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Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:44

Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!

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It’s Strider's birthday and we want to thank you

You are invited to help us celebrate at the Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!  Strider has been teaching kids around the world how to balance and ride on its no-pedal Balance Bike for 10 years, and it all started here – in Rapid City. Let's party Strider style!  Join us Saturday, August 26th at Main Street Square from 10am until 2pm with super fun activities for your Strider rider. Bring your rider and their bike and take part in traditional birthday celebration activities, fun riding courses and obstacles, games and more.  All FREE to the public!

 

 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:43

March Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

March was another month of great Strider Calendar Contest entries! Every picture shows a unique perspective on each Strider rider's love of riding. Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from March. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

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1st Place - Feet Up, Big Smile - USA

 

2nd Place March 2017

2nd Place - Lean Into the Turn - Japan

 

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3rd Place - Two Year Old Shredder - USA 

Strider Bikes Brings Two-Wheeled Toddler Fun to Dallas Color Run
The Color Run to Add Toddler Strider® Adventure Zone to Finish Festival


Rapid City, SD (March 22, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce it is participating in The Color Run in Dallas, Texas March 25th, with a Strider Adventure Zone for toddlers. The Strider activation in the fun and colorful Finish Festival will include a Strider Adventure Zone (ride and play area) where children as young as 18 months can learn to balance and ride on pedal-less Strider Bikes. Advanced Strider riders are welcome to bring their Strider Bikes and join Mom or Dad in the “Happiest 5K on the Planet”.

“We are happy to partner with a company whose mission celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. At Strider, we are passionate about inspiring riding and adventure in children. This is a perfect fit!” said Ryan McFarland, Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider Sports. “And those kids are going to love being splattered in color!”

The Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a Strider Balance Bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a custom designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a Strider on unique terrains and obstacles. The Free Strider Adventure Zone will be located in the Finish Festival of the race taking place at Dallas Fair Park, 1818 First Avenue. It will open at 8 a.m. for kids from 18 months to 5 years old, and there will be demo bikes and helmets on site for families who don’t have their own Strider Bike. No previous experience required.


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.


About The Color Run®
The Color Run is the largest event series in the world and the first of its kind. Founded in 2012, the number one goal of The Color Run is to produce the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” giving participants an unforgettable experience. With no winners or official times, The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality, helping participants achieve their fitness goals by providing a fun, un-intimidating running environment. To learn more about The Color Run, visit The Color Run Website. #Happiest5k #DreamInColors
The Color Run is a product of Bigsley™ Event House, a leading creator of experiential events including: The Color Run Night®, Pumpkin Nights, Dam Train Race, Electric Run® and Soul Pose™.

Strider Bikes Brings Two-Wheeled Toddler Fun to American Flat Track
American Flat Track To Add Children’s Area For Eight Races

Rapid City, SD (March 14, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce it is the official sponsor of the Children’s Area for eight of the 2017 American Flat Track races this season. The Strider activation in the Children’s Area will include a Strider Adventure Zone (ride and play area) where children as young as 18 months can learn to balance and ride on the pedal-less bikes.

“It is a key objective to make our events accessible for the entire family,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The addition of the Strider Adventure Zone will open up many of our races to a new generation of fans, giving them a taste of two-wheel competition in a fun setting.”

The Strider Adventure Zone will be located in the vendor area at Daytona International Speedway – near the main injector – and will open on race day, at 2 p.m.

The first Strider Children’s Area and Strider Racing will kick off March 16 during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla. on a new TT circuit under the bright lights inside Daytona International Speedway. Other race cities include Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Red Mile, KY; Sturgis, SD; Williams Grove, PA; Rolling Hills, NY; and Perris, CA.The Children’s Area will open on Saturday of each race weekend, with the exception of Daytona, where the Strider Adventure Zone will open at 2:00pm, Thursday, March 16th.

The Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a Strider balance bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a custom designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a Strider on unique terrains and obstacles. Bikes and helmets will be provided. Admission is free for the American Flat Track Races to children under the age of twelve. Admission may be charged for adults at some of the events, and the hours of the festival area are 2:00pm-6:30pm.


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.


About American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 03:38

February Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

February was another month of great Strider Calendar Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from February. The top entry was once again from an international Strider rider! You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1st Place Feb 2018 web

1st Place - Snowy Trick Riding - Russia

 

2nd Place February 2018 web

2nd Place - The Snow is Melting - USA

 

3rd Place February web

3rd Place - Time To Explore - USA 

Friday, 24 February 2017 19:21

Three Brothers and Their Well Loved Strider!

 This is the story of a very well loved Strider and its three proud owners!

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From left to right: Rhett (youngest), Trey (oldest), and Carter (middle)

all started riding on the same first generation green Strider ST-1!

 

It all started in the Spring of 2010 when Trey was 3 years old his Mom found a little bike without pedals. She says, "I was skeptical that it would be a 'beginner' bike and as soon as the kids learned to balance they would be on to a pedal bike, and the Strider would be obsolete for them. This wasn't the case at all. They all (yes, even my 10 year old) still love the Strider Bike!"

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Trey - 2010

"My kids were 3, 2, and 18 months when they started riding the Strider, and they loved being able to keep up with older kids on pedal bikes." Two of the boys (Trey and Carter), "never rode a bike with training wheels. They wouldn't even get on a pedal bike until we took the training wheels off! If I had known how well they were made, and how many years we would get out of our Strider, I wouldn't have waited so long to buy one!"

 

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Carter - 2015

After seven years, one Strider has taught two boys, and another "ten counting daycare kids, cousins, and friends! I was so hesitant because I felt like it was a beginner bike, and they would need to upgrade right away, and that's just not cost effective. Boy was I wrong!"

 

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Rhett - 2016

"Our youngest just turned two and I'm sure that as soon as he can reach the pedals on his big brothers' bikes, he will be off!" Until then he'll be riding his recently upgraded Strider 12" Sport that showed up at his door (above)! Can't wait to hear about his future success, and to check back in with this Strider 7 years from now!

 

At Strider we love riding bikes, and we love encouraging kids to ride! We love hearing your success stories, and seeing amazing pictures of Strider riders from around the globe. Share your stories and photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To share your best photos you can enter our monthly calendar contest HERE. If you're taking your Strider on vacation with you this Summer make sure to keep the "Where Has Your Strider Taken You" contest in mind for your truly epic shots!

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 01:14

January Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

You're starting off 2017 with some amazing Strider Calendar Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from January. It's nice to see more entries coming in from Strider riders all over the globe. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1st Place January Web

1st Place - Whatcha Doin'? - Vietnam

 

2nd Place January Web

2nd Place - Watch This! - USA

 

3rd Place January Web

3rd Place - Big Smile - Thailand

 

 

 

 

Monday, 23 January 2017 15:12

Photography Tips for Strider Parents!

Whether it's on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account we see a ton of photos from proud Strider parents! Honestly, it's one of the best parts about our jobs. Our top 3 list of favorite photos is: 1. Smiling Strider riders 2. Strider staff members riding bikes 3. Puppies (because, puppies).

All of the photos that are posted on our wall or tagged with #StrideOn are amazing snippets of the global Strider story. In the last 10 years we've also taken a lot of photos at events, in studio, and even of our own kids when they come visit us at work. In this post we've put together some easy ways to improve your photos whether they're for your family photo album, the monthly Strider Calendar Contest, or the recently announced "Where Has Your Strider Taken You" 10th anniversary photo contest. 

Hopefully you'll find these tips useful whether you have a $5000 DSLR, a point and shoot, or you're primarily taking pictures with your phone.

PhotoGuide11. Get down low - Do you want a photo of your Strider riders beautiful smiling face or the top of their helmet? If you get down to eye level you're sure to capture a more interesting image then standing at fullheight, shooting towards the ground. Feeling really adventurous? Kneel or even lay on the ground for a unique photo perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

RuleOfThirds2. Rule of thirds - Many photographers will cite the "Rule of Thirds" as the basis for a well balanced photo. Imagine breaking down your image into thirds (horizontally and vertically). By placing the main subject of the photo at intersections the viewer is naturally drawn to a focal point and there is plenty of room left in the photo to give context to the image. You can do this by intentionally framing shots while taking them or afterwards in photoshop or other editing software. 

 

3. Flash On - When you are outside...yes, you did read that right! You can manually switch the flash on your DSLR or the camera on your phone. It will even out the shadows cast by that helmet they are wearing to protect that sweet little brain of theirs.

 

PuddleSplash4. Anticipate - Watch where your Strider rider is heading and you will catch the perfect moment! 

 

5. Photos in Motion - The faster the shutter speed, the easier it is to stop the action in front of you. Most DSLR or a point and shoot digital camera will have a "sports" preset on your camera.

 

 

Good luck and happy shooting!

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Join us in Salt Lake City, UT July 21-22 for the 2017 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!

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The Strider Cup World Championship is open to all Strider riders of every ability! 

Friday night packet pick up is mandatory. It will include a bike inspection, some ride time, last chance registration, and time to ask staff any last minute questions.

 

Schedule for Friday and Saturday:

Friday, July 21st - Last Chance Registration, Packet Pick-Up, and Strider Tech Inspection

Note:  Must attend


3:00pm - 8:00

(tentatively scheduled)

 Last Chance Registration, Packet Pick-Up, and Strider Tech Inspection will be at The Gateway (400 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101) near the fountain in Olympic Legacy Plaza. - Come with your racer, bike, and helmet at any time during these hours. This process should take 45 minutes depending on the crowd size.

 

Saturday, July 22nd - Strider World Championship

Note:  No Registration on this day

8:00am to 8:40am

Open Track

9:00am to 11:00am

2 year old and under and under - Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

11:00am to 12:00pm

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

12:00pm to 12:30pm

Lunch Break

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Open STRIDER bike Freestyle session - bring your best tricks!

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Special needs races

2:00pm to 4:00pm

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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

 

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 HERE.

Event Registration and Packet pick up:

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    • - Online registration is now OPENRace fee includes a Strider jersey, number plate, and a bunch of other goodies!
    • - Packet pick up, tech inspection, and last chance registration will be Friday - July 21st for $25.00 will be at The Gateway (400 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101from 5pm to 8pm.
    • - Online registration closes at age group's capacity limit or at 8pm on Friday night
    • - There will be NO on-site registration on Race day (Saturday July 22nd)

Race Hotel:

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The Hyatt House Salt Lake City Downtownwill have discounted rates for Strider Cup race participants.

Use code g-stsi at check-out or click through directly HERE.

You can also contact Spencer Reed directly at 801-875-4677 if you would like to make your reservation by phone.

 

The TRAX Light rail is the easiest (and least expensive) way to get to the hotel if you're flying into Salt Lake City: More information.

Travel on the TRAX is free from Arena Station (1 block north of hotel) to the Gallivan Center (race venue): More info

Sponsor

 

Sponsorship opportunities Still available.

Contact Kyla for more info:

605-342-0266

ClassSponsors 

2 Year Old and Under + 3 Year Old 4 Year Old Class 5 Year Old Class 
intermountain LDS hospital

Sponsorship opportunities Still available.

Contact Kyla for more info:

605-342-0266

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Special Needs Class
CFA City Creek Center

 

SpecialThanks

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Contact: Ted Huettl - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Video highlights from 2016 Strider Cup World Championship

Thursday, 22 December 2016 07:12

Strider Cup - Lincoln, NE - June 10th

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The third stop of the 2017 STRIDER Cup Series is Lincoln, Nebraska sponsored by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers! 

Get your STRIDER Riders ready to race and meet us at Tower Square!  

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

Race Schedule: 

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Packet Pickup
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM 2 Year Olds and Under Races
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM 4 Year Old Races
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Special Needs Races
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM 3 Year Old Races
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM 5 Year Old Races

Race Day packet pickup will be available from 8am to 2pm. 

Event Registration:

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Special Needs Race Registration: Each stop on the 2017 Strider Cup 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: 

Early packet pickup and last chance registration will be on Friday night prior to the race. We highly recommend attending (but you're not obligated to) so you can pick up your racer's registration bag with their requested jersey, assigned number plate, and other goodies. This will be on Friday June 9th at Scheels in Lincoln (2960 Pine Lake Road) from 5 pm to 7 pm. We will also be conducting a “Tech Inspection” both then and on race day. For more information regarding Tech Inspection please look HERE.

Please bring your racer, bike, and helmet to packet pickup on Friday. If you are unable to do so we can finalize Tech Inspection on race day. Any concerns would need to be addressed before the child is allowed to race so again we would suggest attending packet pickup on Friday if at all possible. Showing up on Friday also gives us the opportunity to address any issues in a calm non-rushed atmosphere and to tell you what to expect on race day. We would also like to inform you about important times as related to your race class, how the "HEATS" (1st Race) and "MAINS" (2nd Race) will work, and how the awards ceremony will flow.

Please bring the electronic or printed tickets that you will be received after you registered to packet pickup as it will help speed up the process. If you will be checking in, picking up the registration bag and doing Tech Inspection on Saturday (race day) we would recommend doing so at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of your racer's age group.

 

Hotel Information: Rooms with a group discount at the Graduate Lincoln can be booked HERE. Enter code 170608STRI

Graduate Hotels Lincoln

Day of Race Parking: Self Parking. Racer families are responsible for their own parking fees.  There are several public parking ramps nearby Tower Square.  The closest of which is University Square Garage, 101 N. 14th Street, Lincoln, NE

http://parkandgo.org/find-parking/parking-facilities/university-square-garage/

 

 

Sponsor

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ClassSponsors

2 Year Old and Under Class 3 Year Old Class 4 Year Old Class 5 Year Old Class Special Needs Class

Sponsorship opportunities Still available. Contact Kyla for more info:

605-342-0266

Sponsorship opportunities Still available. Contact Kyla for more info:

605-342-0266

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Sponsorship opportunities Still available. Contact Kyla for more info:

605-342-0266

Sponsorship opportunities Still available. Contact Kyla for more info:

605-342-0266

 

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Contact: Ted Huettl - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

              605-342-0266

 

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