Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 Jody Perewitz

Jody Perewitz

 

About the build:

“They are wicked cool little bikes,” said Jody Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fab when I asked what she thought of Strider Balance Bikes. In fact, she said she’d bought one for her niece and also told how a friend’s son got right on a mini bike after starting out on a Strider.

It was especially nice of Jody to be so positive because her Dad, custom builder and painter Dave Perewitz, had volunteered Jody to customize a Strider for the Flying Piston Breakfast – even before he asked her! But if you know Jody, you know she’s a sweetheart.

If you’ve seen her work, you also know she’s developing a talent. And while that might be aided by tutoring and proximity to her famous father, it’s also more apparent every day that she draws upon her own instincts and abilities. Her take on this tiny custom is evidence of that.

Jody’s Strider exhibits biker cues such as brass knuckles and skulls handled in a gentle, almost cartoon fashion that’s just right. Laid down with copious layers of pink, blue and purple metalflake, these elements combine for the perfect union of edginess and fun.

A wicked cool little bike? Yep, that’s exactly what Jody Perewitz brought to the Flying Piston party!

 

Jody's 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

Published in Pay It Forward

Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

Pat Patterson

Pat Patterson on one of his custom bikes during a shop visit to Led Sled Customs. Dayton, OH, USA. February 6, 2012. Photography ©2012 Michael Lichter.

About the build:

When we pitched the idea of customizing a tiny Strider bicycle to Led Sled’s Pat Patterson, there was no hesitation. “Sure,” he said, “both my kids learned on them and never needed training wheels. They were riding pedal bikes by age 3.”

How he managed to fit the job into his other work is a mystery; Led Sled runs flat out all the time. But once the day of the unveiling got closer, Pat got to work and met the deadline, with at least a couple of hours to spare.

He told us he patterned the Strider Custom after his “Naked Truth” bike; that’s the full-size custom motorcycle he built in 2015 for the Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art exhibition. Curated by Michael Lichter, the Naked Truth theme that year focused on bare metal, form, and craftsmanship – no paint or graphics.

 

Pat's 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

Published in Pay It Forward

Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

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About the build:

When Paul Yaffe texted me a picture of Low Brow’s peanut gas tank and asked if I could procure one for his Strider custom, it threw me off at first. I politely confirmed that he was aware of the fact that Strider Balance Bikes didn’t have engines (yes, he’d noticed) – then reached out to Tyler at Low Brow.

Well, you can see where Paul was going with the concept: a Captain America-style chopper Strider had to have a gas tank, right?

If only for the classy red, white & blue paint scheme. And as you'll see from the pictures, Paul was flat out stoked about the project, no holds barred.

He started out by cutting the stock bike into pieces, then stretched the frame with an extra length of channel. He sourced a spoked front wheel, then fabricated the front end, fender and sissybar. Research showed that Strider once offered spoked wheels, one of which would match the front, and Strider kindly provided it. After chroming and assembly, the Low Brow tank went out for paint and Paul reached out to LePera for the miniature king and queen seat, complete with studs, of course.

Yep, it’s a chopper, baby! And definitely one of a kind! Below see more images:

 

Paul's 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

Published in Pay It Forward

Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

Rick Fairless 3

 

About the build:

Rick Fairless’s far out, tie-dyed sensibilities belie his early adopter attitude. See, there’s nothing retro about Rick’s awareness of cool opportunities. That’s why the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast organizers (Jeff Najar and Marilyn Stemp) were delighted but not surprised that Rick stepped up before anyone else to customize a Strider Balance Bike to be unveiled at the 4th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip breakfast event.

 

Rick's 2018 Custom Strider Rider

Here’s how the stock Strider was transformed in the Strokers Dallas workshop:

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"We put on some new spoke wheels twice the size of the stock wheels. To compensate for the taller wheels, we stretched the read end 4 inches. We built some RF Custom Z bars and added a cool springer front end. We also mounted some custom fenders and a custom seat. Then we finished her off with a Rick Fairless signature psychedelic/tie-dye paint job.”

 

 

 

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

Published in Pay It Forward

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Do you have a bunch of great photos of your adorable (most of the time) STRIDER rider(s) on your hard drive? Would you like to see him/her on the 2016 STRIDER Rider Calendar? Each month the employees of Strider Sports International will pick their favorite photo from those sent in. That month's winning photo will:

  1. Be in the STRIDER calendar for 2016
  2. Be the banner photo for the next month of 2015 on the Strider Bike facebook page
  3. The top photo each month will receive a $200 product voucher for bikes, accessories, or parts from the Strider Sports webstore. The 2nd place photo each month will receive a $100 product voucher for the Strider Sports webstore and the 3rd place photo with the will receive a $50 product voucher!

Rules and Regulations:

The 2015 STRIDER Calendar can be purchased HERE!

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Published in Parents Are Talking

 

Sometimes it's too wet, cold, or dark to go STRIDER riding outside. Here's the perfect solution to inside down time...STRIDER Coloring Pages!

Just click on the image below and a printable pdf file will automatically download for some indoor fun on Thanksgiving Day!

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Or print out the STRIDER silhouette and make a Hand Turkey going for a ride!

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Have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Coloring.


Published in Stuff and Whatnot