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.

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Published in Strider Education
Monday, 27 June 2011 21:09

Strider Racing in the Fog!

This last weekend in the lovely (usually sunny) Black Hills of South Dakota, the TinTon Trail Time Trial Stupor D took place!  A brave few Strider riders were in attendance to cheer on their Moms and Dads rip down the 6.35 mile downhill course.

They also had some racing fun of their own on the off-road Strider track.  Bumpy single track and maneuvering between boulders made this course much to tricky for tricycles and training wheels alike!  We always have a fun time seeing the next generation of Mountain Bike racers cheer on their parents astride their Striders!

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Published in Adventure Striding
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:26

Strider Physics Department

 

If you understand that formula you can quit reading now...If you looked at that formula and scratched your head like we did then keep reading!

There is an old maxim in the biking world; "A pound off the wheels = 2 pounds off the frame". This is due in large part to the rotational weight of the tires and wheels and is especially important for the littlest riders. Weighing in at 1 lb 14.7 ounces for the pair, the Strider Ultralight wheels with durable EVA Poylmer tires on a Strider are the perfect combination of light weight, no hassle and long lasting.

When the EVA Polymer and plastic wheel is swapped out for metal rims and pneumatic tires the weight gain is almost double. This makes it harder to start and stop. The philosophy at Strider, since the beginning, has been to get the bike down to bare bones! Focus on balance and FUN! Older Strider riders will get used to the weight difference and will love having knobby tires, but for the littlest Strider rider EVA is the way to go!

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Published in STRIDER Tech

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

Calling all Strider riders! If you are in or near Fresno, California or Warsaw, Indiana make sure that you get out for some Strider Cup racing action this weekend (6/25 and 6/26)!

There have been hundreds of Strider riders participate in the Strider Cup this year. As the year progresses and the Strider Cup competition heats up we hope to see see that number double in the second half!

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Fresno, CA - The "All American Nationals" will be happening on the 25th and 26th (this weekend) of June in Fresno, California.  It will be the largest NBL National races in California this year and should be a great opportunity to hone their Strider racing skills as well as getting inspired by the older guys as they rip up the BMX track!

Warsaw, IN - The "Midwest Nationals" are coming to Warsaw...Indiana the 25th and 26th of June.  The BMX and Strider Cup racing action at Hire Park BMX should be epic if the highlights from last years nationals are any indication.

The weather report for both race cities is sunny and warm for the entire weekend!  Get your Strider riders pumped up and get them out for some BMX fun.

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Published in Strider Racing
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 23:11

Chance the Strider Shop Dog

Almost every company in the bike industry has their loyal shop dog.  Typically they have a pretty lush life: drinking out of the toilet, sneaking treats from desks and workbenches and all the petting they can handle.  This attention makes them extra loyal and generally fun to be around, they brighten up the shop and give everybody their much needed Dog fix throughout the day.  Chance is the Strider Shop Dog.  He's a good boy...yes you are! (Sorry for the digression there)

Today we caught Chance patiently waiting for his daily treat from the UPS man.  He's loyal, but he also really likes treats!



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Published in Our Passionate Staff

Intro: James Bond theme song

Location: The secret lair of BEBMX (Box Elder BMX)

Plot: BEBMX's ultimate victory in the Strider Adult Downhill Race and the top prize of $700 for the modified class!

Enter: Strider Espionage and Counter Intelligence Squad

At great personal peril an agent of the Strider Espionage and Counter Intelligence Squad was able to infiltrate into BEBMX's Lair and take some photos of their super secret Strider Adult Downhill Rig!

After snapping a few photos of the bike with our hidden (very discreet) bow-tie camera we high tailed it out of there and headed back to Strider HQ.  Will Box Elder BMX rule the day or will they rue the day?  Find out on Sunday, May 29th at the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival. Who will put together a contender to the mighty BEBMX Behemoth Blue Strider!

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Published in Strider Events
Monday, 09 May 2011 21:26

Strider Cup Japan!

We don't have all the specifics yet, but the photos and video from Strider Cup Japan are just too good not to share right away.  The event was held in niigata and was a huge success!  The kids were all very excited to race and the huge crowd had a lot of fun cheering them on.

One interesting thing about the Japanese riders is the amount of customization they do to their Striders.  The video has some footage riding around town, practicing at a local dirt park and then goes into the big Strider Cup race!

Strider feels privileged to be a small reprieve from the hard times occurring in Japan recently.  It is nice to see kids being kids and their family and friends cheering them on.

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Published in Around The World
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 19:19

Strider Skills: the Bunny Hop

Hope all our Strider family had a great Easter.  We've had bunnies and Striders on our minds so we thought it would be a good time to introduce a more advanced Strider skill: the Bunny Hop!

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Bunny Hop -n: a jump executed by a person riding a bicycle Strider and standing up on the pedals launch pad footrests.

I had to altar the definition a bit to fit with Strider, but the concept is the same for a Strider as with a pedal-bike.  The lightness of a Strider along with the launch pads make it easy for toddlers to get off the ground with their bikes, whether they are adding a little extra hang time off of a ramp or bunny hopping on flat land.

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Published in STRIDER Tech
Saturday, 23 April 2011 15:39

Random Saturday Post

This video isn't really random.  It's the second Saturday of our get out and ride blog entries.  French toast and bacon are settling in our bellies and this video inspired us to get off the couch this beautiful Saturday morning and get out for a ride!

Check it out!

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Stride On!

Published in Our Passionate Staff