Jackson B. from Pittsburgh is raring to go for his hometown Strider Cup Race in Pittsburgh on May 27.

Jackson’s mother, Donata, heard about Strider Balance Bikes from customers who came into the children's second-hand store where she works. She also asked other moms via social media for recommendations on which brand/style balance bike to buy for his 3rd birthday at the end of January. The Strider Bike was the top choice.Jackson B final.lower res

“We bought the Strider Bike because we wanted him to be able to participate in the race,” she added. “We also liked that the bike went up to age 5 so he can get years of use, not just few months.”

Riding his Strider Bike in the last month has helped the speedy Jackson learn to pace himself.

“Jackson is naturally athletic and coordinated, but often so fast that he gets ahead of himself,” said Donata. “It’s taught him to slow down and learn how to ride without getting impatient. Not having pedals is teaching him how to steer the bike easier.”

“Overall the bike is really teaching him balance and independence, as well as focus and not getting so hyper and frustrated with riding.”

Jackson likes to hop on his Strider Bike every day, whether it’s riding circles inside the house, at a nearby park or around the neighborhood. Donata said they will, “try out the local dirt bike park this spring, and are very excited to be participating in the race.”

A young lad with succinct words, Jackson simply says "I love my bike,” when talking about his Strider.

We’ve heard that before … have you? 

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Friday, 17 February 2017 15:49

Canadian Strider Racers Headed to Pittsburgh

So far, two Canadian kids are signed up for the Strider Cup Race in Pittsburgh on May 27. One is driving more than 9 hours to compete on his Strider Balance Bike. How cool is that! The delicious Pittsburgh perogies aren’t the only reason they’re coming. These two are excited to see how their skills match up with young ones in the Northeast United States.

Riding helps Lucas’ eyes

Lucas G. is registered to compete in the 2-year-old class, and is traveling from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, for the event.lucas2

He received his Strider Bike when he was just 16 months old. His mother Stephanie said, “We chose a Strider Bike because we liked the way the bike was made and the different accessory offerings. They had Kawasaki green, so we knew it was a right fit.”

Lucas rides his Strider Bike at the Wasaga Beach BMX Park and around the neighborhood in warmer temperatures. During the winter months, his parents set up a little course in their basement to help the active tot burn off energy – and practice his skills.

“Riding has helped improve his balance, and also his eyesight,” said Stephanie. “Lucas has had glasses since he was one year old. We feel like the riding has helped him focus and his eyes are getting better.”

What does Lucas say about his Strider Bike? Stephanie shared, “He always wants to ride and says ‘let’s do dirt jumps.’”

So do we!

Strider is “the coolest”

Four-year-old Jared C. from Espanola, ON, received his Strider Bike on his 2nd birthday and says his Strider Bike, “is the coolest.” We agree.

His mother, Felicia C., said, “when I bought him his Strider Bike, all he wanted to do was ride to the park and places and around the house.”

“It’s helped him with his balance,” she added. “He even started riding a two-wheeled pedal bike at three years old, without using training wheels.”Jared Creaser lower res

Asked why she chose a Strider Bike over other brands, Jared’s mom Felicia C. said, “I decided to buy a Strider Bike because I liked the design, how light it was and just the overall set up and attachments you could get.”

The Canadian winters don’t slow down Jared. He rides through the snow with his ski attachment. His family is used to driving for track time. In the winter, they sometimes travel six hours to the Rock City Indoor BMX track in Greenville, MI. In the summer, Jared races at the Milton BMX track in Ontario, a 5-hour drive.

Jared’s family will be traveling more than nine hours to Pittsburgh for the race. They’re also planning to go to the Strider Cup Race in Lincoln, NE, on June 11, and possibly the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City on July 21-22.

Now that’s dedication.

More info on the race is at www.striderbikes.com/pittsburgh

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Monday, 19 December 2016 16:12

Strider Cup - Pittsburgh, PA - May 27th


The second stop of the 2017 Strider Cup Series is Pittsburgh, PA on May 27th! 

Get your STRIDER Riders ready to race and meet us at Southside Works!  

Genuine 12" Strider Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race.

Race Schedule:

Time Ages/Class
9:00am - 10:30am 2 and Under
10:30am - 11:30am 4 Year Olds
11:30am - 12:30pm Special Needs Race
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm - 2:30pm 3 Year Olds
2:30pm - 3:30pm 5 Year Olds

 Race Day packet pickup will be available from 8am to 2pm.


Event Registration:


  • - Online pre-Registration is now OPEN. $25 + service fee Includes a Strider Jersey, Number Plate, and other goodies!
  • - There is no registration race day.
  • Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race. Full Strider Cup race rules HERE.
  • - Online registration closes May 26th, 2017 at 7pm EST

Special Needs Race Registration: Each stop on the 2017 Strider Cup Series will also include races for individuals with special needs toddler to adult! We are working with local Special Olympics groups to get kids involved, but the races are open to any Strider rider with special needs. To register please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Early Packet Pick-Up and Last Chance Registration: 

Early packet pickup and last chance registration will be on Friday night prior to the race. We highly recommend attending (but you're not obligated to) so you can pick up your racer's registration bag with their requested jersey, assigned number plate, and other goodies. This will be on Friday May 26th at DICK'S Sporting Goods (301 South Hills Village #201, Pittsburgh, PA 15241) from 5 pm to 7 pm. We will also be conducting a “Tech Inspection” both then and on race day. For more information regarding Tech Inspection please look HERE.

Please bring your racer, bike, and helmet to packet pickup on Friday. If you are unable to do so we can finalize Tech Inspection on race day. Any concerns would need to be addressed before the child is allowed to race so again we would suggest attending packet pickup on Friday if at all possible. Showing up on Friday also gives us the opportunity to address any issues in a calm non-rushed atmosphere and to tell you what to expect on race day. We would also like to inform you about important times as related to your race class, how the "HEATS" (1st Race) and "MAINS" (2nd Race) will work, and how the awards ceremony will flow.

Please bring the electronic or printed tickets that you will be received after you registered to packet pickup as it will help speed up the process. If you will be checking in, picking up the registration bag and doing Tech Inspection on Saturday (race day) we would recommend doing so at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of your racer's age group.


Hotel Information:  


Courtyard by Marriott West Homestead/Waterfront (401 W Waterfront Dr, Homestead, PA 15120).

Single and double rooms available at discounted rates. Reservations should be called in at 412-462-7301 and mention that you're with the "Strider Sports" group.




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Strider Bikes Announces 2017 Strider Cup® National Race Series for Toddlers
Tiny Strider® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks from Coast to Coast

Rapid City, SD (November 17, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at three stops across the country next spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event next July, the Strider Cup World Championship event.

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 2 and 5 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

You’ll find Strider Cup races in the following cities in 2017:
• Saturday, May 6: Fort Worth, TX, at Sundance Square
• Saturday, May 27: Pittsburgh, PA, at Southside Works
• Saturday, June 10: Lincoln, NE, at Tower Square

The series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 22 at Gallivan Center
in Salt Lake City, UT, where nearly 250 toddlers competed on the custom Strider track in 2016. Organizers are expecting over 400 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.

There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25, and will open in January. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration.
Pre-registration will be available soon; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information. Sponsors for the 2017 events include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, LDS Hospital, FedEx, Amica Insurance, and more.

For the second year in a row, Strider will host races for athletes with special needs at each of the events. These athletes will race the 12” balance bike models, as well as Strider’s new, larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly encouraging their young racers as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.

As one parent put it, “My son loves his Strider Bike and this event has given him a great way to race, go fast, and feel like a big kid without having to navigate pedals.”

Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship. Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.

2017 Strider Cup Race Rules

2017 Strider Cup Weather Policy

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

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What a fun day of STRIDER Championship Series Racing at the Station Square on June 6th; new friends were made, challenges were overcome, and smiles were abundant!

A big shout out goes to all the folks who participated and helped out in the recent race in Pittsburgh, PA! What a great day! Fabulous weather, great venue and tons of enthusiasm from everybody involved.

All of the STRIDER HQ staff that went out to Pittsburgh were amazed at the response and the great vibes that we got from everybody that we met. What a cool city too, with beautiful bike paths, a great bike community, and a neat bike rental system.

Also a big thanks to the fine folks at the Wheel Mill Bike Park for letting us do packet pickup there! While Taylor Swift didn’t make it over to see us on Saturday we still
rocked Station Square! : )

Another big shout out to FedEx for sponsoring the race in Pittsburgh and the upcoming race in Salt Lake City! A special thanks to KIND Snacks and Honey Stinger for the goodies in the swag bags!

Check out the excellent photos from race day on our Flickr page HERE!

2 YEAR OLDS and under

  • 1#218 - Patrick "Paddy" Marsic - PA
  • 2#202 - Kabir Raphael - MD
  • 3

    #216 - Oakley "Oakdawg" Lindner - MD

  • 4

    #226 - Gavin McNulty - PA

  • 5

    #206 - Lily Opitz - PA

  • #221 - Brayden Cooney - PA6

    #224 - Hunter Clayton - NJ7

    #203 - Steven "Buddie" Heagerty - PA8



  • 1#302 - Isshi Komatsu - PA
  • 2#323 - Travis Clayton - NJ
  • 3#311 - Tristen Mieczkowski - PA
  • 4#324 - Jarrett Dearborn - WV
  • 5#317 - Jacob Shafer - PA
  • 6#304 - Connor Clemons - MD
  • 7#316 - Leopold Hossbach - PA
  • 8

    #325 - Finn Lithgow - PA 


Special Needs

  • 1#903 - Kolby Liston - PA
  • 2#902 - Nicholas "Nick" Monteparte - PA
  • 3#801 - Dante Hoffman - PA
  • 4#802 - Matthias "Matti" Shelton - PA
  • 5#805 - Nydia "Yaya" Deeter - PA
  • 6
  • #804 - Eric Jackson - PA



  • 1#419 - Eddy Hosack - PA
  • 2#403 - Christopher "Chris" Opitz - PA
  • #409 - Declan "Diamond Cutter" Sims - PA
  • 4#415 - Giovanni Riccelli - PA
  • 5#405 - Jackson Donahue - PA
  • 6#407 - Bradyn Stanley - PA
  • 7

    #404 - Evan Wood - PA

  • 8

    #422 - Ryan Craig - PA


5 Year Olds

  • 1#505 - Eito "EITO!" Tokunaga - IL
  • 2#502 - Leo Sicilia - PA
  • 3

    #504 - Max Klaich - PA

  • 4

    #512 - Coleman Hixenbaugh - PA

  • 5

    #503 - Jacob Andreyo - PA

  • #501 - Alaina Shea - PA6

    #508 - Raymond "Ray" Valentine Lanza - PA7

    #506 - Tommy "Tommy Gun" Guenther - PA8

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The third stop of the STRIDER Championship Series is Pittsburgh, PA on June 6th! 

Join us at Station Square and get your STRIDER Riders ready to race!


STRIDER Racing Rules Can Be Found HERE!


Race Schedule:

Time Ages/Class
9am - 10:30am 2 and Under
10:30am - Noon 3 Year Olds
Noon - 12:30pm Lunch/Break
12:30pm - 1:30pm Special Needs
1:30pm - 2:30pm 4 Year Olds
2:30pm - 3:30pm 5 Year Olds


Event Registration: Includes a STRIDER Jersey, Number Plate, and other goodies!

  • - Pre-Registration is now over.  You may still register on site for $35.
  • - On-site registration will be available starting at 8am and ending 30 minutes prior to each race time - $35 (STRIDER jersey size and color subject to availability)
  • Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race

Special Needs Race Registration: Each stop on the 2015 STRIDER Championship Series will also include races for individuals with Special Needs. We are working with local Special Olympics groups to get kids involved, but the races are open to any STRIDER Rider with Special Needs. To register please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • - 8 and under class on 12" STRIDER Bikes
  • - 8 and under class on STRIDER 16 Sport Bikes
  • - 9 and older class on STRIDER 16 Sport Bikes
  • - 9 and older class on STRIDER 20 Sport Bikes

Packet Pick Up: Packet Pick Up:Friday, June 5th from 6pm to 8pm will be at theWheel Mill Bike Park at 6815 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208. Early pick up is not obligatory, but will help speed things along on race day.  If you don't plan on picking your packet up on Friday night please make sure that you're at least 30 minutes early for your scheduled race time.


Bring your STRIDER Bike along and get into the Wheel Mill Bike Park for only $8.00



Hotel of choice: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square 300 W Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219




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