Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Strider Bikes
One of the best parts of owning a bike is making it unique to you. The customization process is fun. Putting our little creative spin on something we own helps us to express ourselves beyond the original design of the product. One of the best parts about having a bike (Strider Bike, mountain bike, motorbike, etc.) is customizing it to fit our needs and match our personality. Kids love personalizing their bikes, and our accessories make great stocking stuffers for Strider riders at any age!
These are by far our most popular accessory. With this handy attachment, your child’s Strider becomes an all-season bike. Simply attach the snow skis to the wheels and get ready to take your little Strider rider to the slopes! Nearest ski lodge too far away? No worries! These skis work great on the neighborhood sledding hills and snow-filled yards too. This no-tool accessory is super easy to put on and take off the bike. The lightweight and safe skis provide the ultimate way to enjoy a Strider Bike during those winter months when cabin fever sets in. The Strider Snow Skis fit comfortably in a stocking or under the tree and provide hours of entertainment. Get your skis here!
Tired of the standard black grips and rims on your Strider? Looking for a way to spruce up your child’s sweet Strider ride? No problem! We’ve got your back. The customization bundle on our website is a steal! Not only will you get to choose a custom number plate, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of colored handlebar grips and our Ultralight Wheels. This customization pack is a great choice for those who want to add a splash of color to their child’s bike and make it stand out in the crowd. Customize your child’s ride today!
The most important piece of equipment for anyone using a bicycle is the helmet. There’s nothing more important than protecting your child’s head while they’re beginning to learn how to stride or they’re racing around the neighborhood. With easy-to-use features, including a dial system for easy, on-the-go adjustability; a no-pinch buckle and padded chin guard for a snug, secure fit; and an internal wrap-around padded sweatband to keep riders comfortable, this helmet offers plenty of protection for your child’s head. With 14 large air vents, your little rider will stay calm, cool, and safe. No hassles, just plain fun! Protect your little one’s head!
You didn’t think we’d stop with the helmet, did you? Of course not, safety first! Practicing safe riding at an early age builds the foundation for safe riding practices that will last a lifetime. We take riding safety seriously, our official safety bundle includes gloves, knee pads, and elbow pads. These pads are stylish, comfortable, and will keep your rider's elbows and knees injury free. The easy-to-attach Velcro straps make it simple for your child to gear up for riding. Your little riders will be striding in style while protecting their elbows, knees, and hands with this top-selling accessory bundle for ages 18 months to 5 years old! Gear up and get safe today!
Nothing says, “Too Cool for School,” quite like a Strider Racing Jersey. It’s true. Watch your child go back to school from winter break and be the talk of the classroom as they sport the bold colors on their new Strider Racing Jersey! Our jerseys come in a variety of colors so, no matter the occasion, they’ll be sporting their favorite color. Speaking of all occasions, the Strider Racing jerseys have a custom, motocross-style design that keeps kids cool and even has UV 30 protection. With 8 different color variations and four toddler sizes, you’ll have plenty of options to dress your little one like a champion in 2018 (plus they’re WAY cooler than Ralphie’s pair of pink bunny pajamas on Christmas morning). Get race ready here!
Heavy Duty Wheel Set
The standard EVA foam rubber tires that come with the 12” Strider Bikes are designed to keep the bike lightweight and low maintenance. They ensure that your child’s Strider stays light, which makes learning how to balance the bike easier. Once your little rider gets a little older and might still be a little too timid to make the switch to the 14x Sport, consider upgrading the EVA foam tires to our Heavy-Duty tire set. These inflatable, pneumatic rubber tires are great at helping your little one adjust to the heavier weight of a pedal bike. Air tires like these are also great for when your child is ready to start going off the beaten path. They provide good bounce and cushion to help them maneuver through tough terrain. Upgrade your child’s wheels here!
The holiday shopping season might almost be over, but you’ve still got time to get some of those all-important stocking stuffers. Make it a Strider Christmas and stock up on everything you and your child needs to customize their Strider Bike to make it something truly their own. Our excellent customer service is here to answer any questions that you might have about our accessories. Give us a call at 605-342-0266 to speak with them today.
STRIDER Sales Tip Of The Week
There are many reasons why I ride a bicycle but the main one boils down to being active in the world we’re in. Technology has created a world of sitters, txtr’s, tweeters and gamers and TV watchers and to offset the amount of time we’re in-front of a screen I try to get outside. I happen to be one of those people. I’m a graphic designer with an iphone so you know I’m sitting or standing in front of some screen every day, all day.
I went on my first “real” ride today in quite some time on a local trail with some guys over lunch. The bike picture at the top, lying down is exactly how I felt after the ride. I was tired, slow and gasping for air but the important thing is that I got outside and away from my screen. I’m refreshed and ready to tackle the afternoon.
I have 2 boys. Oliver is 5 and Jonah is 3 and believe me, they are very inquisitive about the world around them. There hasn’t been a single time when we’ve gone for a hike or a bike ride and they’ve said, “let’s go home, we’re not having fun.” What usually happens is there is much chatter about what is that rock, look, a buggy, can I jump off this rock, the list really goes on and on. It’s amazing how curious they are. If we stay inside and watch TV, there tends to be much less creativity and far less conversation.
I recall one story when we were outside riding bikes around the neighborhood. I had both boys in a bike trailer. All I was doing was pulling them from our driveway to the neighbor’s driveway and looping back. Every lap we did one of the boys saw something new. Once it was an airplane, another time was a broken spatula in the street and we did run across a few bugs. It’s things you can’t experience sitting inside along with conversations that may have never taken place.
My point is that you don’t have to go far for an adventure. STRIDERs are the perfect tool for a quick lap around the block or a ride on an old cow trail. You can lace up a pair of shoes or hop on that old bike you have in your garage. Just get outside and experience the world. Your kids’ imagination will thank you.
It's early in the season and your bike may have been sitting around all winter. Make sure you check the tire pressure in the tires. If you have a STRIDER with the no maintenence tires, they're good to go.
See Tip #3
If you have been around the bike industry or if you subscribe to a bicycle magazine I’m sure you’ve heard the term “belt drive”. If not I’ll let you in on a little secret that's buzzing around.
According to Wikipedia -
“A belt-driven bicycle is a chainless bicycle that uses a toothed synchronous belt to transmit power from the pedals to the wheel. The belts are typically made by the same manufacturing companies that produce timing belts for automobiles, machinery, and other synchronous belt drive applications.
The application of belt drives to bicycles is growing, especially in the commuter bicycle market, due to the low maintenance and lubrication-free benefits. Belt drives are also available for stationary and fitness bicycles”
So basically, the belt-driven bicycle is very low maintenance similar to the STRIDER. There are no chain links to grease, no dirty chain-rings to get your pants dirty and maybe the most important, your kids won’t grab the chain and then give you a bear hug with greasy hands.
There are ways to convert your current bicycle to a belt drive if you’re tired of the maintenance of the chain. The most important thing you’ll need to do is convert your rear wheel to use an internally geared hub. Since belt drives do not use a derailleur (I’ll get into this at another time), the hub will have to have all the gears inside. The next thing you’ll have to do is change out the front chainrings with a belt compatible sprocket. You’ll probably want to contact your favorite local bike shop to help you with all the details. There are conversion kits out there you can find.
I have never experienced the joy of riding a bike with a belt drive so I can’t give you first-hand knowledge if it really is the cat’s pajamas. What I can do is tell you to live in the now, be brave, be strong and go ride that bike whether you have the new belt drive or some rusty old chain. Your kids won’t care because they’ll be beating you on their STRIDER.
If you still have a chain, lube it and maintain other parts. A maintained bike is a happy bike. If you have a belt drive, let me know how you like it.
See Tip #2
What is your favorite thing on your bicycle? A bell, a seat, the color... it can be anything. Please post your answer in the comments.
Some say you don’t need any special gear to ride bikes which is true but there are a few things you can add that might just make your ride slightly more comfortable. Through years and years of exhaustive research on the bike, these are the items I have found to make the most difference in a comfortable ride.
Helmet (required in some areas)
I went out on a limb here. Some folks are quite adamant they do not need a helmet. Now, I do not completely agree with that but I also agree that it depends on the type and speed of riding you’re doing. If I’m out on my mountain bike ripping up some sweet singletrack I would most definitely put on that lid. On the other hand, if I was riding around in my driveway playing with my kids there would be a possibility I wouldn’t have a helmet on (I am a daredevil and a risk-taker) although helmets are strongly recommended in all situations. Bike paths are a different story altogether. If you don’t think you need a helmet on a bike path you should think again. I’m not saying you’re an unsafe rider or even going very fast but there are those speed demons that are training for their next criterium race on that bike path or maybe there is a stray dog that just happened to get loose and is chasing down your new set of wheels. Either way, if you get hit and end up slamming your noggin into the dirt, you’ll wish you had that lid on. A couple popular brands would be Nutcase, Giro or Fox.
Shoes make the man
The shoes you wear can tell a person a lot about who you are. If you wear a snazzy pair of wingtips people will probably think you are some super executive type. If you happen to be sporting some flip-flops, passer-bys may think you’re heading to the beach or just have a bad fungal situation going on between the toes. In either event, you can wear your fancy shoes or the fungal removers on your bike but they may not be the most comfortable. I would suggest wearing a pair of more bike specific shoes. A pair with a hard(ish) soles so most of the power is transferred to your pedals and not to the arches of your feet. You don’t need any special clip in shoes or even need to spend much money, just some good shoes that protect your feet that have a stiffer sole will do just fine. A couple popular brands would be Pearl Izumi, Five-10 or Keen.
The pants or shorts you wear are much like shoes. You don’t need any special ones but there are certain types that might make your riding more enjoyable. Some people like to have the chamois (a pad in the shorts that helps with comfort), I on the other hand, am not a big fan. I usually go for a decent pair of shorts without many seams (seams cause rubbing and rubbing causes chafing and chafing is uncomfortable). If you can get your hands on pants with breathable fabric that wicks moisture away you will probably be a happier biker. Now, some days I ride in blue jeans and often ride to work wearing a pair of khakis and I’m just fine but maybe not as comfortable as I could be. Oh, and don’t forget to strap your pant-leg on the drive side otherwise you’re pants will be trashed and possibly greasy. The cuff will catch in the chain or the chain-ring for an unwelcome surprise. Betabrand has some pretty snazzy clothing for biking that is also rather fashionable and cyclelogical has a solution to that pesky pant leg problem.
I have listed a variety of things you can do to make your ride more comfortable but remember that you don’t have to have the fanciest or the most expensive stuff for riding bikes to be comfortable. The most important thing is that you have fun and there is a smile on your face. Bikes are a wonderful way to get around, go to the store, get exercise and keep up with your STRIDER rider. Dust off that old bike and ride with your kids!
Wear the right stuff for the ride. Don’t be a goof and dress in a full racing kit with an aero helmet to go ride with your kids. Be comfortable!
See Tip #1
Do you have any tips or tricks for comfortable family riding? Post in the comments.
How’s that for a riveting beginning? I love those stickers!!!
Ok, we’ve established that my name is Dan, the question is what am I doing here on this blog for Strider? Blogging, of course. “About what?” you ask... Well I’m going to be blogging about all things bicycle related. That means all those geeky parts, products, components, rides, trails, paths and I might throw in some of those pesky bike terms like, s24o, derailleur, commuting and many others you may or may not find amusing.
I’m hoping to accomplish a few things. First, I want you all to know that I am a real person who probably enjoys many of the same things you do. I have a wonderful wife, two very cool little boys and one energetic dog. I enjoy anything on two wheels and working at STRIDER. I ride bicycles... mostly mountain bikes but I have been known to dabble in road riding and city commuting stuff. I also ride motorcycles, the two wheeled kind from here to there and everything in-between. I’ve worked at STRIDER for about 7 months as the internet marketing specialist and IT specialist. I also design many of the flyers, brochures, posters and banners that you might see around.
My boys both grew up, ok, the oldest is 5 and the youngest is 3 so they haven’t exactly “grown up” just yet, on STRIDERS. I bought one for my 5 year old on his second birthday and my 3 year old got one, well, he started riding it when my 5 year old got a pedal bike which was almost 2 years ago. So, to recap... 5 year old, pedal bike 2 years ago, 3 year old, STRIDER and soon to move to a pedal bike. They both love bicycles! To the right we are on a simple family outing with a borrowed fat-bike, a trailer, a STRIDER, a 16 inch pedal bike and my wife’s bike (the boys got tired so the bikes are bungied to the back and side of the trailer).
Where am I going with this? Hmmm, let me think. Oh, right... I’m here to tell everyone about bicycles. So, starting next week I will be posting weekly about anything and everything bicycle related. This could be anything from a recent ride report, tips and tricks for a positive family ride, a great new product in the industry or one of our very own at STRIDERville could be interviewed about their favorite ride, part or product.
Always bring drinks and snacks!
Post in the comments about your favorite ride or tip for a successful family ride or feel free to ask a question.