We were recently sent a video of some Oregonian 2 1/2 year old twin boys showing their Strider skills. After less than a month of riding they are feeling comfortable on their Striders and cruising down some hills at the local track!
This is a great example of how easy it is to move from standing and walking to more advanced Stridering skills.
JoJo has traveled all over the world on his Strider adventures. Last week he was in Peachtree City, Georgia for the Inaugural Strider World Cup races!
Did you see him?
He had a great time racing and making new friends. He finished first in a highly contested 4 year old class. He also worked on perfecting high fives and blowing up fist bumps. Below is a fun video from JoJo's Dad of the Sunday finals race.
Here is a great comment we received this week from a Strider parent!
"We came up to Peachtree City, GA on a lark from Gainesville, FL just to let our son ride in the first Strider Cup race. What a blast!! People thought we were crazy for coming so far, but we are such avid Strider fans (a number of our friends have bought striders for their kids and others want to buy our striders as our kids grow up) we just decided we had to do it. Now that we have experienced our first Strider Cup and NBL event, we are already making plans to attend the two events in FL and one in NC. It was also a pleasure to meet the folks who run the Strider Sports company. Thankyou for a great family event, Strider!"
Strider Down Hill
Strider Cup Adult Downhill, as in small toddler sized Strider balance bikes with adult sized riders! Last year’s crazy idea (at the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival) and spur of the moment race, has spawned this year’s (official) inaugural Strider Cup Adult Downhill. Put your game face on and race for $1000 in prize money.
The two classes are outlined in the PDF file linked to here.
1. The Modified Class allows your creative side to kick in, just follow the rules.
2. The Spec Class requires factory upgrades which can be purchased from Strider Sports Int’l. Inc.
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- Time: Check In by 3:30 pm at the Strider Booth | 4:00 p.m. Race Start
- Day: Sunday, May 29
- Entry: $10.00 to BHFTF for Youth 12 – 17 Years
$20.00 for 18 and up half to purse and half to BHFTF
Registration available on race day.
So...Strider has been super busy lately and we've got some big announcements coming up this week. Make sure to check back and also "like" our facebook page for the latest exciting information on Strider happenings.
Stride on Quinn, we look forward to more video and stories in the future!
...go out to all of Japan today as they deal with this terrible disaster. Below is an email Strider sent to the Strider Japan Team. Please keep them and all of Japan in your thoughts in the weeks and months to come.
Dear Kazushi, Mathew and the entire Strider Japan Team,
We have seen the reports of the terrible events in Japan and our heart felt sympathy and prayers go out to all of you and all of Japan. From our hearts we hope that everyone close to you and your team are safe and out of harms way.
In disasters of such incredible magnitude, there is no doubt that it will touch and affect all the Japanese people. We hope that you feel the solidarity and support that your friends at Strider US are offering and sending to you from across the Pacific. We wish you strength and resolve as you pull together as a nation to overcome the devastation that nature has brought upon you. And we stand ready to help from afar in any way possible.
Please share our message and support with your team and let us know if there is anything we can do to help in the time ahead.
The Worldwide Strider Family
Six degrees Fahrenheit with Six more inches of fresh snow on the ground! We're gonna have to do our Strider riding in the house for a while longer. Hopefully it's better in your neck of the woods.
While we're dreaming of higher temps, less snow and dry trails here is a great video of :"Kai killin' it on his Strider!"
Kai rocks it down grassy slopes (make sure you're wearing your helmet), down stairs, bike trails and a bmx track! Awesome footage that will help with cabin fever while the snow is melting...it's got to melt sometime right?
After mastering such skills as balance, ramps and offroad riding (among other things) it's not time to hang up the Strider just yet. Upgrading to the extra long seat post will make it useful until they are 5!
This is a great way for them to continue working on their balance skill without being hindered by pedals. It also gives them an opportunity to be a little more daring. Whether they start getting some air off of curbs and ramps or they get more comfortable "shredding the gnar" (We're not quite sure what that means, but probably not this) at their local skate park.
A lot of Strider riders will continue to go back to their pedal-less friends even after starting to ride a pedal bike. Remember it's all about fun and honing their craft!
Here's a great video showing a lot of the skills that your rider will continue to develop.
In our second installment of Strider Progression we will take a look at "Extreme Zane"! This is a great example of the next step for most youngsters as they become more confident on their Strider.
Zane is not quite two, but has clearly been riding his Strider a lot. In the last video we saw Aiden walking with his butt on the seat. Zane is moving a little faster while occasionally lifting his feet to glide.
Its important to remember that as they get more comfortable and have more time in the saddle the comfort level and commitment to balance will be natural.
Thanks to Ryan B. for sending us this video on Facebook...Great editing skills, keep that camera rolling!
This week we'll be posting a series of videos showing a progression of Stridering skills. Since this is the first entry naturally we will start with a video of a child's first time on a Strider PREbike!
Cut to Aiden on his cool orange Strider! He is 20 months old and has a very stylish flame-laden helmet. He is very smiley and amazingly already trusting his weight to the seat.
Aiden is a little wobbly, but you can tell that he is quickly understanding his early balance skills. At the :50 second mark he sees a big kid ride by on his bike and thoughts of future bike riding glory are planted!
Keep watching the progression of riders this week and make sure to check us out on facebook to share your Strider stories, photos and video!
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Gabe's Mom recently said us a review and a link to her blog that we found really interesting. Not only are there some great photos, but she shares a story of falling down and getting back up.
"I just wanted to thank you guys for such an amazing bike! My son has had his Strider for over a year now and there still isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't insist it is by his side! He now rides at our local BMX track and loves it!" ~Deanna (Gabe's Mom)
By the end of the day Gabe was able to conquer his fears...and the hill. Go Find a bmx track near you....it may just spark a passion for riding that your child will carry through their whole life!
Click on either photo above to go to Gabe's BMX blog entry.