Joel Hagan

Joel Hagan

Warning: Great review followed by a video with some nasty trike/training wheel crashes.

"We bought two Striders for our 2.5 year old twins who had been really struggling with trying to peddle a tricycle. Within a couple of days they were zipping down the slight incline on our gravel driveway, and really balancing with no adult training required.

We saw them crash many times trying to negotiate riding a tricycle, but they really learned to balance quite easily on the Strider bike. It is well and thoughtfully engineered, strong, but light in weight for small kids.
5 out of 5 stars!  Highly recommended!!!!" -- (Jay in Ohio)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhHjyC-AXIE[/youtube]

Saturday, 18 December 2010 00:46

A Day In The Life...

...of a Strider racer!

Found some cool photos of Nick this week, he is a Strider racer/rider from Washington State.  This past summer he rode in the kids race at 'Bavarian Bike and Brew' in Leavenworth, Washington.  His Dad had this to say about the start to his illustrious racing career, "He loved it! He even did 3 extra laps past the cheering crowd in the Beer garden. Gotta love fans!"

[caption id="attachment_965" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="He started off the day with a nutritious breakfast with cow and Bert."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_966" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="A little late morning Pre-ride with Mom."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_967" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Quick nap before the big race!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_968" align="aligncenter" width="199" caption="Staring down opponents as he gets ready to start."][/caption]

It seems like more and more racing venues are adding fun events for the Strider crowd.  Make sure to find one in your local area, they are a great way for your kids to have fun and connect with riding buddies for the rest of the year.  Our home base of the Black Hills has Winter and Summer fun, both with festive atmosphere!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 21:33

Big Brother, Little Brother!

We found a great video on Youtube that we just had to share!  We love that Tabor and Simeon  ride together even though they are clearly at different riding levels and ages.  At Strider we strive to not only develop balance skills at a young age, but to encourage fun with the entire family as well.  Get out, have fun, be safe and have a continued happy holiday season!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d8p-BgLC_A[/youtube]

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:26

63 Degrees in Raleigh, North Carolina?!

That's what the graphic on this great video introducing Striders to North Carolinians says.  While 63 degrees sounds good (as we sit inside on another chilly night in South Dakota) the story sounds even better!  The only thing we can find to disagree with is the bike mechanic saying that Striders are "probably better than training wheels."  As most of you know already...Striders Rule, Training Wheels Drool!  (Click on the screen shot below to jump to news story)

Thursday, 02 December 2010 20:17

Sell Strider PREbikes. Make Money. Have fun.

Are you looking for something extra to do on the side?  No Strider dealer in your area and you want to introduce your neighbors and friends to the fun their kids can have on a Strider?  Look into the Strider Home Based Dealer Program and you will be able to do both of these things and more.

Here is a short note and some photos from one of our newest home based dealers in Canada, eh!

"I am a new dealer in Vancouver, BC Canada and just wanted to email you and tell you how much we love the bike, firstly as parents and secondly as a small business (that rarely feels like work!) I just started two months ago and sold my 30th bike today! I wanted to pass on a little video if you have a chance to watch it of my 8 1/2 month old son trying out his future bike! He always has the biggest grin when he sees it or gets to 'ride' it!"    ~Lindsay M.

Oldest son James rode the entire 2.5 km loop!

Mason is being carried for this walk and James is still able to stop and check things out astride his Strider.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 18:19

Jesse in Nairobi LOVES his orange Strider!

When my friend first suggested a bike with no pedals, I thought it was the stupidest idea in the world. "What's the point?", I asked. But when my son got on this bike, it was love at first sight. Even though he walked with the bike for the first few weeks, he eventually learn to sit and kick, then stop with his feet and then coast with his feet high in the air. I plan to keep this bike until he's about 4 and then transition him to a bike with pedals. But now, he loves it so he get exercise every day. Now I can barely keep up with him at a brisk walking pace. I have to take my own bike or start jogging. I highly recommend!   ~Floresti (Nairobi, Kenya)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax--HQcwXQ0[/youtube]

Keep it up Jesse...Maybe you'll be able to meet JoJo someday!

Here are a couple great videos of Griggs, a Strider rider and now a recent pedal biker!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmDeb6pYiF8[/youtube]

This is a great video showing how balance skills are developed with the Strider.  Griggs is ripping down the hill and is able to use his feet to balance...If you've ever seen a child on a tricycle in this same situation you'd be mortified!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oeFH_BP1Ng[/youtube]

"Griggs rides a bike with Pedals for the first time. He received the Strider from his grandparents for Christmas 2009. He turned two at the end of January 2010. This is the end of October 2010. He has not ridden with training wheels, only on a tricycle type setup to learn to pedal. Strider or balance bikes in general are the way to go! We like Strider b/c they fit small kids, and they are light!"    ~Griggs' parents

We love the enthusiasm from Griggs' sibling at the end of the video!  Keep up the great work Griggs!

Thursday, 21 October 2010 18:48

Jesse, the Boy on the Box

If you've seen a Strider box, then you've seen Jesse.  He is the boy on the box!  The Strider staff is happy to report that he is still shredding.  Here is Jesse at a local BMX track showing off his mad wheelie skills.

[caption id="attachment_732" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Jesse showing off his wheelie skills"]Jesse showing off his wheelie skills[/caption]

We at Strider are also happy to report that no hole has yet been found in the space-time continuum as a result of this apparent paradox.  Let us just hope that Jesse hasn't figured out how to time travel on his Strider or it could prove to be disastrous.

Monday, 04 October 2010 19:38

Testimonial: Strider is Sheer Delight

"I just wanted to share my thoughts on Strider bikes. They are great! I got one for my two-year old a couple of months ago, and he recently started balancing on his own. I thought it would take him a year or so, but in just a couple of months?!! Wow!

I captured the moment with my camera, and I just wanted to share the photo with the Strider company."

Thanks, Strider!

Regards,

Paul del Rosario

Monday, 23 August 2010 16:40

Try this with a Tricycle

Face it...the only way things EVER get exciting on a tricycle is when they get dangerous. Nobody wants to put their toddler in danger, but trikes are inherently dangerous. Plus, kids need perfectly flat pavement to even move on a trike.

A Strider PREBike lets the little kids rip it up on ramps and at skate parks and off road, totally in control, totally at their own speed.

When kids are having fun and engaging their brains in challenging activity, they are more likely to continue playing and being active.  This keeps them outside and off the TV/ video games.  We love seeing video of strong, healthy little kids outside tearing around on Striders!  Keep the videos coming!

This one is from Chase Brown:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_xj2lSEDyc[/youtube]