet you had no idea that falafels are AMAZING. They are. Well, at least when then come from Chenoa’s kitchen they are. And cooking is just one of her many super powers, she makes time for her kids dance classes and soccer games, and not to mention is making Strider Bikes better every day with her innovative ideas, hard work and dedication. Keep up the hard work! (And please bring in more chili....)

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Side Note: I may or may not have altered her computer monitor in this picture for my own devious reasons.

 

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