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!
Who isn’t aware of the big football game in February? Let’s see, I think it is called the Superbowl and it is being held in New Jersey. Yes, it is a big deal. AND, for all of you sport fanatics out there, we could also mention the Winter Olympics are in Sochi in February 2014. Yes, this also is a pretty big deal. While these huge events will provide us all with some hours of great television viewing - will they inspire you?
In June, months after these two events have passed, an event like no other will also be held in New Jersey! An inspiring and impactful sporting event!!
The Special Olympics USA Games are coming, and I would like to invite you to join us at Strider as we follow these true champions this year. With more than 70,000 spectators, the Special Olympics USA Games will have as many people in attendance as were at Super Bowl XLII. And with 3500 athletes competing in this National Event, it is holding its own compared to 5000 athletes from all over the globe in Sochi for the Winter Olympics. It is also… a BIG deal!! With 4,000,000 Special Olympics participants worldwide there will be events going on daily.
It is not only the size of the games that is the story, but rather, that these athletes will amaze and inspire you.
Here at Strider we are committed to learning about, and finding inspiration from this tremendous group of athletes. We are excited to be participating by hosting a STRIDER Adventure Zone at the Young Athletes Festival that is a part of the Games in New Jersey. Join us in our journey and learn more about Special Olympics this year by liking our STRIDER Bikes Special Needs Facebook page for updates and great stories leading up to the games this summer.
If you are already a fan, a participant, or a Special Olympics supporter, we would love to hear your stories and see your pictures. Help us spread the word!
Ok you little snow STRIDER riders, we want to see your best STRIDER Ski photo. We are well aware that most of the country is frozen or under a blanket of snow so grab Mom and Dad’s iPhone or camera! Do they still make cameras?
Start taking pictures (or have Mom or Dad take them for you) of you and your buddies slipping around your home town, parks, and playgrounds on your snow STRIDER (please don’t limit your photos to just these places we want creativity). What?! You don’t know what a Snow STRIDER is or where to get one? Check them out HERE.
Ok now that we took care of the newbie’s...we can continue. This is a contest and yes, there are prizes for the top three photos! Photos must be submitted by January 24th and winnners will be announced January 31st. Read below for the prizes and Rules.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (voted on by the Strider staff.
1st prize –“Customize your Stride” That’s right! Your choice of wheels and grips plus a customized Strider book and a pocket bike, whew! That’s a lot of swag.
2nd prize- Strider Color grips, customized Strider book, and pocket bike
3rd prize – Customized Strider Book and pocket Bike
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!
We're pretty proud of working together to get these graphic wrap bikes out in time for Christmas. We've been pulling some late nights with all of the staff and even getting a hand from some high school family members looking to earn some extra cash for an upcoming missions trip.
Now, the brand new custom STRIDER wraps have been highlighted on the Cycle News: Product Showcase! Contact your local Tucker Rocky dealer to snag one of these bad boys before they're all gone.
Give us a call 605-342-0266 if you're interested in exploring the custom wrap possibilities with your brand. Minimum orders of 30 bikes with quantity price breaks.