Every once in a while we get an email from a concerned parent saying, "We bought our son a STRIDER and he just isn't interested" or "Our daughter will ride for a couple minutes, but she doesn't seem to be getting it".
There may be many reasons these questions arise, but the leading cause may simply be boredom. Below are a couple games you can play with your STRIDER rider that will be fun for them and also work on their STRIDER skills. Whether they are just beginning or have mastered balance these suggestions should help motivate your rider to get in the saddle!
1. Run Over My Foot - This is a great way to get the youngest STRIDER riders moving around and can be played anywhere. Keep moving your foot as they get close to running it over, but make sure you let them get you once in a while. Make it even more fun by rolling around on the floor in fake agony! The downside to this game is they may run over random feet when out for a ride...
2. Follow the leader - If you have a STRIDER group this is an easy way for everyone to have fun. Pick one rider as "the leader". Encourage the leader to speed up, slow down, ride in circles, and weave around objects. Every couple of minutes yell out the name of the new leader. This is a favorite at my house when riding with my kids. As your STRIDER rider progesses add more advanced skills when you're the leader: ride off a small curb, pop a wheelie, lead them in a figure eight, stand up, or encourage them to lift their feet up.
3. Chalk Lines - This is an especially good one for kids hesitant to fully trust their balance skills. Use sidewalk chalk to draw two lines. The goal is to have both feet off the ground from one line to the next. Start with the lines relatively close to each other. As their balance abilities increase draw the lines further apart. I've also used this game to work on more advanced striding skills like; Use of the Launchpad Footrests on the frame of the STRIDER while they are balancing and even standing on the footrests between lines.
4. Red Light, Green Light - In this game, you are the "stop light". Stand about 15-20 feet away from your STRIDER rider(s). When you face away yell, "Green Light". The kids can ride towards you until you yell, "Red Light" and turn around. The goal is for them to stop before you turn around. The first person to touch the "stop light" wins. The added benefit is that your rider will have it drilled into them to stop when you yell "Red Light" when they get too far ahead of you or you need them to stop!
Remember, the key to STRIDER success is fun! Get out on your bike with your kids...these games may rekindle your own love of 2 wheeled adventure as well! Stride On
Strider™ Balance Bikes To Roll Into the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play
Strider Adventure Zone To Teach Toddlers and Kids How To Ride On Two Wheels!
Rapid City, SD (Sept. 9, 2013) — Strider Sports Intl. Inc, the world’s premier no-pedal balance bike manufacturer, in conjunction with USA BMX, will host an Outdoor Adventure Zone at Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play on the Nethermead at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 21 from 10 AM – 4 PM.
The Strider Adventure Zone features STRIDER test rides and opportunities for kids of all ages to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding on two wheels. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrains and obstacles. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, the STRIDER balance bike models are perfect for children aged 18 months to ten years. STRIDER bikes and helmets will be provided.
Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play is a day full of activities, games, sports, music and PLAY! For more information, go to http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/road-to-wwdop.
Here are the Top 3 photos as chosen by the STRIDER staff for August 2013! We loved all of the entries for August so it was hard narrowing it down to these 3...go check all of them out for yourself on our Flickr page.
If you were a winner make sure to check your email inbox for instructions on using your gift certificate. If you weren't chosen or didn't enter, head over to the blog for instructions on entering for September!
1st Place August
2nd Place August
3rd Place August
Rapid City, SD aka STRIDERville is quickly becoming known for the amazing biking right in the city and all over the Black Hills. This fun video from the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association features our very own Kent Jacobs and his daughter Alexa!
If you're ever in the area make sure to bring your bike along.
For now, get outside and enjoy your local trails with your STRIDER rider!
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.
She 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?
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.
I 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.
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.
Not too far from Boise, you'll find the sports oriented town of Eagle, Idaho! Eagle Foothills BMX is located On the edge of town at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains. If you're in the area and haven't checked it out with your STRIDER rider, you should...the track is always open!
2. Race Day: Tuesday Sign-ups: 5:30pm-6:30pm Racing: ASAP Practice Day: Whenever, the track is always open.
4. STRIDER race/practice fee? No fees for non-point races, $5 race fee for point races. Practice is free and always open!
5. Why did you build a STRIDER track? So the younger riders would have an activity at the races. The regular track is very long and developed so this gives the toddlers an alternative area to develop skills and not be in danger of not being seen by the older riders.
6. The track was completed in 2010 and took about a 1/2 day to build. Unsure what the costs were because it was built at the same time as the new main track.
7. Space and Materials? Plot Size: 40 x 150, Yards of dirt: 40
8. Track Layout? Total course length: 200 feet, Starting hill width: 10 ft (on the list to be widened), Straightaway width: 12 feet. The track consists of rollers, 3 jumps (3-4 ft high), and 1 berm at the turn around.
9. Special Features: It sits within the main track
10. Overall Experience: The STRIDER program seems to be growing more and more every year. We are developing new riders and the 5 novie class has been expanded as riders have moved up.
11. Special Events: Olympic Day, Race for Life, Redline Cup Qualifier, State Championship Qualifier
4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Mitchell Jervis - ST Catherines, ON CAN
2 Payton Robinson - Findlay, OH
3 Mitchell Lukemire - Columbus, OH
4 Maxwell Lukemire - Columbus, OH
5 Izabella Smith - Louisville, KY
7 Rebekah Marsh - Barberton, OH
7 Madison Whitehead - Davison, MI
8 Dylan LaPierre - Romulus, MI
3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Callum Crouch - Mount Brydges, ON CAN
2 Isobel Boorom - Team Iron Pony Motorsports - Delaware, OH
3 Jacob Whitehead - Davison, MI
2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Jackson "Jack Attack" Pochmara - Team Motor City BMX - Lake Orion, MI
2 Gavyn Bennett - Lansing, MI
3 Olive Chapman-King - Lansing, MI
4 Gunnar Trimolt - Team ZMX Racing - Munster, IN
5 Matt McDonald - Lewis Center, OH
6 Daegan Truhan - Toledo, OH
7 Dreydon Vasquez - Romulus, MI
8 Ella Gabryel - The Nationals - Allenton, MI
We recently sold bike number 595,974 and it may have been sold in Thailand, one of our newer distributors.
It doesn't matter where you're from, the STRIDER is cross-cultural!
Now get out and enjoy some time on your bike...no matter where you are!
Thank You everyone who entered photos for the July STRIDER Calendar Contest! It was yet again another month of amazing entries. Remember, if you aren't in the top 3, keep snapping pics and enter every month! Head over to the August submission post for rules and regulationss to enter for this month.
If you were a winner, Congratulations! Be on the lookout for an email with information about your product voucher.
Here are the top 3. Click through to the Flickr set below (or here) to see all the entries.
1st Place July
2nd Place July
3rd Place July
Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride Through Colorado with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros at Each of The Race’s Finish Festivals August 19-25
Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2013) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, in conjunction with the Axel Project, is bringing Strider Racing® to downtown Denver on August 25 and Adventure Zones to each stage of the USA Pro Challenge, August 19-25.
The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives toddlers one to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrain and obstacles.
People can find an Adventure Zone at each stage along the USA Pro Challenge route, as well as during the opening weekend festival in Aspen. Dates and locations include: Aspen, August 18 (opening weekend); Aspen, August 19; Breckenridge, August 20; Steamboat Springs, August 21; Beaver Creek, August 22; Vail, August 23; Fort Collins, August 24; and downtown Denver for the finish on August 25.
On Sunday, August 25, the Adventure Zone will transform into the STRIDER race course. Tiny two-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11 a.m., followed by the thrilling three-year-olds at noon. The four and five-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. Families may register their STRIDER riders on site. No registration fee required.
The USA Pro Challenge currently holds the record as the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the world’s top athletes will race 600 miles through the majestic Rockies — reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure — more than two miles in elevation.
Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The USA Pro Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Racing and the mission of the Axel Project. Showcasing Strider Racing next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!”
For more information, visit www.StriderBikes.com or www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com