Almost every company in the bike industry has their loyal shop dog. Typically they have a pretty lush life: drinking out of the toilet, sneaking treats from desks and workbenches and all the petting they can handle. This attention makes them extra loyal and generally fun to be around, they brighten up the shop and give everybody their much needed Dog fix throughout the day. Chance is the Strider Shop Dog. He's a good boy...yes you are! (Sorry for the digression there)
Today we caught Chance patiently waiting for his daily treat from the UPS man. He's loyal, but he also really likes treats!
Join the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall and share photo of your dog with a Strider (with your child too...of course)!
We just wanted to highlight a couple great reviews today that talk about their children's success with and the transition to a pedal bike.
"What a great concept. The thing works, is all I can say. We got a Strider prebike last year (when my son was just turning 3). We just got him a regular bike this year and he transitioned easily - I mean like in 10 minutes easily - to riding without training wheels. Our Strider seemed solidly constructed and was easy to put together. I would highly recommend this product!" ~LittleImp
"I bought this for my 4 year old daughter. She was balancing and cruising on it in 2 days. The third day she tried a pedal bike and was good to go. No training wheels!!!! Now this bike is just waiting until my next daughter is ready to ride." ~Corey
At Strider Sports we read scientific reports so you don't have to! As a 'Preferred Vendor' with Head Start Body Start we were forwarded a research paper From Playpen to Playground -- the Importance of Physical Play for the Motor Development of Young Children by Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith. (Please refer to the Bibliography on hyperlink for quoted materials) The paper is not linked to Strider in any way, but the findings clearly point to the benefits of play in all the ways that a Strider excels in.
The paper is a fascinating (20 page) look at how a "sedentary play style in the early years is likely to lead to an overall sedentary lifestyle; that is, inactive preschoolers are highly likely to become inactive adults" (Reilly & Jackson 2004)
"Play enhances attention, memory, self-regulation, and overall academic achievement throughout childhood"(Castelli, et. al., 2007) Trawick-Smith didn't write this paper with Strider in mind, but the research kept pointing to the importance of "moveable play equipment, such as riding toys...the message to teachers is clear: Inspire children to move, to move with vigor and to keep moving for significant periods of time each day."
Some other take aways from the article are:
1. A challenging, engaging play environment will acquire more intellectually advanced and varied play activities. (Doctoroff, 2001)
2. Parents used twice as many verbalizations and 10 times as many communicative gestures when playing...than when reading stories to them.(Namy, Acredolo, &Goodwyn, 2000)
3. Studies confirm that active play is vital to cognitive development in preschool-age children and that poor motor development can actually inhibit academic learning. (Trawick-Smith, 2010)
4. Begin Motor Play Early, Make Movement Enjoyable, Insure that play is vigorous and prolonged, Integrate movement throughout the day.
5. Send Play Outdoors: Countless studies have shown that outdoor play from birth to age five produces developmental outcomes that simply can't be achieved indoors. Outdoor play should be active play.
6. One study found a strong association between the number of natural features in a play environment (e.g., grass, trees, hills, running water) and the activity level of Children. (Fjørtoft, 2004)
All of the highlights from Dr. Trawick-Smith point back to the many benefits a Strider PREbike will have for your child. At Strider we are enthusiastic about a lot of things; Active Play, Adventure, Fitness, Inspiring the next generation of bicyclists, and Encouraging families to explore in the Great Outdoors together, just to name a few!
As the sons of Strider's founder Ryan McFarland, Jesse and Bode have been the willing test riders for Strider since day one. If 'necessity is the Mother of invention' than 'teaching Bode to ride a bike was the Mother of Strider.' Ever since they were old enough to walk, they've been on two wheels of one kind or another.
Starting at three years old they were both on an Oset electric mini dirt bikes. Here are some great photos of Jesse and Bode decked out in Yamaha blue on their PW50 and TTR 90 respectively.
Their progression is moving along every day as they get older...but they both still love to ride Striders!
This last weekend there were 3 Strider Cup races in the U.S.A. We're working feverishly to get up photos, race results and interact with parents about their experiences. If you have any photos, video or stories to share check us out on our Strider Facebook or StriderCup Facebook wall! In the meantime here is an inspirational video from YouTube. This little guy is going to make a great head coach some day!
If he would have learned on a Strider the cuteness factor of this speech would have been multiplicatively greater!
Go check out our Facebook wall and share some inspiration in the form of photos, video or Strider success stories from your Strider riders!
Founded by Ryan McFarland (an avid mountain biker and all around outdoorsy guy), Strider Sports International is all about family fun and developing the next generation of Mountain culture enthusiasts. That is why we are especially pleased to be a sponsor of the Gunnison River Festival! Along with there will also be a Strider Cup race taking place on Saturday, June 25th at 2pm.
If you are from Gunnison, Colorado or plan on being down in the area from June 24th-26th plan on attending as a participant or part of the crowd. There will be world class Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rafting fun for the entire family and Music!
Strider Sports International has been talking about the useless nature and dangers of the tricycle since opening our doors in 2007. Many parents find out about Strider after becoming frustrated with Trikes and Training Wheels...which is the same journey that led Ryan down the road to inventing the Strider PREbike.
We love this video that we found on YouTube for a couple reasons. Watch as Grace does circles around her older brother riding a tricycle. He is unable to pedal easily, Unable to turn around without standing up and doesn't look like he's having nearly as much fun as Grace! If you took the horn off the trike we doubt he'd be having fun at all. (There is also a training wheel bike sitting there unused)
We found a great GoPro video of Devin on his orange Strider! Devin's camera is mounted on his handlebars and bike frame to give you a totally different perspective on the Strider experience.
When Devin lets out his YAHOO! we bet you can't keep from smiling...we couldn't.
We're taking a break from the "Extreme" Striderday Biking videos today to focus on another aspect of bikes that Strider staff is passionate about:
Founded by SRAM Corporation in 2005 and supported by leaders in the bicycle industry, World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs by providing supply chain management, technical knowledge and logistics expertise to poverty relief and disaster recovery initiatives.
Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, their families and their communities.
Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief, has distributed over 75,000 bikes and trained over 700 field mechanics. It has been a great National Bicycle Month in the US, in some parts of the world biking is the only form of transportation for essential services that we take for granted everyday.
Watch the video below. If you have a couple spare dollars donate them here.
Poland checking in for our international Strider rider search! We found some great video of a Polish 2 year old Strider rider on Youtube that we wanted to share.
Hopefully he is spreading the Strider message to the other local toddlers. He is really getting the hang of using the Launchpad footrests!
As I take my two year old out for Strider rides I have found that crossing the Stride/Glide divide is definitely one of the early hurdles. She has figured out that the footrests are there. She has begun gliding with her feet off the ground on hills, but she can't quite connect the two yet.
I know it will come with time...seems like just yesterday she started sitting on the seat! When did your kids start using the footrests? Have they been working on any footrest tricks yet?