Who isn’t aware of the big football game in February? Let’s see, I think it is called the Superbowl and it is being held in New Jersey. Yes, it is a big deal. AND, for all of you sport fanatics out there, we could also mention the Winter Olympics are in Sochi in February 2014. Yes, this also is a pretty big deal. While these huge events will provide us all with some hours of great television viewing - will they inspire you?
In June, months after these two events have passed, an event like no other will also be held in New Jersey! An inspiring and impactful sporting event!!
The Special Olympics USA Games are coming, and I would like to invite you to join us at Strider as we follow these true champions this year. With more than 70,000 spectators, the Special Olympics USA Games will have as many people in attendance as were at Super Bowl XLII. And with 3500 athletes competing in this National Event, it is holding its own compared to 5000 athletes from all over the globe in Sochi for the Winter Olympics. It is also… a BIG deal!! With 4,000,000 Special Olympics participants worldwide there will be events going on daily.
It is not only the size of the games that is the story, but rather, that these athletes will amaze and inspire you.
Here at Strider we are committed to learning about, and finding inspiration from this tremendous group of athletes. We are excited to be participating by hosting a STRIDER Adventure Zone at the Young Athletes Festival that is a part of the Games in New Jersey. Join us in our journey and learn more about Special Olympics this year by liking our STRIDER Bikes Special Needs Facebook page for updates and great stories leading up to the games this summer.
If you are already a fan, a participant, or a Special Olympics supporter, we would love to hear your stories and see your pictures. Help us spread the word!
Ok you little snow STRIDER riders, we want to see your best STRIDER Ski photo. We are well aware that most of the country is frozen or under a blanket of snow so grab Mom and Dad’s iPhone or camera! Do they still make cameras?
Start taking pictures (or have Mom or Dad take them for you) of you and your buddies slipping around your home town, parks, and playgrounds on your snow STRIDER (please don’t limit your photos to just these places we want creativity). What?! You don’t know what a Snow STRIDER is or where to get one? Check them out HERE.
Ok now that we took care of the newbie’s...we can continue. This is a contest and yes, there are prizes for the top three photos! Photos must be submitted by January 24th and winnners will be announced January 31st. Read below for the prizes and Rules.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (voted on by the Strider staff.
1st prize –“Customize your Stride” That’s right! Your choice of wheels and grips plus a customized Strider book and a pocket bike, whew! That’s a lot of swag.
2nd prize- Strider Color grips, customized Strider book, and pocket bike
3rd prize – Customized Strider Book and pocket Bike
Happy STRIDERday! We're all about balance here at STRIDER Bikes. That is one reason that we love Martyn Ashton, Chris Akrigg, and Danny Macaskill SOOOO much! If you've never seen a video of these three trials experts...you're welcome.
Just think, your STRIDER rider is laying the foundation for riding a wheelie on a railroad track!
Watch it with your STRIDER rider, then head outside and make some 2 wheeled memories of your own.
Day in and day out there are children in hospitals fighting to overcome serious illness and injury. What a frightening time for the kids and the parents alike. Many times these kids miss holidays at home, friends at school and family events. One of the most important things that can happen for them while they are in the hospital is to have time to still be kids! Play is an important part of comforting, soothing and taking a child’s mind off of their battle even if for just a few moments.
Tyler Klassen of Indianapolis saw a picture of a young girl (Presley - pictured above) who, while fighting cancer, spends time riding her STRIDER in the halls of a hospital, and knew right away that he wanted to make a difference! Tyler said, “As a parent, the thought of having a child in the hospital for a long period of time is terrifying. Seeing Striders inside of a children’s hospital really made me smile though. I want the kids to just be kids. I want them to buzz around the halls on bikes, let them have fun and maybe forget for a bit that they are in a hospital.”
An avid motorcycle rider, Tyler decided to take action and help more kids be able to stride their way through the hospital. The added benefit of STRIDER riding while in hospital is the physical therapy aspect. Tyler is organizing a fundraising ride called “Riders for Striders” to get his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts together for a day dedicated to helping purchase STRIDERS for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital!
Every child deserves time to be a child! Thank you for your efforts and compassion Tyler!
Ashton was the 2012 UK STRIDER Champion and joined us for the STRIDER World Championship in Sarasota, FL. He even patented his now signature move, "The Fire Hydrant" (pictured below), during the STRIDER trick competition!
The video below is a great example of STRIDER progression and balance. Did I mention that the video is shot in Sherwood Forest? If you didn't think it could get any cooler than that, watch Ashton's balance skills. This is one of the main reasons that we tell parents to hold on to their STRIDER bikes even after their children have started pedalling.
He goes through the enitre rhythm section standing on the Launchpad footrests. He also is able to balance and keep going through some slow going on top of the tabletop jumps.
Have a great Saturday...Now get outside and enjoy the day!
We're pretty proud of working together to get these graphic wrap bikes out in time for Christmas. We've been pulling some late nights with all of the staff and even getting a hand from some high school family members looking to earn some extra cash for an upcoming missions trip.
Now, the brand new custom STRIDER wraps have been highlighted on the Cycle News: Product Showcase! Contact your local Tucker Rocky dealer to snag one of these bad boys before they're all gone.
Give us a call 605-342-0266 if you're interested in exploring the custom wrap possibilities with your brand. Minimum orders of 30 bikes with quantity price breaks.
Pneumatic Tires Give Older Riders An All-Terrain Wheel For All Seasons
Rapid City, SD (November 27, 2013) — Strider Sports Intl., Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is releasing an all-new wheel just in time for the holidays. The Heavy-Duty Wheel 12” set is designed to help young riders advance to the next stage of their bicycling progression.
Developed for kids aged 3 years old and up, the STRIDER™ Heavy-Duty Wheel Set is the perfect accessory for older riders who desire high traction more than an ultralight wheel, while still weighing in at a modest 1.8 pounds a piece.
The STRIDER Heavy Duty Wheels meet the same quality of the stock STRIDER wheel, but with new features innovated specifically for the older age group:
· High-Traction, Inflatable Tires
o Ideal for kids 3 & Over
· All-Surface Tread
o Perfect for the trails, the park, or the backyard
· Strong Alloy Rims
o Easily handles skatepark stunts
· Steel Hub & Spokes
o Tough & ready for performance
· Fits All STRIDER 12” (ST) Model Bikes
o Easy to upgrade
“The STRIDER Heavy-Duty Wheels help bridge the gap during a crucial stage of a young rider’s development,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports International. “When a child is ready to start doing more intense riding, it’s a natural step to upgrade to a pneumatic wheel and bring the ‘Strider Evolution’ one step closer to a full-fledged pedal bike.”
STRIDER Heavy Duty Wheels are available through the Strider website and at local dealers. MSRP $49. To learn more about the STRIDER Heavy Duty Wheels and how to purchase, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com
This is a day to remember and be thankful for what we have. It's a day to spend time with family and friends enjoying each other's company, even if they drive you up the wall every now and then!
We, at Strider Sports, are thankful that we live in such a great country! A country where there's opportunity for a Saturday afternoon project to turn into a thriving business that connects parents and kids from all over the world through a little bike.
Jerseys, Pocket Bikes, Gloves, Custom STRIDER Book...We're putting the stuff in Stocking Stuffers!
We've got so much more than STRIDER Bikes for your toddlers this holiday season! Are you looking for some stocking stuffers? We've got you taken care off. Combine accessories for a total of $50 or more, and not only will you be a hit around the Christmas tree, but you'll also get FREE Shipping!
Here are some of the latest and greatest:
1. Customized "My Amazing STRIDER Adventure" book with pocket bike of your choice : Your child becomes a superhero and tames the mighty Hippomoose in this customized Strider adventure! Enter your child’s name, city, gender, and bike color below and we’ll create a personalized story about your very unique Strider hero! Your choice of a Red, Blue, or Green STRIDER Pocket Bike is included with a purchase of this Storybook. If purchased individually, the customized book and Pocket Bike will incur a $10 shipping fee. However, if you bundle this book and child’s toy with other STRIDER bikes, accessories or apparel totaling over $50, then shipping is FREE.
2. Snow STRIDER Ski Accessory: Does the cold weather have you feeling down? Do you feel like you’re stuck indoors? Introducing our New Snow Strider(R) Ski Accessory! The Snow Strider Ski(R) is a fun new accessory that easily attaches and transforms your strider into the perfect winter toy, in the back yard, cross country, or on the slopes! Check out this YouTube video from some snow loving Canadians to see the Snow STRIDER in action!
3. STRIDER Adventure Riding Gloves: Our STRIDER Adventure Riding Gloves provide excellent protection for your child’s hands. Features an easy to use Velcro closure with a wide glove opening allowing parents and kids to easily slip on the gloves. STRIDER Gloves improve hand grip and are padded to help cushion impacts.
4. STRIDER Handlebar Bell : Kids love making a little noise! This simple, lightweight bell mounts to the handlebars and lets little ones politely let the world know to "Look out!"
5. STRIDER Racing Jersey : Show your STRIDER Spirit on and off the race course! Available in three colors with "STRIDER" on the front and "Team STRIDER" on the back.
5. 2014 STRIDER Calendar: The 2014 STRIDER Calendar has arrived! Thanks to our passionate group of STRIDER owners and riders, the calendar has an amazing collection of photos that are sure to make you smile each month. Remember to start saving this year’s photos for entry into the 2015 calendar, and thanks again to all our great customers who participated this year!