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Strider Bike Racing Toddlers Take Over Fort Worth’s Sundance Square May 6

Texas Governor Declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor Gives Biking Tips


Rapid City, SD (May 6, 2017) — Governor Greg Abbott declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day in honor of today’s Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. May is also National Bike Month. Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, runs the series and is celebrating 10 years in business with more than 1.6 million bikes sold around the world since 2007.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave tips to the Strider Balance Bike racers in the 2-year-old and under class, which included the youngest competitor – diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland from Wichita Falls, Texas. The little tyke, who has been riding her Strider Bike since she was 14 months old, enjoyed a cold beverage from her sippy cup after striding along the 600-foot plus course over and around obstacles.

Nearly 200 racers participated in the race, the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. This was the first time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington.

“Abigail started riding her Strider Bike at just 14 months old,” said Brett Crossland, Abigail’s father. “Now 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. The Strider Cup Race today was awesome!”

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, and Special Needs Races for all ages and abilities.

Roman Martinez of Sugar Land, Texas, crossed the finish line ahead of the other 2-year-old racers to take home the top trophy. The winner of the popular 3-year-old class, Braysen Yingling, traveled from Topeka, Kansas. Cason Chambers of Rockwall, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Christian Lilly of Granberry, Texas, came in first place in the 5-year-old class.

Racers in the Special Needs Class competed on the 12” models, as well as the larger 16” and 20” Strider Balance Bikes. Before the race, Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

“The fact that Strider includes us helps society see that our children can do what the rest of the kids do,” said Dr. Amanda Young, Adapted Physical Education Teacher at KinderFrogs. She recently completed her dissertation about the importance of family inclusion w/physical activity. “For most of these kids, it was their first experience on a two-wheeled bike. One of the best things with Strider Bike program is that the family can ride together, enjoying a healthy activity that gets them all outside.”

Strider worked with the Dannon Company in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community prior to today’s race.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. 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 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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It’s National Bike Month and Strider Bikes Still Trump Tricycles

10 years & 1.6 Million Bikes Sold; S.D. Gov Proclaims May 9 World Strider Day

 

Rapid City, S.D. (May 1, 2017) — May is National Bike Month, and since 2007, Strider Balance Bikes have trumped tricycles as the best way to teach toddlers to ride. Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is celebrating 10 years in business and over 1.6 million Strider® Bikes sold with several global consumer contests and the designation of Tuesday, May 9 as World Strider Day.

The Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, has proclaimed May 9 as World Strider Day to recognize the importance of inspiring healthy activities for very young children. In the Proclamation, the Governor also cites Strider’s contribution to teaching children as young as 18 months how to ride on two wheeled bicycles. The Strider Story video shares how and why Strider Bikes have changed lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKtL8a4IvX8.

Strider distributors in over 75 countries are encouraging Strider Bike riding families to submit photos of young children riding Strider Bikes, using #WorldStriderDay on Instagram and Twitter. Strider Sports is encouraging fans to check out its Facebook Page prior to May 9 to learn how they can win one of ten Limited Edition Gold 10th Anniversary STRIDER® 12 Custom Balance Bikes to help celebrate this special day and year.

May 9 was selected because it is the birthday of Bode McFarland, the son of founder and company President, Ryan McFarland and “original Strider Bike rider”.

Additional contests and celebrations are planned throughout 2017, including a Birthday Bash on August 26 in Main Street Square, Rapid City, S.D. Continue to watch Strider’s Facebook Page throughout the year for more opportunities to win Strider gear and to participate in fun events.  

Top 10 Strider Milestones

2007: Strider Sports founded in Rapid City, S.D.

2009: First bikes distributed outside North America; starts in Japan – now sold in 75+ countries

2011: First Strider World Championship Race – now dozens of races taking place around the world

2013: First Strider Education Class

2014: Strider Rider Fund launches – $850,000+ donated to date

2014: Strider awarded Interbike’s Next Generation Award

2015: Participation in Special Olympics World Games Torch Run

2015: Strider sells 1 millionth bike – now 1.6M+ sold

2016: Launch of Strider Custom Realtree Bike and Strider Rocking Base

2017: S.D. Governor declares May 9 as World Strider Day

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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Published in Press Releases
Monday, 21 August 2017 10:44

Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!

It's Our Birthday! Come Celebrate With Us!

Come one, come all to the biggest Birthday Bash Strider has ever thrown!  That’s right, we’re celebrating our 10th Birthday Bash on Saturday, August 26th in our hometown of Rapid City, SD.  Join the party at Main Street Square from 10am to 2pm as we host this free event to the public!  It’s our way of thanking the wonderful people who have supported us for that last 10 years, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it than party!

Bring your rider! Bring their Strider Bike!  Bring their helmet!

strider logos b day bashBe ready to party under the sun!  Check out all the super cool activities we’ll have available:

  • Starting Ramp
  • Small Strider Cup Race Course
  • Crazy Bike Course
  • Pump Track
  • Carnival Games
  • Crazy Adventure Zone
  • Rocker Base Row
  • Strider Art Alley
  • Time Race Course
  • Photo Booths
  • Face Painting
  • Mall Track
  • Cake Booth
  • Tattoo Booth
  • And More!

 

For the last 10 years, we’ve been teaching toddlers and children around the world how to ride bikes.  Come help us celebrate in the town that started it all!  We would love to see all the little Strider Riders out there who have the same enthusiasm and love of riding that we have at Strider.

In addition to all of the crazy, cool events we have planned, we’ll also have music, shopping, food, games, and more!  So, come on down with your little one and celebrate the Strider way!  Don't worry about parking!  The city parking ramp next to Main Street Square is free on weekends.

Don't forget to bring your bike and your helmet!

Can’t join us in Rapid City for the party? Don’t worry!  There are plenty of other ways to help us celebrate our 10th Birthday Bash.  Be sure to check out our anniversary page to see how you can participate in this monumental milestone!  From our Strider Calendar Contest to the Strider Challenge Contest, there are plenty of ways to show your Strider support and help share the Strider love.  

 

 

 

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Texas Governor declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor to Give Little Riders Tips

Rapid City, SD (April 19, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is welcoming balance bike racing toddlers, some still in diapers, to the Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon on May 6 at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas.

This is the first time the event has been held in the Lone Star State. In honor of the event, Governor Greg Abbott has declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will stop by to give the littlest bike riders tips before the first race at 9 a.m.

Pasha Ali, three-year-old racer from Trophy Club, Texas, is registered and has been practicing his “Winner Dance” for several months. His father, Nur Ali, believes riding the Strider Bike has helped Pasha improve his balance, coordination and develop quicker reflexes.

Ali, who has nearly two decades of car racing under his seatbelt, said, “I’m very excited about this season for both of us, as this is the first year we’ll race in the same calendar year; he in the Strider Cup and myself in Red Bull Global Rallycross series.”

The race is the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series, in which toddlers as young as 18 months old put their Strider Bike skills to the test. Most of the registrants for the May 6 event are from Texas, but racers are also traveling from California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington. In addition to the races, these family-friendly events feature a free Strider Adventure Zone ride and play area with Strider Bikes to test ride.

The May 6 event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online or families can still register their young rider at the packet pick-up at Cabela’s on Friday, May 5, at 12901 Cabela Drive in Fort Worth. There is no same-day race registration. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, a number plate for their bike and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open at http://www.striderbikes.com/fortworth.

A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of proud parents and grandparents cheering on racers while ringing cowbells as the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles such as dirt mounds and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.

The Strider Cup events also include races for individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs. Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. The athletes are learning to ride for the May 6 race.

Special Needs Racers compete on the 12” models, as well as Strider’s larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs.
Strider is working with employees at the Dannon Company facility in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. 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 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. To date, Strider has sold more than 1.5 million. Since its inception, Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund to organizations that serve children and adults in need. 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.

Published in Press Releases
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:43

March Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

March was another month of great Strider Calendar Contest entries! Every picture shows a unique perspective on each Strider rider's love of riding. Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from March. 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!

1aFirst

1st Place - Feet Up, Big Smile - USA

 

2nd Place March 2017

2nd Place - Lean Into the Turn - Japan

 

1cThird

3rd Place - Two Year Old Shredder - USA 

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Strider Bikes Brings Two-Wheeled Toddler Fun to American Flat Track
American Flat Track To Add Children’s Area For Eight Races

Rapid City, SD (March 14, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce it is the official sponsor of the Children’s Area for eight of the 2017 American Flat Track races this season. The Strider activation in the Children’s Area will include a Strider Adventure Zone (ride and play area) where children as young as 18 months can learn to balance and ride on the pedal-less bikes.

“It is a key objective to make our events accessible for the entire family,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The addition of the Strider Adventure Zone will open up many of our races to a new generation of fans, giving them a taste of two-wheel competition in a fun setting.”

The Strider Adventure Zone will be located in the vendor area at Daytona International Speedway – near the main injector – and will open on race day, at 2 p.m.

The first Strider Children’s Area and Strider Racing will kick off March 16 during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla. on a new TT circuit under the bright lights inside Daytona International Speedway. Other race cities include Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Red Mile, KY; Sturgis, SD; Williams Grove, PA; Rolling Hills, NY; and Perris, CA.The Children’s Area will open on Saturday of each race weekend, with the exception of Daytona, where the Strider Adventure Zone will open at 2:00pm, Thursday, March 16th.

The Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a Strider balance bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a custom designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a Strider on unique terrains and obstacles. Bikes and helmets will be provided. Admission is free for the American Flat Track Races to children under the age of twelve. Admission may be charged for adults at some of the events, and the hours of the festival area are 2:00pm-6:30pm.


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. 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.


About American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Published in In The News
Thursday, 09 March 2017 03:38

February Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

February was another month of great Strider Calendar Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from February. The top entry was once again from an international Strider rider! 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 Feb 2018 web

1st Place - Snowy Trick Riding - Russia

 

2nd Place February 2018 web

2nd Place - The Snow is Melting - USA

 

3rd Place February web

3rd Place - Time To Explore - USA 

Published in Parents Are Talking
Friday, 24 February 2017 19:21

Three Brothers and Their Well Loved Strider!

 This is the story of a very well loved Strider and its three proud owners!

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From left to right: Rhett (youngest), Trey (oldest), and Carter (middle)

all started riding on the same first generation green Strider ST-1!

 

It all started in the Spring of 2010 when Trey was 3 years old his Mom found a little bike without pedals. She says, "I was skeptical that it would be a 'beginner' bike and as soon as the kids learned to balance they would be on to a pedal bike, and the Strider would be obsolete for them. This wasn't the case at all. They all (yes, even my 10 year old) still love the Strider Bike!"

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Trey - 2010

"My kids were 3, 2, and 18 months when they started riding the Strider, and they loved being able to keep up with older kids on pedal bikes." Two of the boys (Trey and Carter), "never rode a bike with training wheels. They wouldn't even get on a pedal bike until we took the training wheels off! If I had known how well they were made, and how many years we would get out of our Strider, I wouldn't have waited so long to buy one!"

 

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Carter - 2015

After seven years, one Strider has taught two boys, and another "ten counting daycare kids, cousins, and friends! I was so hesitant because I felt like it was a beginner bike, and they would need to upgrade right away, and that's just not cost effective. Boy was I wrong!"

 

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Rhett - 2016

"Our youngest just turned two and I'm sure that as soon as he can reach the pedals on his big brothers' bikes, he will be off!" Until then he'll be riding his recently upgraded Strider 12" Sport that showed up at his door (above)! Can't wait to hear about his future success, and to check back in with this Strider 7 years from now!

 

At Strider we love riding bikes, and we love encouraging kids to ride! We love hearing your success stories, and seeing amazing pictures of Strider riders from around the globe. Share your stories and photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To share your best photos you can enter our monthly calendar contest HERE. If you're taking your Strider on vacation with you this Summer make sure to keep the "Where Has Your Strider Taken You" contest in mind for your truly epic shots!

Published in Parents Are Talking
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 01:14

January Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

You're starting off 2017 with some amazing Strider Calendar Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from January. It's nice to see more entries coming in from Strider riders all over the globe. 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 January Web

1st Place - Whatcha Doin'? - Vietnam

 

2nd Place January Web

2nd Place - Watch This! - USA

 

3rd Place January Web

3rd Place - Big Smile - Thailand

 

 

 

 

Published in Parents Are Talking
Monday, 23 January 2017 15:12

Photography Tips for Strider Parents!

Whether it's on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account we see a ton of photos from proud Strider parents! Honestly, it's one of the best parts about our jobs. Our top 3 list of favorite photos is: 1. Smiling Strider riders 2. Strider staff members riding bikes 3. Puppies (because, puppies).

All of the photos that are posted on our wall or tagged with #StrideOn are amazing snippets of the global Strider story. In the last 10 years we've also taken a lot of photos at events, in studio, and even of our own kids when they come visit us at work. In this post we've put together some easy ways to improve your photos whether they're for your family photo album, the monthly Strider Calendar Contest, or the recently announced "Where Has Your Strider Taken You" 10th anniversary photo contest. 

Hopefully you'll find these tips useful whether you have a $5000 DSLR, a point and shoot, or you're primarily taking pictures with your phone.

PhotoGuide11. Get down low - Do you want a photo of your Strider riders beautiful smiling face or the top of their helmet? If you get down to eye level you're sure to capture a more interesting image then standing at fullheight, shooting towards the ground. Feeling really adventurous? Kneel or even lay on the ground for a unique photo perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

RuleOfThirds2. Rule of thirds - Many photographers will cite the "Rule of Thirds" as the basis for a well balanced photo. Imagine breaking down your image into thirds (horizontally and vertically). By placing the main subject of the photo at intersections the viewer is naturally drawn to a focal point and there is plenty of room left in the photo to give context to the image. You can do this by intentionally framing shots while taking them or afterwards in photoshop or other editing software. 

 

3. Flash On - When you are outside...yes, you did read that right! You can manually switch the flash on your DSLR or the camera on your phone. It will even out the shadows cast by that helmet they are wearing to protect that sweet little brain of theirs.

 

PuddleSplash4. Anticipate - Watch where your Strider rider is heading and you will catch the perfect moment! 

 

5. Photos in Motion - The faster the shutter speed, the easier it is to stop the action in front of you. Most DSLR or a point and shoot digital camera will have a "sports" preset on your camera.

 

 

Good luck and happy shooting!

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