Friday, 15 July 2011 22:37

Parents Are Talking!

We announced www.StriderLife.com about a month ago and have been having a great time with it ever since.  There is a lot of unique media being posted as well as interesting conversations between Strider parents from all over the world (Japan, UK, Canada, US)!

A lot of the forum threads have been sparking great conversations ranging from: tips/tricks on getting your child to ride, how old was your Strider rider when they got too fast for you to keep up,  and how do you stay cool on a hot summer day.

Have you registered yet? We'd love it if you would join the conversation!

Published in Parents Are Talking
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 21:25

So Much More

This weekend, as I watched 15 Strider riders racing around a grassy track a man caught my eye and said, "Those are pretty neat little toys." My first reaction was, "Yeah they are!"

While watching the kids (1.5 to 5 years old) rip around the track, balance on boards, and Stride over teeter-totters I thought to myself, "These are so much more than toys."

I was still thinking about it while getting into Strider Sports World Headquarters on Monday and plugged into "Social Media land" to find this great video of Strider racers in Maine from our new friends over at Thorfinn Expeditions.

As most of you know from watching the Strider riders in your life, the sense of accomplishment, fun, balance and the beginning of a love for all things two wheeled make Striders so much more than a toy!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ-IO8P62v0[/youtube]

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Published in Adventure Striding
Saturday, 09 July 2011 12:50

StriderDay: US Moto GP!

If you haven't already heard we're adding a Strider Cup race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the 24th of July! Sundays at the Mazda Raceway are the most heavily attended race days. Last year over 60,000 people were there to cheer on their favorite Moto GP racers! This could be the chance of a lifetime for your little Strider rider!

With that in mind we've found a highlight from 2010 practice rides! Which reminds us...The Strider adventure zone will be set up at the Raceway on Friday and Saturday if your toddler wants to get in some practice laps!

Enjoy the video, then head over to register to get your Strider rider in on some of the racing action at Laguna Seca...maybe they'll be the next great Moto GP champion!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocPK64UrHNc[/youtube]

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Published in Strider Racing
Monday, 18 July 2011 04:57

Strider in South Africa!

Striders are being propelled by little legs all over the world! It is always fun to get notes from Strider dealers in parts of the world far away from Striderville. Some dealers have more hurdles to jump over than others...here's a great story of last minute success in South Africa!

"It was a heroic effort but we pulled it off in the last hour despite so many hurdles. After discovering Friday (the 24th) afternoon that our lost 3 boxes containing two Striders and accessories were located and waiting for us at the post office, we rushed to book one of the last small booths for the large annual Harare fair on Sunday. Friday night was spent throwing together a video but the main workday was Saturday:  off to the fabric shop in the morning to get anything colorful to decorate the booth with.

Came back home ONLY to find out the electricity was switched off - a practice called "load shedding" by our government in efforts to save electricity. No power to work on rest of video or flyers, so got mom-in-law and my two girls together to help paint a plain white tablecloth into a 'checker-flag' style. The power FINALLY came back at 8PM!! Scrambled to finish the video and whipped together a flyer design and printed 500. Managed to print some Strider circle logos to pin around the fabric when...we ran out of printer ink at midnight. No time to design posters nor ink to print them, so we cut the boxes, edged them with black electrician's tape and...instant posters!

Up at 6am Sunday to load the truck and get to fair to set up before gates opened to public at 9am. Had more challenges with the electricity: there was none supplied by the fair organizers so we got a friend to bring an invertor and car battery and Dave MacGyver'd some power up to the computer to play on 3 screens. Huge victory when it worked! This video was the crowd generator as soon as the music started pumping. Tons of people crowding around to view the Strider in action...our 2 girls were stars, handing out flyers to all the families walking by and roping them in to see the Strider up close."

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Published in Around The World
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:15

Growing Up.

My daughter (Talia) is two. She is a precocious little thing and is already very opinionated. I have to raise the seat on her Strider at least once a week.  Last night she realized that she could outStride her Mother and I while cruising on her Strider! Is any of this sounding familiar?

I'm up to no good!

A couple things occurred to me as we were chasing her down the sidewalk, my wife with the dog and me pushing the stroller with our son:  1. I hope anybody backing out sees her (or us) coming.  2. Wow...she is really moving! 3. We're going to have to start riding our bikes just to keep up.

Upon further reflection I am reminded of how important it is to begin teaching basic bicycle safety to children.  When they are old enough to ride on their own the lessons that were taught to them while riding their Striders will be invaluable.

With that in mind, here is a list of 5 important Strider safety habits that should be started now!

1. ALWAYS wear a properly fitted helmet.

2. Look in ALL directions before crossing a road. (Turn this into a fun rule making sure they look up and down before checking the street)

3. Be Seen.  Wear bright clothing, especially when riding earlier or later in the day when the light is not as good.

4. Listen to your Parents! (this might be the toughest one!)

5. Ride under CONTROL.  It's always fun to go fast, but when you aren't in control it is unsafe and usually scary for everyone involved.

Head over to Strider Life and add your voice to the Strider safety discussion.  What basic rules do you enforce?

 

Published in Strider Education
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 19:41

George: Week 5

Progress on a Strider is different with every individual; Some kids jump right on and never look back, Others are very slow at getting the feel for it, while others may get right on and take off only to leave it alone for what seems like forever.

We get countless emails, facebook updates, Tweets, phone calls and Strider Life threads regarding Strider successes.  This YouTube video is a great example of the middle ground between a beginning rider and a more experienced rider.

George Strides around an old mini-golf course, Striding though narrow gaps, up and down small curbs and does it all with an adorable Scottish accent.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tATfq-nxCKM[/youtube]

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Friday, 01 July 2011 12:50

Happy Canada Day, Eh!

Our friends in the Great White North are celebrating Canada Day which commemorates: 1. The formation of Canada by the joining of three provinces in 1867 and 2. Canada's full independence from the United Kingdom in 1982! It looks like the snow has melted and Strider riding without mukluks and toques can commence.

From the country that brought us Rick Moranis, Gordon Lightfoot, Geddy Lee, and the pager (aka beeper) comes some great footage of  2 Strider riding brothers (4 1/2 and 2 years old, although I'm not sure how old that makes them with the exchange rate).  Have Fun, eh!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in69M8x4iWE[/youtube]

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Published in Around The World
Monday, 27 June 2011 21:09

Strider Racing in the Fog!

This last weekend in the lovely (usually sunny) Black Hills of South Dakota, the TinTon Trail Time Trial Stupor D took place!  A brave few Strider riders were in attendance to cheer on their Moms and Dads rip down the 6.35 mile downhill course.

They also had some racing fun of their own on the off-road Strider track.  Bumpy single track and maneuvering between boulders made this course much to tricky for tricycles and training wheels alike!  We always have a fun time seeing the next generation of Mountain Bike racers cheer on their parents astride their Striders!

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Published in Adventure Striding
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:59

Strider Twins!

Q: What is cuter than a child on a Strider?     A: Twins riding their Striders!

We found this great review from a Mother of twins.  Have you had similar experiences to Dolly?

"I bought two strider balance bikes for my boy/girl twins for their birthday. They loved them and it was great that they were able to hop right on and use them right away. It was nice that there was no frustration on getting them to work like they have had in the past with their tricycle. We had their birthday party at a park and the twins were able to ride their bikes all over the playground and park. They have progressed just like the toddlers in the online videos and within a week were balancing. I got the pink and green bikes and both are adorable. I decided to go with the Strider balance bike because it has one of the lowest seat settings."    ~Dolly

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Published in Reviews
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:26

Strider Physics Department

 

If you understand that formula you can quit reading now...If you looked at that formula and scratched your head like we did then keep reading!

There is an old maxim in the biking world; "A pound off the wheels = 2 pounds off the frame". This is due in large part to the rotational weight of the tires and wheels and is especially important for the littlest riders. Weighing in at 1 lb 14.7 ounces for the pair, the Strider Ultralight wheels with durable EVA Poylmer tires on a Strider are the perfect combination of light weight, no hassle and long lasting.

When the EVA Polymer and plastic wheel is swapped out for metal rims and pneumatic tires the weight gain is almost double. This makes it harder to start and stop. The philosophy at Strider, since the beginning, has been to get the bike down to bare bones! Focus on balance and FUN! Older Strider riders will get used to the weight difference and will love having knobby tires, but for the littlest Strider rider EVA is the way to go!

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Published in STRIDER Tech