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 don't have all the specifics yet, but the photos and video from Strider Cup Japan are just too good not to share right away. The event was held in niigata and was a huge success! The kids were all very excited to race and the huge crowd had a lot of fun cheering them on.
One interesting thing about the Japanese riders is the amount of customization they do to their Striders. The video has some footage riding around town, practicing at a local dirt park and then goes into the big Strider Cup race!
Strider feels privileged to be a small reprieve from the hard times occurring in Japan recently. It is nice to see kids being kids and their family and friends cheering them on.
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!
What are you doing this month to increase your time on a bike? Do you include Striders and bikes into your regular family fun time? If you don't, or it seems like you don't do it enough then start to make riding a habit this month. Being an example for your kids while they are young will instill bike values that will last their entire lives. According to the People for Bikes campaign, teens that ride bikes are 48% less likely to be obese as adults.
Here are some ideas to get back in the saddle and have some family fun on two wheels!
1. Ride with your child to school and then commute to your work
2. Find a Bike festival in your area and attend with the family
3. Ride your bikes to the library and check out some books about bicycles
4. Find a beginners off road trail and take your Strider rider for an adventure!
5. Visit the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, California
6. Pack up a picnic and take a short ride to a local park on a weekend
7. Buy a Strider with some other people for a family that can't afford one
8. Put some playing cards in your spokes and remember your childhood!
9. Have a Bicycle/Strider parade for all the kids in the neighborhood
Hope all our Strider family had a great Easter. We've had bunnies and Striders on our minds so we thought it would be a good time to introduce a more advanced Strider skill: the Bunny Hop!
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Bunny Hop -n: a jump executed by a person riding a
bicycle Strider and standing up on the pedals launch pad footrests.
I had to altar the definition a bit to fit with Strider, but the concept is the same for a Strider as with a pedal-bike. The lightness of a Strider along with the launch pads make it easy for toddlers to get off the ground with their bikes, whether they are adding a little extra hang time off of a ramp or bunny hopping on flat land.
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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!