New Research Shows Riding STRIDER® Bikes Significantly Improves Stability Scores in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Rapid City, SD (November 17, 2015) — Findings released last week show that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects one out of every 45 children in the United States. Many people with ASD never learn to ride a two-wheeled bike because of challenges with balance and coordination. New research by Dr. Andrew Shim, Chair of Briar Cliff University's Kinesiology and Human Performance Department, confirms that children with ASD show a significant improvement in Limit of Stability (LoS) outcomes after riding a STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bike for five weeks.

“Stability scores in all body planes were significantly improved during the five-week duration,” said Shim, who conducted the research at the Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, Iowa. “Starting on a STRIDER Bike can assist children with special needs in transitioning to a regular, two-wheeled bicycle without the anxiety of falling or using training wheels.”

The five-week study involved eight children with ASD between the ages of six and 10 who had no prior bike-riding experience. They met three days per week for one hour, and on average, they rode for about 15 minutes each time, based on their tolerances.

A MANOVA, a multivariate analysis of variance, was used to determine significant changes, if any, during the five-week period. Variables such as static balance with their eyes open, unstable surface with their eyes open, and stability in four body planes (front, back, left, right) were measured consistently during the five weeks. Scores were recorded on a computerized balance plate which determined Center of Pressure (CoP) scores and Limit of Stability (LoS) scores.

Many parents like Amber Zorak of Cheswick, PA, also see behavioral and social benefits of kids riding STRIDER Bikes. Her 11-year-old son Dante Hoffman has ASD and competed in the Strider Championship Series Special Needs Race in Pittsburgh this year. “Dante is always smiling and laughing when he rides his STRIDER! His behavioral therapist incorporates it into his therapy twice a week. Riding makes him feel like he fits in and helps him bond with his 6-year-old brother who rides a pedal bike.”

Amy Heuston, a special education teacher at Central High School in Rapid City, SD, has 13 STRIDER Bikes, incorporating them into the curriculum and the students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). She states, “We knew the STRIDER Bikes would have physical benefits, but I have seen their impact in five areas: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech, Behavioral, and Social.”

The research was sponsored by Strider Sports International, the leading manufacturer of no-pedal balance bikes, which has sold over one million STRIDER Bikes since 2007. The STRIDER Bike line-up includes the 12” model for riders from 18-months up to 5-years old, and the 16” and 20” models developed for older children and adults with balance and coordination challenges.

A full report of Shim’s 2015 findings is expected to be published in early 2016. A 2012 study with three- to five-year-old typical children led by Shim at the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, concluded that participants benefited from using a STRIDER Bike by improving their balance and functional fitness, while likely reducing future injuries during their daily routines.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for all ages and abilities. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented STRIDER Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. STRIDER Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

About the Strider Rider Fund
In its continued commitment to pay it forward, Strider Sports created the Strider Rider Fund in 2014 to facilitate providing balance bikes to non-profit organizations serving individuals in need. One percent of Strider Sports’ gross revenue from worldwide sales each month is allocated to the Rider Fund. In 2014, the Rider Fund donated more than $300,000 in bikes and accessories, and Strider expects to exceed this amount in 2015, with more than half of the fund earmarked for special needs organizations. To learn more about the Rider Fund, and to join the cause, please visit http://www.striderbikes.com/special-needs-bikes

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We've wrapped up the calendar contest for the year!  A huge thank you to everyone who entered, we love seeing the photos from all over the world. You definitely didn't make the voting process easy this year!

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Below are the winners for October, November, & December. If your photo is in the top 3 be on the look-out for an email with your gift certificate number. Make sure to reply with your shipping address so that we can send you out a calendar.

We will be receving the calendars by the end of November and they will be available for purchase in our webstore as well.  

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Use code "HRTSTRIDE" to donate $20.00 from your purchase to Heart Strides!

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We're teaming up with our friends from Another Mother Runner to donate a portion of sales to the amazing charity Heart Strides! When you spend $89.99 or more (through December 31st) on the Strider website and use the promo code HRTSTRIDE you'll get free shipping and $20 from your purchase will be donated to Heart Strides. Their mission is to provide new running shoes for Moms caring for children that are critically ill or have a special need.

A lot of you (parents of Strider riders) are avid outdoor enthusiasts; runners, bicyclists, or both. Sometimes just getting out and exercising is what's most needed.

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...in the midst of chaos, running allows me

to be who I want to be for my son,

leaving the stress and worry of things that

I can't fix for him on the pavement.  - E.C., Heart Strides Mom

 

Head over and check out Another Mother Runner (Psssttt...they're giving away 3 STRIDER Bikes), Donate some money to our friends at Heart Strides, and don't forget to use promo code HRTSTRIDE at checkout to have $20 of your purchase support a great cause!

 

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Another amazing batch of photos for the September Calendar Contest! Although we can't be absolutely certain, it appears that STRIDER riders are some of the cutest, coolest, and most photogenic kids in the world! It always make it very tough for the staff to narrow it down to our top 3 favorites. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for October, November, and December now! 

Want to see the rest of the entries for September? They're on our Flickr page HERE along with a ton of other great photos!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Biggest Smile Imaginable

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2nd Place - Like Father, Like Son

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3rd Place - Hydration is Important!

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Strider Announces Custom Grindz Jr Protective Pants for Toddler Riders

Durable Denims Perfect for STRIDER Riding

Rapid City, SD (September 29, 2015) — Strider Sports Intl., Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s STRIDER® no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce that Grindz™ by Kevin Robinson -  the leading manufacturer of protective riding gear for teens and adults  -  has teamed up with Strider Sports to produce a Grindz Jr. denim pant for toddlers. The all-new Strider Grindz Jr. Pants for kids aged 2-5 are available for purchase on the StriderBikes.com E-commerce store and at Strider Championship Series events. The BMX/Freestyle pants with custom Strider graphics come in sizes 2T-5T for toddlers and retail for $39.99.

 

The new Grindz Jr. protective gear pants are a safe option for active kids who like to ride all day because pads have to be worn to be effective. These pants feature protective knee pads, an adjustable waist band for growing toddlers, blended outer fabric for durability and comfort, and they are machine washable. Parents will appreciate the protection from the inside out from these rider-designed toddler riding pants that will surely save on scrapes, bumps, and bruises while racing their STRIDER Bike.

“The Strider Grindz Jr. pants are the perfect fit for active toddler STRIDER riders,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports International. “Parents have been asking us to offer riding gear for a long time. These pants really complement our lineup of gear and accessories for the active rider or racer. Grindz Jr. pants are sure to become an essential piece of gear for little riders.”

 

The Strider Grindz Jr. pants are available through the Strider website and onsite at national Strider racing events. To learn more about the pants and/or to purchase, visit http://www.striderbikes.com/product/parts-and-apparel/strider-grindz-pant.

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About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for all ages and abilities. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented STRIDER Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. STRIDER Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

 

About Grindz

Grindz, founded in 2011, is a safety based, innovative padding company founded by 10 time X Games medalist and World Record Holder, Kevin Robinson, who saw an overwhelming need for higher safety standards in the action sports industry.  Grindz pants offer a low profile, stylish pant designed to replace traditional, bulky padding.  This innovative product marries style and function while eliminating the excuse of not wearing protection.  Feel secure in knowing that your little ones are safe and protected with Grindz Protective Apparel. Protection from the inside out. To learn more, please visit www.grindzgear.com.

Published in In The News
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:34

STRIDER Calendar Contest Winners For August!

Another amazing batch of photos for the August Calendar Contest! Parents seing in photos from around the globe and the Strider staff once again had a tough time picking out our three favorites. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for September now! 

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Triplets in Slovakia

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2nd Place - Please Prepare for Landing

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3rd Place - How Old Did He Say He Was?

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We had over 100 STRIDER Bike riders at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City! A huge thanks to everyone for coming out and sharing your Saturday morning with us. We had riders from all over Utah, and as far away as California and Georgia!

 

We've got some great photos posted on our Flickr page with more to come next week. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest STRIDER Happenings!

 

 

Below are the top 8 racers from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 32

  • 1#234 Ryker Faddis - Riverton, Utah
  • 2#232 Mason Hunt - West Jordan, Utah
  • 3#236 Teagan "Teag" Steele - Price, Utah
  • 4#243 Kellen VanRoosendaal - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 5#258 Colin VonLinger - Meridian, Idaho
  • 6#247 Hesston "Dusty Crop Hopper" McCulley - Beaver, Utah
  • 7#245 Likka "Bear" Stuart - Eden, Utah
  • 8#231 Triston "Tornado" Neilson - Vernal, Utah

 

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 41

  • 1#333 Boston Nish - Draper, Utah
  • 2#355 Kort Barnes - Bountiful, Utah
  • 3#359 Alex Filipovic - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 4#351 Hawk Hewett - Draper, Utah
  • 5#368 Otis Day - Farmington, Utah
  • 6#345 Landon Nielson - Saratoga Springs, Utah
  • 7#330 Kayson McGee - Tooele, Utah
  • 8#362 Kayner Sweat - Heber City, Utah

 

4 and 5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 19

  • 1#513 Talin "Talenelo" Richards - Hemet, California - 5 Years Old
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    #434 Cooper Sheffield - Centerville, Utah

  • 2#437 Dane Fear - Big Piney, Wyoming
  • 3#436 Lorenzo "Enzo" Poll - Saratoga Springs, Utah 
  • 4#432 Harper Douthit - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 5#428 Gavin Sherwood - Tooele, Utah
  • 6#430 Ryker "Roo" Martinez - Roy, Utah
  • 7#427 Marshall Nixon - Santaquin, Utah

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 10

  • 1#596 Dominic Williams
  • 2#598 William Peterson
  • 3#496 Rhys Tuncel 
  • 4#499 Olivia Heiner
  • 5#597 Grayson Argyle
  • 6#595 Bryton Elias
  • 7#498 Davis Pauley
  • 8#495 Kyler Westmoreland
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    #497 Preston Moore

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    #599 Katie Valentine

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Published in Strider Racing
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:47

STRIDER Calendar Contest Winners For July!

The competition for the July Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered (It was especially neat that all the winners for July had more than one child in them), but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for August! 

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Thumbs Up in Crested Butte

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2nd Place - Brothers In The Skate Park

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3rd Place - Pump Track Duo

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Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride Through Utah

with the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Professional Cycling Race

Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros

at Each of The Race’s Finish Festivals August 3-9


Rapid City, SD (July 30, 2015) — 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 the Strider® Adventure Zone to each of the stage finish expo locations of the Tour of Utah professional cycling event taking place next week.


The Strider Adventure Zone activation taking place at each of the Expos gives toddlers one to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER Balance Bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a fun ride and play 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 a free Adventure Zone complete with loaner bikes and helmets at each Tour of Utah Lifestyle Expo beginning Tuesday, August 4th, as well as during the Strider Championship Series Race taking place Saturday, August 8th in Pioneer Park, downtown Salt Lake City.  Dates and locations of the Lifestyle Expos include: Ogden, August 4; Bountiful, August 5; Heber Valley, August 6; Salt Lake City, August 7; and Park City, August 9th.

 

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is one of only five UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage, North American pro cycling events in 2015. Showcasing some of the world’s most prestigious teams and cyclists for seven days in August, this event now attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. Nearly a decade since its opening circuit, the Tour of Utah, today, stands shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious professional bicycle stage race events as our answer to the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer.


Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The Tour of Utah is a natural fit to help promote STRIDER Riding and the mission of the Axel Project. Showcasing STRIDER Bikes and the young toddler riders 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!”

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With 62 entries from 16 countries we had a very tough time narrowing it down to the top 10 winners!

There were two categories, Strider Staff Pick and People's Choice, with 5 winners in each. With over $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs we had a tough time picking the top 5 for the Staff Picks from all of the amazing videos. The film makers did a great job getting the word out as well! There were over 48,000 views on YouTube in less than one week. The winners for the People's Choice were chosen based on the quality and quantity of comments on the videos uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Don't despair if you weren't selected as one of the top 10...we'll be getting you a $50 Strider product voucher by email (expect to see this by Aug 17th).

If your video is one of the videos below watch for an email explaining what we'll need from you in order to get you your prize money!

In the end the top 10 videos came from 6 different countries!

Drum roll, please...

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1st Place - Vicente Exploring - Chile

 

2nd Place - Love At First Sight - Thailand

 

 

3rd Place - Ducati Jacob - USA

  

4th Place - Road Safety - Philippines

 

 

5th Place - Exploring Utah - USA

 

 

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1st Place - Daydreaming In School - Italy

 

 

2nd Place - Riding Buddies at Highland Mountain Bike Park - USA

 

 

3rd Place - Ethan Danger - USA

 

 

4th Place - The Lone Strider - USA

 

 

5th Place - Anytime, Anwhere - South Korea

 

Thanks again to everyone for entering and sharing your creative videos with us!

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