In this installment of Strider Progression we take a look at JoJo as he cruises off road on Earth Day!
JoJo is feeling very comfortable at this stage in his Strider riding. He is cruising on the rough trails and pulling up the front wheel over roots. Another key to this step in Stridering progression is the ability of your little Strider Rider to look around more while riding. JoJo is interacting with the Filmer and others around him all while cruising along.
The skate park is another great example of this step. Longer coasting, going up and down ramps and interacting with their environs.
The KTM Strider was recently given a great review in Transworld Motocross magazine!
"We have only one thing to say about the Strider bikes: why didn't we think of that? These are amazing starter bikes for the little BMXer/MXer in your life. They promote balance and the concept of bike riding without those sissy training wheels. Add in the KTM branding, and it only reinforces the moto mind." ~ Transworld Motocross (The Things You Need)
That sounds about right to us! Let us know if you see Striders anywhere else in the press and keep sharing your photos, videos and stories with us and the other Strider fans on facebook.
In our second installment of Strider Progression we will take a look at "Extreme Zane"! This is a great example of the next step for most youngsters as they become more confident on their Strider.
Zane is not quite two, but has clearly been riding his Strider a lot. In the last video we saw Aiden walking with his butt on the seat. Zane is moving a little faster while occasionally lifting his feet to glide.
Its important to remember that as they get more comfortable and have more time in the saddle the comfort level and commitment to balance will be natural.
Thanks to Ryan B. for sending us this video on Facebook...Great editing skills, keep that camera rolling!
This week we'll be posting a series of videos showing a progression of Stridering skills. Since this is the first entry naturally we will start with a video of a child's first time on a Strider PREbike!
Cut to Aiden on his cool orange Strider! He is 20 months old and has a very stylish flame-laden helmet. He is very smiley and amazingly already trusting his weight to the seat.
Aiden is a little wobbly, but you can tell that he is quickly understanding his early balance skills. At the :50 second mark he sees a big kid ride by on his bike and thoughts of future bike riding glory are planted!
Keep watching the progression of riders this week and make sure to check us out on facebook to share your Strider stories, photos and video!
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Gabe's Mom recently said us a review and a link to her blog that we found really interesting. Not only are there some great photos, but she shares a story of falling down and getting back up.
"I just wanted to thank you guys for such an amazing bike! My son has had his Strider for over a year now and there still isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't insist it is by his side! He now rides at our local BMX track and loves it!" ~Deanna (Gabe's Mom)
By the end of the day Gabe was able to conquer his fears...and the hill. Go Find a bmx track near you....it may just spark a passion for riding that your child will carry through their whole life!
Click on either photo above to go to Gabe's BMX blog entry.
I know that we tell you guys all the time that we love getting reviews, testimonials, photos and videos from our fans. Facebook is one great way to keep in touch allowing us to combine all of the before-mentioned things we love in one place.
The testimonials that we get are especially great. They allow us to know what we're doing right and how we can improve and are usually very informative. We always like hearing stories about how your children are progressing.
Ryan, our Strider founder and chief enthusiast, just ran across an old testimonial that we thought should be hightlighted. I'll let it speak for itself:
"You Strider guys are awesome!" - Travis
Keep it coming!
"I was researching a bike to buy for my 3-year old girl for Christmas. She had her heart set on a pink Disney Princesses bike. What I read about the quality of that bike turned me off as I could see her breaking down and crying when it fell apart in a matter of days. I was looking around for an alternative and saw that the Strider bike was a big seller and decided to look further. I became convinced that the bike would be sturdier and that the innovative concept was worth a shot - we could always buy the Disney bike as a back up.
Christmas day arrived and she opened up the box and was all excited to see her new, pink bike. However, I explained to her that her bike was different in that it didn't have pedals nor training wheels (where we live, no one has these bikes yet). She was a real trooper about it. She let me put on her helmet and she did her best to walk around with the bike, explaining to onlookers that it had no pedals.
A few days of this and I started to worry that she would give up. So I invented a little game - run over daddy's foot. I would walk in front of her and she would have to move quickly enough to run over my foot with the front tire. This helped a little. So then I turned to YouTube and showed her videos of other kids riding the bike.
A few days later, a bunch of kids in our apartment complex were playing, many of them with bikes with training wheels. My little girl participated a litte more, walking around with her bike. Suddenly, she said: "look, dad!", took a few steps and then lifted both feet off the ground and coasted. I was in shock! She repeated this about a dozen times but then got tired of it. So, I was happy with the progress but still unsure if this would work out.
The next day, we went to our parking lot and she simply took off. She did not stop running and coasting for a whole hour. The only time she took a rest was to stop and spontaneously shout that she loves her bike! Since then, she rides the thing almost every day and totally loves it.
Believe in this bike, it's awesome!" ~Mark B.
Last week we put a call out on our Facebook page to get photos and videos posted on our wall. The international Strider M.O.B. heard us loud and clear! We want to highlight a few of that crowd today.
[caption id="attachment_1119" align="aligncenter" width="453" caption="The first is Emily from the United Kingdom. She got her Strider last Summer and started gettingher sense of balance, but mostly walked with her bum (I think that's what they call it in the U.K.) off the seat. This summer she will be outfitted with her new helmet and there'll be no stopping her!"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1120" align="aligncenter" width="504" caption="Our next international Strider rider is the ever-cool, Johnny Rock. He hails from Sydney, Australia, sports an awesome Nutcase helmet, and some really cool low-top Chuck Taylors!"][/caption]
Keep the photos and videos coming! We love seeing local, nation, and international Strider riders.
Ran across this video today on Youtube and thought it was pretty cool! This Dad is very enthusiastic and Joey (19 months) is very committed...especially for his first time on a Strider. (You have to love their high five/fist bump combo too.)
It's important to remember that every child has varying levels of comfort on their Strider. Some, like Joey, will feel comfortable with an incline and lifting their feet right away. Most, like my daughter, will spend the first few months walking with their butt off the seat.
No matter what speed they take to the Strider make sure to keep it available and make it fun and low stress. Before you know it they'll be out-Stridering everyone on the block!
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing kids take their first steps on their new Strider! We know that a lot of kids got a Strider for Christmas and we'd love to see and hear your stories.
Below is a great video we found of Violet (Almost 2) on YouTube and her first attempts at what appears will be a very successful future of Strider Riding.