Joel Hagan

Joel Hagan

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:46

Strider Sports Pays It Forward with Rider Fund

Strider Rider Fund

Rapid City, SD (August 13, 2014) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the creation of the Strider® Rider Fund to facilitate giving bikes to organizations that serve children.

“Our mission statement talks about why we exist, but the new Rider Fund shows how we “walk the talk”, says Founder and CEO, Ryan McFarland, who has committed one percent of Strider Sports’ gross revenue from all sales worldwide each month towards the Rider Fund. “Plus, for every STRIDER™ bike registered at www.StriderBikes.com/Register, we will commit another $1 to the Rider Fund.”

To further the reach of this program, Strider Sports will convert every $100 in the Rider Fund to $300 worth of Strider bikes and products! The bikes and products will be donated through a grant application process. Based on prior year’s sales data, Strider is expecting to donate more than $250,000 worth of STRIDER bikes and products to charities this year alone! Of these donations, half will be earmarked specifically to support Special Olympics chapters and the Young Athletes Programs all across the US.

Strider announced the Rider Fund in June at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and after only 3 months has already donated over $112,000 worth of STRIDER bikes for distribution to applicants from non-profit organizations!

STRIDER Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help people learn to balance and ride on two wheels. There are STRIDER bike models for all ages; from 18 month old toddlers and elementary aged children to teens, adults, and even seniors, as well as for all abilities.

For more information about the Strider Rider Fund, and how you can contribute, go to www.StriderBikes.com/join-the-cause.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage kids and adults of all abilities to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed worldwide in over 70 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
We Create Riders! STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children, and even teens and adults can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at http://www.StriderBikes.com.

We had a ton of great entries for the July calendar contest! As always we had a tough time narrowing it down to the top 3 photos. Check out the winners below and all of the entries on our Flickr Page. Make sure that you're taking more great photos and enter your best for August!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - "Dad, I've got this."

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2nd Place - Thailand STRIDER Fun

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3rd Place - Jumping Curbs

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2015 Calendar Cover 

Do you have a bunch of great photos of your adorable (most of the time) STRIDER rider(s) on your hard drive? Would you like to see him/her on the 2015 STRIDER Rider Calendar? Each month the employees of Strider Sports International will pick their favorite photo from those sent in. That month's winning photo will:

  1. Be in the STRIDER calendar for 2015
  2. Be the banner photo for the next month of 2014 on the Strider Bike facebook page
  3. The top photo each month will receive a $200 product voucher for bikes, accessories, or parts from the Strider Sports webstore. The 2nd place photo each month will receive a $100 product voucher for the Strider Sports webstore and the 3rd place photo with the will receive a $50 product voucher!

Rules and Regulations:

The 2014 STRIDER Calendar can be purchased HERE!

2014 Calendar Cover

St Cloud STRIDER Championship

The racing in St. Cloud was intense and everyone had a lot of fun! It was an AMAZING 3rd stop on the 2014 STRIDER Championship Series. We had 100+ STRIDER Riders show up and thankfully the weather cooperated until the very last race of the day! 

We've got a bunch of great Photos from Steve Diamond Elements Photography which can be found on our Flickr account HERE.

The St. Cloud Times had a fun article with a video and photo gallery.

We'd love to see your photos as well. Share them on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tag us and tweet us @StriderBikes!

Results

2 and Under STRIDER Riders

1st - Cannon Jensen - Woodbury, MN
2nd - Taylan Berlinquette - Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
3rd - Jack Larsen - Pearl City, IL
4th - Joshua Carpenter - St. Cloud, MN
5th - Trenton Denis - Zimmerman, MN
6th - Enzo Gaskins - Brooklyn Park, MN
7th - Eddison Goehner - Jamestown, ND
8th - Jaxson Verly - Sauk Rapids, MN


3 Year Old STRIDER Riders

1st - Jack Rodine - St. Cloud, MN
2nd - Cullen Kangas - Rice, MN
3rd - Easton Russell - Coon Rapids, MN
4th - Trevor Judo - Eagan, MN
5th - Kennedy Doherty - Fridley, MN
6th - Grady Goehner - Scandia, MN
7th - Kalvin Prieve - Hutchinson, MN
8th - Easton Dingmann - Sauk Rapids, MN


4 Year Old STRIDER Riders

1st - Eito Tokunaga - Hoffman Estates, IL
2nd - Owen Petron - Becker, MN
3rd - Vaughn Hilger - Sartell, MN
4th - Cameron Williamson - Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
5th - Marcos Wick - St. Cloud, MN
6th - Minna Adkins - Fountain City, WI
7th - Connor Pendill - Willmar, MN
8th - Rylan Berlinquette - Thunder Bay, ON, CAN


5 Year Old STRIDER Riders

1st - Calum Fisher - Plymouth, MN
2nd - Kenadie Neelan - Brainerd, MN
3rd - Owen Pengelly - Plymouth, MN
4th - Clayton Denis - Zimmerman, MN
5th - Ian Schneider - Sartell, MN
6th - Ian Pflueger - Sauk Rapids, MN
7th - Brendan Roberts - St. Cloud, MN
8th - Jaxson McGrath - St. Cloud, MN

 

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The competition for the June Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered, but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for July!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Luke Riding the Roller Coaster

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2nd Place - Graffiti Day Dream

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3rd Place - Tiny Rider, Big Dreams

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New 16” and 20” Balance Bike Models Unveiled at 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

Rapid City, SD — Imagine a world where everyone from diaper clad toddlers to Special Olympians to active retirees knows how to balance and ride on two wheels; a world in which kids and adults can feel the freedom that many of us were lucky enough to experience growing up in the 20th century. Strider Bikes wants everyone to understand that Life’s More Fun on Two Wheels; that a glorious adventure awaits each and every individual around the world who hops on a two-wheeler.

Strider Sports Intl., Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s No-Pedal Balance Bikes, has announced two new models of its best-selling bikes for children, teenagers and adults of all abilities: The STRIDER 16 Sport™ and the STRIDER 20 Sport ™.

 

The balance bikes responsible for teaching over a million toddlers and young children how to ride a bike will now be available in three distinct sizes: 12 inch (ages eighteen months – 5), 16 inch for 6-12 year olds and 20 inch for teenagers and adults. The all new STRIDER 16 Sport and 20 Sport models allow older kids and even adults to ride in a simple, natural way. Or, for experienced bike riders, these new models offer a lightweight and fun alternative to bikes with pedals and a safer way to hone advanced riding skills. These highly adjustable, all-terrain bikes adapt to nearly every rider size and ability, helping the rider feel safe, comfortable and confident. High quality components provide maximum safety, performance, and durability.

 

All STRIDER bikes promote a natural method to learn balance and riding skills. Strider’s trademark simple design, durability, functionality, light weight, and easy adjustability are retained in each of the two new models. In addition, the new sleek 16 and 20 models feature a 4-way adjustable padded saddle, ergonomic hand lever v-brakes, removable footrests, and pneumatic tires with alloy rims and hubs. The bikes are available in five vibrant pearl finish colors: blue, red, white, green and black. The 16 model is designed and safety tested for riders weighing up to 85 kg/ 187 lbs, while the 20” model is designed and safety tested for up to 110 kg/ 242 lbs.   

 

“The STRIDER 16 Sport model is a major redesign of our initial 16” model launched last year. With better components, new features, and more adjustability, we know this bike will be a hit with kids who are just learning to ride for the first time, kids who are dealing with special needs challenges, as well as those who are tearing it up at the skate parks and BMX bike parks”, says Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports International. “The 20 Sport model offers every feature of the 16 Sport, only on a larger frame appropriate for teens and adults.  We believe these new models are the perfect balance of simplicity, safety, performance, and FUN, without the weight and complication of pedals.”

The new STRIDER 16 and STRIDER 20 models will be debuted at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey June 16-19, and will be available for shipment to dealers and consumers in July.

All STRIDER bikes and accessories are available through the Strider website and at local STRIDER dealers. To learn which STRIDER is best for you, visit www.StriderBikes.com/bikes.

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 2 year old starting line

The racing in STRIDERville (aka Rapid City, SD) was intense and everyone had a lot of fun! It was an AMAZING 2nd stop on the 2014 STRIDER Championship Series. We had over 160 STRIDER Riders show up and thankfully the weather cooperated until the very last race of the day!

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We also had the very first Unified STRIDER Race with local Special Olympics Young Athletes and some of their friends!

We've got a bunch of great Photos which can be found on our Flickr account HERE.

We've also got a great video highlight on our Youtube channel!

We'd love to see your photos as well. Share them on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tag us and tweet us @StriderBikes!

Results

2 and Under STRIDER Riders

1st Brayden Stalley - Rapid City, SD
2nd Braylon Knapp - Rapid City, SD
3rd Cole Jurrens - Sturgis, SD
4th Oakley Urban - Rapid City, SD
5th Dominik Rosenau - Spearfish, SD
6th Vladimir Lewis - Rapid City, SD
7th Leo Larson
8th Jonas Purcell

 


3 Year Old STRIDER Riders

 

1st Liam Dixon - Rapid City, SD
2nd Ryker Staab - Broken Bow, NE
3rd Brayden Miller
4th Jaxson Reeder - Rapid City, SD
5th Parker Case - Rapid City, SD
6th Peyton Elder - Rapid City, SD
7th Jack Archer - Rapid City, SD
8th Mason Hagen

 


4 Year Old STRIDER Riders

 

1st Trinity Larson - Rapid City, SD
2nd Hunter Larson - Rapid City, SD
3rd Bryant Zimmerman - Morrill, NE
4th Weston Newsom - Box Elder, SD
5th Teagan Carbajal
6th Hendrik Sogge - Rapid City, SD
7th Marleigh Kleinsasser - Spearfish, SD
8th Talyn Shuffield - Rapid City, SD

 


5 Year Old STRIDER Riders

 

1st Ziah Torpy - Spearfish, SD
2nd Henry Simonds
3rd Dylan Ulmer
4th Brodie Muth
5th Logan Zuhlsdorf - Box Elder, SD
6th Colter Johnson - Rapid City, SD
7th Caleb Studer - Rapid City, SD
8th Zayne Bartol - Spearfish, SD

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts by joining the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! How about Instagram? Do you tweet? We Do!

We love seeing STRIDER Bikes out in the wild! Check out this great video of St. Scholastica's STRIDER Camp for kids with Down Syndrome.

The STRIDER Camp is a great way to get kids of all abilities riding on two wheels. Whether you're a City Parks and Rec department, a pre-school educator, or community group STRIDER Camp will get you involved in the community and help get the 2 wheeled fun message out to the public! 

Visit the Learn To Ride page or give us a call today 605-342-0266!

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 20:17

STRIDER Calendar Contest Winners For May!

The competition for the May Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered, but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for June!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - A little Help From My Friends

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2nd Place - Stride Along Lil' Cowboy

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3rd Place - Big Smile, Tiny Rider

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Saturday, 07 June 2014 04:59

Happy STRIDERday: Italian Trials

What is the key to riding a bike? Balance! Vittorio Brumotti, from Italy, has plenty of it.

Check out this amazing video with your STRIDER Rider...it's never too early to start inspiring them with the amazing things that can be done on two wheels.

Now get outside and ride!

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