Custom Strider modifications have really taken off in Japan. Today's blog entry is a video that one of the "Team No Pedals" parents made showing how to put on a stem and handlebar combo that will make your Strider rider feel cooler than they already do!
This can be completed at home with some relatively simple additions of a: head tube shim, an expander plug, a top cap, a stem (the shorter the better) and handlebars (not too wide!), which you should be able to pick up at your local bike shop.
This is also a great way to ensure that your child's Strider doesn't get confused with anybody else's when you're out on the town or having an impromptu Strider M.O.B. session at the local dirt park!
Strider Sports International is expanding it's social media reach! We've recently started www.StriderLife.com as a way to connect with fans, Strider Riders and parents at a deeper level. Continue to "like us" and interact with us on Facebook, but head over to Strider Life (bookmark it) and join in the ongoing conversation there!
We received a great testimonial this last week that we thought was worth sharing. Striders were developed to teach balance to young kids to instill a lifelong love of everything two wheeled. Some times Striders bring balance to life as well! I'll let the testimonial do the talking...
"I am a nature loving, adventure seeking mom and my husband is… not so much, but he does have a thrill for adrenaline. I have pushed, pulled and tugged my husband in every direction and just before giving up, I begged “the cosmos” to send me some way for us to share an active and healthy lifestyle. About a month ago I had the fortunate encounter of meeting a serious Strider family at my son’s school. A couple of weeks later, our sons were riding Strider Bikes together.
My husband now takes our boys on walks around our neighborhood or to the parks (with me or without me)! I am thrilled, a step in the right direction! Not only have these incredible little bikes opened the door for off road adventure to my little boys, but they are the missing link between a grease monkey dad and a granola crunching mom! My kids love their Strider Bikes and ride every day. My husband is finally inspired enough that he now has his own mountain bike and we’ve made some really great friends in the process!
I am so grateful for our Strider encounter on so many different levels. This is not only a great toy/tool for our children, but an investment towards a healthier lifestyle for the whole family." ~Jen
Join the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! Head over to our new/centralized social media site (www.StriderLife.com) and let us know your Strider success stories or upload videos, photos and more!
Calling all Strider riders! If you are in or near Fresno, California or Warsaw, Indiana make sure that you get out for some Strider Cup racing action this weekend (6/25 and 6/26)!
There have been hundreds of Strider riders participate in the Strider Cup this year. As the year progresses and the Strider Cup competition heats up we hope to see see that number double in the second half!
Fresno, CA - The "All American Nationals" will be happening on the 25th and 26th (this weekend) of June in Fresno, California. It will be the largest NBL National races in California this year and should be a great opportunity to hone their Strider racing skills as well as getting inspired by the older guys as they rip up the BMX track!
Warsaw, IN - The "Midwest Nationals" are coming to Warsaw...Indiana the 25th and 26th of June. The BMX and Strider Cup racing action at Hire Park BMX should be epic if the highlights from last years nationals are any indication.
The weather report for both race cities is sunny and warm for the entire weekend! Get your Strider riders pumped up and get them out for some BMX fun.
We've been getting a lot of questions lately concerning the different levels of skill for riders. When my daughter first got her Strider as an 18 month old she mostly spun the wheels with the bike laying on the ground. At the time I kept wondering if she would ever ride it. When she did straddle the Strider most of her time was spent walking with her butt off the seat.
Nine months later I can barely believe how competent she has become. She wants to ride ALL the time and when there are other Strider riders around she is cruising right along with them. She's still working on balancing with her feet off the ground for extended distances, but now I know that it is the next step in her Strider progression and it will happen soon enough!
Here is a great video that comes out of Germany where the generic term for balance bike is 'laufrad'. We like this video because it shows an 18 month old Strider rider taking his first steps with his new Green Strider. Hopefully this video will give you an idea of the beginning process on a Strider. Good luck and happy Striding!
"Everyone Was Super Stoked!"
This was the official word from the Ride The Rockies crew who hosted a Strider Cup event in Crested Butte, CO. It gave the kids an opportunity to have some two wheeled fun of their own on registration day. 40 Strider riders from 2-5 years old showed up for the main event. The weather was great, the street was blocked off and smiles were plentiful.
The course consisted of some tight turns and obstacles that no tricycle stood a chance of getting over! Thanks to all who put this event together and for all the parents who brought out their Strider riders to have some racing fun!
If your child(ren) have caught the racing bug and you'll be around Gunnison, CO on June 25th there will be another Strider Cup race at the Gunnison River Festival starting at 11am (6/25).
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We always love hearing from happy Strider riders and their parents. We get a lot of messages in our email, but not many catch our attention like this one from Jill. The subject line in this particular email was "Crazy 27 month old" and it came into the "Customer Needs Help" in-box!
"We have a crazy 27 month old that has been riding your bike for about 1 month. I thought I would send a video of him. We live in the mountains of Colorado in a Ski Resort town and this child is literally all over the side walks, trails and dirt paths. Please let us know if we should be doing something to stop him. He goes on curbs and off. He isn't even potty trained and is riding this bike up trails that I'm scared to go down. We love the bike and "Zabel" is getting a lot of attention on it." - Jill (Zabel's Mom)
Make sure to keep his helmet on! It looks like in a few years when he's on a pedal bike you won't have any chance of keeping up with him on the street or mountain bike trails!
Strider Cup is the brain child of our Japanese distributors and Striders have really taken off in Japan as a result. Every day we get videos and YouTube links sent with huge crowds of children riding their Striders. When we stumbled on the YouTube video below we couldn't help but smile at the change of pace.
The two year old is taking a leisurely Stride through the city streets. The music is infectious, He's got a great smile and after only two months on his green Strider he is getting more adventurous!
We just wanted to highlight a couple great reviews today that talk about their children's success with and the transition to a pedal bike.
"What a great concept. The thing works, is all I can say. We got a Strider prebike last year (when my son was just turning 3). We just got him a regular bike this year and he transitioned easily - I mean like in 10 minutes easily - to riding without training wheels. Our Strider seemed solidly constructed and was easy to put together. I would highly recommend this product!" ~LittleImp
"I bought this for my 4 year old daughter. She was balancing and cruising on it in 2 days. The third day she tried a pedal bike and was good to go. No training wheels!!!! Now this bike is just waiting until my next daughter is ready to ride." ~Corey
This last weekend there were 3 Strider Cup races in the U.S.A. We're working feverishly to get up photos, race results and interact with parents about their experiences. If you have any photos, video or stories to share check us out on our Strider Facebook or StriderCup Facebook wall! In the meantime here is an inspirational video from YouTube. This little guy is going to make a great head coach some day!
If he would have learned on a Strider the cuteness factor of this speech would have been multiplicatively greater!
Go check out our Facebook wall and share some inspiration in the form of photos, video or Strider success stories from your Strider riders!
Strider Sports International has been talking about the useless nature and dangers of the tricycle since opening our doors in 2007. Many parents find out about Strider after becoming frustrated with Trikes and Training Wheels...which is the same journey that led Ryan down the road to inventing the Strider PREbike.
We love this video that we found on YouTube for a couple reasons. Watch as Grace does circles around her older brother riding a tricycle. He is unable to pedal easily, Unable to turn around without standing up and doesn't look like he's having nearly as much fun as Grace! If you took the horn off the trike we doubt he'd be having fun at all. (There is also a training wheel bike sitting there unused)