Note to self: It's cold and snowy...time to head to the desert! Check out this cool STRIDER video with your little ones and then find somewhere cool to ride!
It was another great year of STRIDER Racing at the 2014 Extreme Indoor Enduro! A big thank you to MX4Fun for letting us come back. From the 2 and under class to the pro 5 year olds everyone had a great time on the challenging STRIDER Enduro course. The top 3 finishers are listed below and pictures can be found below, and on our Flickr page. If you have photos or video to share we'd love to see them on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram.
2 and Under STRIDER
1st - Crosby Backer - Gillette, WY
2nd - Kenleigh Johnson - Rapid City, SD
3rd - Liam Douglas - Upton, WY
3 Year Old STRIDER
1st - Gatlin Comer - Piedmont, SD
2nd - Wyatt Stabnow - Alliance, NE
3rd - Hunter Larson - Rapid City, SD
4 Year Old STRIDER
1st - Brodie Muth - Rapid City, SD
2nd - Bailey Merchant - Rapid City, SD
3rd - Caleb Studer - Rapid City, SD
5 Year Old STRIDER
1st - Taycen Bertotto - Piedmont, SD
2nd - Landon Kruske - Lead, SD
3rd - JD Kizer - Newcastle, WY
This is another shout out to all of you STRIDERville residents to sign up for the first race of 2014! We're coming back to the Extreme Indoor Enduro on January 4th.
The Enduro is a favorite race for the local kids because of the unique obstacles; rocks, logs, and even tight turns between saplings!
Check out the video below and make sure to go get registered if you're anywhere near Rapid City, SD.
Now get outside and have some fun!
Riding a bike is fun!
Strider Balance bikes are fun!
Riding a bike is a healthy habit that can increase physical activity in kids, and help combat rising childhood obesity rates!
I am sure you can easily believe and understand these statements. However, here is an entirely new reason to get your toddler on a balance bike perfecting those skills:
The development of balance in toddlers leads to better cognitive learning!
Strider Balance bikes are scientifically proven to increase balance in toddlers. But balance is not just a physical skill.
Marjorie Woollacott, Ph.D., a professor of human physiology states, “Balance is a pillar beneath every skill we have.” Balance plays a larger role in the overall development of our children than we realize. Reading difficulties can occur and learning development will be delayed when balance and other systems are out of sync.
I will try to take all the scientific verbage and boil it down to my type of language. There are three parts to physical balance; eyes, body, and ears. Babies are born with the inner ear balance. As they become toddlers they engage the visual and begin to develop the bodily strength to increase their sense of balance. All of these systems must work together to form balance. For a baby and toddler that is in prime developmental stages it takes a lot of brain power to bring all three together. That same brain power and the same systems are required for all of the learning they will do. The more balance is practiced and perfected it becomes second nature. Less of that brain power is needed to focus on physical balance, and more of the brain can be devoted to learning.
So, now is the time! It is our parental duty to get kids out on those bikes having fun, and we can all rest assured we are helping our toddlers prepare for better grades in school!
Kids are great imitators, as any of you with STRIDER riders of your own already know. Check out this little 2 year old kickstarting his KTM STRIDER in the rain.
He has some trouble, but eventually gets it going.
Now get outside on have some fun!
This is a special guest post by Greg Hill. Greg is a BMX Hall of Famer and STRIDER west coast representative!
Last Friday, Liz and I went to visit our friends at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles to donate some Strider bikes for the patients and staff. It was a great visit! We had fun walking the bikes through the hospital and seeing the reaction from random people, doctors, patients.
We made our way to the Children's Pediatric Rehabilitation center and met up with all the staff, and 2 1/2 year old Rosa. She rode her new STRIDER up and down the halls with the physical therapy staff and had a lot of fun. We took some photos and talked a bit before saying our goodbyes.
Before we left we met Dr Craig the Medical Director for the clinical pediatrics unit. He really liked the STRIDER concept and rode a flashy green STRIDER Super 16 up and down the halls of the hospital. It was really great to see that!
Happy STRIDERday! We're all about balance here at STRIDER Bikes. That is one reason that we love Martyn Ashton, Chris Akrigg, and Danny Macaskill SOOOO much! If you've never seen a video of these three trials experts...you're welcome.
Just think, your STRIDER rider is laying the foundation for riding a wheelie on a railroad track!
Watch it with your STRIDER rider, then head outside and make some 2 wheeled memories of your own.
Day in and day out there are children in hospitals fighting to overcome serious illness and injury. What a frightening time for the kids and the parents alike. Many times these kids miss holidays at home, friends at school and family events. One of the most important things that can happen for them while they are in the hospital is to have time to still be kids! Play is an important part of comforting, soothing and taking a child’s mind off of their battle even if for just a few moments.
Tyler Klassen of Indianapolis saw a picture of a young girl (Presley - pictured above) who, while fighting cancer, spends time riding her STRIDER in the halls of a hospital, and knew right away that he wanted to make a difference! Tyler said, “As a parent, the thought of having a child in the hospital for a long period of time is terrifying. Seeing Striders inside of a children’s hospital really made me smile though. I want the kids to just be kids. I want them to buzz around the halls on bikes, let them have fun and maybe forget for a bit that they are in a hospital.”
An avid motorcycle rider, Tyler decided to take action and help more kids be able to stride their way through the hospital. The added benefit of STRIDER riding while in hospital is the physical therapy aspect. Tyler is organizing a fundraising ride called “Riders for Striders” to get his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts together for a day dedicated to helping purchase STRIDERS for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital!
Every child deserves time to be a child! Thank you for your efforts and compassion Tyler!
Ashton was the 2012 UK STRIDER Champion and joined us for the STRIDER World Championship in Sarasota, FL. He even patented his now signature move, "The Fire Hydrant" (pictured below), during the STRIDER trick competition!
The video below is a great example of STRIDER progression and balance. Did I mention that the video is shot in Sherwood Forest? If you didn't think it could get any cooler than that, watch Ashton's balance skills. This is one of the main reasons that we tell parents to hold on to their STRIDER bikes even after their children have started pedalling.
He goes through the enitre rhythm section standing on the Launchpad footrests. He also is able to balance and keep going through some slow going on top of the tabletop jumps.
Have a great Saturday...Now get outside and enjoy the day!