Breakthrough Way to Teach Young Kids to Bike this Summer

Children are becoming two-wheeling virtuosos before they’re out of diapers

14x Sport in Balance and Pedal Bike versions

 

Rapid City, S.D. (May 22, 2018) - Forget tricycles and forget training wheels. Toddlers and kindergarteners can be riding two-wheel bikes this summer, unassisted, alongside their older siblings and parents.

 

Indeed, the perennial summertime dilemma, “How do I teach my child to ride a bike?” has finally been solved. The innovative solution is a patented 2-in-1 bike that teaches balance first, and only later focuses on pedaling.

 

“Every child now has the ability to bike before entering first grade,” says inventor Ryan McFarland, CEO and Chief Enthusiast at Strider Bikes. “In the world of kids’ bikes, this marks a turning point.”

 

McFarland and his Strider Bike team, who’ve been helping little riders learn to bike since 2007, recognized that toddlers are capable of mastering balance well before their leg muscles are ready to meet the demands of pedaling.

 

With the newly introduced 2-in-1 Strider 14x Sport Balance Bike, Strider now offers a bike that arrives in balance bike mode and includes a separate pedal-kit to attach once a child has gained confidence and coordination balancing on the bike.

 

 

Other details of the Strider 14x that make it the ideal learn-to-ride bike for children include increasing the bike’s stability, making the seat and handlebars fully adjustable, making it easier for the child to turn the pedals once attached, and keeping the ratio of the bike’s weight to the child’s weight at a point where children using the bike can effortlessly control it.

 

“Even if your children have never previously straddled a bike, they will be able to balance and pedal proficiently with independence and confidence long before they return to school in the fall,” McFarland says.

 

The Strider 14x is designed for kids ages 3 to 7 years old. In addition to the 2-in-1 bike, each 14x Sport includes a “Learn To Ride – Stride Guide” and “Learn To Ride –  Pedal Guide,” providing parents a proven instructional method to ensure riding success for their child.

 

“Before entering first grade is a critical time in the lives of our children when parents can inspire them to choose healthy, fun and empowering activities,” McFarland says. “Bicycling is a great way to peel children away from their mobile devices and screens and get them engaged in outdoor activities.”

 

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

Published in Press Releases
Friday, 02 March 2018 18:49

The Great Grandzoopula Run

 

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While walking along,

I came upon a peculiar sight.

I saw my friend riding around,

on a pedal-less bike.

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How can I learn

to ride on a bike?

Do you think

it’s something I’ll like?

 

Learn on a Strider,

a bike without pedals!

Learn on a Strider,

and race for a medal!

 

There’s fun to be done

When riding your bike.

It’s much more fun

than riding a trike.

 

Because a Strider Bike

is the best way to learn

striding, riding, and biking

at every turn.

 

It’s easy, you’ll see!

Take one step,

two steps,

then step number three.

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Ride up the ramps

and ride down the hills

past the Boozlebamps and Frampulabills.

 

You’ll be striding in no time,

funtastic and free.

 

Because a Strider Bike

is the best way to learn

striding, riding, and biking

at every turn.

 

Ride around hills,

mountains, and tracks.

Just be sure to make time

for a Snargunkle snack.

 

Your day isn’t over.

It’s only just begun.

Because now is the time

for the Grandzoopula Run!

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Kids all come

from lands far and wide,

to race and make friends

while learning to ride.

 

Everyone lines up,

with helmets on snug.

3, 2, 1 and GO!

Take off like a Zamperbanck Bug!

 

Speeding through turns,

you and new friends

bounce over bumps

and race to the end.

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After the race,

we all celebrate.

Racing is fun

and new friends are great.

 

Because a Strider Bike

is the best way to learn

striding, riding, and biking

at every turn.

 

Published in Stuff and Whatnot

Use code "HRTSTRIDE" to donate $20.00 from your purchase to Heart Strides!

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We're teaming up with our friends from Another Mother Runner to donate a portion of sales to the amazing charity Heart Strides! When you spend $89.99 or more (through December 31st) on the Strider website and use the promo code HRTSTRIDE you'll get free shipping and $20 from your purchase will be donated to Heart Strides. Their mission is to provide new running shoes for Moms caring for children that are critically ill or have a special need.

A lot of you (parents of Strider riders) are avid outdoor enthusiasts; runners, bicyclists, or both. Sometimes just getting out and exercising is what's most needed.

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...in the midst of chaos, running allows me

to be who I want to be for my son,

leaving the stress and worry of things that

I can't fix for him on the pavement.  - E.C., Heart Strides Mom

 

Head over and check out Another Mother Runner (Psssttt...they're giving away 3 STRIDER Bikes), Donate some money to our friends at Heart Strides, and don't forget to use promo code HRTSTRIDE at checkout to have $20 of your purchase support a great cause!

 

#StrideOn #AMRstrides

 

Published in Pay It Forward

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AblePlay Endorsement of Strider Camp Shows Benefits for Children of All Abilities


Rapid City, SD (May 26, 2015) –  Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce its Strider Camp, a five session Learn-to-Ride curriculum, has been highly rated by AblePlay as a “Great Find” that helps children with disabilities develop balance, coordination, and other valuable developmental skills. Recognized for their innovation, safety, and ease-of-use, STRIDER® Bikes join an elite list of products reviewed and rated by AblePlay.

“We evaluated the program under AblePlay “Great Finds,” as Strider Camp is not a toy, but a teaching tool to help kids learn to ride a bike inclusively and independently. Kids are having fun while working on their skills to ride a bike”, stated Ahren Hoffman, CTRS and Manager of Industry Relations & Partnerships for the National Lekotek Center. “Strider Camp received checkmarks in all five of the developmental categories—we were thrilled to award Strider Camp such high marks!” said Hoffman.

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AblePlay is an online resource at www.ableplay.org that provides comprehensive research, ratings, and reviews on toys and products that are a good fit for children of all abilities. By providing concise, insightful reviews, AblePlay helps parents choose from among the thousands of toys for children.

The Strider Camp evaluation was conducted by Lekotek Certified professionals who have degrees and experience in special education, child life, therapeutic recreation, or other therapy disciplines. The AblePlay seal represents the quantifiable rating by disability category. The ratings concluded the Strider Camp, along with the STRIDER Bikes,promoted key developmental processes, including “action concepts, core strengthening, stability, coordinated movement, gross motor skills, balance, and self-esteem.”

“Our main mission is to give kids of all abilities the chance to experience the joy of riding a bike,” stated Ryan McFarland, Founder and CEO of Strider Sports International, Inc. “We are honored to be recognized by AblePlay and excited about the opportunity this gives us to share the Strider story with a new world of moms, dads, and young families. This endorsement of Strider Camp shows our training methods and our bikes are perfect tools for building confidence and bringing the thrill of the riding experience to children of all abilities.”

To see the STRIDER Bikes in action with kids of all abilities, visitwww.StriderBikes.com/special-needs-bikes.

Published in In The News