Strider Balance Bikes Exhibiting at EICMA, “The Milan Show”
Popular Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes Teach Riding Skills to Toddlers

Rapid City, SD (November 2, 2016) — Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, will be exhibiting at the EICMA Motorcycle Show November 8-13, 2016, at the Milan Convention Center, Milan, Italy. Stop by Hall 06 - Stand L35 to learn how toddlers as young as 18 months are quickly and safely learning to ride on two wheels. Company founder, Ryan McFarland, will be on-site to share his story about how the Strider Bike has quickly become the world’s leading balance bike.

Strider will be debuting its newest products, the Strider® Rocking Base and the Realtree® Strider 12” Custom Balance Bike. The Rocking Base easily attaches to any 12-inch Strider Balance Bike and allows the youngest member of the family to play with, rock, and ride a Strider Bike on a safe and stable base until they are old enough to ride the bike – which is typically around 18 months. The Realtree Strider Bike is customized with the official Realtree (camo) graphics on a black Strider 12 Classic model.

The company also recently announced the license for sales of the Honda Strider 12 Custom Balance Bikes has been expanded worldwide. The other officially-licensed, custom models that will be on display in the Strider booth include the Harley-Davidson®, and Suzuki Strider Bikes. There is a perfect Strider Bike for every toddler! Distribution and race event sponsorship opportunities are available.

By using a Strider Bike, young riders from 18 months to 5 years get to experience the fun and freedom of riding a bike without relying on restrictive training wheels or tricycles. A university study concluded that participants quickly improved their balancing skills by using a Strider Bike.

The limited company EICMA is the marketing tool of Confindustria ANCMA, the National Association of Bicycles Motorcycles and Accessories, through which Italy consolidates its role on the international scene. EICMA organizes the International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, and is the only platform in the world capable of illustrating all the different aspects of the two-wheeler world. It is considered to be the world’s largest motorcycle sector trade show event that attracts the most visitors, trade and press.

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

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Rapid City, SD (June 14, 2016) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, is pleased to announce that the license for sales of the Honda Strider 12 Sport Balance Bikes has been expanded worldwide.  The Honda licensed Strider Balance Bike enables children as young as 18 months to begin their love of all things two-wheeled, and connect that love to the Honda brand.

Since 2011, Strider has been licensed in the USA and has enjoyed tremendous success, with Strider Bikes sold across the nation. ”We are very excited to be expanding the license worldwide. Our international distributors and Honda fans from around the world have been waiting for this expanded territory,” says Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports Int’l, Inc. “We are always eager to put more kids on bikes. And that’s good for everyone’s future – especially the motorcycle industry.” 

 

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs.  Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. Through its charitable Rider Fund, Strider Sports has donated over $250,000 in cash and over $350,000 in Strider products since 2008.To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Published in In The News

Spokefest®, Mountain Gear®, and Strider®Donating 120 Bikes at June 4 Giveaway Party

Spokane parents encouraged to submit applications for balance bikes by May 27


Rapid City, SD (May 12, 2016) — SpokeFest Association and Mountain Gear are joining forces with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to Spokane County youth ages 18 months to 5 years old.

Mountain Gear will host a Giveaway Party on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at their retail location, 2002 N Division, Spokane, WA. The Giveaway Party is free, open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Kids can test ride a Strider Bike at the Adventure Zone, where helmets will be available.

Of the 120 Strider Bikes, 90 will go to the children and families who submit applications by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ideas of what their children will do with the bikes. The deadline for submissions is May 27, and winners will be notified via email by June 1. Children must be between 18 months to 5 years old, live in Spokane County, WA, and be available to pick up the bike at the Giveaway Party on June 4.

At the Giveaway Party, 10 bikes will be donated through a random drawing. Another 10 bikes will go to children of employees, and then 10 bikes will be given away at the Spokefest Summer Parkways event on Tuesday, June 21. Mountain Gear and Bike Hub employees assembled all of the bikes.

After the June 4 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Spokane Strider Cup race on July 9. The Spokane Race is the last of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. It is the first time the Strider Cup has been hosted in Spokane. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test.

The July 9 Strider Cup event will have races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs riders of all ages. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 on-site for the toddler races. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration, and all racers will receive either a medal or a trophy. Pre-registration is open now at http://www.striderbikes.com/spokane.

The 2016 Strider Cup races will be held on June 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah and July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

ABOUT MOUNTAIN GEAR:

Mountain Gear is a leading multi-channel outdoor sports retailer headquartered in Spokane Valley, Washington. Mountain Gear's catalog was first published in 1993 and is now considered an encyclopedic reference of climbing, mountaineering and backpacking gear. Mountain Gear's corporate headquarters and environmentally sustainable distribution center live in a newly renovated, 112,000-square-foot LEED Gold certified building in Spokane Valley. They regularly offer classes in climbing, kayaking, backcountry cooking, how to layer clothing and have helped thousands of people start amazing adventures and life-long hobbies. The company supports several charitable causes, including The Access Fund, as well as with Big City Mountaineers Summit for Someone, a program that gets at-risk urban youth into the outdoors. Learn more at www.mountaingear.com.

 

ABOUT THE SPOKEFEST FOUNDATION:

The SpokeFest Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which promotes bicycling for health and transportation. We do this through education on bike safety at school-age and adult levels, as well as the following events: SpokeFest: Featuring our signature annual 21 mile ride with 9 mile and 50 mile options. SpokeFest was developed with the non-bicycle enthusiast in mind just as much as experienced cyclists. We welcome anyone interested in riding a bicycle and families going out on a group ride for the first time. http://www.spokefest.org/

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs.  Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Published in In The News

We've wrapped up the calendar contest for the year!  A huge thank you to everyone who entered, we love seeing the photos from all over the world. You definitely didn't make the voting process easy this year!

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Below are the winners for October, November, & December. If your photo is in the top 3 be on the look-out for an email with your gift certificate number. Make sure to reply with your shipping address so that we can send you out a calendar.

We will be receving the calendars by the end of November and they will be available for purchase in our webstore as well.  

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Published in Parents Are Talking

sk stiderWe had the pleasure of meeting Susie last year at the National Parks and Recreation Conference in North Carolina. She had expressed her interest in learning to ride a bike since she had never had the opportunity growing up. With an open mind and an unchecked item on her bucket list, she was eager to learn! Here is her story...

Growing up in a small town in India during the 1960’s, I didn’t have the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike.  Only boys were allowed to ride bikes back then.  I have always wanted to learn, but was afraid of falling. In late 2014, I came across Strider bikes at a National Park and Recreation Conference.  The concept of learning to balance first and then to pedal made sense to me and I decided to give it a try when the weather turned nice.  I bought a Strider bike in spring 2015 right before Easter and I was able to balance on it rather quickly. The bike is light weight and very manageable which made me feel comfortable on it. I was thrilled when I first balanced on the strider bike and I kept riding it for hours that day.  My children bought me a regular bike as a gift for Mother’s Day and I was able to learn pretty fast since I already learned to balance on the Strider bike.  I now can ride a bike! I would not have been able to do this without the Strider bike!  Thanks to Lori at Strider bike for all her help as I was trying to decide on a bike and also afterwards by checking on my progress.

Times have changed in India, even in the small town where I grew up. It is now a common sight to see girls and women on their bikes, scooters and mopeds.  I am glad that I had the opportunity to learn even though it is at age 54! And again, it wouldn’t have happened without the Strider bike!

I have decided to keep the Strider bike for its sentimental value.  All the children in my family will sure be using Strider bikes in the future to learn to ride a bike instead of training wheels.

-Susie  Kuruvilla, CPA, CPRP

 

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Wednesday, May 6th- The City of Rapid City, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department, Presented Strider’s own Marty Martinez for the Commuter of the Year Award. In honor of National Bike Month the city holds an annual Bike to School Competition. Despite the rainy conditions, 76 students participated in the event.

The Parks Department notified Kent Jacobs, Strider US Sales Manager in advance of his award, and they must know how we love a great surprise!

Marty said “I get this text from Ryan [Strider founder, chief enthusiast and CEO] saying he needs some help picking out a bike for Kristi [Ryan’s wife] at Black Hills Bikes.  He said it would give us a chance to “talk“so I was kinda sweating bullets you know?! Boss needs help picking out a bike and wants to “talk”.  So we get in the truck and head on down toward the bike shop, we get in the turn lane to go into Founder Park. Still no clue of about what’s to go down.  When we get out I notice the Strider van as we are walking I see Charlie [Strider QC] and start wondering what kind of event does he have planned? Then I see my Wife Julie with my youngest daughter, that’s when Ryan said that I had won the Commuter of the Year Award, I’m still not buying into it, but then more and more people start to show and well, the rest is in the books.”

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Based upon his Strava statistics, he is averaging 65 miles per week and has logged nearly 1,000 miles since January 1.  He averages about 20 days of biking to work each month, “not counting the fun rides in the forest with friends.” Marty says he isn’t training for anything right now, (although he has been known to kick butt in a race or two) but has the Xterra Aspen Valley and Xterra Buffalo on his radar.

He said one main reason he started commuting is because he made a deal with his daughter that if she got a job he would let her buy his Subaru. Of course she took him up on his offer…

Since his award last week, we received an email from Ryan letting the Strider Headquarters Staff know that Marty will be moving away from Striderville at the end of this month.  Marty’s wife Julie had an amazing opportunity to take a new job in Boulder Colorado, and with their family’s love for the outdoors and skiing, Colorado seems like the perfect place for them.  Thankfully though, we are excited to say that Marty will continue to represent the Strider Brand as an account executive from his new home in the Rocky Mountains.

Best of luck, Marty, on your new adventures. Stride On!

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Published in Our Passionate Staff
Monday, 03 March 2014 16:39

The Great Bike Giveaway!

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Strider Bikes is proud to announce their partnership with The Friendship Circle of Michigan, a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to families and individuals with special needs.


For the third consecutive year Friendship Circle is holding the Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest giving away adaptive bikes to children with special needs. Bike companies from around the U.S. are donating bikes to the children and young adults who need them most, and Strider is excited to be able to join in on the fun!


Here’s how it works; Each bike page has a space where users can enter the contest. You can submit a picture of your child with special needs along with a short explanation of why your child needs an adaptive bike. One bike in each contest will be given away to the entry with the most nominations. Nominations are received from friends and family clicking the “nominate button” on your post. So share, share, and share some more!


Please join us in sharing these special stories. View, share, enter and/or donate to the Great Bike Giveaway and be a part of a beautiful and special community!

 

Published in Special Needs
Thursday, 06 February 2014 07:00

10 Things You Didn't Know About Eddie Benford

 Meet Eddie! Strider Bikes Director of Sourcing, who literally travels around the world to help make STRIDER Bikes the best that they can be! 

  1. I lived in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness-(Detroit, Oregon) – 5 days/ 4nights a week during the summer for 3 years
  2. I fought forest fires and became a 20 person crew leader for 4 years.
  3. I tried to derail a train as a kid with plywood – ‘epic failure’! That would be considered a good failure…
  4. My Dad gave me my first car when I turned 13 – Coupe Deville Cadillac – ‘No License’, but I was the man!-(boy)
  5. I screwed up the first song I ever sang in high school and blamed it on my piano teacher. Pretty obvious who actually forgot the words!
  6. I sang in a Taiwanese Band when I lived in Taipei, Taiwan
  7. I met my wife singing in a Karaoke Contest on her 21st birthday. I won – because I was damn good –sort of
  8. I will have been married 20 years, as of March, 2014… Just shoot me and get it over with!!! Haha
  9. I used to be a runner and I THOUGHT I enjoyed it! Now look at me!!! What the heck happened?!!!
  10. My Nike Relay Team was ranked in the top 50 of the largest 12 person relay team in the world-(at that time) – 191 miles - Hood to Coast – Oregon. Finished in less than 24 hrs! Proof Pics below.

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To view Eddie's full staff bio and to check out the rest of the Strider staff click HERE

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Published in Our Passionate Staff
Saturday, 23 November 2013 07:00

Happy STRIDERday: UK Super Enduro!

Check out this fun video from the Super Enduro in Liverpool, UK. An enduro course is a great example of what can be done on a STRIDER! Riding over/around tires, over 2x4's, and through soft dirt would be nearly impossible for a toddler on a heavy training wheeled bike or tricycle.

If you're in STRIDERville (aka Rapid City, SD) make sure to keep watching for info on STRIDER racing on January 4th at the Extreme Indoor Enduro!

Now get outside and have a great Saturday!

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Published in Strider Racing
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 07:00

How Will You GoPro?

How can you win a Dream Adventure + $15,000 Cash + Everything GoPro Makes?

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Simply by submitting an image and an answer to the question, "How Will You GoPro?"

Watch the video below and keep reading for some cool ideas you, and your STRIDER rider could enter!

The ideas submitted on the GoPro website are unique and fun: hunting for waves in Morocco by camel, a world record tall bike, or riding a bike in the tallest mountains on earth. 

The grand prize winner will receive a $30,000 dream trip accompanied by a GoPro film crew, $15,000 USD in cash, and Everything that GoPro makes!

If you aren't the Grand Prize Winner (out of the thousands of entries) you could still be one of the 9 weekly winners and win everything GoPro makes for being the most creative or original entry.

Here are some that we thought of:

1. Ride my STRIDER on every continent!

2. Race my STRIDER in Japan, Australia, South Africa, England, Venezuala, and the STRIDER World Championship in the USA.

3. Take an epic road trip with my family up the Pacific Coast Highway with plenty of STRIDER riding breaks along the way.

4. Follow the Tour de France and get my STRIDER signed by each stage winner.

We'd love to see some STRIDER parents get super creative and win some prizes. What would you do with the grand prize? Steal our ideas or come up with your own, but make sure to enter for your chance to win some awesome GoPro swag!

Full Details, Prizes, and Rules can be found on the GoPro site.

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Published in Parents Are Talking
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