Matt Bitz

Matt Bitz

Website Changes and the Reintroduction of www.StriderLife.com

Strider LifeYou might have noticed some changes going on throughout our website. Don't worry, we know what we're doing....sorta.  Our team of web developers and designers are hard at work optimizing redesigning the website to create an experience worthy of the epicness that is Strider.  As we continue to make our website an amazing user experience, keep an eye out for things to come.  If you read the title, we're also going to be bringing back Strider Life! You'll have to stay tuned to see what big changes we've got in store for the completely redesigned Strider Life, but rest assured, it'll be awesome.

The first step of our website redesign has been finished.  We've upgraded the footer of the website.  It's new, sleek, and very pretty to look at.  The next step will be the header.  You can expect to see a new header and navigation in the coming weeks.

After those are finished, we'll be hard at work redesigning our product pages and all of the other wonderful content pages on the website.  Don't worry though, you'll still be able to purchase all of your favorite Strider Bikes and accessories from our website. That won't change.  Updating the website has been a fun experience, and we can't wait to show you the final product!

Some of you may remember Strider Life from back in the day.  Once the design of our website is finished, we'll be updating and completely rehauling Strider Life into something totally spectacular.  While the original Strider Life was meant to be a forum where parents, grandparents, and families could all get together and share stories about their Strider riders, the new and improved Strider Life will take a completely different direction.

Do you have any feedback or suggestions for the new website? We'd love to hear from you!  Shoot us an email and tell us some of the things you'd like to see incorporated into the new design.  Thanks for reading and remember....STRIDE ON!

Strider Cup Fort Worth

Rapid City, SD (May 5, 2018) — More than 250 tykes took part in the Strider Cup Race on May 5 at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, to kick off National Bike Month. Children ages six years old and under rode the balance bikes along the 400-foot plus journey over ramps, tires and other obstacles. The youngest competitor came from near Sacramento, California – diaper-clad 19-month-old Onyx Allen, whose mom has been showing him Strider racing videos for the past few months.

The Strider Cup, held in venues across the country, is powered by the revolutionary design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

The Fort Worth event is the first of four U.S. Strider racing events. This was the second time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as eight other states, Mexico and Costa Rica.

“Hudson started riding his Strider Bike before he turned 2 years old,” said his mother Adrianna Cox of Dallas. Hudson won the 2-year-old-and-under class. “It’s amazing how his balance has progressed. It’s so much easier for kids to learn to ride on balance bikes than to use training wheels. The Strider race today was a great experience for the little guys to compete and have fun. Everyone was so supportive and cheering each other on – we loved it!”

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where each received a medal, and the top ten finishers took home trophies – some taller than they were. In addition to Hudson Cox taking home the 2-year-old class trophy, Jameson Gilbert came down from Houston and took the top spot on the podium for 3-year-old racers, Pasha Ali of Trophy Club, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Brecken Yingling, a 6-year-old from Topeka, Kansas, came in first place in the 14x open class.

Event sponsors Springfree Trampolines, Bicycles Inc., Splash Kingdom, The Sufferfest and Honey Stinger provided additional family activities.

During the lunch hour, Strider presented the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3-7 years old.

Fort Worth marks the first stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races, with additional Strider Cup races in Cleveland, Ohio, May 25 and Charlotte, North Carolina, June 16. The summer of two-wheeled fun culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler racing celebration attracting families from across the globe for two days of camaraderie, excitement, and racing.

 

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 in cash & genuine Strider Bikes to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 15:43

Strider Racing with Pepe Montano

 

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From new rider to the savants of stride, Strider Cup races truly are for everyone to enjoy. Both beginner and professional will be in the crowds and inside the ropes at our Fort Worth race this Saturday. Luckily one of the pros isn’t there to race – but his son is! Pepe Montano has been a professional race car driver for over 27 years, and this year he is excited to bring his 2-year-old son Mateo to race in the Strider Cup.

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Pepe Montano had a long racing career participating in series including NASCAR Mexico and the Grand Am.  Now though, he’s taking time to slow down (just a little) and enjoy family time with his wife, Angie, and their two-year-old son, Mateo. While the pace has slowed, it’s just the first lap for little Mateo, who has recognized that racing is in his blood. At only one-year and two-months-old, most babies are still working on walking, but Mateo was ready to ride. Mateo started cruising on his Strider just after he turned one; which means he can officially say he has been racing for over half his life! With a silver 12 Pro and a blue 12 Sport to choose from, Mateo likes them both equally, because choosing from either means he gets to ride. We caught up with Pepe and asked a few questions about raising a little racer:

Strider: I saw you took Mateo skiing recently, how fun!! What are other activities that you hope to share with Mateo as he gets older?            

Montano: We love motocross and skiing, but I want to push Mateo to do whatever he loves to do. He will always have my support.

Strider: What does training look like for a 2-year-old?

Montano: We put him on the Strider every time he wants but don’t want to put pressure on him. The good news is that he is on the Strider every day because he wants to be.

Strider: Do you have any advice for new racers?

Montano: My advice for new racers is always be happy about what they do, be disciplined, persevere, and always believe in themselves.

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Our passion is inspiring the next generation of riders, and we love when parents support that love of riding with their own children because riding truly does change everything. Look for Pepe and Mateo at the Strider Cup Race this Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. Be sure to give him a high-five, wish him luck, and ring your cowbells for all the riders making waves on their Striders! For more information on the Strider Cup ft. Worth Racing event please visit http://strdr.us/24 

Friday, 02 March 2018 18:49

The Great Grandzoopula Run

 

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While walking along,

I came upon a peculiar sight.

I saw my friend riding around,

on a pedal-less bike.

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How can I learn

to ride on a bike?

Do you think

it’s something I’ll like?

 

Learn on a Strider,

a bike without pedals!

Learn on a Strider,

and race for a medal!

 

There’s fun to be done

When riding your bike.

It’s much more fun

than riding a trike.

 

Because a Strider Bike

is the best way to learn

striding, riding, and biking

at every turn.

 

It’s easy, you’ll see!

Take one step,

two steps,

then step number three.

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Ride up the ramps

and ride down the hills

past the Boozlebamps and Frampulabills.

 

You’ll be striding in no time,

funtastic and free.

 

Because a Strider Bike

is the best way to learn

striding, riding, and biking

at every turn.

 

Ride around hills,

mountains, and tracks.

Just be sure to make time

for a Snargunkle snack.

 

Your day isn’t over.

It’s only just begun.

Because now is the time

for the Grandzoopula Run!

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Kids all come

from lands far and wide,

to race and make friends

while learning to ride.

 

Everyone lines up,

with helmets on snug.

3, 2, 1 and GO!

Take off like a Zamperbanck Bug!

 

Speeding through turns,

you and new friends

bounce over bumps

and race to the end.

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After the race,

we all celebrate.

Racing is fun

and new friends are great.

 

Because a Strider Bike

is the best way to learn

striding, riding, and biking

at every turn.

 

Strider Cup Rapid City, S.D. (Feb. 27, 2018) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its United States 2018 Strider Cup races, part of the international Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and young children. Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” these family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Bike skills to the test.

The series includes four stops across the country this spring and summer, with Charlotte hosting the two-wheeled tyke race at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Saturday, June 16. Other races will be May 5 in Fort Worth, Texas, and May 26 in Cleveland, Ohio, and the World Championship on July 20-21 in Boulder, Colorado

Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports, said the races seek to encourage cycling among young children. “When you get kids active and outdoors, it develops habits that will last a lifetime,” McFarland said. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age 2 to 100.”

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children 18 months to 6 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

Pre-registration is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud parents, grandparents and siblings eagerly encouraging the racers in their family as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over and around obstacles such as tires, water features and 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.

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider designs efficient, balance bikes and balance bike accessories for children age 6 months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to inspire kids to ride by building lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that build two-wheeled confidence in children. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Rapid City, S.D. (Feb. 15, 2018) — Strider Sports International, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, renewed Prevish Marketing for a fourth year due to the agency's extensive public relations skills, strategic marketing expertise and a broad range of media connections in the outdoor, bike and motorcycle industries, as well as family, lifestyle and consumer press.

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“As part of our overall marketing and PR efforts, Prevish Marketing will continue to increase awareness of how Strider Bikes help people of all ages and abilities learn to ride,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO and Chief Enthusiast, Strider Sports International. “Especially among young children, Strider products inspire healthy habits that last a lifetime – from babies who rock to toddlers who stride. Prevish Marketing has helped us navigate the best ways to share Strider success stories with new audiences.”

Feature stories in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Outside Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle boosted Strider’s awareness, website and social media traffic. This high-level coverage increased Strider brand awareness among top-tier media, with Strider receiving additional mentions in ESPN, the Bleacher Report, MSN.com and others.

“Using my skills to educate and excite media about the impact of Strider Bikes gives me great joy,” said Leslie Prevish, Prevish Marketing principal. “I’ve seen firsthand how Strider balance bikes have changed the lives of children and adults by igniting a passion that improves health and happiness levels. Beyond the impact of their products, Strider’s philanthropy makes me proud to collaborate with them. Since its founding in 2007, Strider has donated over $1,000,000 in cash and Genuine Strider Bikes through its Rider Fund.”

Starting in 2015, Prevish Marketing first helped Strider increase awareness on the two larger sizes (Strider 16 Sport and Strider 20 Sport) for individuals with balance and coordination challenges, such as Down syndrome and autism. In 2016, Strider tapped the agency to lead public relations efforts, as well as some content creation and on-site event support. The launch of the Strider Rocking Base that year broadened its reach to children ages six months old. In 2017, Prevish Marketing helped Strider Bikes successfully launch the Strider 14x Sport. As two bikes in one, the 14x Sport sets a new standard as the best first pedal bike for children ages 3 – 7 years old and creates the foundation for a lifelong love of riding.

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age 18 months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

ABOUT PREVISH MARKETING

Prevish Marketing works with companies who create healthy products and services to share their unique brand stories of physical, emotional or spiritual impact. Prevish Marketing has more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, public relations and story-telling experience. The agency is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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Rapid City, S.D. (Feb. 7, 2018) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its United States 2018 Strider Cup races, part of the international Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and young children. Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” these family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Bike skills to the test.

The 2018 Strider Cup World Championship is the culmination of a racing series that includes three stops across the country this spring and summer, with Boulder, Colorado, hosting the World Championship race at Central Park/Boulder Civic Area Friday and Saturday, July 20 – 21. Other races will be May 5 in Fort Worth, Texas, May 26 in Cleveland, Ohio, and June in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the date yet to be determined.

Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports, said the races seek to encourage cycling among young children. “When you get kids active and outdoors, it develops habits that will last a lifetime,” McFarland said. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age two to 100.”

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children 18 months to 6 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

Pre-registration is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud parents, grandparents and siblings eagerly encouraging the racers in their family as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over and around obstacles such as tires, water features and 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.

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider designs efficient, balance bikes and balance bike accessories for children age 6 months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to inspire kids to ride by building lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that build two-wheeled confidence in children. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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2018 Strider Cup® Asian Championship Coming to China

Rapid City, S.D. (Jan. 23, 2018) — Strider Sports Int’l., Inc., the world’s premier balance bike manufacturer is gearing up for the 2018 racing season. As Strider Bikes help teach more and more children how to ride, Strider Cup® races continue to grow in popularity around the globe.

The 2018 Strider Cup Asian Championship will be held on April 29, 2018 in Beijing, China. This is the third Strider Cup Asian Championship, and the first time it is being hosted in China. Tokyo, Japan hosted the Strider Cup Asian Championship in 2016, followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2017 (VIDEO).

This event will be held at the Hong Chang Jun Sports Leisure Park (http://www.juntiyu.com/) near the center of Bejing. With the popularity of the Strider Cup Asian Championship growing each year, over thousands of racers ages 2 through 5 have a first come, first serve chance to be a part of a limited 500-entry race that will determine some of the top Strider racers in Asia. The maximum number of international participants for this event is limited to 100 entries. International translation services will be provided in Chinese, English and Japanese.

Registration for international contestants will open Feb. 1, while registrations for Chinese participants opens March 1. For more details and registration info, visit: http://www.strider-cn.com/.

Look for 2018 Strider Cup Asian Championship racers to make their way to Boulder, CO for the 2018 Strider Cup World Championship.  We had many Asian Championship Racers participate in the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake, UT, and can’t wait to see our global Strider family come together for this event.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age six months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Cleveland Hosting World’s Cutest Toddler Race

2018 Strider Cup® National Race Series Features 2 – 6-Year-Olds on Balance Bikes


Rapid City, S.D. (Jan. 18, 2018) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its United States 2018 Strider Cup races, part of the international Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and young children. Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” these family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Bike skills to the test.

The series includes three stops across the country this spring and summer, with Cleveland hosting the two-wheeled tykes at the race in Public Square on Saturday, May 26. Other races will be May 5 in Fort Worth, Texas, and the World Championship on July 20-21 in Boulder, Colorado.

Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports, said the races seek to encourage cycling among young children. “When you get kids active and outdoors, it develops habits that will last a lifetime,” McFarland said. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age 2 to 100.”

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 18 months and 6 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

Pre-registration is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud parents, grandparents and siblings eagerly encouraging the racers in their family as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops.  Toddlers, some still in diapers, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over and around obstacles such as tires, water features and 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.

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age six months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Monday, 22 January 2018 22:43

Strider Cup Invades Fort Worth, Texas!

Sundance Square Hosting World’s Cutest Toddler Race

2018 Strider Cup® National Race Series Features 26-Year-Olds on Strider Bikes


Rapid City, S.D. (Jan. 24, 2018) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its United States 2018 Strider Cup races, part of the international Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and young children. Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” these family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Bike skills to the test.

The series includes three stops across the country this year, with Sundance Square hosting the two-wheeled tykes in Fort Worth, TX, Saturday, May 5. Other races will be May 26 in Cleveland, Ohio, and June in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the date yet to be determined.

This will be the second year Sundance Square in Fort Worth has been host to a Strider Cup Race, and last year saw over 200 participants. Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports, said the races seek to encourage cycling among young children. “When you get kids active and outdoors, it develops habits that will last a lifetime,” McFarland said. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age 2 to 100.”

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children 18 months to 6 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

Pre-registration is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud parents, grandparents and siblings eagerly encouraging the racers in their family as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops.  Toddlers, some still in diapers, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over and around obstacles such as tires, water features and 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.

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider designs efficient, balance bikes and balance bike accessories for children age 6 months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to inspire kids to ride by building lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that build two-wheeled confidence in children. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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