What are you doing this month to increase your time on a bike? Do you include Striders and bikes into your regular family fun time? If you don't, or it seems like you don't do it enough then start to make riding a habit this month. Being an example for your kids while they are young will instill bike values that will last their entire lives. According to the People for Bikes campaign, teens that ride bikes are 48% less likely to be obese as adults.
Here are some ideas to get back in the saddle and have some family fun on two wheels!
1. Ride with your child to school and then commute to your work
2. Find a Bike festival in your area and attend with the family
3. Ride your bikes to the library and check out some books about bicycles
4. Find a beginners off road trail and take your Strider rider for an adventure!
5. Visit the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, California
6. Pack up a picnic and take a short ride to a local park on a weekend
7. Buy a Strider with some other people for a family that can't afford one
8. Put some playing cards in your spokes and remember your childhood!
9. Have a Bicycle/Strider parade for all the kids in the neighborhood
If you're checking the blog today you'll get your money's worth! The 3rd installment of random Saturday video is a 27 minute movie that instills some fear in most of the Strider employees. The film work and riding are amazing!
Are you up for this type of riding? Hopefully the Strider is an introduction to a life long love of everything bike related...even if they don't grow up to do this type of stuff!
Check it out and let us know what you think on our Facebook wall. Then go outside and enjoy your day!
Hope all our Strider family had a great Easter. We've had bunnies and Striders on our minds so we thought it would be a good time to introduce a more advanced Strider skill: the Bunny Hop!
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Bunny Hop -n: a jump executed by a person riding a
bicycle Strider and standing up on the pedals launch pad footrests.
I had to altar the definition a bit to fit with Strider, but the concept is the same for a Strider as with a pedal-bike. The lightness of a Strider along with the launch pads make it easy for toddlers to get off the ground with their bikes, whether they are adding a little extra hang time off of a ramp or bunny hopping on flat land.
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This video isn't really random. It's the second Saturday of our get out and ride blog entries. French toast and bacon are settling in our bellies and this video inspired us to get off the couch this beautiful Saturday morning and get out for a ride!
Check it out!
Here's a review from Stephanie. We really like this review because it hits about every key point in a child's learning to ride.
"I just bought this bike for my 3 year old daughter (in pink of course). I found out about this bike from a friend who ordered them for her then 3 year old. At first I scoffed at the idea that a bike with no pedals and no training wheels would teach a little kid how to ride a bike. Well when her daughter was riding a pedal bike without training wheels I began to change my tune. Then, a year later her now 2 year old son was using the balance bike and going all over the place. I bet, had she let him, he would of been riding a regular pedal bike without training wheels. My daughter is now riding it all over our house, and I can't wait to get her outside with it.
It teaches her several things, one that bikes tip over and this is being learned while they are only inches off the ground vs being higher up. It also teaches them balance on the bike itself, and this is done slowly without them even knowing it.
After seeing this bike in action I now feel why would you ever teach a child to ride a bike with training wheels. It doesn't teach them the most important lesson in learning to ride a bike and thats BALANCE." ~Stephanie Weaver
Oskar is a 23 month old from Australia...Tasmania to be exact. As you can tell by his outfit and KTM Strider, his parents are avid motorbikelysts. In case you were wondering motorbikelyst is defined as somebody who rides pedal bikes and motorbikes.
Apparently sticking out of the tongue is universal toddler behaviour...According to his Mum, Oskar is a bit cheeky (I think cheeky is British for sassy).
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The photo below was taken after after riding his Strider (named PeeWee) for four and a half hours at an enduro-x motorbike race in Granville, Australia while watching his parents race.
"I just wanted to let you know that the Strider is the best toy that we have bought. Our son rides around the house, to the shops, at the skate park, takes it to the motorbike races, he loves it. It's hard to get him off it!" ~Tara (Oskar's Mum)
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The 7th annual Dahl Mountain Culture Festival kicked off last night in Rapid City, SD with the opening of the photo exhibition! If you live in or near Striderville come check it out. There will be events all week centered around "mountain culture" culminating on the 15th and 16th of April at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
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Strider is the perfect fit for this crowd of outdoorsy folks...that's why we've donated 2 Striders to the Dahl Arts Center to raffle off during the film festival. Make sure that you stop down at the Dahl next week to pick up some tickets for your chance to win a Strider for a child, grandchild, niece or nephew. The added bonus (if you win or don't win) is that you help support arts education and exhibitions throughout the year!
The European Strider Team was in Cologne, Germany recently and put their own twist on a growing tradition – attaching a “Love Lock” to the Hohenzollern Bridge which crosses the Rhine near the Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom as it is known locally.
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Even though it was a cold winter day in Germany, JoJo took the opportunity to go for a spin on the bridge and deliver the Strider Lock to the right location. The lock was attached amongst thousands of others, and in cerimonous fashion, the Euro Strider Team threw the key into the Rhine as a symbol of Strider’s commitment to the toddlers of Europe.
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If you’re in Cologne and think of it, go for a walk on the Hohenzollen Bridge and look for the Strider Lock in the sea of Love Locks. Maybe add a lock of your own, and make sure you bring your Strider – there are tons of great spots to ride around the city and along the Rhine.
Last weekend the Strider family got together for a fun afternoon with the Pine Wood Derby track which has been housed in the warehouse for the last couple months.
The kids had a great time, most of the Moms just had fun watching and the Dads got a bit competitive.
Here at Strider Sports International we are continually pushing the envelope. We've patented the lightest running bike with the greatest potential to grow with your child, literally leaving competitors in the dust. We have several prototypes for possible future realease, a wide range of colors with style for miles.
Now we are sending our fearless test Striderer (David) out to "the garage" to don a space age test suit with matching helmet and
binky mouth guard!
Don't fear for David. He has looked the future in the eye and is willing to accept the dangers that may arise. In future history books this brave soul will receive the admiration and respect he rightly deserves.