Joel Hagan

Joel Hagan

Thanks for making 2016 another great year for the Strider Calendar Contest! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from November and December! You can check the other entries Here and Here on our Flickr Page.

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

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November Calendar Winners

 

 

December2017Winners

December Calendar Winners

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Strider Bikes Announces 2017 Strider Cup® National Race Series for Toddlers
Tiny Strider® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks from Coast to Coast

Rapid City, SD (November 17, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 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 three stops across the country next spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event next 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.

You’ll find Strider Cup races in the following cities in 2017:
• Saturday, May 6: Fort Worth, TX, at Sundance Square
• Saturday, May 27: Pittsburgh, PA, at Southside Works
• Saturday, June 10: Lincoln, NE, at Tower Square

The series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 22 at Gallivan Center
in Salt Lake City, UT, where nearly 250 toddlers competed on the custom Strider track in 2016. Organizers are expecting over 400 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.

There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25, and will open in January. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration.
Pre-registration will be available soon; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information. Sponsors for the 2017 events include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, LDS Hospital, FedEx, Amica Insurance, and more.

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” balance bike 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, “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. Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.

2017 Strider Cup Race Rules

2017 Strider Cup Weather Policy


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.

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New Realtree® Strider® 12 Custom Balance Bike for Active Outdoor Toddlers
Officially Licensed Realtree Balance Bikes Give Toddlers An All-Terrain Camo Look

Rapid City, SD (November 15, 2016) — Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, is pleased to announce the launch of its Realtree Strider 12 Custom Balance Bike in response to demand from hunting/fishing outdoor enthusiasts.

According to Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast, Ryan McFarland, “Our bike designs often come from a group of passionate families in the market place. In this case, we had so many people asking for a camo pattern color bike that we simply couldn’t resist. Better yet, we share the same values with the Realtree brand: family, friends, and the outdoors. We are very excited about seeing, or should I say, not really seeing young toddlers riding the new Realtree Strider Bikes out in nature.”

If your toddler can walk, Realtree Strider Bikes will get your toddler cruising over dirt, grass, twigs, and trees. The bike is customized with the official Realtree graphics on a black Strider 12 Classic model for toddlers ages 18 months to three years old. An optional extra-long seat post will extend the life of the Realtree Strider to kids five years old (or 44 inches in height). The Realtree Strider Bike weighs just 6.5 pounds, has the lowest seat height and an integrated footrest for easy striding, is easy to control, and features an adjustable seat and handlebars to accommodate a growing child. Most importantly, the Realtree Strider Bike teaches a child balance and coordination and develops a glittering confidence not seen with tricycles or training-wheel bikes.

Realtree Strider Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children of all abilities as young as 18 months learn to ride on two wheels. The simple, no-pedal design builds confidence and eliminates fear by allowing kids to have their feet on the ground and progress at their own pace. With over 1 million sold to date, parents agree this is the top of the line for a kid’s first bike.

The Realtree Strider 12 Custom Balance Bike will be initially available for sale 4th Quarter at retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabela’s, and retails for $99.99. All other Strider Bikes and accessories are available through the Strider website and at local Authorized Strider Dealers. To learn more about the Realtree Strider Bike and where to purchase, visit https://www.striderbikes.com/launch/realtree-balance-bike.

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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. Through its charitable Rider Fund, Strider Sports has donated over $250,000 in cash and over $350,000 in Strider products since 2008. 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 REALTREE
Realtree is the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 2,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on television, as well as through Realtree.com and many other outlets.

Monday, 21 November 2016 20:59

Asher Nash is Down Right Perfect!

Ashers Down Right Perfect

                                                                                 Photo Credit: Crystal Barbee Photography

If you've been on Facebook in the last 3 months you've probably seen a picture of Asher Nash! His Mom, Meagan, submitted some photos to a casting agency to hopefully land a photoshoot with Carter's. The agency didn't submit them because they hadn't specifically asked for a model with "special needs". Meagan decided to post the story on Facebook and it went viral! 

As a company that values our Strider riders of all abilities we wanted to highlight Asher's story and hopefully add to the larger dialogue on inclusion. We asked his Mom some questions and she shared a great photo of him (below) trying out the new Strider rocking base! We have no doubt that soon he'll be striding around with that perfect little smile!

Strider (S): Tell us a little about your family.
Meagan Nash (MN): We live in Buford , Ga. My husband is 31 and works in glass, and I'm 27 and am a stay at home mom. Our daughter Addison is 8. She's a competition cheerleader, and is also in a STEM and robotics club. Addison is a huge advocate for her brother and the Down Syndrome community. Asher is 15 months and loves to laugh and play with his toys. We love to go camping and our family vacation spot is the beach.

S: Would you tell us a little about Asher's diagnosis?
MN: We found out Asher would have Down Syndrome when we were 12 weeks pregnant. Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. This extra genetic material manifests itself in a number of ways, most notably intellectual and developmental delays, and recognizable physical characteristics.

AsherRockingBaseQuoteS: How does Asher's diagnosis impact his life?
MN: Asher's diagnosis impacts his life in many ways. It means he might look a little different then other babies --Or that hitting his milestones will be challenging at times. One thing it doesn't do is define who he is as a person. Asher will do whatever it is he wants to do in his life.

S: What led you to act when you heard back from the casting agency?
MN: When they contacted me about the post? The agency emailed me in regards to a casting for Carters. When they told me they did not submit his pictures I was very hurt and confused. I wondered how many other agencies in Georgia or the US thought the same way and so I went online and started researching.

S: Were you surprised by how quickly the story spread on social media?
MN: I was surprised that world took to Asher's photos like they did. It makes me so proud as his Mom that they see what we see in him.

S: Have you had to interact with people who don't understand why inclusion matters? What do you say to them?
MN: Yes! I interact with people who don't understand why inclusion matters all the time and I am so glad I do because it gives me a chance to spread awareness and teach them exactly why it is so important. I typically talk about Asher and how he will want to be accepted around his peers in school, work, and the community he lives in just like any typical person would. We all have to accept people with disabilities because without accepting them, they aren't able to be included.

S: What advice would you give to parents/siblings of children with special needs?
MN: I want parents/siblings that are in the same position as me to know that you can do this! Don't let the negative put you down. There will always be negative in the world, but It's our job as these amazing kid's families to show the world the positive. Show them our kids can do anything they set their minds to.

S: What would you want people to know most about Asher?
MN: Down Syndrome is a part of Asher, but it doesn't define him. We plan to continue to raise awareness and help advocate for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. I encourage you to learn more about T21 and please feel free to contact me with any questions--- And please, consider what you can do to make a more accepting and inclusive community for individuals of ALL abilities--- I wouldn't change Asher for the world but I am determined to help him change it for the better.

You can follow Asher's journey on his Facebook page, Asher's Down Right Perfect.

 

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 15:51

October Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

Halloween Costumes, riding through leaves, Huge Smiles...October was another great month for the Strider Calendar Contest! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected for October you will receive an email with your gift certificate information. 

Don't forget November and December entries are due by November 15th

1st Place October 2017 Web

1st Place - Leaf Pile Drop In

 

 

2nd Place October 2017 Web

2nd Place - Small Block Engine

 

 

3rd Place October 2017 Web

3rd Place - Minnie In The Mountains

Strider Balance Bikes Exhibiting at EICMA, “The Milan Show”
Popular Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes Teach Riding Skills to Toddlers

Rapid City, SD (November 2, 2016) — Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, will be exhibiting at the EICMA Motorcycle Show November 8-13, 2016, at the Milan Convention Center, Milan, Italy. Stop by Hall 06 - Stand L35 to learn how toddlers as young as 18 months are quickly and safely learning to ride on two wheels. Company founder, Ryan McFarland, will be on-site to share his story about how the Strider Bike has quickly become the world’s leading balance bike.

Strider will be debuting its newest products, the Strider® Rocking Base and the Realtree® Strider 12” Custom Balance Bike. The Rocking Base easily attaches to any 12-inch Strider Balance Bike and allows the youngest member of the family to play with, rock, and ride a Strider Bike on a safe and stable base until they are old enough to ride the bike – which is typically around 18 months. The Realtree Strider Bike is customized with the official Realtree (camo) graphics on a black Strider 12 Classic model.

The company also recently announced the license for sales of the Honda Strider 12 Custom Balance Bikes has been expanded worldwide. The other officially-licensed, custom models that will be on display in the Strider booth include the Harley-Davidson®, and Suzuki Strider Bikes. There is a perfect Strider Bike for every toddler! Distribution and race event sponsorship opportunities are available.

By using a Strider Bike, young riders from 18 months to 5 years get to experience the fun and freedom of riding a bike without relying on restrictive training wheels or tricycles. A university study concluded that participants quickly improved their balancing skills by using a Strider Bike.

The limited company EICMA is the marketing tool of Confindustria ANCMA, the National Association of Bicycles Motorcycles and Accessories, through which Italy consolidates its role on the international scene. EICMA organizes the International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, and is the only platform in the world capable of illustrating all the different aspects of the two-wheeler world. It is considered to be the world’s largest motorcycle sector trade show event that attracts the most visitors, trade and press.

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.

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November 15th will be the final day to enter your photos for November and December.

Head over to www.StriderBikes.com/CalendarContest to upload your best photos for a chance to win some Strider swag and be featured in our 2017 Strider Calendar! For ideas on the type of photos that have won in the past you can see entries, including the winners on our Flickr page.

StrideOn!

Danny MacAskill is at it again...Skip the Saturday morning cartoons and watch this great new edit from Scotland to inspire your little Strider rider! 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 11:05

September Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

53 entries in September...yet another month full of amazing Strider Calendar Contest Entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected for August 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 October entries!

1st Place Sept 2017 Web

1st Place - End of Summer Striding

 

 

2nd Place Sept 2017 Web

2nd Place - Stay Focused and Stride On

 

 

3rd Place Sept 2017 Web

3rd Place - Oh, The Places You'll Go

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Strider Balance Bikes Exhibiting at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo)

Popular Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes Teach Riding Skills to Toddlers

Rapid City, SD (October 4, 2016) — Strider Sports International Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, will be exhibiting at the AIMExpo October 13-16, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32869. Stop by booth #2643 to learn how toddlers as young as 18 months are quickly and safely learning to ride on two wheels.

 

Strider will be debuting its newest products, the Strider® Rocking Base and the Realtree® Strider  12”Custom Balance Bike. The Rocking Base easily attaches to any 12-inch Strider Balance Bike and allows the youngest member of the family to play with, rock, and ride a Strider Bike on a safe and stable base until they are old enough to ride the bike – which is typically around 18 months. The Realtree Strider Bike is customized with the official Realtree (camo) graphics on a black Strider 12 Classic model.

 

The company also recently announced the license for sales of the Honda Strider 12 Sport Balance Bikes has been expanded worldwide. The other officially licensed, custom models that will be on display in the Strider booth include the Harley-Davidson®, Suzuki, Husqvarna, and KTM Strider Bikes. There is a perfect Strider bike for every toddler! Distribution and sponsorship opportunities are available.

 

By using a Strider Bike, young riders from 18 months to 5 years get to experience the fun and freedom of riding a bike without relying on restrictive training wheels or tricycles. A university study concluded that participants quickly improved their balancing skills by using a Strider Bike.

 

The purpose of the AIMExpo is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling in the U.S. and North America. The AIMExpo will have international impact within the motorcycling community.