I know that we tell you guys all the time that we love getting reviews, testimonials, photos and videos from our fans. Facebook is one great way to keep in touch allowing us to combine all of the before-mentioned things we love in one place.
The testimonials that we get are especially great. They allow us to know what we're doing right and how we can improve and are usually very informative. We always like hearing stories about how your children are progressing.
Ryan, our Strider founder and chief enthusiast, just ran across an old testimonial that we thought should be hightlighted. I'll let it speak for itself:
"You Strider guys are awesome!" - Travis
Keep it coming!
"I was researching a bike to buy for my 3-year old girl for Christmas. She had her heart set on a pink Disney Princesses bike. What I read about the quality of that bike turned me off as I could see her breaking down and crying when it fell apart in a matter of days. I was looking around for an alternative and saw that the Strider bike was a big seller and decided to look further. I became convinced that the bike would be sturdier and that the innovative concept was worth a shot - we could always buy the Disney bike as a back up.
Christmas day arrived and she opened up the box and was all excited to see her new, pink bike. However, I explained to her that her bike was different in that it didn't have pedals nor training wheels (where we live, no one has these bikes yet). She was a real trooper about it. She let me put on her helmet and she did her best to walk around with the bike, explaining to onlookers that it had no pedals.
A few days of this and I started to worry that she would give up. So I invented a little game - run over daddy's foot. I would walk in front of her and she would have to move quickly enough to run over my foot with the front tire. This helped a little. So then I turned to YouTube and showed her videos of other kids riding the bike.
A few days later, a bunch of kids in our apartment complex were playing, many of them with bikes with training wheels. My little girl participated a litte more, walking around with her bike. Suddenly, she said: "look, dad!", took a few steps and then lifted both feet off the ground and coasted. I was in shock! She repeated this about a dozen times but then got tired of it. So, I was happy with the progress but still unsure if this would work out.
The next day, we went to our parking lot and she simply took off. She did not stop running and coasting for a whole hour. The only time she took a rest was to stop and spontaneously shout that she loves her bike! Since then, she rides the thing almost every day and totally loves it.
Believe in this bike, it's awesome!" ~Mark B.
Last week we put a call out on our Facebook page to get photos and videos posted on our wall. The international Strider M.O.B. heard us loud and clear! We want to highlight a few of that crowd today.
[caption id="attachment_1119" align="aligncenter" width="453" caption="The first is Emily from the United Kingdom. She got her Strider last Summer and started gettingher sense of balance, but mostly walked with her bum (I think that's what they call it in the U.K.) off the seat. This summer she will be outfitted with her new helmet and there'll be no stopping her!"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1120" align="aligncenter" width="504" caption="Our next international Strider rider is the ever-cool, Johnny Rock. He hails from Sydney, Australia, sports an awesome Nutcase helmet, and some really cool low-top Chuck Taylors!"][/caption]
Keep the photos and videos coming! We love seeing local, nation, and international Strider riders.
Ran across this video today on Youtube and thought it was pretty cool! This Dad is very enthusiastic and Joey (19 months) is very committed...especially for his first time on a Strider. (You have to love their high five/fist bump combo too.)
It's important to remember that every child has varying levels of comfort on their Strider. Some, like Joey, will feel comfortable with an incline and lifting their feet right away. Most, like my daughter, will spend the first few months walking with their butt off the seat.
No matter what speed they take to the Strider make sure to keep it available and make it fun and low stress. Before you know it they'll be out-Stridering everyone on the block!
Warning: Great review followed by a video with some nasty trike/training wheel crashes.
"We bought two Striders for our 2.5 year old twins who had been really struggling with trying to peddle a tricycle. Within a couple of days they were zipping down the slight incline on our gravel driveway, and really balancing with no adult training required.
We saw them crash many times trying to negotiate riding a tricycle, but they really learned to balance quite easily on the Strider bike. It is well and thoughtfully engineered, strong, but light in weight for small kids.
5 out of 5 stars! Highly recommended!!!!" -- (Jay in Ohio)
...of a Strider racer!
Found some cool photos of Nick this week, he is a Strider racer/rider from Washington State. This past summer he rode in the kids race at 'Bavarian Bike and Brew' in Leavenworth, Washington. His Dad had this to say about the start to his illustrious racing career, "He loved it! He even did 3 extra laps past the cheering crowd in the Beer garden. Gotta love fans!"
It seems like more and more racing venues are adding fun events for the Strider crowd. Make sure to find one in your local area, they are a great way for your kids to have fun and connect with riding buddies for the rest of the year. Our home base of the Black Hills has Winter and Summer fun, both with festive atmosphere!
We found a great video on Youtube that we just had to share! We love that Tabor and Simeon ride together even though they are clearly at different riding levels and ages. At Strider we strive to not only develop balance skills at a young age, but to encourage fun with the entire family as well. Get out, have fun, be safe and have a continued happy holiday season!
That's what the graphic on this great video introducing Striders to North Carolinians says. While 63 degrees sounds good (as we sit inside on another chilly night in South Dakota) the story sounds even better! The only thing we can find to disagree with is the bike mechanic saying that Striders are "probably better than training wheels." As most of you know already...Striders Rule, Training Wheels Drool! (Click on the screen shot below to jump to news story)
Are you looking for something extra to do on the side? No Strider dealer in your area and you want to introduce your neighbors and friends to the fun their kids can have on a Strider? Look into the Strider Home Based Dealer Program and you will be able to do both of these things and more.
Here is a short note and some photos from one of our newest home based dealers in Canada, eh!
"I am a new dealer in Vancouver, BC Canada and just wanted to email you and tell you how much we love the bike, firstly as parents and secondly as a small business (that rarely feels like work!) I just started two months ago and sold my 30th bike today! I wanted to pass on a little video if you have a chance to watch it of my 8 1/2 month old son trying out his future bike! He always has the biggest grin when he sees it or gets to 'ride' it!" ~Lindsay M.
Oldest son James rode the entire 2.5 km loop!
When my friend first suggested a bike with no pedals, I thought it was the stupidest idea in the world. "What's the point?", I asked. But when my son got on this bike, it was love at first sight. Even though he walked with the bike for the first few weeks, he eventually learn to sit and kick, then stop with his feet and then coast with his feet high in the air. I plan to keep this bike until he's about 4 and then transition him to a bike with pedals. But now, he loves it so he get exercise every day. Now I can barely keep up with him at a brisk walking pace. I have to take my own bike or start jogging. I highly recommend! ~Floresti (Nairobi, Kenya)
Keep it up Jesse...Maybe you'll be able to meet JoJo someday!