We found a great GoPro video of Devin on his orange Strider! Devin's camera is mounted on his handlebars and bike frame to give you a totally different perspective on the Strider experience.
When Devin lets out his YAHOO! we bet you can't keep from smiling...we couldn't.
Strider is currently selling in 22 countries and we want to build a map with images of children from all over the world! Do you live on the planet earth and have a child who loves riding their Strider? Some countries we're sure to get a ton of photos from, some only one or two and some we still need to spread the Strider message to.
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Tweet, Retweet, forward, Digg, Mixx, Like us and let all your friends know to add to the list and diversity!
In just over two weeks the Strider Cup and Strider Adult Downhill will be rolling into Striderville (Rapid City, SD)! We'll have a booth at the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival and it is guaranteed to be a great time for riders from 18 months to 99 years old.
If you already own a Strider for you little ones then come on down and ride with some other Strider riders (This is especially great if they are just learning). If you don't have a Strider yet then come on down and try one out! We'll have demo bikes to ride for free and also bikes for sale.
We love getting Strider success stories from parents. We really love Strider success stories from parents who have been able to use their Striders as therapy. Below is a testimonial we got from Kelly this week.
I have a 4 ½ year-old son. He started on the Strider at 24 months. He took to it immediately. He can now ride a bike without training wheels. This is a typical story for a Strider rider. However, my son is not a typical child. He has Sensory Integration Dysfunction. His weaknesses are specifically in gross motor skills and gross motor planning. His physical and occupational therapists said that most kids at his level are not able to master riding a bike until at least 7 if not older. The Strider allowed him to separate the skills of balancing and pedaling so that he could concentrate on only one at a time. In addition, they said that most kids, and especially those with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, crave fast movement. It is something that allows them to develop a sense of where they are in space which strengthens the mind so that it can develop so many other gross motor skills, such as balance. The Strider definitely allows children to experience fast movement and practice their balancing skills. In addition, to all of this it is a great confidence booster for children. When people see them at the park and marvel at their ability to master riding a bike at such a young age, they just beam. There is nothing more important than a child’s self-esteem, if they have that they can do anything!
Here's a review from Stephanie. We really like this review because it hits about every key point in a child's learning to ride.
"I just bought this bike for my 3 year old daughter (in pink of course). I found out about this bike from a friend who ordered them for her then 3 year old. At first I scoffed at the idea that a bike with no pedals and no training wheels would teach a little kid how to ride a bike. Well when her daughter was riding a pedal bike without training wheels I began to change my tune. Then, a year later her now 2 year old son was using the balance bike and going all over the place. I bet, had she let him, he would of been riding a regular pedal bike without training wheels. My daughter is now riding it all over our house, and I can't wait to get her outside with it.
It teaches her several things, one that bikes tip over and this is being learned while they are only inches off the ground vs being higher up. It also teaches them balance on the bike itself, and this is done slowly without them even knowing it.
After seeing this bike in action I now feel why would you ever teach a child to ride a bike with training wheels. It doesn't teach them the most important lesson in learning to ride a bike and thats BALANCE." ~Stephanie Weaver
Here is a great video for Monday! Cade is ripping up his neighborhood dirt track with his dog, mountains in the background and last years plant life over his head. (disclaimer: remember to always wear your helmet)
Dirt tracks like this are a great place to get your Strider rider onto some varied terrain. They can be put in with little more than some spare dirt and elbow grease. If you have an amazing Parks department like Striderville does they may just allow it to be built on city land as well!
Recently a group of Strider employees and their families went for an outing at our local dirt jump park. The older kids had a great time trying some new tricks (some even catching air). You could see the confidence level increase in the younger Striderers just from watching the older kids buzz by.
Oskar is a 23 month old from Australia...Tasmania to be exact. As you can tell by his outfit and KTM Strider, his parents are avid motorbikelysts. In case you were wondering motorbikelyst is defined as somebody who rides pedal bikes and motorbikes.
Apparently sticking out of the tongue is universal toddler behaviour...According to his Mum, Oskar is a bit cheeky (I think cheeky is British for sassy).
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The photo below was taken after after riding his Strider (named PeeWee) for four and a half hours at an enduro-x motorbike race in Granville, Australia while watching his parents race.
"I just wanted to let you know that the Strider is the best toy that we have bought. Our son rides around the house, to the shops, at the skate park, takes it to the motorbike races, he loves it. It's hard to get him off it!" ~Tara (Oskar's Mum)
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The 7th annual Dahl Mountain Culture Festival kicked off last night in Rapid City, SD with the opening of the photo exhibition! If you live in or near Striderville come check it out. There will be events all week centered around "mountain culture" culminating on the 15th and 16th of April at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
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Strider is the perfect fit for this crowd of outdoorsy folks...that's why we've donated 2 Striders to the Dahl Arts Center to raffle off during the film festival. Make sure that you stop down at the Dahl next week to pick up some tickets for your chance to win a Strider for a child, grandchild, niece or nephew. The added bonus (if you win or don't win) is that you help support arts education and exhibitions throughout the year!
The European Strider Team was in Cologne, Germany recently and put their own twist on a growing tradition – attaching a “Love Lock” to the Hohenzollern Bridge which crosses the Rhine near the Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom as it is known locally.
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Even though it was a cold winter day in Germany, JoJo took the opportunity to go for a spin on the bridge and deliver the Strider Lock to the right location. The lock was attached amongst thousands of others, and in cerimonous fashion, the Euro Strider Team threw the key into the Rhine as a symbol of Strider’s commitment to the toddlers of Europe.
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If you’re in Cologne and think of it, go for a walk on the Hohenzollen Bridge and look for the Strider Lock in the sea of Love Locks. Maybe add a lock of your own, and make sure you bring your Strider – there are tons of great spots to ride around the city and along the Rhine.
Last weekend the Strider family got together for a fun afternoon with the Pine Wood Derby track which has been housed in the warehouse for the last couple months.
The kids had a great time, most of the Moms just had fun watching and the Dads got a bit competitive.