Strider Bikes Announces 2017 Strider Cup® National Race Series for Toddlers
Tiny Strider® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks from Coast to Coast
Rapid City, SD (November 17, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at three stops across the country next spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event next July, the Strider Cup World Championship event.
The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 2 and 5 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.
You’ll find Strider Cup races in the following cities in 2017:
• Saturday, May 6: Fort Worth, TX, at Sundance Square
• Saturday, May 27: Pittsburgh, PA, at Southside Works
• Saturday, June 10: Lincoln, NE, at Tower Square
The series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 22 at Gallivan Center
in Salt Lake City, UT, where nearly 250 toddlers competed on the custom Strider track in 2016. Organizers are expecting over 400 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.
There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25, and will open in January. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration.
Pre-registration will be available soon; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information. Sponsors for the 2017 events include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, LDS Hospital, FedEx, Amica Insurance, and more.
For the second year in a row, Strider will host races for athletes with special needs at each of the events. These athletes will race the 12” balance bike models, as well as Strider’s new, larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community.
A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly encouraging their young racers as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.
As one parent put it, “My son loves his Strider Bike and this event has given him a great way to race, go fast, and feel like a big kid without having to navigate pedals.”
Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship. Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. 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.
New Realtree® Strider® 12 Custom Balance Bike for Active Outdoor Toddlers
Officially Licensed Realtree Balance Bikes Give Toddlers An All-Terrain Camo Look
Rapid City, SD (November 15, 2016) — Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, is pleased to announce the launch of its Realtree Strider 12 Custom Balance Bike in response to demand from hunting/fishing outdoor enthusiasts.
According to Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast, Ryan McFarland, “Our bike designs often come from a group of passionate families in the market place. In this case, we had so many people asking for a camo pattern color bike that we simply couldn’t resist. Better yet, we share the same values with the Realtree brand: family, friends, and the outdoors. We are very excited about seeing, or should I say, not really seeing young toddlers riding the new Realtree Strider Bikes out in nature.”
If your toddler can walk, Realtree Strider Bikes will get your toddler cruising over dirt, grass, twigs, and trees. The bike is customized with the official Realtree graphics on a black Strider 12 Classic model for toddlers ages 18 months to three years old. An optional extra-long seat post will extend the life of the Realtree Strider to kids five years old (or 44 inches in height). The Realtree Strider Bike weighs just 6.5 pounds, has the lowest seat height and an integrated footrest for easy striding, is easy to control, and features an adjustable seat and handlebars to accommodate a growing child. Most importantly, the Realtree Strider Bike teaches a child balance and coordination and develops a glittering confidence not seen with tricycles or training-wheel bikes.
Realtree Strider Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children of all abilities as young as 18 months learn to ride on two wheels. The simple, no-pedal design builds confidence and eliminates fear by allowing kids to have their feet on the ground and progress at their own pace. With over 1 million sold to date, parents agree this is the top of the line for a kid’s first bike.
The Realtree Strider 12 Custom Balance Bike will be initially available for sale 4th Quarter at retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabela’s, and retails for $99.99. All other Strider Bikes and accessories are available through the Strider website and at local Authorized Strider Dealers. To learn more about the Realtree Strider Bike and where to purchase, visit https://www.striderbikes.com/launch/realtree-balance-bike.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. 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. Through its charitable Rider Fund, Strider Sports has donated over $250,000 in cash and over $350,000 in Strider products since 2008. 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.
Realtree is the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 2,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on television, as well as through Realtree.com and many other outlets.
Halloween Costumes, riding through leaves, Huge Smiles...October was another great month for the Strider Calendar Contest! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for October you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget November and December entries are due by November 15th!
1st Place - Leaf Pile Drop In
2nd Place - Small Block Engine
3rd Place - Minnie In The Mountains
November 15th will be the final day to enter your photos for November and December.
Head over to www.StriderBikes.com/CalendarContest to upload your best photos for a chance to win some Strider swag and be featured in our 2017 Strider Calendar! For ideas on the type of photos that have won in the past you can see entries, including the winners on our Flickr page.
Danny MacAskill is at it again...Skip the Saturday morning cartoons and watch this great new edit from Scotland to inspire your little Strider rider!
53 entries in September...yet another month full of amazing Strider Calendar Contest Entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for August you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your October entries!
1st Place - End of Summer Striding
2nd Place - Stay Focused and Stride On
3rd Place - Oh, The Places You'll Go
Strider Balance Bikes Exhibiting at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo)
Popular Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes Teach Riding Skills to Toddlers
Rapid City, SD (October 4, 2016) — Strider Sports International Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, will be exhibiting at the AIMExpo October 13-16, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32869. Stop by booth #2643 to learn how toddlers as young as 18 months are quickly and safely learning to ride on two wheels.
Strider will be debuting its newest products, the Strider® Rocking Base and the Realtree® Strider 12”Custom Balance Bike. The Rocking Base easily attaches to any 12-inch Strider Balance Bike and allows the youngest member of the family to play with, rock, and ride a Strider Bike on a safe and stable base until they are old enough to ride the bike – which is typically around 18 months. The Realtree Strider Bike is customized with the official Realtree (camo) graphics on a black Strider 12 Classic model.
The company also recently announced the license for sales of the Honda Strider 12 Sport Balance Bikes has been expanded worldwide. The other officially licensed, custom models that will be on display in the Strider booth include the Harley-Davidson®, Suzuki, Husqvarna, and KTM Strider Bikes. There is a perfect Strider bike for every toddler! Distribution and sponsorship opportunities are available.
By using a Strider Bike, young riders from 18 months to 5 years get to experience the fun and freedom of riding a bike without relying on restrictive training wheels or tricycles. A university study concluded that participants quickly improved their balancing skills by using a Strider Bike.
The purpose of the AIMExpo is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling in the U.S. and North America. The AIMExpo will have international impact within the motorcycling community.
How can you get a grant for your school to teach kids bike safety skills?
Katherine Dowson, Executive Director, Friends of Pathways (FOP), shares how their organization secured funding for a fleet of Strider Bikes to teach bike safety through their “Kids on the Move!” program in Jackson, WY, and surrounding Teton County areas to children ages 2 to 10 years old. She also talks about the impact the bikes have had in the community to improve the skills and behaviors of younger riders on pathways.
1. How did you first hear about Strider Bikes and why did you pursue a grant for them?
We have always done bike safety classes in the PE classes at local schools. Before using the Strider Bikes, kids would have to just walk and do hand signals, or sit on platforms with wheels instead of bikes and skootch around the floor.
Our Education Director Lauren Dickey said it would be great if kids could actually practice on a bike. But that presents several challenges, such as kids having to bring their own bikes to school, and some kids don’t have bikes. Lauren knew about Strider Bikes and suggested FOP pursue a grant from the Teton County School District No.1 Recreation District to help purchase a fleet of bikes and integrate them into the PE classes. That way all kids have access to a safe and appropriate bike they can ride for the program.
Sometimes there is a big discrepancy of who can ride bikes and who can’t by the second grade. Having them all on the same type of bike evens the playing field. It also saves the parents the hassle of getting bikes to and from school. In addition, the Strider Bikes are better than a pedal bike with training wheels, because training wheels don’t teach balance.
2. How did you secure the grant?
Raising money is always a challenge. It’s easier once people understand benefits of what you are providing. We knew from the beginning that we would have to invest some of our own money to show others the impact it would have. So, FOP purchased the first 10 bikes and tried them out in the PE classes.
The bikes were incredibly popular, but there were up to 30 kids in class, so eventually we applied to the Recreation District to help us acquire another 15. Fortunately, the Recreation District has discretionary funds to award to non-profits and schools, mostly for capital equipment.
We now have 25 of the bikes, in both the 12” and 16” sizes. Even the kids who know how to ride a pedal bike can practice and improve balance skills on a Strider Bike. They are also used by the adaptive sports programs for individuals with special needs, making it an inclusive program.
3. How have you expanded the program and continue to maintain it?
We worked with a local community foundation to purchase a trailer and now have a mobile Bike Lab. It includes an obstacle course of ramps, beams and cones. Besides the two-week PE programs at local schools, we also take it to community events, such as festivals and outdoor concerts that have up to 5,000 people. Thousands of kids have been able to ride a bike and learn bike safety skills through this outreach
Sponsorship money for the Bike Lab comes from local businesses and helps support the ongoing program to cover costs for staff and bike tune-ups. For events, we put the logos of local businesses on the trailer so it is good advertising for them.
4. What are the results you’ve seen?
It’s definitely working! We have found through the last three years that kids who have taken the class are better equipped with safety skills to use the pathways. They know how to signal, pass on the left, use their bell, and put their feet down at stop signs.
The program is instilling bike safety knowledge and early balancing skills that lead to riding a bike at an earlier age. We get the kids to be confident in the PE class, and find they have an easier transition to pedal bike. This is especially important if they don’t have access to a bike from a young age, when they’re more open to learning.
Koreen Sheridan retired this year, but managed the program when she was the PE teacher, and shared these comments about the program:
“The Strider Bikes have had a huge impact and helped many kids. Close to 600 kids go through the course each year. Some know the rules better than some of the grownups. The kids practice balance skills, do figure eights, go over ramps, zig zag around cones and learn how to obey stop signs and turn signals. They also practice riding around pedestrians and saying, ‘on your left.’
One 6-year-old girl who had never ridden a bike was scared and didn’t want to get on it. Being able to walk with the Strider helped ease her fears. After the class, her mom was amazed by her confidence and ability.
Overall, the balancing skills learned from riding a Strider help in other sports, so it’s a great thing for young kids to learn. We even do some strengthening exercises, by having them get on and off a bike, pick it up and turn it sideways, kind of like some local racers do in cyclo cross races.
Another great benefit is that the Strider Bikes are so durable and need very little repair or maintenance. One issue we had though, was that the school nurse was concerned about sharing helmets. So, we got a donation for blue surgical caps to put underneath them, for kids who did not bring their own helmets. We told the kids the caps were the same ones that doctors and chefs wore, so they were ok with wearing them.”
5.Why is learning to ride a bike and bicycle safety so important for young kids?
We’ve built a beautiful pathway system and want everyone to have access to it. Kids can safely ride several miles to school. The program makes the pathways more attainable for kids and teaches them to be a responsible user of our pathways, for both winter and summer activities.
Biking is an important mode of travel, especially until you are 16 years old and learn to drive a car, so it’s important to know the rules of the road and be safe and confident.
6.What advice would you give to an organization trying to secure a grant for a program like yours?
Make sure your school district is on board and is willing to work with you once you secure the grant. We are blessed to have PE teachers dedicated to developing cycling skills. If you can’t work within your school district, find a venue that is safe with a surface that is flat, perhaps a parking lot that can be secured from cars and traffic.
It’s something that is duplicable in many settings and it’s an important service we offer to the community to ensure safer cycling.
For additional information on the program, check out this recent article in the Jackson Hole News Guide, School district approves funding for youngest bike riders.
Highlights impact of Strider Balance Bikes for individuals with special needs
Rapid City, SD (September 13, 2016) — South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard recognized Strider Sports Int’l., Inc. with the Distinguished Service Award for its contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2016 Governor’s Awards today.
Since its inception in 2007, Strider Sports International Inc. has donated over $600,000 which includes cash and bikes to organizations that benefit children and adults, including individuals with disabilities. The Strider Bike line-up includes the 12” model for younger riders and the 16” and 20” models, developed in the last couple of years for older children and adults with balance and coordination challenges, such as Down syndrome and autism. Research in 2015 showed that riding a Strider Bike helped children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
“Strider Sports Int’l has done amazing things for our program at Rapid City Central High School,” said Amy Heuston, a Special Education teacher who submitted a letter of reference for the award application. “They not only have given us thousands of dollars in bikes and helmets, but have given their time and love to our students with severe/profound disabilities. Strider Bikes have made ENORMOUS impacts with many of our students, and in many skill areas.”
Heuston uses 13 Strider Bikes in her classroom and has seen benefits in PT, OT, Speech, Behavioral and Social, as noted in 5 Areas of Impact Strider Bikes Have with My Special Education Students.
Physical therapists such as Kim Burke, PT, MPT, of Lifescape, use Strider Bikes, “to empower children and adults with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives,” as she wrote in her letter of reference. “Strider Bikes have been a great tool that continues to challenge balance, strength, endurance, motor planning, etc., in a fun and functional way.”
Many people with special needs never learn to ride a two-wheeled bike because of challenges with balance and coordination. Strider has worked with several organizations to change that, such as the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program. Starting in 2015, the Strider Cup Racing Series included Special Needs Races for individuals of all ages and abilities.
The Governor’s Awards ceremony is co-sponsored by the Boards of Vocational Rehabilitation, Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the Department of Human Services.
August was yet another month full of amazing Strider Calendar Contest Entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for August you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your September entries!
1st Place - Rocky Mountain Ride
2nd Place - Strider Graduate
3rd Place - Swimming With Strider