Strider™ Balance Bikes To Roll Into the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play
Strider Adventure Zone To Teach Toddlers and Kids How To Ride On Two Wheels!
Rapid City, SD (Sept. 9, 2013) — Strider Sports Intl. Inc, the world’s premier no-pedal balance bike manufacturer, in conjunction with USA BMX, will host an Outdoor Adventure Zone at Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play on the Nethermead at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 21 from 10 AM – 4 PM.
The Strider Adventure Zone features STRIDER test rides and opportunities for kids of all ages to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding on two wheels. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrains and obstacles. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, the STRIDER balance bike models are perfect for children aged 18 months to ten years. STRIDER bikes and helmets will be provided.
Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play is a day full of activities, games, sports, music and PLAY! For more information, go to http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/road-to-wwdop.
Here are the Top 3 photos as chosen by the STRIDER staff for August 2013! We loved all of the entries for August so it was hard narrowing it down to these 3...go check all of them out for yourself on our Flickr page.
If you were a winner make sure to check your email inbox for instructions on using your gift certificate. If you weren't chosen or didn't enter, head over to the blog for instructions on entering for September!
1st Place August
2nd Place August
3rd Place August
Rapid City, SD aka STRIDERville is quickly becoming known for the amazing biking right in the city and all over the Black Hills. This fun video from the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association features our very own Kent Jacobs and his daughter Alexa!
If you're ever in the area make sure to bring your bike along.
For now, get outside and enjoy your local trails with your STRIDER rider!
There are a few things in a first time parent’s life that we are always excited for, yet wary of. Teaching a child how to swim, how to read, how to add two numbers together - these things come so naturally to us we almost don’t remember the time we didn’t know how to do them. So when it came time to teach my daughter how to ride a bike, I was an odd mix of eager and terrified. I had no idea what to do.
After tons of research I finally decided on a Strider bike. I admit I was skeptical with all the claims of how easy it was – my daughter tends to be timid and reserved when trying new things, rather than bold and daring.
She was 2 ½ when it arrived and though I was immediately impressed with how well it was built I was quite intimidated. I remember standing there, holding the bike with my daughter next to me, thinking, well…now what? So I just put it on the ground and showed her where to put her hands, where to sit, how to walk forward on it. She did the rest herself. I stayed back and watched as my daughter taught herself how to glide on this bike.
Within a week she was keeping up with us, coasting down hills and making turns as if the bike was an extension of herself. I was impressed, yet still skeptical. Sure, she could ride a Strider, but what about when I have to teach her how to pedal?
She was 5 when she finally outgrew her little Strider. Remembering the trauma and torn knees and fear and tears of my own bike training experience, I put off teaching her a pedal bike as long as possible. One day I finally broke down and took my daughter to a bike trail near our house.
I hopped out of the car, pretending to be far more confident than I was, and strapped on her helmet. I put the bike on the ground and had her straddle it. Immediately all my research failed me. I stood there for several seconds, terrified and inadequate. I honestly had no idea how to teach my daughter to ride a bike.
Then I found myself saying, “Just pretend it’s your Strider, and when you start coasting, put your feet on the pedals.”
Let me take a break in this narrative to say that I went into this experience expecting a certain outcome based on my experience as a child. I expected blood loss and weeping. I expected scars and screams, I expected to run beside her holding the seat, I expected the entire process to take months.
But what actually happened was I took my husband’s hand and watched as my daughter taught herself to ride a bike.
She never fell down once. She had learned how to catch herself on the Strider and it translated easily to a bigger bike. She never found herself losing balance for any reason other than an inability to quickly locate the pedals with her feet. There were no tears, no crying, no running beside the bike while struggling to keep her upright. I never even touched the bike. Within 15 minutes she was riding several feet at a time and it was, overall, such an enjoyable experience that she is going to miss out on many linguistic tropes in her life. So many metaphors in English are centered around how hard it is to learn to ride a bike – but thanks to Strider, for my daughter, learning to ride a bike was as hard as learning how to eat Cheerios.
I am, now, finally, convinced. I will never own another first bike for my children than a Strider and will be recommending them to everyone I know.
By the way, after 3 years we resold her little pink Strider to another child just learning to bike. Aside from slight wear on the seat, it looked almost brand new.
Thank y'all, you've made this mama very, very happy.
Officially Licensed Redline STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes Give Toddlers A Head Start On Riding
Rapid City, SD (August 28, 2013) — Building on the worldwide success of the original STRIDER bike (over 600,000 sold to date), the new Special Edition Redline STRIDER brings the best in the world of BMX to tomorrow’s racing and freestyle stars.
The Redline STRIDER bike is a revolutionary developmental tool for very young children aged 18 months to five years. At just 6.7 pounds, it is lightweight and easy to control. The adjustable seat and handlebars help accommodate a growing child.
Choose between bright red and blue Redline models, featuring the official logos and number plate of the famous BMX company. The bikes will be made available worldwide early November through both Strider Bike and Seattle Bike Supply distributors. The latest STRIDERS give children the look of their favorite Redline riders like Olympic Silver Medalist, Sam Willoughby, and Dew Tour Champion, Brandon Dosch.
A study by the University of South Dakota with three to five-year-old children concluded that participants benefited from using a STRIDER bike by improving their balance. The researchers demonstrated STRIDERS to be a safer alternative than using training wheels for learning to ride and discovering the world on two wheels.
“The new Redline STRIDER is a natural fit for us after being involved with BMX racing for the past three years through our Strider Racing program,” says Ryan McFarland, Founder of Strider Bikes. “It’s amazing to see kids get the thrill of being on the track for the first time. We know the Redline STRIDERS will bring that joy to more children at USA BMX tracks and bike parks around the country!”
Seattle Bike Supply Marketing Manager Dirk Sorenson adds, “We are very excited to work with Strider. Combining our Redline BMX heritage with Strider’s surefire system to develop young riders, made an enormous amount of sense to us.”
Redline® is a trademark of Seattle Bike Supply Inc. and used under license. This product is manufactured by Strider Sports International, Inc. and is a Redline Officially Licensed Product.
To learn more about the Redline STRIDER,visit http://www.StriderBikes.com/bikes/co-branded/Redline.
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About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed worldwide. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.
About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
If your toddler can walk, your toddler can rider a STRIDER™. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at http://www.StriderBikes.com.
About Redline Bicycles
Redline bicycles is dedicated to cycling on dirt, in mud, and on the street.
We got our start in 1974 by reinventing the BMX race fork when we released the first tubular chromoly design to the market. Rooted in BMX, our design succeeds in building bikes that best transfers control and power from rider to dirt. This design focus has led to breakout bikes in the Cyclo-cross and Mountain bike categories. The bottom line is we love riding in the dirt and that passion is found in the bikes and accessories we build. Ride the winning line, Redline bicycles. Find out more at http://www.Redlinebicycles.com/.
About Seattle Bike Supply
Seattle Bike Supply, an Accell Group Company, is one of the United States’ largest cycling specific parts and accessories distributors. Seattle Bike Supply (SBS) serves the independent bike shop by providing rapid access to hundreds of cycling’s top brands. SBS serves the retailer with an online ordering system, expert in-house sales staff , a custom-wheel service, and a distribution system to serve all US independent bicycle retailers. SBS owns Redline Bicycles, Torker Bicycles, and Pryme Protective Gear. Additionally, SBS is the exclusive US distributor for XLC, Basil, WeThePeople, and MacNeil. For more information, please contact Dirk Sorenson, Marketing Manager at 425-251-1516 ext. 1211 or visit www.seattlebikesupply.com.
Not too far from Boise, you'll find the sports oriented town of Eagle, Idaho! Eagle Foothills BMX is located On the edge of town at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains. If you're in the area and haven't checked it out with your STRIDER rider, you should...the track is always open!
2. Race Day: Tuesday Sign-ups: 5:30pm-6:30pm Racing: ASAP Practice Day: Whenever, the track is always open.
4. STRIDER race/practice fee? No fees for non-point races, $5 race fee for point races. Practice is free and always open!
5. Why did you build a STRIDER track? So the younger riders would have an activity at the races. The regular track is very long and developed so this gives the toddlers an alternative area to develop skills and not be in danger of not being seen by the older riders.
6. The track was completed in 2010 and took about a 1/2 day to build. Unsure what the costs were because it was built at the same time as the new main track.
7. Space and Materials? Plot Size: 40 x 150, Yards of dirt: 40
8. Track Layout? Total course length: 200 feet, Starting hill width: 10 ft (on the list to be widened), Straightaway width: 12 feet. The track consists of rollers, 3 jumps (3-4 ft high), and 1 berm at the turn around.
9. Special Features: It sits within the main track
10. Overall Experience: The STRIDER program seems to be growing more and more every year. We are developing new riders and the 5 novie class has been expanded as riders have moved up.
11. Special Events: Olympic Day, Race for Life, Redline Cup Qualifier, State Championship Qualifier
4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Mitchell Jervis - ST Catherines, ON CAN
2 Payton Robinson - Findlay, OH
3 Mitchell Lukemire - Columbus, OH
4 Maxwell Lukemire - Columbus, OH
5 Izabella Smith - Louisville, KY
7 Rebekah Marsh - Barberton, OH
7 Madison Whitehead - Davison, MI
8 Dylan LaPierre - Romulus, MI
3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Callum Crouch - Mount Brydges, ON CAN
2 Isobel Boorom - Team Iron Pony Motorsports - Delaware, OH
3 Jacob Whitehead - Davison, MI
2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Jackson "Jack Attack" Pochmara - Team Motor City BMX - Lake Orion, MI
2 Gavyn Bennett - Lansing, MI
3 Olive Chapman-King - Lansing, MI
4 Gunnar Trimolt - Team ZMX Racing - Munster, IN
5 Matt McDonald - Lewis Center, OH
6 Daegan Truhan - Toledo, OH
7 Dreydon Vasquez - Romulus, MI
8 Ella Gabryel - The Nationals - Allenton, MI
We recently sold bike number 595,974 and it may have been sold in Thailand, one of our newer distributors.
It doesn't matter where you're from, the STRIDER is cross-cultural!
Now get out and enjoy some time on your bike...no matter where you are!
Thank You everyone who entered photos for the July STRIDER Calendar Contest! It was yet again another month of amazing entries. Remember, if you aren't in the top 3, keep snapping pics and enter every month! Head over to the August submission post for rules and regulationss to enter for this month.
If you were a winner, Congratulations! Be on the lookout for an email with information about your product voucher.
Here are the top 3. Click through to the Flickr set below (or here) to see all the entries.
1st Place July
2nd Place July
3rd Place July
Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride Through Colorado with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros at Each of The Race’s Finish Festivals August 19-25
Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2013) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, in conjunction with the Axel Project, is bringing Strider Racing® to downtown Denver on August 25 and Adventure Zones to each stage of the USA Pro Challenge, August 19-25.
The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives toddlers one to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrain and obstacles.
People can find an Adventure Zone at each stage along the USA Pro Challenge route, as well as during the opening weekend festival in Aspen. Dates and locations include: Aspen, August 18 (opening weekend); Aspen, August 19; Breckenridge, August 20; Steamboat Springs, August 21; Beaver Creek, August 22; Vail, August 23; Fort Collins, August 24; and downtown Denver for the finish on August 25.
On Sunday, August 25, the Adventure Zone will transform into the STRIDER race course. Tiny two-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11 a.m., followed by the thrilling three-year-olds at noon. The four and five-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. Families may register their STRIDER riders on site. No registration fee required.
The USA Pro Challenge currently holds the record as the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the world’s top athletes will race 600 miles through the majestic Rockies — reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure — more than two miles in elevation.
Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The USA Pro Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Racing and the mission of the Axel Project. Showcasing Strider Racing next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!”
For more information, visit www.StriderBikes.com or www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com