"Everyone Was Super Stoked!"
This was the official word from the Ride The Rockies crew who hosted a Strider Cup event in Crested Butte, CO. It gave the kids an opportunity to have some two wheeled fun of their own on registration day. 40 Strider riders from 2-5 years old showed up for the main event. The weather was great, the street was blocked off and smiles were plentiful.
The course consisted of some tight turns and obstacles that no tricycle stood a chance of getting over! Thanks to all who put this event together and for all the parents who brought out their Strider riders to have some racing fun!
If your child(ren) have caught the racing bug and you'll be around Gunnison, CO on June 25th there will be another Strider Cup race at the Gunnison River Festival starting at 11am (6/25).
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We always love hearing from happy Strider riders and their parents. We get a lot of messages in our email, but not many catch our attention like this one from Jill. The subject line in this particular email was "Crazy 27 month old" and it came into the "Customer Needs Help" in-box!
"We have a crazy 27 month old that has been riding your bike for about 1 month. I thought I would send a video of him. We live in the mountains of Colorado in a Ski Resort town and this child is literally all over the side walks, trails and dirt paths. Please let us know if we should be doing something to stop him. He goes on curbs and off. He isn't even potty trained and is riding this bike up trails that I'm scared to go down. We love the bike and "Zabel" is getting a lot of attention on it." - Jill (Zabel's Mom)
Make sure to keep his helmet on! It looks like in a few years when he's on a pedal bike you won't have any chance of keeping up with him on the street or mountain bike trails!
Strider Cup is the brain child of our Japanese distributors and Striders have really taken off in Japan as a result. Every day we get videos and YouTube links sent with huge crowds of children riding their Striders. When we stumbled on the YouTube video below we couldn't help but smile at the change of pace.
The two year old is taking a leisurely Stride through the city streets. The music is infectious, He's got a great smile and after only two months on his green Strider he is getting more adventurous!
We just wanted to highlight a couple great reviews today that talk about their children's success with and the transition to a pedal bike.
"What a great concept. The thing works, is all I can say. We got a Strider prebike last year (when my son was just turning 3). We just got him a regular bike this year and he transitioned easily - I mean like in 10 minutes easily - to riding without training wheels. Our Strider seemed solidly constructed and was easy to put together. I would highly recommend this product!" ~LittleImp
"I bought this for my 4 year old daughter. She was balancing and cruising on it in 2 days. The third day she tried a pedal bike and was good to go. No training wheels!!!! Now this bike is just waiting until my next daughter is ready to ride." ~Corey
At Strider Sports we read scientific reports so you don't have to! As a 'Preferred Vendor' with Head Start Body Start we were forwarded a research paper From Playpen to Playground -- the Importance of Physical Play for the Motor Development of Young Children by Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith. (Please refer to the Bibliography on hyperlink for quoted materials) The paper is not linked to Strider in any way, but the findings clearly point to the benefits of play in all the ways that a Strider excels in.
The paper is a fascinating (20 page) look at how a "sedentary play style in the early years is likely to lead to an overall sedentary lifestyle; that is, inactive preschoolers are highly likely to become inactive adults" (Reilly & Jackson 2004)
"Play enhances attention, memory, self-regulation, and overall academic achievement throughout childhood"(Castelli, et. al., 2007) Trawick-Smith didn't write this paper with Strider in mind, but the research kept pointing to the importance of "moveable play equipment, such as riding toys...the message to teachers is clear: Inspire children to move, to move with vigor and to keep moving for significant periods of time each day."
Some other take aways from the article are:
1. A challenging, engaging play environment will acquire more intellectually advanced and varied play activities. (Doctoroff, 2001)
2. Parents used twice as many verbalizations and 10 times as many communicative gestures when playing...than when reading stories to them.(Namy, Acredolo, &Goodwyn, 2000)
3. Studies confirm that active play is vital to cognitive development in preschool-age children and that poor motor development can actually inhibit academic learning. (Trawick-Smith, 2010)
4. Begin Motor Play Early, Make Movement Enjoyable, Insure that play is vigorous and prolonged, Integrate movement throughout the day.
5. Send Play Outdoors: Countless studies have shown that outdoor play from birth to age five produces developmental outcomes that simply can't be achieved indoors. Outdoor play should be active play.
6. One study found a strong association between the number of natural features in a play environment (e.g., grass, trees, hills, running water) and the activity level of Children. (Fjørtoft, 2004)
All of the highlights from Dr. Trawick-Smith point back to the many benefits a Strider PREbike will have for your child. At Strider we are enthusiastic about a lot of things; Active Play, Adventure, Fitness, Inspiring the next generation of bicyclists, and Encouraging families to explore in the Great Outdoors together, just to name a few!
Founded by Ryan McFarland (an avid mountain biker and all around outdoorsy guy), Strider Sports International is all about family fun and developing the next generation of Mountain culture enthusiasts. That is why we are especially pleased to be a sponsor of the Gunnison River Festival! Along with there will also be a Strider Cup race taking place on Saturday, June 25th at 2pm.
If you are from Gunnison, Colorado or plan on being down in the area from June 24th-26th plan on attending as a participant or part of the crowd. There will be world class Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rafting fun for the entire family and Music!
Strider Sports International has been talking about the useless nature and dangers of the tricycle since opening our doors in 2007. Many parents find out about Strider after becoming frustrated with Trikes and Training Wheels...which is the same journey that led Ryan down the road to inventing the Strider PREbike.
We love this video that we found on YouTube for a couple reasons. Watch as Grace does circles around her older brother riding a tricycle. He is unable to pedal easily, Unable to turn around without standing up and doesn't look like he's having nearly as much fun as Grace! If you took the horn off the trike we doubt he'd be having fun at all. (There is also a training wheel bike sitting there unused)
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.
We're taking a break from the "Extreme" Striderday Biking videos today to focus on another aspect of bikes that Strider staff is passionate about:
Founded by SRAM Corporation in 2005 and supported by leaders in the bicycle industry, World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs by providing supply chain management, technical knowledge and logistics expertise to poverty relief and disaster recovery initiatives.
Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, their families and their communities.
Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief, has distributed over 75,000 bikes and trained over 700 field mechanics. It has been a great National Bicycle Month in the US, in some parts of the world biking is the only form of transportation for essential services that we take for granted everyday.
Watch the video below. If you have a couple spare dollars donate them here.
Poland checking in for our international Strider rider search! We found some great video of a Polish 2 year old Strider rider on Youtube that we wanted to share.
Hopefully he is spreading the Strider message to the other local toddlers. He is really getting the hang of using the Launchpad footrests!
As I take my two year old out for Strider rides I have found that crossing the Stride/Glide divide is definitely one of the early hurdles. She has figured out that the footrests are there. She has begun gliding with her feet off the ground on hills, but she can't quite connect the two yet.
I know it will come with time...seems like just yesterday she started sitting on the seat! When did your kids start using the footrests? Have they been working on any footrest tricks yet?