Rapid City, SD (June 14, 2016) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, is pleased to announce that the license for sales of the Honda Strider 12 Sport Balance Bikes has been expanded worldwide. The Honda licensed Strider Balance Bike enables children as young as 18 months to begin their love of all things two-wheeled, and connect that love to the Honda brand.
Since 2011, Strider has been licensed in the USA and has enjoyed tremendous success, with Strider Bikes sold across the nation. ”We are very excited to be expanding the license worldwide. Our international distributors and Honda fans from around the world have been waiting for this expanded territory,” says Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports Int’l, Inc. “We are always eager to put more kids on bikes. And that’s good for everyone’s future – especially the motorcycle industry.”
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. Through its charitable Rider Fund, Strider Sports has donated over $250,000 in cash and over $350,000 in Strider products since 2008.To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
The STRIDER World Championships is always a fun event with a truly international contingency. This year we had participants from 11 countries including; Japan, Slovakia, & South Korea!
Not only do we have the unique privilege of hanging out and racing with them, but we also received unique gifts from their home countries.
International team; James, Todd, Mary, & Ryan show off a hand hammered knife set from Japan
Our European distributor, based in Slovakia, sent a local bottle of wine...it has since gone missing!
South Korea sent a gift box including a mother of pearl inlaid jewelry box.
We've been getting a lot of questions lately concerning the different levels of skill for riders. When my daughter first got her Strider as an 18 month old she mostly spun the wheels with the bike laying on the ground. At the time I kept wondering if she would ever ride it. When she did straddle the Strider most of her time was spent walking with her butt off the seat.
Nine months later I can barely believe how competent she has become. She wants to ride ALL the time and when there are other Strider riders around she is cruising right along with them. She's still working on balancing with her feet off the ground for extended distances, but now I know that it is the next step in her Strider progression and it will happen soon enough!
Here is a great video that comes out of Germany where the generic term for balance bike is 'laufrad'. We like this video because it shows an 18 month old Strider rider taking his first steps with his new Green Strider. Hopefully this video will give you an idea of the beginning process on a Strider. Good luck and happy Striding!
Strider Sports International has been talking about the useless nature and dangers of the tricycle since opening our doors in 2007. Many parents find out about Strider after becoming frustrated with Trikes and Training Wheels...which is the same journey that led Ryan down the road to inventing the Strider PREbike.
We love this video that we found on YouTube for a couple reasons. Watch as Grace does circles around her older brother riding a tricycle. He is unable to pedal easily, Unable to turn around without standing up and doesn't look like he's having nearly as much fun as Grace! If you took the horn off the trike we doubt he'd be having fun at all. (There is also a training wheel bike sitting there unused)
Poland checking in for our international Strider rider search! We found some great video of a Polish 2 year old Strider rider on Youtube that we wanted to share.
Hopefully he is spreading the Strider message to the other local toddlers. He is really getting the hang of using the Launchpad footrests!
As I take my two year old out for Strider rides I have found that crossing the Stride/Glide divide is definitely one of the early hurdles. She has figured out that the footrests are there. She has begun gliding with her feet off the ground on hills, but she can't quite connect the two yet.
I know it will come with time...seems like just yesterday she started sitting on the seat! When did your kids start using the footrests? Have they been working on any footrest tricks yet?