Here's a review from Stephanie. We really like this review because it hits about every key point in a child's learning to ride.
"I just bought this bike for my 3 year old daughter (in pink of course). I found out about this bike from a friend who ordered them for her then 3 year old. At first I scoffed at the idea that a bike with no pedals and no training wheels would teach a little kid how to ride a bike. Well when her daughter was riding a pedal bike without training wheels I began to change my tune. Then, a year later her now 2 year old son was using the balance bike and going all over the place. I bet, had she let him, he would of been riding a regular pedal bike without training wheels. My daughter is now riding it all over our house, and I can't wait to get her outside with it.
It teaches her several things, one that bikes tip over and this is being learned while they are only inches off the ground vs being higher up. It also teaches them balance on the bike itself, and this is done slowly without them even knowing it.
After seeing this bike in action I now feel why would you ever teach a child to ride a bike with training wheels. It doesn't teach them the most important lesson in learning to ride a bike and thats BALANCE." ~Stephanie Weaver
Here is a great video for Monday! Cade is ripping up his neighborhood dirt track with his dog, mountains in the background and last years plant life over his head. (disclaimer: remember to always wear your helmet)
Dirt tracks like this are a great place to get your Strider rider onto some varied terrain. They can be put in with little more than some spare dirt and elbow grease. If you have an amazing Parks department like Striderville does they may just allow it to be built on city land as well!
Recently a group of Strider employees and their families went for an outing at our local dirt jump park. The older kids had a great time trying some new tricks (some even catching air). You could see the confidence level increase in the younger Striderers just from watching the older kids buzz by.
Oskar is a 23 month old from Australia...Tasmania to be exact. As you can tell by his outfit and KTM Strider, his parents are avid motorbikelysts. In case you were wondering motorbikelyst is defined as somebody who rides pedal bikes and motorbikes.
Apparently sticking out of the tongue is universal toddler behaviour...According to his Mum, Oskar is a bit cheeky (I think cheeky is British for sassy).
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The photo below was taken after after riding his Strider (named PeeWee) for four and a half hours at an enduro-x motorbike race in Granville, Australia while watching his parents race.
"I just wanted to let you know that the Strider is the best toy that we have bought. Our son rides around the house, to the shops, at the skate park, takes it to the motorbike races, he loves it. It's hard to get him off it!" ~Tara (Oskar's Mum)
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The European Strider Team was in Cologne, Germany recently and put their own twist on a growing tradition – attaching a “Love Lock” to the Hohenzollern Bridge which crosses the Rhine near the Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom as it is known locally.
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Even though it was a cold winter day in Germany, JoJo took the opportunity to go for a spin on the bridge and deliver the Strider Lock to the right location. The lock was attached amongst thousands of others, and in cerimonous fashion, the Euro Strider Team threw the key into the Rhine as a symbol of Strider’s commitment to the toddlers of Europe.
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If you’re in Cologne and think of it, go for a walk on the Hohenzollen Bridge and look for the Strider Lock in the sea of Love Locks. Maybe add a lock of your own, and make sure you bring your Strider – there are tons of great spots to ride around the city and along the Rhine.
Last weekend the Strider family got together for a fun afternoon with the Pine Wood Derby track which has been housed in the warehouse for the last couple months.
The kids had a great time, most of the Moms just had fun watching and the Dads got a bit competitive.
You've seen the Double Trouble in previous Strider blog entries, now see it in action! Wyatt and Cole, sons of Strider R&D man Charlie, test ride their Dad's creation to see if they can cooperate long enough to make it work.
Cole's legs are a little shorter than Wyatt's, but this is definitely the best test ride to date!
Here at Strider Sports International we are continually pushing the envelope. We've patented the lightest running bike with the greatest potential to grow with your child, literally leaving competitors in the dust. We have several prototypes for possible future realease, a wide range of colors with style for miles.
Now we are sending our fearless test Striderer (David) out to "the garage" to don a space age test suit with matching helmet and
binky mouth guard!
Don't fear for David. He has looked the future in the eye and is willing to accept the dangers that may arise. In future history books this brave soul will receive the admiration and respect he rightly deserves.
JoJo has traveled all over the world on his Strider adventures. Last week he was in Peachtree City, Georgia for the Inaugural Strider World Cup races!
Did you see him?
He had a great time racing and making new friends. He finished first in a highly contested 4 year old class. He also worked on perfecting high fives and blowing up fist bumps. Below is a fun video from JoJo's Dad of the Sunday finals race.
Here is a great comment we received this week from a Strider parent!
"We came up to Peachtree City, GA on a lark from Gainesville, FL just to let our son ride in the first Strider Cup race. What a blast!! People thought we were crazy for coming so far, but we are such avid Strider fans (a number of our friends have bought striders for their kids and others want to buy our striders as our kids grow up) we just decided we had to do it. Now that we have experienced our first Strider Cup and NBL event, we are already making plans to attend the two events in FL and one in NC. It was also a pleasure to meet the folks who run the Strider Sports company. Thankyou for a great family event, Strider!"
Update from the first of many "Strider World Cup" races! Everybody had a great time...Awesome weather, Strider riders excited about being on their bikes, Amazing support from all the onlookers. Couldn't ask for much else. Check out the photos below and plan on attending a Strider Cup race this year!
"We had a wonderful weekend with the Strider racing being the highlight. The weather was so perfect. By Sunday we had the Strider racing organized, or I should say more organized. This is going to get big, I am telling you. Everyone is talking about it. Last night at our track that was the buzz." ~ NBL (Erma)
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona! Anseo is é sin le go leor eachtraí bicycling!
Today is the day to celebrate being Irish, even if you claim no Irish lineage. So...rain or shine (or snow) get your "tíre beag" out on a Strider today and have some fun.
Send us some photos on facebook of your child(ren) riding in their Celtic green! Here's a great collage of Strider Superstar JoJo in Cleveland at last year's "137th St. Patrick's Day Parade"