February was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff once again had a tough time picking their top 3 entrants.

If you were selected for February 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 March entries!

Without further ado...

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1st Place - High Five!

 

 

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2nd Place - Tunnel Pom-Pom

 

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3rd Place - Dream Big

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SpokaneWillBlogWe have our first Strider Cup racer for the Spokane event on Saturday, July 9! Lyndsey Stuart signed up her 2-year-old son, Will. The little tyke got his STRIDER Bike on his first birthday and Lyndsey said he “mastered it by the time he turned 18 months old.”

Will loves his Strider Bike and tells everyone it's his "BMX race bike". His older brother, Drew (7) races BMX. Will attended practices with him last year, pretending to race with the big boys. Will is planning to race in the Strider class at the BMX track this spring. He should be in fine shape and able to navigate the fun Strider Cup obstacle course in July.

This is the first Strider Bike in the Stuart family. Drew and sibling Maggie (9) started on toddler ride on toys and tricycles before moving to bikes with training wheels.

“My older two got really frustrated with training wheels, they are loud and slow you down,” said Lyndsey. “We do a lot of trail riding, mountain biking and like to take our bikes camping with us. The training wheels just couldn't handle all that and it was very frustrating for everyone.”

She added that the Strider Bike has been a great improvement, “At just 18 months, this last summer, Will had no problem navigating and keeping up with the big kids. As a parent there seems to be a lot less ‘helping’ with the Strider Bike as well. He just gets on and goes.”

Strider looks forward to seeing Will and other racers at the Strider Cup in Spokane on July 9, and at the other two Strider Cup races this year; Lincoln, NE (June 11), and Salt Lake City, UT (June 25). The Strider Cup World Championship in San Francisco will be July 29-30, 2016. For more info and to check out all of the events, visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events.

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Friday, 19 February 2016 03:44

A Boy and His Bike

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We love hearing from Strider parents so when we got this letter and photo from Ryan's parents we knew we had to share it:

Ryan is a beautiful, active, funny, smart, amazing child.  He is a six year old boy with diagnosed speech and motor Apraxia and ADHD.  Life, this far, has been difficult for Ryan – he has a hard time with speech, fine and gross motor activities – plus he cannot sit still!  He can understand everything you say but cannot always communicate with you understandably or effectively.  An easy-to-understand definition of apraxia is difficulty planning and producing.  Ryan knows what he wants to say and what movements he wants to make but cannot plan and produce the sounds/movement. 

Ryan has had all styles of bicycles -  from tricycles, “hot wheels,” scooters to training wheels on a “Big Kid” bike.  Ryan always ended up frustrated and mad at the bike.  When he was given his blue strider his Dad and I were skeptical.  Ryan got his Strider for his 6th birthday, which, unfortunately is in November.  Not optimal bike riding weather in South Dakota.  Ryan rode his Strider throughout the house all winter.  Dad and I decided that patching and painting walls was worth it.  It took him a little while to get the hang of using his legs for movement while sitting on the seat but he finally mastered it.

What has his Strider done for Ryan?  This bike has given our child so much and we are so thankful.  Not only can Ryan ride his bike, he wants to.  His bike has given him imaginative freedom.  The strider has been a riding lawn mower, a garbage truck and a fire truck.  The gross motor development has been huge – not only can he ride his Strider but his running, walking, jumping and all gross motor movements have gotten better and stronger.

If Ryan is playing outside he is usually on his Strider.  The other day he was riding in a few inches of snow.  Ryan wants to go on bike rides on the bike path and he is proud that he can ride his bike.  The confidence that his Strider has given Ryan is priceless! 

Keith and Erin (Ryan's parents)

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Kids Learn Street Safety on Strider Bikes at Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center

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Last year, the City of Hammond, Louisiana bought eight Strider Bikes to use with its Safety City exhibit, which it operates in partnership with the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center. The exhibit teaches kids about street safety and how to travel and walk safely from their house to school or around the city. The center hosts field trips almost every day with between 40 and 100 kids ages 3 to 11. In just four months, more than 2,000 kids have ridden their 12” and 16” STRIDER models. Check out the photos of STRIDER Bikes in the Safety City photo gallery on their website.

Below is a Q&A with City of Hammond Grants Manager Charles Borchers IV, who discovered and purchased the Strider Bikes for the City, and Leon Philpot, Interim Executive Director of the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center.

How did you first learn about Strider Bikes?
Charles: The City received a Louisiana Safe Routes to School grant to educate our school-age children about pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety. We bought the Safety City exhibit as a teaching tool, but quickly discovered that the included plastic tricycles just weren't sturdy enough to accommodate the number and wide age range of kids that the exhibit was seeing. So I started searching for something to replace the original bikes and stumbled across Strider Bikes.

I’d never heard of balance bikes before, but realized that, with no pedals, the bikes would take up less space in the Safety City's already crowded trailer. I also appreciated that the bikes were made of metal, but still fairly lightweight, and easily to assemble. We initially ordered five of the 12” Sport model and we were impressed enough with the build quality that we bought another three of the 16” Sport model. All eight bikes fit in the trailer.

Why did you choose Strider?
Charles: As local government agency, we're practiced in soliciting competitive quotes and researching companies before making purchases. I spent a lot of time looking at other balance bikes, but kept coming back to Strider Bikes. I was impressed by all of the positive reviews, options available, and the overall reputation and philosophy of the company.

What do you like about the bikes?
Charles: We’ve been very happy with the quality of the bikes. They're easy to assemble and adjust, and I particularly like that smaller models have solid wheels so we don’t have to worry about inflating tires. We actually had a lot of fun putting them together. We figured if we could do it, anyone could. It probably took longer to get each bike out of its box than to assemble it.

The bikes' low maintenance is also a huge plus. The City is responsible for the Safety City's upkeep and we want everything to work all of the time. With the Strider Bikes, we are less concerned about things breaking. The bikes are just solid. With the original bikes, we spent a lot of time chasing down pieces, like popped-off pedals and seats.

How do you use the bikes in your Safety City exhibit?
Leon: The Safety City Exhibit is set up to simulate signs and visuals they see in downtown Hammond, so as the kids ride them around, they learn the meaning of street signs, traffic signals, pedestrian walks, and to respect the signs. Since the display uses Strider Bikes as vehicles, they also learn to respect bicycle laws, such as stopping at crosswalks, riding on the right side and to stay to the far right if a car is coming behind them.

How do you know using Strider Bikes in the Safety City exhibit is effective?
Leon: When they do their first lap, if they violate any rules, such as running a stop sign, we’ll stop them and make them go back. They have to stop and look both ways. We also have a stop light, which shows them what to do with each light color. Sometimes it is tough with the younger kids to understand the concepts, but they’re having fun. If they keep violating the rules, then next person gets to ride. Usually by the second or third lap, they get it.

What do the kids think of the Strider Bikes?
Charles: From everything that I’ve seen and heard, the kids just think that they’re the coolest thing—they really respond to them. Most haven’t seen a pedal-less bike before and—especially the little kids—are very curious. As soon as they get on one and realize that they can actually ride it, they love it. It’s a phenomenal product. I have to admit though: when I first heard about balance bikes, I thought that the idea sounded like a gimmick. But after you see a three-year-old hop on one and start riding it around, it just makes perfect sense.

Did you have any issues with kids going too fast?
Leon: The track is pretty small, so they don’t go too fast. Since there is a railroad crossing in downtown Hammond, we also have one as part of the exhibit. They have to stop there when the light is flashing and the arm comes down. Then they must wait until arm comes up and look both ways before moving on.

Charles: That was actually one of the problems that we had with the original bikes: kids going too fast and crashing into things—or us. Mostly it was us. Because the Strider Bikes are foot-powered, the kids can’t really get them going too fast. The bikes actually force them to walk through the exhibit and give instructors more time to educate them about safety.

What’s your overall impressive of the bikes?
Charles: I don't think that we could be happier. The Strider Bikes have been an ideal fit and helped to make the Safety City exhibit even better. They really are great. If I had a kid I’d buy him one!

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The Tanaka family is traveling over 500 miles to race in the first Strider Cup race of the season!

The first Strider Cup entrants for the Lincoln, NE, race on June 11 are 4-year-old Shugo Tanaka (pictured at left) and his 2-year-old brother Moriya, signed up by their dad Mitsuo. The Tanaka family moved to the U.S. from Japan last fall and live in Wisconsin, where Mitsuo works as a mechanical engineer in Watertown.

Mitsuo first heard about Strider Bikes a few years ago and said, “Strider is popular in Japan. Many races of Strider Bikes were held near my house in Japan. Many kids are involved with the Strider team in Japan.”

Both boys started on Strider Bikes at two years old. While Shugo is a veteran with seven races under his belt, the Lincoln race will be Moriya’s first Strider competition. The family didn’t make it to the 2015 Strider World Championship last year in Rapid City, SD, but are planning to go to San Francisco this year for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship on July 29-30.

When asked what the boys like most about their Strider Bikes, Mitsuo replied, “Speeding.” We’re not surprised.

We can’t wait to see their smiles at the Lincoln Strider Cup race on June 11!

For more info and to register, visit www.StriderBikes.com/lincoln

Published in Strider Racing
Thursday, 11 February 2016 05:18

January Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

If the photos submitted for January are any indication, we're off to another great year of Strider Calendar Contest photos! We already know that Strider Riders are some of the coolest, cutest, and most photogenic kids on the planet...naturally this makes it very tough for the staff here at Strider HQ to narrow it down to the top 3.

If you were selected for January 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 February entries!

Without further ado...

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1st Place - Striding in a Winter Wonderland

 

 

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2nd Place - Get Out and Explore

 

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3rd Place - Adventures With Friends

Published in Parents Are Talking

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Join us in San Francisco, CA July 29-30 for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship!

It promises to be another fun weekend of international racing competition, and plenty of other fun activities for the whole family!

The Strider Cup World Championship is open to all Strider riders of every ability! If you've already raced in one of the 2016 Strider Cup races (Lincoln, Salt Lake CitySpokane, or an authorized international Strider Cup race) you're automatically qualified for the World Cup Championship.

Last chance qualifiers and practice on Friday night are mandatory.

Last chance qualifiers, Practice and Riding clinics will take place on Friday evening for everyone. This will be an evening of STRIDER fun with music, games, food vendors, an opening ceremony and Group photo.

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Full Schedule for Friday and Saturday:

Friday, July 29th - Opening Night Celebration and Last Chance Qualifying Practice

Note:  Must attend qualifying night


3:00pm

Race Registration opens at Pier 35

7:00pm

Race Registration closes at Pier 35

4:30pm – 7:30pm

Fun Kids Activities  - Food Vendors Available

4:30pm – 6:15pm

STRIDER clinic, practice & qualifying races 2,3,4 and 5 year olds  

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Opening Ceremonies & Group Photo

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Special needs Strider 16” and 20” bike open practice races

 

Saturday, July 30th - Strider World Championship

Note:  No Registration on this day

8:00am

Track opens at Pier 35  

9:00am - 4:00pm

Strider Festival

9:00am

2-year old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

10:30am

3-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

12:00pm

Lunch Break

12:30pm

Open STRIDER bike Freestyle session - bring your best tricks!

1:30pm

Special needs races

2:30pm

4-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

3:30pm

5-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

4:30pm

Track at Pier 35 closes

 

Strider Cup Racing Rules.

This race is for Genuine STRIDER Bikes only.  No other balance bike brands are allowed.  For acceptable modifications and other important information see full listing of rules which is linked on the Strider website landing page for this event or here.

Event Registration and Packet pick up:

    • - Online registration is now closed
    • - Early packet pick up and on-site registration will be Thursday - July 28th for $35.00 at Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf from 5pm to 7pm (Strider jersey size and color subject to availability). If you pick up your packet Thursday you can avoid any lines on Friday and get right to practicing on the track!
    • - On-site registration and packet pick up will also be available starting from 3pm and ending at 7pm on Friday July 29th at Pier 35 - $35 (Strider jersey size and color subject to availability)
    • - There will be NO on-site registration or packet pick up on Race day (Saturday July 30th)
    • - On-line pre-registration is $27.37 and is NOW CLOSED! Race fee includes a Strider jersey, number plate, and a bunch of other goodies!

Driving to the Strider Cup World Championship?

Sometimes finding a parking spot in the city can be difficult. consider reserving parking in advance with SpotHero!

SpotHero is a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted and convenient parking. You can download the SpotHero iPhone |Android app or visit the Strider Cup SpotHero Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

All attendees can enter the promo code STRIDERCUP for an extra $5 off parking. That's $5 off already discounted rates! SpotHero can be used for Day of event racing and overnight parking as well.

 

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Video highlights from 2015 Strider Cup World Championship

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The third stop of the 2016 STRIDER Cup Series is Spokane, WA sponsored by Toyota on July 9th! 

Get your STRIDER Riders ready to race and meet us at Riverfront Park! 

 

Genuine STRIDER Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race.

Race Schedule:

Time Ages/Class
9:00am - 10:30am 2 and Under
10:30am - Noon 3 Year Olds
Noon - 12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 1:30pm Special Needs
1:30pm - 2:30pm 4 Year Olds
2:30pm - 3:30pm 5 Year Olds

 

Event Registration: Includes a Strider Jersey, Number Plate, and other goodies!

  • - Online pre-Registration is now closed. Please see "Early Packet Pick-Up and Early Registration" below.
  • - On-site registration will be available starting at 8:00am and ending 40 minutes prior to each race time - $35 (STRIDER jersey size and color subject to availability)
  • Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race. Full Strider Cup race rules HERE.
  • - Online registration closes July 5, 2016 at 9am MST

Special Needs Race Registration: Each stop on the 2015 STRIDER Championship Series will also include races for individuals with Special Needs toddler to adult! We are working with local Special Olympics groups to get kids involved, but the races are open to any STRIDER Rider with Special Needs. To register please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Early Packet Pick-Up and Early Registration: Friday July 8th at Spoke'N Sport from 5pm - 7pm (212 North Division St). Early packet pick-up is not required, but highly recommended! Early packet pick-up will allow you to avoid lines on race day and will also give us a chance to fully explain what you can expect on race day. For example:

 

  • - Important times as related to your race class
  • - How the race heats and mains will work
  • - How the awards ceremony will flow

Early packet pick-up is also a great time to address any concerns that you might have with your racer's bike and answer any questions you might have. If you can't make it out Friday night make sure that you pick up your packet at least 40 minutes prior to your race time. 

 

Hotel Information:  If you are traveling to Spokane for the races we have reserved a block of rooms at the Davenport Grand Hotel just blocks from the race venue. Group rate available until June 16, 2016. Subject to availability.

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Day of Race Parking:  Street (metered) parking on Spokane Falls Blvd which runs the entire length of Riverfront Park. Additional parking at River Park Square ($1 per half hour or $8 maximum daily rate)

 

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The Second stop of the 2016 STRIDER Cup Series is Salt Lake City, UT on June 25th! 

Get your Strider Riders ready to race and meet us at the Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park!

 

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Genuine STRIDER Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race.

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Race Schedule:

Time Ages/Class
8:30am - 9:30am 2 and Under
9:30am - 10:30am 3 Year Olds
10:30am - 11:30am 4 Year Olds
11:30am - 12:30pm Special Needs
12:30pm - 1pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm 5 Year Olds

 

Event Registration: Includes a Strider Jersey, Number Plate, and other goodies!

  • - Online Pre-Registration is Now Closed. (Preferred) please register at Dicks Sporting Goods on Rio Grande St. from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday June 24th.
  • - On-site registration will be available starting at 7:30am and ending 30 minutes prior to each race time - $35 (STRIDER jersey size and color subject to availability)
  • Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race. Full Strider Cup race rules HERE.
  • - Online registration closes June 21st, 2016 at 5pm MST

Special Needs Race Registration: Each stop on the 2015 STRIDER Championship Series will also include races for individuals with Special Needs toddler to adult! We are working with local Special Olympics groups to get kids involved, but the races are open to any STRIDER Rider with Special Needs. To register please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Early Packet Pick-Up and Early Registration: Dicks Sporting Goods on Rio Grande St. from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday June 24th. 

 

Hotel Information:  If you are traveling to Salt Lake City for the races we have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Salt Lake City. Group rate available until June 9, 2016. Subject to availability.

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Day of Race Parking: Free parking at the Gateway (1 block from Pioneer Park). 

 

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Strider Bikes Announces 2016 Strider Cup® Racing Series for Toddlers
Tiny STRIDER® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks

Rapid City, SD (January 19, 2016) —Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of
children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce three locations confirmed in its 2016 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
several stops across the country this spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event in 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.

Strider Cup races confirmed so far in the following cities this year:
   - Saturday, June 11: Lincoln, NE, at the Railyard
   - Saturday, June 25: Salt Lake City, UT, at Pioneer Park
   - Saturday, July 9: Spokane, WA, at Riverfront Park

There will be races for 2 (and under), 3, 4, and 5 year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 onsite.
Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Preregistration
is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information.

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” 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 following the 2015 Strider race in Salt Lake City, UT, “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. This series-ending race will be held July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California.
Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.

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