Monday, 11 April 2016 15:08

March Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

March was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff (as always) had a tough time picking their 3 favorites.

If you were one of the top 3 selected for March you will receive an email with your gift certificate information. 

Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your April entries!

Without further ado...

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1st Place - Desert Overlook

 

 

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2nd Place - KTM Snow Striding

 

 

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3rd Place - Color Matching

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February was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff once again had a tough time picking their top 3 entrants.

If you were selected for February you will receive an email with your gift certificate information. 

Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your March entries!

Without further ado...

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1st Place - High Five!

 

 

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2nd Place - Tunnel Pom-Pom

 

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3rd Place - Dream Big

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SpokaneWillBlogWe have our first Strider Cup racer for the Spokane event on Saturday, July 9! Lyndsey Stuart signed up her 2-year-old son, Will. The little tyke got his STRIDER Bike on his first birthday and Lyndsey said he “mastered it by the time he turned 18 months old.”

Will loves his Strider Bike and tells everyone it's his "BMX race bike". His older brother, Drew (7) races BMX. Will attended practices with him last year, pretending to race with the big boys. Will is planning to race in the Strider class at the BMX track this spring. He should be in fine shape and able to navigate the fun Strider Cup obstacle course in July.

This is the first Strider Bike in the Stuart family. Drew and sibling Maggie (9) started on toddler ride on toys and tricycles before moving to bikes with training wheels.

“My older two got really frustrated with training wheels, they are loud and slow you down,” said Lyndsey. “We do a lot of trail riding, mountain biking and like to take our bikes camping with us. The training wheels just couldn't handle all that and it was very frustrating for everyone.”

She added that the Strider Bike has been a great improvement, “At just 18 months, this last summer, Will had no problem navigating and keeping up with the big kids. As a parent there seems to be a lot less ‘helping’ with the Strider Bike as well. He just gets on and goes.”

Strider looks forward to seeing Will and other racers at the Strider Cup in Spokane on July 9, and at the other two Strider Cup races this year; Lincoln, NE (June 11), and Salt Lake City, UT (June 25). The Strider Cup World Championship in San Francisco will be July 29-30, 2016. For more info and to check out all of the events, visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events.

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 05:18

January Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

If the photos submitted for January are any indication, we're off to another great year of Strider Calendar Contest photos! We already know that Strider Riders are some of the coolest, cutest, and most photogenic kids on the planet...naturally this makes it very tough for the staff here at Strider HQ to narrow it down to the top 3.

If you were selected for January you will receive an email with your gift certificate information. 

Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your February entries!

Without further ado...

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1st Place - Striding in a Winter Wonderland

 

 

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2nd Place - Get Out and Explore

 

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3rd Place - Adventures With Friends

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Another amazing batch of photos for the September Calendar Contest! Although we can't be absolutely certain, it appears that STRIDER riders are some of the cutest, coolest, and most photogenic kids in the world! It always make it very tough for the staff to narrow it down to our top 3 favorites. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for October, November, and December now! 

Want to see the rest of the entries for September? They're on our Flickr page HERE along with a ton of other great photos!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Biggest Smile Imaginable

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2nd Place - Like Father, Like Son

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3rd Place - Hydration is Important!

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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:34

STRIDER Calendar Contest Winners For August!

Another amazing batch of photos for the August Calendar Contest! Parents seing in photos from around the globe and the Strider staff once again had a tough time picking out our three favorites. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for September now! 

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Triplets in Slovakia

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2nd Place - Please Prepare for Landing

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3rd Place - How Old Did He Say He Was?

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:47

STRIDER Calendar Contest Winners For July!

The competition for the July Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered (It was especially neat that all the winners for July had more than one child in them), but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for August! 

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Thumbs Up in Crested Butte

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2nd Place - Brothers In The Skate Park

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3rd Place - Pump Track Duo

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The competition for the June Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered, but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for July!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Balance On Abandoned Rail

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2nd Place - Splashing In The Mountains

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3rd Place - Keep That Bike Shiney

3rd Place June

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AblePlay Endorsement of Strider Camp Shows Benefits for Children of All Abilities


Rapid City, SD (May 26, 2015) –  Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce its Strider Camp, a five session Learn-to-Ride curriculum, has been highly rated by AblePlay as a “Great Find” that helps children with disabilities develop balance, coordination, and other valuable developmental skills. Recognized for their innovation, safety, and ease-of-use, STRIDER® Bikes join an elite list of products reviewed and rated by AblePlay.

“We evaluated the program under AblePlay “Great Finds,” as Strider Camp is not a toy, but a teaching tool to help kids learn to ride a bike inclusively and independently. Kids are having fun while working on their skills to ride a bike”, stated Ahren Hoffman, CTRS and Manager of Industry Relations & Partnerships for the National Lekotek Center. “Strider Camp received checkmarks in all five of the developmental categories—we were thrilled to award Strider Camp such high marks!” said Hoffman.

STRIDER Camp AblePlay Seal
AblePlay is an online resource at www.ableplay.org that provides comprehensive research, ratings, and reviews on toys and products that are a good fit for children of all abilities. By providing concise, insightful reviews, AblePlay helps parents choose from among the thousands of toys for children.

The Strider Camp evaluation was conducted by Lekotek Certified professionals who have degrees and experience in special education, child life, therapeutic recreation, or other therapy disciplines. The AblePlay seal represents the quantifiable rating by disability category. The ratings concluded the Strider Camp, along with the STRIDER Bikes,promoted key developmental processes, including “action concepts, core strengthening, stability, coordinated movement, gross motor skills, balance, and self-esteem.”

“Our main mission is to give kids of all abilities the chance to experience the joy of riding a bike,” stated Ryan McFarland, Founder and CEO of Strider Sports International, Inc. “We are honored to be recognized by AblePlay and excited about the opportunity this gives us to share the Strider story with a new world of moms, dads, and young families. This endorsement of Strider Camp shows our training methods and our bikes are perfect tools for building confidence and bringing the thrill of the riding experience to children of all abilities.”

To see the STRIDER Bikes in action with kids of all abilities, visitwww.StriderBikes.com/special-needs-bikes.

Published in In The News
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 15:24

We Love Getting Emails Like this!

Strider People,

There are a few things in a first time parent’s life that we are always excited for, yet wary of. Teaching a child how to swim, how to read, how to add two numbers together - these things come so naturally to us we almost don’t remember the time we didn’t know how to do them. So when it came time to teach my daughter how to ride a bike, I was an odd mix of eager and terrified. I had no idea what to do.

After tons of research I finally decided on a Strider bike. I admit I was skeptical with all the claims of how easy it was – my daughter tends to be timid and reserved when trying new things, rather than bold and daring.
strider3She was 2 ½ when it arrived and though I was immediately impressed with how well it was built I was quite intimidated. I remember standing there, holding the bike with my daughter next to me, thinking, well…now what? So I just put it on the ground and showed her where to put her hands, where to sit, how to walk forward on it. She did the rest herself. I stayed back and watched as my daughter taught herself how to glide on this bike.
 
Within a week she was keeping up with us, coasting down hills and making turns as if the bike was an extension of herself. I was impressed, yet still skeptical. Sure, she could ride a Strider, but what about when I have to teach her how to pedal?
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She was 5 when she finally outgrew her little Strider. Remembering the trauma and torn knees and fear and tears of my own bike training experience, I put off teaching her a pedal bike as long as possible. One day I finally broke down and took my daughter to a bike trail near our house.
strider2I hopped out of the car, pretending to be far more confident than I was, and strapped on her helmet. I put the bike on the ground and had her straddle it. Immediately all my research failed me. I stood there for several seconds, terrified and inadequate. I honestly had no idea how to teach my daughter to ride a bike.
 
Then I found myself saying, “Just pretend it’s your Strider, and when you start coasting, put your feet on the pedals.”
 
Let me take a break in this narrative to say that I went into this experience expecting a certain outcome based on my experience as a child. I expected blood loss and weeping. I expected scars and screams, I expected to run beside her holding the seat, I expected the entire process to take months.
 
But what actually happened was I took my husband’s hand and watched as my daughter taught herself to ride a bike.
 
She never fell down once. She had learned how to catch herself on the Strider and it translated easily to a bigger bike. She never found herself losing balance for any reason other than an inability to quickly locate the pedals with her feet. There were no tears, no crying, no running beside the bike while struggling to keep her upright. I never even touched the bike. Within 15 minutes she was riding several feet at a time and it was, overall, such an enjoyable experience that she is going to miss out on many linguistic tropes in her life. So many metaphors in English are centered around how hard it is to learn to ride a bike – but thanks to Strider, for my daughter, learning to ride a bike was as hard as learning how to eat Cheerios.

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I am, now, finally, convinced. I will never own another first bike for my children than a Strider and will be recommending them to everyone I know.

By the way, after 3 years we resold her little pink Strider to another child just learning to bike. Aside from slight wear on the seat, it looked almost brand new.

 

Thank y'all, you've made this mama very, very happy.

Amber

 

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