Balance Bike Toddler Athletes Compete in Rapid City, SD

Family Fun Day Activities for All Bike Enthusiast Families

Rapid City, S. D.  June 17, 2013  ­ These days, even preschoolers can be national race champions. On Saturday July 13, Strider Sports Intl., Inc., is throwing down the gauntlet to all fun loving toddlers and their bike enthusiast families by hosting the first ever STRIDER U.S. Championship balance bike race!

This national event will see STRIDER’s famous no-pedal bike race course take over Rapid City’s Main Street Square as toddlers face off at the start line to show their skills on two wheels. The young athletes will get the chance to showcase their ability to balance, handle their STRIDER No- Pedal balance bikes, and compete like real cyclists on the custom designed racecourse.

The event also includes fun activities for the entire family with the racing action starting at 10:00am for two years and under. Three year olds compete at 11:00am, with four year olds at 1:00pm and five year olds closing down the racing at 2:00pm in the afternoon. The U.S. Championship is a qualifying event for the 3rd Annual STRIDER World Championshiptaking place in Sarasota, FL October 11-13, 2013.  

“There’s absolutely nothing more amazing than watching toddlers lined up on their STRIDER bikes like they’re in the Olympics racing for gold,” says Strider Founder and CEO, Ryan McFarland. “And the race course itself is going to be incredibly fun, combining all of the best parts of what we’ve learned from holding STRIDER races around the world. The U.S. Championship event is just one part of our global movement to bring early childhood riding skills to young children everywhere” , says McFarland.

The top 8 finishers will get trophies in a true podium ceremony, and all participants will receive a medal. Each registered STRIDER rider will also receive a Strider backpack and a Strider race jersey.   Online registration is open until Friday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m. (MST) and costs $15 per rider. Same day registration will begin at 9 am. Parents should register racers at least 30 minutes prior to race start time.

Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and just 30 minutes from the Mt. Rushmore National Monument, the STRIDER US Championship also makes a great stop for any family on their summer vacation.

For more information about the U.S. Championship and STRIDER bikes, and to register a child for the event, visit the event website or go to .

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

STRIDER Bikes Featured on Kelo Land News!


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


Striderville Chicks and chickadees! Head out the the Flying T Chuckwagon (on hwy 16 next to Reptile Gardens) tomorrow for Chicktoberfest. There will be a STRIDER Adventure Zone from 10am to 5pm for your STRIDER riders to enjoy.

There will also be live music, vendors, yoga sessions, 80's party, Tea Time and MORE!

It's going to be a rocking good time at the Flying T ChuckChickwagon on 9/29!

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Published in Strider Adventure Zone

Come down to Storybook Island in Rapid City for Once Upon A Festival this weekend!

StoryBookIslandCastleWhat? Strider Adventure Zone at Storybook Island's Once Upon A Festival

When? 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday (9/8-9/9)

Why? Bring your own STRIDER (can only be ridden in the Adventure Zone) or ride one of our demo bikes over obstacles and ramps!

Cost? Just $2.00/person for Once Upon A Festival which is a fundraiser for Storybook Island. The Strider Adventure Zone is FREE and there will be a bunch of other fun activities for the kids there as well...not to mention all of the fun interactive play areas you already love at Storybook Island.

Published in Strider Events

In 2010 a couple bicyclists in Minneapolis, MN challenged each other to ride their bike every day for the month of April. Whether it was on a family ride around the block, on a long commute to work or just some mountain biking for fun.

The first year there were around 600 locals and bike-savvy techies that picked up on #30daysofbiking and the a bunch of fun content that was being posted on Twitter. By year two there were over 2000 registered riders and this year there is already 2,500!

This is where you come in! Go...Register...leave a comment about how STRIDER has gotten you back on your bike having fun with the kids.

Sometimes I rebel against "Signing On" to something because it makes me feel guilty if I miss a day or fall behind. My advice is to try your hardest to ride a bike every day...don't get upset if you miss a day, just jump back on the saddle tomorrow. "What if I already ride every day?" you may ask. Ride More!

30 Days of biking is a great way to start your Summer off right and hopefully get in the healthy habit of pedaling and Stridering more often!

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