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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:12

June Strider Photo Contest Winners!

52 amazing entries in June made it a tough month for the Strider staff to pick the top 3! Below are the winning photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ for June. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1st Place June 2018 web

1st Place - Striding With Mom and Dad - USA

 

2nd Place June 2018 Web

2nd Place - WOOOOW - Costa Rica

 

3rd Place June 2018 Web

3rd Place - Big Strides - USA 

Published in Parents Are Talking
Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:34

May Strider Photo Contest Winners!

May was another month of amazing Strider Photo Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from May. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1st Place May 2018 web

1st Place - Striding With A Buddy - USA

 

2nd Place May 2018 web

2nd Place - Feet Up and Cruising - USA

 

3rd Place May web

3rd Place - Big Smiles - USA 

Published in Parents Are Talking

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Wow – that was one windy and hot afternoon in Lincoln, but none of that seemed to bother the 160+ racers. Little legs battled the wind and strode over, through and around various obstacles – including our cool mister, once that heat and humidity kicked in. We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We ended up with just over 170 registered racers, and it was wonderful to see several returning racers from 2016. Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, for the wonderful support, lemonade and water. A big thanks also to SCHEELS for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Keller Williams, Black Hills Energy, Lincoln Children’s Museum, and FedEx. Thanks also to the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as the City of Lincoln for their support! We had a fantastic time in Tower Square of Lincoln, Nebraska, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with their Strider bike.  Thank you for the hospitality and hope to see you in Salt Lake City!

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 49

  • 1#117 Rhett Elkins - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#133 Ellie Larson - Kearney, NE
  • 3#142 Maxwell "Maxxx" Carney - Clif Carney
  • 4#147 Lander Wirth - Gretna, NE
  • 5#123 October "Tobey" Jenkins - Beatrice, NE
  • 6#103 Ronan Flippin - Gretna, NE
  • 7#145 Shea Jermain - Liberty, MO
  • 8#105 August Schultz - Lincoln, NE
  • 9#141 James Nekuda - Kearney, MO
  • 10#114 Preston Dockhorn - Monroe, NE
  • 11#104 William Crane - Minden, NE
  • 12#110 Bentley Lantis - Omaha, NE
  • 13#132 Emmett Irene - Lincoln, NE
  • 14#119 Micah Brumm - Lincoln, NE
  • 15#101 Lennon Nelson - Omaha, NE
  • 16#111 Noah Andre - Kearney, NE

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 51

  • 1#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 2#142 Cruz "Cruzy the Racer" Gallegos - Santa Fe, NM
  • 3#116 Brady Pearson - Omaha, NE
  • 4#144 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 5#147 Jensyn Codr - Omaha, NE
  • 6#120 Asher Huerta - Bellevue, NE
  • 7#111 Paladin Knust - Blue Springs, MO
  • 8#135 Cooper "Buttercup" McKinney - Gowrie, IA
  • 9#126 Daniel "DJ" Applegate - Lincoln, NE
  • 10#143 Kaleb Edwards - Palmyra, NE
  • 11#115 Santiago Gonzalez - Clovis, NM
  • 12#137 Jase Stark - Hickman, NE
  • 13#149 Theo Plooster - Malcolm, NE
  • 14#124 Easton Allen - Belton, MO
  • 15#123 Henry Norton - Lincoln, NE

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 47

  • 1#142 Drake "Silas" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#120 Keller Larson - Kearney, NE
  • 3#103 Madden "Danger" Thulin - Topeka, KS
  • 4#106 Colin Wettergel - Elkhorn, NE
  • 5#105 Nash Edwards - Marysville, KS
  • 6#135 Karter "Kar Kar" Gailey - Fort Dodge, IA
  • 7#119 Liam Uhl - Mapleton, IA
  • 8#131 Ayden Schmidt - Harrisburg, SD
  • 9#136 Brecken Vetick - Genoa, NE
  • 10#117 Preston Herbolsheimer - Lincoln, NE
  • 11#111 Silas "Si" Hill - Leon, IA
  • 12#104 Monroe Nelson - Omaha, NE
  • 13#144 Madelyn Sherman - Lincoln, NE
  • 14#122 Eldyn DeFreece - Cairo, NE
  • 15#108 Gavin "Ninja Fast" Berg - New Hope, MN
  • 16#133 Harlynn Frerichs - Bennington, NE

  

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 9

  • 1#106 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 2#101 Maddox Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD
  • 3#105 Brennan Klug - Gretna, NE
  • 4#108 Ethan Reiman - Lincoln, NE
  • 5#104 Bailey Wiliams - Beaver City, NE
  • 6#103 Cade Gentrup - Lincoln, NE
  • 7#107 Zack "Bubba" James - Lincoln, NE
  • 8#102 Logan Brehm - Lincoln, NE

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11

  • 1#177 Andy Brockmeier (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 1#176 Robert Michael (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#178 DJ Steiner (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 3#185 Rylan Widga (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 4#184 Moses Stevenson (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 5#182 Patricia Palafox-Huber (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 6#175 Haley Aernie (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 7#180 Noel Canaan (16" Strider) - Lincoln,NE

 

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Check the Strider Facebook and Instagram pages for photos of the Lincoln race! The Lincoln CBS TV affiliate, 1010 News, covered the event with this piece: Strider Bike Racing ReturnsThe Lincoln Journal-Star also came out and wrote the article: Big Win for a Small Boy: Strider Cup Special Needs Race Empowers Children. They also posted images at Photos: Strider Cup Race.

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Tour de France of Toddler Racing Features Strider Bikes in Lincoln

Governor Pete Ricketts Declares Kids Bike & Smile Day

Mayor Chris Beutler Declares Youth Cycling Day


Rapid City, SD (June 10, 2017) — Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, welcomed future Tour de France riders to the Strider Cup Race Presented by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers today at Tower Square in Lincoln. In honor of the event, Governor Pete Ricketts declared June 10 Kids Bike & Smile Day, and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler has declared it Youth Cycling Day.

The Wall Street Journal article, Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing, recently shared, “Training wheels have been disrupted. Today, more children than ever are learning on balance bikes … The concept is simple: The more a child rides a balance bike, the more comfortable he or she becomes on two wheels.”

Since 2007, Strider Balance Bikes have trumped tricycles as the best way to teach toddlers to ride. Strider Sports is celebrating 10 years in business and over 1.6 million Strider Bikes sold in more than 75 countries.

Toddlers, some still in diapers, strode along the 600-foot plus course over and around obstacles at the Strider Cup Race. The youngest registrant was Roman Hirt from Junction, KS, at just 18 months old. He’s been on his Strider Bike for just a month and grinned throughout the entire race.

Today’s race was the third of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. Most of the 172 registrants came from across Nebraska, but racers traveled from Canada and over nine states, including Texas and Florida.

Siblings 3-year-old Ezra and 4-year-old Madelyn Sherman raced their hearts out. Madelyn recently transitioned to a pedal bike without using training wheels. Their mother, Becky, said the event was well-organized and fun, adding, “cycling is a wonderful sport for families. Starting on a Strider Bike is not scary or intimidating. Both Ezra and Madelyn wake up in the morning and want to ride. We get out a few times every day, and it’s good for me too!”

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they received either a trophy or a medal and posed for the cheering crowd. The event included races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, as well as riders with special needs. Strider donated bikes to Easterday Recreation Center for area children with disabilities to participate in the Special Needs Races.

Rhett Elkins from Lincoln sped his way to the top of the 2-year-old class, one of the largest fields of the day. In the 3-year-old class, Case Dubbelde of Rapid City captured the number one spot on the podium. Drake “Silas” Franklin of Lincoln came in first among the 4-year-old racers. In the final race of the day, 5-year-old Brecken Yingling, who traveled from Topeka, KS, took home first place in his class.

The first two 2017 Strider Cup races were held May 6 in Fort Worth, Texas and May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Raising Cane’s & Southern Hospitality Ventures

The Lincoln and Grand Island franchise—Southern Hospitality Ventures—was opened in 2006 by Justin and Jennifer Jones, who moved to Nebraska from Louisiana. Since opening their first location, they have set out to make a change in their community by becoming active community leaders with programs such as this one. Since 2006, the franchise has given back over $1.4 million to the communities in which their restaurants are located.

Raising Cane’s has One Love—chicken fingers—and focuses its menu offering on fresh, made-to-order chicken fingers paired with their homemade Cane’s sauce, grilled Texas toast, creamy coleslaw, and crinkle-cut French fries. facebook.com/CanesNebraska or twitter.com/CanesLincoln

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

 

 

 

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What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Pittsburgh’s SouthSide Works!  None of those mighty two year olds seemed to be bothered by a bit of rain or puddles. Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including some very sharp turns! We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We even witnessed a few victory dances.  We ended up with just over 150 registered racers! Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor MedExpress, for the wonderful support and water. A big thanks also to Thick Bikes for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Eat’n Park Restaurants, DICK’S Sporting Goods, QDoba, and Amica Insurance. Finally, we’d like to thank Mayor Bill Peduto for joining us to congratulate the riders of the Special Needs race class. 

We had a fantastic and memorable time in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider.  Thank you for the hospitality and LET’S GO PENS! 

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 51

  • 1#136 Luke "Duke" Liberto - Mount Airy, MD
  • 2#142 D'Nero Willbrich - Silver Spring, MD
  • 3#138 Cameron Kline - Clymer, PA
  • 4#118 Emilio "Lio" Hernandez - Bethesda, MD
  • 5#108 Lincoln Dooley - Alexandria, VA
  • 6#113 Cooper King - Cortland, OH
  • 7#121 Jace Crissman - Emlenton, PA
  • 8#101 Tatum Redshaw - White Oak, PA
  • 9#114 Alan Roe - Dearborn, MI
  • 10#130 Jaxson Turner - Clarkston, MI
  • 11#145 Layne Hendershot - Washington, WV
  • 12#107 Albert Wang - Wooster, OH
  • 13#127 Lucas "Lukey" Pavelka - Greensburg, PA 
  • 14#105 Alexis Heagerty - Avalon, PA
  • 15#106 Maddy Mieczkowski - Coraopolis, PA
  • 16#116 Dillon Dressel - Westfield, PA
  • 17#132 Addison Kennedy - Moon Township, PA

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 44

  • 1#108 Drazen Caso - Masontown, WV
  • 2#115 Blaze Thompson - West Middlesex, PA
  • 3#140 Boston McReynolds - Camden, OH
  • 4#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 5#142 JP Pickens - Shamokin, PA
  • 6#111 Shawn Madeja - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 7#116 Carter Wharrey - Valencia, PA
  • 8#133 Domenic DePaoli - Mars, PA
  • 9#119 Brantley Smas - Nottingham, NH
  • 10#139 Lucas Hall - Jefferson Hills, PA
  • 11#123 Brodie Huey - Howell, MI
  • 12#118 Lydia Tsesmilles - Kensington, OH
  • 13#104 Mycal Jones - Jeannette, PA
  • 14#145 Kaylena Gould - New Kensington, PA
  • 15#112 Lucas Saturinas - Bellevue, PA
  • 16#122 Clyde Gibson IV - Woodbine, MD

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 34

  • 1#102 Hudson Hitchings - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2#122 Mason Turner - Clarkston, MI
  • 3#115 Drew Eldred - Trout Run, PA
  • 4#129 Gavin Leaf - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 5#134 Rowan Bowser - Worthington, PA
  • 6#124 Davin Faye - Livermore, CA
  • 7#118 Alex Haight - Wadsworth, OH
  • 8#111 Brayden Cooney - Imperial, PA
  • 9#132 Kenzie Swain - Oakdale, PA
  • 10#103 Steven Heagerty - Avalon, PA
  • 11#113 DJ Cline - Export, PA
  • 12#133 Shizuku Matsumoto - Mars, PA
  • 13#108 Colton Dowler - Belpre, OH

 

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 13

  • 1#106 Trevor Smith - Stonesboro, PA
  • 2#112 Brian "Crazy Legs" Catron - Baltimore, MD
  • 3#102 Brandon Hart - Delmont, PA
  • 4#103 Connor Clemons - Saint Leonard, MD
  • 5#111 Jamir Hughes - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 6#104 Thomas DeVincentis - New Castle, PA
  • 7#108 Elliana "Ellie" Stanton - Russell, PA
  • 8#107 Joh Yamada - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 9#109 Maxwell "Max" Parker - Centreville, VA
  • 10#105 Paizley Sparks - Brackenridge, PA
  • 11#113 Lydia Garland - Baltimore, MD
  • 12#110 Ashwin Raja - McDonald, PA
  • 13#101 Mateo DiBernardo - Monongahela, PA

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11

  • 1#198 Connor Fish - Marshall, MI
  • 2#194 Matthias Shelton - Monroeville, PA
  • 3#193 Nydia Deeter - Titusville, PA
  • 4#187 Benjamin Shaffer - Drums, PA

 

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Wall Street Journal Confirms Strider Balance Bikes Make Training Wheels Obsolete

ESPN writes Strider Cup Racing is “something you need to see to believe”

Rapid City, SD (May 31, 2017) — A feature story and video in The Wall Street Journal declares Balance Bikes: The End of Training Wheels. Writer Jason Gay attended the Strider Cup Race in Fort Worth, writing in Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing:

“Training wheels have been disrupted. Today, more children than ever are learning on balance bikes … The concept is simple: The more a child rides a balance bike, the more comfortable he or she becomes on two wheels.”

ESPN shared Gay’s article on Instant Awesome: Say hello to the ‘Tour de France’ of toddler bicycle racing, adding, “Honestly, this is something you need to see to believe.”

Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, hosts the series and is celebrating 10 years and 1.6 million bikes sold since 2007.

“Strider Bikes teach balance and inspire kids as young as 18 months old to enjoy the freedom of two wheels,” said Strider CEO and Founder Ryan McFarland. “Tricycles and training wheels are a disservice to all. Most children who start on a Strider Bike transition easier and faster to a pedal bike than those who start on three wheels.”

USA Cycling’s President Derek Bouchard-Hall has two daughters who started on balance bikes and were riding pedal bikes by age five. In Gay’s article, Bouchard-Hall noted, “Balance bikes are highly effective at helping kids learn to ride … They’ve made training wheels obsolete from the perspective of many parents—including me.”

Diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland raced at Fort Worth. Her dad, Brett, said, “She wakes up, grabs her helmet and is at the back door waiting to go most mornings. We’re glad to see her excited about her bike instead of a screen or other toys.”

Strider Cup events include races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds and Special Needs Races. After the Fort Worth race, Strider held one in Pittsburgh on May 27. The next races are June 10, Lincoln, NE, and the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as riders of all ages with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

 

Published in Press Releases

It's our tenth anniversary and we're giving away ten prizes to Strider parents from around the globe! The 2017 Strider World Strider Day Photo Contest had almost 200 entries from seventeen countries. The randomly selected winners are below, and all of the entries can be found on our Flickr page.

If you see your photo below you will receive an email notification with more information by next week. A huge thanks to everyone who entered...if you didn't win make sure to keep snapping photos and send them in for the monthly photo contest and the Where Has Your Strider Taken You contest.

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USA


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Canada

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Thailand

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Hong Kong

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Costa Rica

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 02:47

A Tale of Two Sons: Transition to Pedal

Guest Blog by Tammy Billings

My husband and I have two boys, who are sixteen and five years old. The transition to a pedal bike without training wheels couldn’t have been more different. 

Strider, with their no-pedal bikes, turned our youngest son into an instant, bike-riding success story.  They taught him balance... which is really the key to riding a bike.  They gave him the confidence of a big kid, when he took off without training wheels, on the Big Boy Bike.

Here are their stories…

Frustration with the Oldest

When our older son was a preschooler, we bought him a bicycle for his birthday that had training wheels and a giant superhero shield on the handlebars.  He rode it everywhere we went, until he was simply too big for it any longer.  With an upcoming birthday, we bought him a bigger bike, and my husband and I spent an entire weekend devoted to Operation Learn to Ride.  We held the back of our son's bike seat, and took turns jogging beside him, as he wobbled back and forth, and tipped over more times than either one of us could count.  We may have thrown our hands into the air repeatedly and declared, "He's NEVER going to get this!  He's going to be the only college kid on his campus who can't ride a bike!" 

By the end of the weekend, we all high-fived one another, admired our well-toned calf muscles from all the running, and proclaimed our son to be a proficient bike rider.

We went to work on Monday morning, to rest and recover.  We had jogged beside that little blue bicycle for what felt like three consecutive marathons, before the wobbling and wrecking turned into a smooth, balanced ride.

New start with the youngest

Years later, it was time to buy our second son a tiny bike.  Some friends of ours recommended a brand called Strider.  My husband and I had never heard of Strider bikes before.  We were a little skeptical about the fact that these bikes... um... HAD NO PEDALS. What kind of bike didn't have pedals on it?Tammy blog photo cropped 

Our friends insisted that their sons had skipped training wheels altogether, as they'd gone straight from their Strider bikes to big-kid bikes.  So... we bought one.  It was tiny and blue.  Our two-year-old loved helping his dad unpack the bike's parts from the big birthday box, so they could put it together.  Once he sat down, he was completely smitten with it.

I still scrunched my brow and thought, "Is this even a REAL bike, without the pedals?"  But... he loved it, and off he went.  He was thrilled and content.

For the next three years, our little man rode that blue Strider.  He put enough miles on it to circle the globe twenty-seven times.  His balance improved so much, he was like a little mountain goat riding that bike. 

He could cruise along the sidewalks faster than his friends, who were using bikes with pedals and training wheels.  A few moms asked me, "Do his tiny little legs get tired on that bike?"  They didn't seem to. 

He was so fast on that Strider, he became known as the Neighborhood Blur.

When he turned four, his grandparents bought him the Big Boy Bike. It was bright orange, with pedals.  It had training wheels.  He tried it out, and he liked it... but he couldn't go as fast on it as he could on his Strider.  The training wheels created entirely too much drag, and his race times were flailing.  He gave up the Big Boy Bike, to go back to his Strider.  Faster is always better in our boy's mind.

When he was four, we traveled through the Black Hills, in South Dakota,  and stopped at the end of the trip at a mall, where we saw a bunch of tiny little Strider Bikes set up on a race course.  We knew we had a long car ride ahead of us, so we told him to grab a bike and go.

He did.

As soon as he took off... like a fired shot from the starting line... the attendant said, "Um... He has one of our bikes at home, doesn't he?"  Yes.  Yes, he did.  Our preschooler whipped through the Strider race course there in the mall like a professional.  He was given a little yellow ribbon when he was done, which he carried with him FOR WEEKS afterward, until it was crumpled and crushed.  He was as proud of that little yellow ribbon as an athlete is with an Olympic gold medal.

Youngest transitions with ease

This spring, our little man turned five.  I told my husband that we should take the training wheels off his Big Boy Bike, and give it a go, as soon as they were done raking some leaves around our driveway.  We have good friends who have a little girl who is four and a half.  She had just learned to ride her Big Girl Bike the previous weekend, after two years on her pink Strider.  She was the tiniest, cutest thing ever, riding a real bike without training wheels. 

After the previous, difficult experience with our older son, we psyched ourselves up for another weekend of running alongside our boy, helping him to balance and learn to ride.

Fifteen minutes later, my husband came inside and I asked him if he was ready to dismantle the training wheels.  He replied, "Yeah... I already did that.  He took off riding.  He did great."

I was stunned.

The training wheels came off.  Our little boy, who had just turned five a couple of weeks earlier, sat down on the bike... and he pedaled off into the sunset.  There was no running beside him. There was no holding his Big Boy Bike, while he got his balance figured out.  Because that balance part?  He'd been doing that all along on his Strider! 

We had no idea that it was going to translate into him not needing his parents to help him ride a bike without training wheels!  He really and truly got on that big bike... balanced it like he'd been born doing it... and rode off down the street.

Strider saved us from an entire weekend of jogging beside a little bicycle, while we held onto the back of our son's seat.  Strider took a parenting tradition away from us, which parents have been doing since the invention of the two-wheeled bike.  We wanted to clap and throw confetti everywhere!!  Our only regret is that our sixteen-year-old son had never gotten the privilege of owning a Strider bicycle. 

Difference a Strider Bike makes

Strider, honestly, makes learning to ride a bike simple.  They make kids immediately feel good about themselves.

Thank you, Strider.  We have recommended your bikes to every parent of young kids we know now.  Our friends with the four- year-old daughter said she learned to ride her Big Girl Bike the exact same way. 

Her mother even boldly said that Strider Bikes should be a standard gift for every baby shower thrown!  I couldn't agree more!

Well done, Strider.  Well done.

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Tammy Billings

  Guest blogger: Tammy Billings is a mother of two. You can find additional musings at her blog https://www.jedi-mama.com/.

Published in Parents Are Talking

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What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Fort Worth's Sundance Square! Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including the fountains. We ended up with just over 200 registered racers! Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor, Dannon, for the wonderful support and delicious yogurt samples. A big thanks also to CLIF Kid for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Richardson Bike Mart, the Fort Worth Zoo, Splash Kingdom Waterpark, and Nestle Toll House Café. Finally, we’d like to thank Kyle of the Balance Bike Riders Group and Mayor Betsy Price for joining us on election day.
We had a wonderful time in your very friendly city of Fort Worth, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider. Thank you for the hospitality!

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

News Coverage: Fort Worth Star-TelegramWall Street JournalESPN SportsNationOutside Magazine

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 74

  • 1#101 Roman Martinez - Sugar Land, TX 
  • 2#139 Everett Higgs - Bushland, TX
  • 3#115 Brixton "B-Man" Brown - Lewisville, TX
  • 4#162 Theodor "Teddy" Conrad - San Marcos, TX
  • 5#114 Jacob "Jake" White - Bedford, TX
  • 6#137 AJ Angeles - Murphy, TX
  • 7#116 Shane Rattan - Fort Worth, TX
  • 8#122 Maddox "Mad Man" Crow - Frisco, TX
  • 9#117 Wyatt Franer - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#172 Hadley Whitlow
  • 11#127 Jaxon Fisher - Burleson, TX
  • 12#133 Andrew "Buddy" Thurlow - Bedford, TX
  • 13#151 Emma Bowman - Alvin, TX 
  • 14#138 Deacon Rains - Richardson, TX

 

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 67

  • 1#135 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, Kansas
  • 2#106 Graham Wells - Frisco, TX
  • 3#116 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 4#127 Sawyer Whitmire - Fort Worth, TX
  • 5#121 Ariel De Sandozequi - Arlington, TX
  • 6#166 Emmary Hoover 
  • 7#129 Knox Thornton - Wylie, TX
  • 8#154 Giovanni Chavarria - Plano, TX
  • 9#101 Colton Jensen - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#151 Brylen McBride - Fort Worth, TX
  • 11#102 Boone Shires - Plano, TX
  • 12#167 Jett Jobe
  • 13#156 Mason Hardcastle - Denton, TX

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 27

  • 1#104 Cason Chambers - Rockwall, TX
  • 2#126 Emmet Zvekan
  • 3#118 Cole Pittman - Bossier City, LA
  • 4#117 Chase Staples - Lantana, TX
  • 5#102 Reagan Roaquin - Leander, TX
  • 6#127 Liam Harrell
  • 7#119 Ryder Chen - Houston, TX
  • 8#112 Graham Pettersson - Fort Worth, TX
  • 9#106 Brantley Painter - Houston, TX
  • 10#107 Dez Eschenbach - Euliss, TX

 

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 15

  • 1#112 Christian Lilley - Granberry, TX
  • 2#104 Travis Zapata - Fort Worth, TX
  • 3#111 Aidan Sakich - Golden, TX
  • 4#106 Colton "Showtime" Bowman - Alvin, TX
  • 5#105 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 6#110 Mason Armstrong - Fort Worth, TX
  • 7#101 Austin Aylor - Graham, TX
  • 8#113 Issac Camarillo
  • 9#108 Silas Flowers - Grapevine, TX
  • 10#107 Brycen Barnett - Burleson, TX
  • 11#115 Shlok Munigala
  • 12#103 Olivia Bainbridge - Haslet, TX
  • 13#102 Nathan Saul - Fort Worth, TX
  • 14#114 Emmanuel Ortega
  • 15#109 Lilian Conrad - San Marcos, TX

 

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Published in Strider Racing
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:23

April Strider Photo Contest Winners!

April was another month of amazing Strider Photo Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from April. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1stPlaceApril2018Web

1st Place - Sandstone Exploration - USA

 

2ndPlaceApril2018Web

2nd Place - Watch This, Mom! - USA

 

3rdPlaceApril2018Web

3rd Place - Don't Forget To Stay Hydrated - Philippines 

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