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Another exciting weekend of racing at the USA BMX Tar Heel Nationals. If you're looking for a race or STRIDER event near you make sure to check out the STRIDER Events Calendar HERE.

4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Giana "Gi Gi" Bandy - Team Hooker Bikes - Suffolk, VA
2 Collin Momper - Team Potter Plates/Dan's Comp - Jonesboro, GA
3 Collin Biggerstaff - Monroe, NC
4 Mia Custer - Bridgeton, NJ
5 Luke Suppes - Waxhaw, NC

3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Carson Hooks - Oak Ridge, NC
2 Bronx Bess - Team Kid Dynamite - Hummelstown, PA
3 Marshall Miller - Union, KY

2 & Under STRIDER
1 Jayce "Boo Bear" Grieve - Team Factory Doublecross - Cabot, AR
2 Riley Clemmer - Dallas, NC

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Monday, 13 May 2013 15:28

A Day In The Life: STRIDER Brothers

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Daniel (yellow bike above), is a seasoned STRIDER Pro at 4 years old. Over the years we've shown video of him on family vacations, Riding his STRIDER Snow Skis down Canadian mountain-sides, and in skate parks. He has been featured in several 2013 STRIDER calendar shots as well (download the 2013 calendar here).

Now it's time to meet his little brother, Lucas (age 2) who hasn't quite gotten the hang of his seat yet. After watching this video a couple times now we were impressed by his wildman mentality and resilience. There is a cameo from cousin Jason in the skate park and also some really good footage of Daniel (4) on his pedal bike.

Watch out world, there are some bike masters coming out of Canada, eh!

 

Down the Road (biking with the boys...and Daniel's first pedal bike) from tim v on Vimeo.

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This last weekend there was some exciting STRIDER action at Cape Coral BMX at the Eagle Classic, part of the SSA Florida Cup Series! If you're in the Sunshine State and you haven't gotten involved in the local USA BMX racing scene you're missing out. This is a dedicated young group of STRIDER Riders who are having a ton of fun! We are also seeing a large number already moving on to pedal bikes, many racing in the STRIDER class and pedal bikes the same weekend!

Here are the results and a couple photos. Check back as we'll post more as they become available from the photographer.

Day 1

4 yr old STRIDER
1 - Stephaine Carroll
2 - Haley Hobbs

3 yr old STRIDER Main A
1- Logan Coakley
2 - Faith Bertges
3 - Cody Abel
4 - Skyler Rueda
5 - Sarah Bencomo

3 yr old Main B
1 - Kylar Juracka
2 - Lilani Pringle
3 - Mason Parker
4 - Ethan Rose

2 yr old STRIDER
1 - Nixon Murr
2 - Curren Barlowe
3 - Jacob Unger
4 - Laila Maszak
5 - Peyton Atkins
6 - Kalia Pringle

Day 2

4 yr old STRIDER
1 - Staphaine Carroll
2 - Haley Hobbs
3 - Jocelyn Foss

3 yr old STRIDER
1 - Logan Coakley
2 - Lilani Pringle
3 - Faith Bertges
4 - Kylar Juracka
5 - Ethan Rose
6 - Cody abel
7 - Mason Parker

2 yr old STRIDER
1 - Nixon Murr
2 - Jacob Unger
3 - Curren Barlowe
4 - Laila Maszak
5 - Peyton Atkins
6 - Kalia Pringle

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4 Year Old STRIDER
     Cody Benthin - Redwood City, CA
    2  Alayna Altstatt - EL Cajon, CA
    3  Sadie "Rocket Girl" Patterson - Team Dirty 530 - Paradise, CA
    4  Ian Ledesma - Team J&R Bicycles - Moreno Valley, CA
    5  Alexander Rodriquez - Tulare, CA
    6  Bryce Kalosis - San Diego, CA
   
3 Year Old STRIDER
    1  Ethan Giannetto - Porterville, CA
    2  "Racin" Masin Stice - Yucca Valley, CA
    3  Gavin "HOK" Yogues - Team HOK9 - Corona, CA
    4  Urijah Martinez - Fresno, CA
    5  Dominic Wymore - Bakersfield, CA
    6  Auden Jensen - Thousand Oaks, CA
   
2 & UNDER STRIDER
    1  Vincent "The Rocket" Hajek - Team Israel - Los Angeles, CA
    2  Darius "Little D" Chapman - Bighorn RV - Sparks, NV
    3  JAXSON WORTH, , COALINGA, CA
    4  GAVYN DEGIACOMO, , WESTMINSTER, CA
     BRADLEY BALDWIN, , SPARKS, NV
    6  JAVIER (RACER X) MUNOZ, , CHULA VISTA, CA
    7  CAGE YOUNG, , 
    8  ZEN PARRIS, , SAN DIEGO, CA
   
3 YEAR OLD GIRL STRIDER
    1  BRAXTON ROLLINS, , ANDERSON, CA
    2  ISABELLA (THE GREMLIN) LEIJA, CHICO CORSA, CHICO, CA
    3  GIANNA YEE, TEAM IMPACT, SAN JOSE, CA
    4  KAYLIN SUN, , LA JOLLA, CA
    5  SYDNEY DOWELL, , BAKERSFIELD, CA
    6  TRUE JOHNSON, , BAKERSFIELD, CA

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The weather is finally warming up in STRIDERville and the photos keep rolling in. Each month sees a bit more green outside and in the photos that we're receiving for the Calendar Contest. Thank you everyone for participating and don't forget to continue snapping photos of your precious/crazy/cute/daring STRIDER riders! Here are the rules to enter in the May contest. Stride On! 

1stPlaceApril1st Place  |  Ironman rides a KTM

 

2ndPlaceApril

2nd Place  |  Popping Wheelies at the Track

 

3rdPlaceApril 

3rd Place  |  Brothers in the Tidal Pools!


If you were a winner be on the look out for an email on Monday.

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:02

STRIDER Bikes Featured on Kelo Land News!


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STRIDER recently had a really fun news story appear on KeloLand News statewide in South Dakota. We know that not every STRIDER rider lives in STRIDERville so we're sharing it with you here!

Watch the video below to hear about how we began and how we're growing. There is also some pretty good footage of Wyatt, Charlie's (Head STRIDER R&D) little scene stealer and super cute STRIDER spokes-person!

 

RAPID CITY, SD - at least one Rapid City warehouse, it's not all work and no play.

"I like coming here because I like to ride around here," five-year old Wyatt Brumbaugh said.

The building is the headquarters for the Strider Balance Bike, a pedal-less bike that's making it easier for children just learning the ropes. Forget pedals and training wheels. Balance is all any kid needs to hit the open road.

"I think Wyatt was probably 15-months, 16-months the first time he picked his feet up just a little bit.  I think Cole was probably a little bit older.  He didn't go until probably 18 months the first time he picked his feet up," Wyatt's dad and Strider employee Charlie Brumbaugh said.

Even though they haven't started school yet, both the Brumbaugh boys have already graduated to pedal bikes.

"I remember when we first started on a pedal bike, it was hard.  My brother started when he was just turning three," Wyatt said.

"You know, that's pretty early.  I didn't start riding a bicycle until I was probably six or seven," Charlie said.

It's all thanks to a little bit of Midwestern ingenuity.

"I've been a motorsports, motorcycle and mountain bike enthusiast pretty much my whole life and when I became a dad I really wanted to share that with my little boy," Strider's founder Ryan McFarland said.

But at just one-and-a-half-years-old, McFarland's son Bode was too small to get the hang of riding a traditional bike with training wheels.

"Some people may have just said wait a year or two, but I was just too impatient so I thought there's got to be a way where we can make this work right now," McFarland said.

So in true motorsports form, McFarland stripped the boys bike of everything it didn't need including the pedals and the concept for the Strider was born.

"I got it to a point where it was extremely light and small and it was just like magic. He was tearing around on it and exceeding even my expectations of what he was capable of," McFarland said.

Soon, people around the community started to take notice of the little boy on the pedalless bike and began asking where they could get one for their own kids.

"I pulled some friends together and we built some prototypes, developed it a little bit further and eight years later we're selling them all over the world," McFarland said.

Striders can be found at many different retailers including bike shops, motorcycle dealers and toy stores.  But McFarland says the biggest sales boom has come from the Internet.

"We're selling in about 36 countries right now. We've got about half a million kids that are on Strider bikes now, and if you figure that a lot of those bikes have also taught a younger sibling or neighbor kid we're pretty confident in saying that we've taught over a million little kids to ride bikes," McFarland said.

The little bikes have gotten so popular that they've even inspired their own nation-wide racing circuit; the Strider Cup.

"Even on our first round of bikes, we'd get kids together in the park and play.  Sooner or later someone's drawing a line in the dirt for a starting line and we're lining them up to have a race," McFarland said.

"One race we were in Florida, another race we were in Rapid City. A couple races we were in Rapid City," Wyatt said.

Thanks to a ski attachment for the bike, the competition doesn't end once the flakes start flying.

"We race up by Lead on Terry Peak in the winter, and I won first place this year," Wyatt said.

"It's been amazing to see the kids and the parent's enthusiasm for coming together at these events; getting a taste for that competition but very friendly competition at this age, for sure," McFarland said.

But win or lose, these kids are developing skills that will last a lifetime.

"With Striders, it's not just riding but just the whole experience of being outside with your family and with other kids, especially," Brumbaugh said.

Published in In The News
Friday, 19 April 2013 15:12

STRIDER Track Highlight: Akron BMX

 

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We've been hearing good things from the "Buckeye State" so we sent them some questions to Akron BMX. They just got done building a sweet new main track and a STRIDER specific track for the youngest riders! If you're in/near the Akron area stop by with your STRIDER riders! Maybe we'll see some of their hot shots come down to Sarasota for the STRIDER World Championship...

1. We are Akron BMX: Track location is 1000 Massillon Road Akron, Ohio The phone is 330-784-3777 We also have a dedicated Strider phone number which is 234-738-9795

2. The track operator is Don Hier, the Strider co-coordinator is Michaele Flickinger

3. We decided to build a STRIDER track so that anyone interested in BMX racing has the opportunity. We feel that BMX racing is a family event, and that STRIDER Riders are the future of BMX racing.

4. Our new STRIDER track is 160 ft. and is complete with a custom start gate!

5. It took us several hours to build the track, but we also used an excavator, Bobcat and rollers in the construction of the track.

6. The cost of the track to date has been $0.00. The dirt was donated from the City of Akron, and the gate and powder coating of the gate, would have cost $1,850.00, but has also been donated.

7. STRIDER riders have a great effect on the track, one of pride and accomplishment. All Strider riders at Akron receive their award on the podium. And trust me, when I say Brad Pitt doesn't have as many flash bulbs going off as our Strider riders do when they accept their award. Our older riders help to groom and maintain the track, thus learning techniques to assist us on the main track. Parents who have children with special needs are watching their child excel, have fun, and do something they may have never dreamed possible for their child. And lastly but very important, Strider riders and their family's have been embraced from all riders and family's at Akron. This year 3 of the Strider's from last year will now be racing on the main track.

8. STRIDER's race on Sundays..Registration is 12:00-1:30 with their first moto at 1:45. They then race their main between the third set of moto and the main event on the main track Cost is $5.00 for races unless noted for special events. (i.e. State Race)

9. STRIDER Race Schedule for 2013: 4/28 5/5, 5/12,5/19. 6/2,6/8 (Saturday State Race) 6/9, 6/16. 6/22 (Olympic Day) 6/23, 6/30, 7/14,7/28, 8.18, 9/8, 9/15,9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3

Anything else: I will continue to keep you posted..Great things are happening at Akron BMX, and we are pleased to offer STRIDER racing at our track..We also have increased our Strider rental and now have 6 bikes available for rent as well.

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Published in STRIDER Tracks

 

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5 Year Old STRIDER
    1  Luke Lyman - Redmond, OR
    2  Tyler Williams - Victoria, BC CAN
   
4 Year Old STRIDER
     Nolan Finch - Bend, OR
    2  Sadie "Princess STRIDER" Patterson - Team Dirty 530 - Paradise, CA
    3  Greyson Roskowski - Bend, OR
    4  Jaydin Roth - Salem, OR
    5  James Slippy
   
3 Year Old STRIDER
    1  Isabella "The Gremlin" Leija - Team Chico Corsa - Chico, CA
    2  Emily Youngblood - Lakewood, WA
    3  Nicholas Austin - Team Austin BMX Club - Spanaway, WA
    4  Braxton Rollins
    5  Jaden Shane Dey 
    6  Sam Smalley - Lodi, CA
    7  Ole Darling 
    8  Adyson Abbott - Team Track Rats BMX Club - Roseville, CA
   
2 & UNDER STRIDER
    1  Samuel Trerise - Sherwood, OR
    2  Dreyden Herrera - Redmond, OR
    3  Jersey Thompson - Lafayette, OR
    4  Kolten Birkedal - Chico, CA
    5  Darius "Little D" Chapman - Team Bighorn - Sparks, NV
    6  Jaxson Worth - Coalinga, CA
    7  Rylie Thompson - Lafayette, OR

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Today's blog post is a highlight of Whittier Narrows BMX in El Monte, CA. Our very own Greg and Liz Hill recently helped build a STRIDER track there. Here's how you can do the same in their own words.

Liz and I approached Roland Leal of Whittier narrows BMX track with the idea of making a simple STRIDER track to attract the younger kids to his track. Most of them are already along for the ride to watch older brother or sister ride/race. Roland really liked the idea, and we've documented what can be made with a little effort and little money (we spent $200 on the bobcat) at your local track. You can create a STRIDER track that will give the younger siblings a chance to get hooked on BMX while the big guy's can do their thing on the big track. It's a very nice mix of both worlds watching both tracks being used at the same time. The younger generation will ultimately one day graduate to the big track. Putting smiles on kids at a young age and getting them hooked on 2 wheels sports is a great thing, for both the kids and parents..We hope you enjoy the pictures and if you by chance have any questions please feel from to contact Liz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Breaking ground, we had a bobcat for 3 hours to level the area out and make it ready for placing dirt for turns and obstacles.

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 After we placed dirt for jumps and turns, we spent about 2 hours raking, packing and shaping. We had myself (Greg Hill) Jeremy Hill, Liz Hill, Mike Antis, Roland Leal  and a few others...

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The start of lining the track with chalk, gotta make it look official!

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Team Strider (Greg and Liz Hill): We placed banners and pennants to make it look official as you can see in the following pictures.It is very basic, but the kids absolutely love it!

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The first round of Strider riders attack the track!

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The STRIDER bikes get young kids out there and really connect with the parents in a very special way. Sometimes it's hard to know who enjoys it more the kids or the parents...

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Rider and Mom hitting up practice, Mom is playing the roll of coach here.

8The kids really liked practicing, they would size up each other and then make laps racing one another.

 

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We did 4 man moto's with the ol fashion voice/hand signal to start them off.

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After giving all the kids the big high five, Greg gets ready to let em go!

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Here we have the classic upgrade! Lil guy showed up on his heavy wood bike and rode off on a brand new Strider! =)

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 This is what it's all about right here, making the kids smile and giving them that feeling of being on top of the world!

Stride On!

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We had a record 26 STRIDER racers show up for the 2013 USA BMX Super Nationals in DeSoto, TX! There were even enough one year olds that they ran separate motos. The only complaint was the cold temperatures, we never got a reply when we sent photos from the STRIDER Snow Cup. A slideshow of the racing action can be found on our Flickr Page!

5 Year Old STRIDER
     Peyton Prichard - Team Cowtown BMX - Benbrook, TX
    2  Brody "Bad Boy" Murphy - Team Golds Gym ORP - Magnolia, TX
    3  Makenzy Robledo - Shreveport, LA
   
4 Year Old STRIDER
     Gage Lane - Team Crusader Bikes - Houston, TX
    2  Madelyn Bowman 
    3  Matthew "Mad Jack" McLeod - Team Cowtown BMX - Euless, TX
    4  Lane Mihm - Team Flip-It-Bikes - Fritch, TX
   
3 Year Old STRIDER
     Harley Adams - Spring, TX
    2  Colin Hotson - Stillwater, OK
     Korbyn "Dirt Dobber" Rivera - Shreveport, LA
    4  Kastan Gaiser
    5  Cross Carlisle - Lubbock, TX
    6  Harper Hoge, Lenexa, KS
    7  Austin Robledo - Shreveport, LA
    8  Deegan Frazier - Topeka, KS
   
2 Year Old STRIDER
    1  Christian Beavier - Longview, TX
    2  Brody Bravomalo - Arlington, TX
     Sammy Saucedo - Irving, TX
    4  Talon Trahan - Houston, TX
    5  Bryden Eitel - Team Dad & Mom - Oklahoma
    6  Revyn "RPM" Massey - Team Kid Dynamite/GoPro/EVS - Hominy, OK
    7  Jayce "Boo Bear" Grieve - Team Factory Doublecross, Cabot, AR
    8  Isabella "Hellz Bellz" Pullen - Kingwood, TX

1 Year Old STRIDER
      Colton Bowman
      Mason Metianero - Norman, OK
      Karson Moore - Fayettville, AR

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