2018 Strider Rider Customs - Builder Spotlight: Rick Fairless of Strokers Dallas
Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.
I was born in Dallas, Texas and was raised and still live in the Dallas suburb of Irving. My brother Randy (he’s 11 months younger and a big shot attorney in Houston) and I were raised on motorcycles and started riding bikes at 7 years old. At the ripe young age of 19, I went to work for my great uncle who owned a chain of paint stores called Roach Paint Company, which later became Glidden Paint Co. After 20 years in the paint business, and never missing a day of work, I retired as the #1 Sales Rep in the country for the Glidden Paint Company!
My passion in life was, and still is, custom motorcycles. I kept hoping that someone would open a big-time custom motorcycle shop in Dallas so I could buy cool, custom parts from guys like Arlen Ness and Pat Kennedy. Then I thought, why can’t that guy be me?
So, in 1996 I opened Strokers Dallas. Two years later, I opened up my bar & grill next door called Strokers Ice House. On any normal Saturday or Sunday 500 to 1000 bikes pass through my doors! The live music is playing, the girls are selling ice-cold beer, and the bikes are roaring in and out... It’s freakin’ AWESOME! Our property is 2.5 acres located deep in the heart of Dallas, Texas, only a few miles from downtown! I can truly say that I am the luckiest boy in the world, living my dream every day, 8 days a week!
The Strokers Dallas team designed our Strider Rider Custom as a mini take on one of my personal bikes, with fine fabrication and psychedelic paint.
Rick's 2018 Custom Strider Rider
About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast
The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.
2018 Strider Rider Customs
Top Motorcycle Builders Customized 7 Strider Bikes for The Flying Piston Organization.
Brace Yourself for Some Serious Eye Candy.
Customized by top motorcycle builders and coordinated by Marilyn Stemp of The Flying Piston organization, these 7 Strider Bikes became works of art, inspiring the next generation of riders while transporting current motorcyclists back to their childhood memories of falling in love with two wheels.
The collection resides with The Flying Piston organization and is featured at the legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD. The custom Strider Bikes will also tour across the US at multiple events and shows where they'll be exhibited.
Rick Fairless | Strokers Dallas
Jody Perewitz | Perewitz Cycle Fab
Kirk Taylor | Custom Design Studios
Pat Patterson | Led Sled
Bryan Fuller | Fuller Moto
Paul Yaffe | Bagger Nation
Motorcycle Missions | www.Motorcycle-Missions.org
Special Education Teacher Receives Strider Inspiration Award During Sturgis Rally
Hall of Fame Breakfast Among Various Rally Events Featuring Strider
Rapid City, S.D. (August 14, 2018) – In front of an audience of over 1,000 attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame Breakfast, a passionate Ryan McFarland, founder and chief enthusiast officer of Strider Bikes, presented the 2018 Strider Inspiration Award to high school educator, Amy Speidel. Serving as the title sponsor of the breakfast, Strider Bikes awarded its second annual Strider Inspiration Award to Speidel, a special education teacher at Rapid City Central High School.
Strider Founder Ryan McFarland presenting the Strider Inspiration Award to Amy Speidel
Strider recognized Speidel for incorporating Strider 20 Sport Balance Bikes into her high school classroom, utilizing them for the physical and cognitive development of her students. While their initial use was intended to focus on physical development, the bikes became a transformative tool for the students.
“Kids who I never thought would be on a bike at all, are now doing it every day,” noted Speidel. “We use them for recreation, social skills, community skills, physical therapy, adaptive PE, language development and behavior interventions. They’re incredible."
On hand for the presentation was a student of Speidel’s, Grady Leonard, who progressed from an oversized tricycle to independently pedaling on two wheels after learning on a Strider. He plans to learn to ride a motorcycle by the end of the year, a goal that received loud cheers and applause from the motorcycle enthused audience.
Grady Leonard riding a Strider 20 Sport
Inspired by Speidel’s thought to include Striders inside the classroom to enhance students’ lives, McFarland sought to grow this model throughout the country, beginning with kindergarten classrooms.
“Our vision is to ensure all children, regardless of their race, gender, physical ability, socioeconomic background or other factors, can ride a bike before entering first grade,” stated McFarland. “To achieve this, we have created the 501(c)(3), Strider Education Foundation, designed to teach kindergartners to ride using the Kindergarten PE Program.
Launched in 2017, the Strider Education Foundation is a registered nonprofit focused on transforming lives with riding. One program of the Foundation is the Kindergarten PE Program, teaching kindergartners to ride safely and confidently as part of their PE classes. Schools across the United States are being adopted by donors to bring this program to schools at no cost.
The Hall of Fame Breakfast was one of several rally events featuring Strider. On Sunday, custom Strider Bikes built by for the Flying Piston organization were debuted at the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast followed by an appearance at the Buffalo Chip Industry Party. Seven Strider Bikes were customized by notable bike builders including Jody Perewitz of Cycle Fab, Rick Fairless of Strokers Dallas and Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation and donated to The Flying Piston. The collection was also featured at the Legends Ride, Biker Belle’s event and the Hall of Fame Breakfast. More information about the 2018 Strider Rider Customs can be found HERE.
On Tuesday evening, young rally-goers took to the track as 3- and 4-year-olds raced their Strider 12 Bikes at the American Flat Track Races held at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City. Approximately 30 racers took to the dirt track racing in two heats. Three toddler two-wheeling phenoms took home trophies as large as they were while the other riders received medals for their racing efforts. Along with racing their own bikes, all of the participants were treated to a free admission along with their family to take in the Flat Track Races.
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.
About Strider Education Foundation
The Strider Education Foundation is a US-based, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2017. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, schools and government entities that share in its values of changing the world by inspiring and creating bike riders. The Foundation, supported through private donations and Strider Sports International, provides two-in-one conversion bikes, educational curriculum, and monetary resources to organizations and public institutions committed to teaching the transformative lifetime skill of riding a bike in a structured setting.
Title Sponsor Strider Presents Inspiration Award at Sturgis Hall of Fame Breakfast
Announces Strider Education Foundation
Rapid City, SD (August 23, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, was the presenting sponsor for the 2017 Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame induction ceremonies held on August 9 in conjunction with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. To kick off the ceremonies, its founder, Ryan McFarland, presented the Strider Inspiration Award to David Drolc, age 10. Despite having Down syndrome, David learned to balance and ride on a Strider 12” balance bike, and most recently, on a motorcycle. Upon watching David master a motorcycle on the large screen video, over 800 leather-clad motorcycle enthusiasts jumped to their feet with a standing ovation for the young man receiving the Inspiration Award.
“Strider is changing the paradigm of how kids learn to ride and setting the new standard for how young children explore the world on two wheels and ultimately make their own history,” says McFarland. “To that end, we just announced the formation of a non-profit, the Strider Education Foundation, whose mission is to inspire new riders of all abilities to a life of two-wheeled adventures for years to come. Someday, these kids may be future inductees into the Sturgis Museum's Hall of Fame.”
For more information about the Strider Education Foundation, to donate, or to inquire about a Strider Education Foundation donation for an organization, please visit www.StriderEducationFoundation.org.
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children ages 18 months – 5 years, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate the fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning, and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.7 million bikes which are distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.
About The Museum
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame's mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of motorcycling; honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle; and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Our vision is to continue as a world-class museum offering comprehensive and educational exhibits and showcasing rare and unusual motorcycles significant to our history and our sport. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame stands out because of the fact that we not only document the history of the machines, we document the history of the people who have shaped and changed the sport and lifestyle. This will be a resource and inspiration for future generations. Honor the Ride… Build the Legacy!
With one of the biggest gatherings of motorcycle enthusiasts in the world right in Striderville's back yard; We have decided to take on the Sturgis Rally by storm this year with booths set up in 3 different locations! One beside the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum on Main Street, at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground, and right down the road at Black Hills Harley Davidson. People may not realize that learning to ride on a STRIDER teaches not only the balance needed for riding a bicycle, but for riding a motorcycle as well. There are plenty of families eager to pass on their love of biking, (of any kind) and a STRIDER is the perfect tool to do so. If you happen to be cruising by the Rally this year, stop by to say hi and be the first so see some of our new products that have yet to be publicly released!
Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes Will Be All Over Town During The Biggest Motorcycle Week
Rapid City, SD (July 22, 2013) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, will have their top-selling bikes at various locations during the 73rd Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally August 1-11, 2013.
Come see why STRIDER® No-Pedal balance bikes are the fastest, safest, and easiest way to teach toddlers as young as 18 months to discover the world on two wheels.
Find STRIDER bikes at the following locations throughout the week:
- Black Hills Harley Davidson ®: August 3rd through 10th from 10am – 8pm daily
- CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip: August 1st through 11th from 9am – 9pm daily
- Sturgis Motorcycle Museum: August 1st through 10th, 10am – 8pm daily
STRIDER bikes will also be donated for the benefit auctions following the Legends Ride on Monday, August 5, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductions held Wednesday, August 7, at 9:00am at The Lodge in Deadwood.
By using a STRIDER bike, young riders from 18 months to 5 years get to experience the fun and freedom of riding a bike without relying on restrictive training wheels or tricycles.
Sturgis, South Dakota is the center of the motorcycle universe for one week every summer and STRIDER will be right in the middle of the Main Street madness. The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally is the experience of a lifetime in a place where local people can still show you a thing or two about hospitality and visiting exhibitors can show you anything and everything needed for a true motorcycle lover.
“The 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally literally hits close to home for us at Strider headquarters,” says Ryan McFarland, Founder of Strider. “Our main offices are located only a quick 25 mile ride down I-90 from Sturgis. We are well aware of the history behind the rally and are honored to be a part of the event this year. Our popular no-pedal bikes are the perfect way to keep the passion for riding alive for the next generation.”
1. I love old cars, specifically 33-39 Chevys.
2. I bought my first motorcycle at 17, and I didn’t know how to ride it. My mom took me to the dealership. My boyfriend had to ride it home.
3. My husband and I own a 40 ft, 1963 school bus that we did a full conversion on. Willie G Davidson even signed the ceiling during the Sturgis Rally last year!!!
4. I grew up on a farm and walked beans and picked rock for spending money every Summer.
5. My husband and I have remodeled 3 houses so far.
6. I love to travel anywhere, anytime, any method.
7. My dream vacation is riding motorcycles through Norway and Sweden.
8. My grandmother and grandfather on my mom’s side were 1st generation American Swedes. That makes me ½ Swede, don’t cha know.
9. I learned kidney stones can be deadly; I got E. Coli blood poisoning last year from one and spent 6 days in the hospital.
10. I have a foster sister with Down Syndrome. Her name is Amy Jo, she is 43 and has been part of my family since she was 5.
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