- I grew up in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
- I love to hunt and fish with my family.
- Denver Broncos are my favorite NFL Team.
- I am not Spanish, even though my last name is Martinez.
- I was adopted.
- I lived in a school bus.
- My favorite color is green.
- Jack Kerouac's On The Road is my favorite book.
- My favorite band is Social Distortion.
- I am in the elusive 100 days of skiing club the "Ski Bum Club."
3rd Place September
The Newest In Strider’s Line Of Popular No-Pedal Balance Bikes Sports An Ultra Light, Aluminum Frame For Maximum Performance
Rapid City, SD (September 25, 2013) — Strider Sports Intl., Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is bringing lightweight performance to a new level with the new STRIDER ST-PRO. Designed for kids aged 18 months to five years old, the STRIDER ST-PRO will have children cruising on asphalt, grass, and even more demanding obstacles with the strength of an aluminum frame for total control on any terrain.
The STRIDER ST-PRO was designed and built based on the same, simple, lightweight, no-pedal design as the original STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bike. It is the perfect bike for toddlers to start exploring life on two wheels. The lightweight durability of the aluminum frame makes it a true multi-functional bike for the adventuresome child. And at under 5 pounds, it is the lightest STRIDER available to date. The STRIDER ST-PRO received impressive reactions during its debut this past week at Interbike 2013 in Las Vegas.
The STRIDER ST-PRO offers many of the same features as the STRIDER ST-4 model, but with an emphasis on lightweight performance.
- Simple, ultra-lightweight design (4.9 pounds)
o Perfect for toddlers aged 18 months - 5 years old.
- All-Aluminum Frame, Fork, Handlebars, and Seat Post
o Lightweight and Stylish look from a true aluminum frame
- Patented STRIDER LAUNCHPAD Footrests
o Uniquely integrated into frame and positioned for advanced riding skills.
- Puncture-Proof EVA Polymer Tires
o Eliminate flats at approximately half the weight of an inflatable tire.
- Adjustable Aluminum Seat & Handlebar
o Keeps bike properly fit for a growing child – all the way from 18 months to 5 years!
- Stylish Number Plate
“The STRIDER ST-PRO is a natural progression for Strider Bikes,” said Ryan McFarland, Founder and President of Strider Bikes. “The aluminum frame is the perfect way for STRIDER Riders to take the next step with their riding, whether it’s onto the playground or the dirt track. We can’t wait to see toddlers enjoying life on two wheels in more ways than ever before!”
Every once in a while we get an email from a concerned parent saying, "We bought our son a STRIDER and he just isn't interested" or "Our daughter will ride for a couple minutes, but she doesn't seem to be getting it".
There may be many reasons these questions arise, but the leading cause may simply be boredom. Below are a couple games you can play with your STRIDER rider that will be fun for them and also work on their STRIDER skills. Whether they are just beginning or have mastered balance these suggestions should help motivate your rider to get in the saddle!
1. Run Over My Foot - This is a great way to get the youngest STRIDER riders moving around and can be played anywhere. Keep moving your foot as they get close to running it over, but make sure you let them get you once in a while. Make it even more fun by rolling around on the floor in fake agony! The downside to this game is they may run over random feet when out for a ride...
2. Follow the leader - If you have a STRIDER group this is an easy way for everyone to have fun. Pick one rider as "the leader". Encourage the leader to speed up, slow down, ride in circles, and weave around objects. Every couple of minutes yell out the name of the new leader. This is a favorite at my house when riding with my kids. As your STRIDER rider progesses add more advanced skills when you're the leader: ride off a small curb, pop a wheelie, lead them in a figure eight, stand up, or encourage them to lift their feet up.
3. Chalk Lines - This is an especially good one for kids hesitant to fully trust their balance skills. Use sidewalk chalk to draw two lines. The goal is to have both feet off the ground from one line to the next. Start with the lines relatively close to each other. As their balance abilities increase draw the lines further apart. I've also used this game to work on more advanced striding skills like; Use of the Launchpad Footrests on the frame of the STRIDER while they are balancing and even standing on the footrests between lines.
4. Red Light, Green Light - In this game, you are the "stop light". Stand about 15-20 feet away from your STRIDER rider(s). When you face away yell, "Green Light". The kids can ride towards you until you yell, "Red Light" and turn around. The goal is for them to stop before you turn around. The first person to touch the "stop light" wins. The added benefit is that your rider will have it drilled into them to stop when you yell "Red Light" when they get too far ahead of you or you need them to stop!
Remember, the key to STRIDER success is fun! Get out on your bike with your kids...these games may rekindle your own love of 2 wheeled adventure as well! Stride On
Strider™ Balance Bikes To Roll Into the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play
Strider Adventure Zone To Teach Toddlers and Kids How To Ride On Two Wheels!
Rapid City, SD (Sept. 9, 2013) — Strider Sports Intl. Inc, the world’s premier no-pedal balance bike manufacturer, in conjunction with USA BMX, will host an Outdoor Adventure Zone at Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play on the Nethermead at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 21 from 10 AM – 4 PM.
The Strider Adventure Zone features STRIDER test rides and opportunities for kids of all ages to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding on two wheels. 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. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, the STRIDER balance bike models are perfect for children aged 18 months to ten years. STRIDER bikes and helmets will be provided.
Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play is a day full of activities, games, sports, music and PLAY! For more information, go to http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/road-to-wwdop.
Here are the Top 3 photos as chosen by the STRIDER staff for August 2013! We loved all of the entries for August so it was hard narrowing it down to these 3...go check all of them out for yourself on our Flickr page.
If you were a winner make sure to check your email inbox for instructions on using your gift certificate. If you weren't chosen or didn't enter, head over to the blog for instructions on entering for September!
1st Place August
2nd Place August
3rd Place August
Rapid City, SD aka STRIDERville is quickly becoming known for the amazing biking right in the city and all over the Black Hills. This fun video from the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association features our very own Kent Jacobs and his daughter Alexa!
If you're ever in the area make sure to bring your bike along.
For now, get outside and enjoy your local trails with your STRIDER rider!
4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Gage Ott
2 Payton Robinson - Findlay, OH
3 Lilani Pringle - Team Profile/Crit Plate, Archer, FL
4 Matthew Jahnke - Team Answer/SSquared/TLD - North Prairie, WI
5 Maxwell Lukemire - Columbus, OH
6 Collin Momper - Team Potter Plates/Dan's Comp - Jonesboro, GA
7 Kolton Mockobee - Boonville, IN
8 Madison Whitehead - Davison, MI
3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Canon Rhodes - Vine Grove, KY
2 Evan "The Destroyer" Okey - Team Answer/Rennen - Libertyville, IL
3 Grant Bandy - Team Profile/Hooker Bikes - Suffolk, VA
4 Easton Weckman - Louisville, KY
5 Kenny Grabow - Covington, KY
6 Kiera Mockobee - Boonville, IN
7 Jacob Whitehead - Davison, MI
8 Isobel "Izzi" Boorom - Team Iron Pony Motorsports - Delaware, OH
2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Grant Carmichael - Valparaiso, IN
2 Emma Jester - Ozark, MO
3 Gavin "The Beast" Strain - Team Bluegrass/GHP/Dan's Comp - Indianapolis, IN
4 Kalia "Rum Bum" Pringle - Team Profile Racing - Archer, FL
5 Gunnar Trimolt - Team ZMX Racing - Munster, IN
4 Year Old STRIDER
Alessandra Lupo - San Carlos, CA
Braxton Rollins - Anderson, CA
Cohen Kinne - Sparks, NV
Cody Benthin - Redwood City, CA
Max Loveless - Truckee, CA
Matteo Deleon - S Lake Tahoe, CA
Joseph Vandaam - Loyalton, CA
Brady Spidahl - SPARKS, NV
Ashton Hunt - Westminster, CA
3 Year Old STRIDER
Diesyll Mastenbroek - Rio Linda, CA
Darius "Little D" Chapman - Team Bighorn BMX - Sparks, NV
Isabella "The Gremlin" Leija - Team Chico Corsa - Chico, CA
Greyson Kane - S Lake Tahoe, CA
Ellie Benthin - Redwood City, CA
Cruz Padilla - Team Sprockets - Bella Vista, CA
Adyson Abbott - Roseville, CA
Vincent "The Rocket" Hajek - Team Israel - Los Angeles, CA
Bradley Baldwin - Sparks, NV
Gianna Yee - Team Impact - San Jose, CA
Casey Kirkpatrick - Sparks, NV
Arabella Delpeloso - Bertrand, NE
Laila Gomez - Team Bighorn BMX - Sparks, NV
Camdin Ford-Shell - Rio Linda, CA
2 & Under STRIDER
Andrew Raskopf - MOB Moto BMX - San Jose, CA
Enzo Guinasso - SPARKS, NV
Charlie Dibb - Mountain View, CA
Ryder Heile - Park City, UT
Axel Campbell - Henderson, NV
Espn Schenenan - Team Kaos - Garderville, NV