Tuesday, 12 July 2011 21:25

So Much More

This weekend, as I watched 15 Strider riders racing around a grassy track a man caught my eye and said, "Those are pretty neat little toys." My first reaction was, "Yeah they are!"

While watching the kids (1.5 to 5 years old) rip around the track, balance on boards, and Stride over teeter-totters I thought to myself, "These are so much more than toys."

I was still thinking about it while getting into Strider Sports World Headquarters on Monday and plugged into "Social Media land" to find this great video of Strider racers in Maine from our new friends over at Thorfinn Expeditions.

As most of you know from watching the Strider riders in your life, the sense of accomplishment, fun, balance and the beginning of a love for all things two wheeled make Striders so much more than a toy!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ-IO8P62v0[/youtube]

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Published in Adventure Striding
Saturday, 09 July 2011 12:50

StriderDay: US Moto GP!

If you haven't already heard we're adding a Strider Cup race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the 24th of July! Sundays at the Mazda Raceway are the most heavily attended race days. Last year over 60,000 people were there to cheer on their favorite Moto GP racers! This could be the chance of a lifetime for your little Strider rider!

With that in mind we've found a highlight from 2010 practice rides! Which reminds us...The Strider adventure zone will be set up at the Raceway on Friday and Saturday if your toddler wants to get in some practice laps!

Enjoy the video, then head over to register to get your Strider rider in on some of the racing action at Laguna Seca...maybe they'll be the next great Moto GP champion!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocPK64UrHNc[/youtube]

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Published in Strider Racing
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:15

Growing Up.

My daughter (Talia) is two. She is a precocious little thing and is already very opinionated. I have to raise the seat on her Strider at least once a week.  Last night she realized that she could outStride her Mother and I while cruising on her Strider! Is any of this sounding familiar?

I'm up to no good!

A couple things occurred to me as we were chasing her down the sidewalk, my wife with the dog and me pushing the stroller with our son:  1. I hope anybody backing out sees her (or us) coming.  2. Wow...she is really moving! 3. We're going to have to start riding our bikes just to keep up.

Upon further reflection I am reminded of how important it is to begin teaching basic bicycle safety to children.  When they are old enough to ride on their own the lessons that were taught to them while riding their Striders will be invaluable.

With that in mind, here is a list of 5 important Strider safety habits that should be started now!

1. ALWAYS wear a properly fitted helmet.

2. Look in ALL directions before crossing a road. (Turn this into a fun rule making sure they look up and down before checking the street)

3. Be Seen.  Wear bright clothing, especially when riding earlier or later in the day when the light is not as good.

4. Listen to your Parents! (this might be the toughest one!)

5. Ride under CONTROL.  It's always fun to go fast, but when you aren't in control it is unsafe and usually scary for everyone involved.

Head over to Strider Life and add your voice to the Strider safety discussion.  What basic rules do you enforce?

 

Published in Strider Education
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 19:41

George: Week 5

Progress on a Strider is different with every individual; Some kids jump right on and never look back, Others are very slow at getting the feel for it, while others may get right on and take off only to leave it alone for what seems like forever.

We get countless emails, facebook updates, Tweets, phone calls and Strider Life threads regarding Strider successes.  This YouTube video is a great example of the middle ground between a beginning rider and a more experienced rider.

George Strides around an old mini-golf course, Striding though narrow gaps, up and down small curbs and does it all with an adorable Scottish accent.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tATfq-nxCKM[/youtube]

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Friday, 01 July 2011 12:50

Happy Canada Day, Eh!

Our friends in the Great White North are celebrating Canada Day which commemorates: 1. The formation of Canada by the joining of three provinces in 1867 and 2. Canada's full independence from the United Kingdom in 1982! It looks like the snow has melted and Strider riding without mukluks and toques can commence.

From the country that brought us Rick Moranis, Gordon Lightfoot, Geddy Lee, and the pager (aka beeper) comes some great footage of  2 Strider riding brothers (4 1/2 and 2 years old, although I'm not sure how old that makes them with the exchange rate).  Have Fun, eh!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in69M8x4iWE[/youtube]

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Published in Around The World
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:59

Strider Twins!

Q: What is cuter than a child on a Strider?     A: Twins riding their Striders!

We found this great review from a Mother of twins.  Have you had similar experiences to Dolly?

"I bought two strider balance bikes for my boy/girl twins for their birthday. They loved them and it was great that they were able to hop right on and use them right away. It was nice that there was no frustration on getting them to work like they have had in the past with their tricycle. We had their birthday party at a park and the twins were able to ride their bikes all over the playground and park. They have progressed just like the toddlers in the online videos and within a week were balancing. I got the pink and green bikes and both are adorable. I decided to go with the Strider balance bike because it has one of the lowest seat settings."    ~Dolly

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Published in Reviews
Saturday, 25 June 2011 12:00

Happy Striderday From Poland!

Mamy nadzieję, masz wielki Striderday!

We hope that you are having a great Striderday.  Hopefully (depending on when you're reading this) you've already spent most of the day outside or you are getting all of your gear together to head outside for some fun!

We found this really fun "old school" video on YouTube that we thought would be a great way to start or end your day.  We're pretty sure that there was some digital manipulation to this, but we can't be %100 positive.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoAEApeLJY4[/youtube]

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Published in Around The World
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 20:29

Custom Strider Modification

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!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNFqC_mnR84[/youtube]

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Published in Around The World

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

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Published in Testimonials
Monday, 20 June 2011 22:36

Learning Every Day

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!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xERGLvhjC_w[/youtube]

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Published in STRIDER Tech