Matt Bitz

Matt Bitz


Rapid City, S.D. (Oct. 16, 2017) — Strider Sports Int’l., Inc., the world’s premier balance bike manufacturer is ecstatic about their newest product launch: the Strider 14x Sport Balance Bike. This is a game-changer when it comes to learning to ride. Once the child has mastered using the 14x in balance bike mode, parents can simply attach the Easy-Ride Pedal Kit with one bolt. 


“We’ve established that training wheels and tricycles are obsolete,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO and Founder of Strider Sports. “Balance bikes are the best way to train our children how to ride. We’ve brought the entire learn-to-ride process together into one amazing bike. The Strider 14x Sport Balance Bike with the Easy-Ride Pedal Kit is the only bike you will need to help your child ride with instant success. The 14x is proof that a child, no matter their experience level, can ride a bike in no time and achieve this life-changing milestone. Tested by eager 3- to 7-year-old riders, their input helped us refine it into the best bike possible for a child.”


The 14x Grows with a Child

Designed to grow with the child, the 14x is completely adjustable. With a fully adjustable seat and handlebars, it seamlessly transitions from a balance bike to a pedal bike. The easy transition builds confidence, provides instant success, and means a better value for parents.


The 14x Was Designed for a Proper Fit

Specifically designed for a child’s proportions, shorter crank arms make pedaling easier. Strider also designed the 14x to fit better between the rider’s hips.  Its narrow design gives the child an easier and more powerful pedal stroke. 


The 14x Is Best Way to Teach Riding

The low center of gravity gives a child complete control. Low enough to teach children how to stride and pedal effectively, the 14x allows them to put their feet on the ground whenever they want. The narrow pedals make striding to gain momentum and pedaling with confidence a breeze.


Available in the continental US now in either Fantastic Green or Awesome Blue from Strider Sports ( and Amazon, the new 14x Sport Balance Bike also includes a Learn to Ride – Stride Guide and Learn to Ride – Pedal Guide and will help parents coach their children to stride & pedal successfully. It retails for $209.99.


About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age 18 months – 7 years old, 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 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, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.7 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit, Facebook or Instagram.







Strider Announces 2018 Strider Cup® National Race Series for Toddlers 

Cutest Race in the World Features 2-5 Year Olds Racing Balance Bikes 


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 Rapid City, South Dakota (Sept. 12, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2018 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children.


Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” 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 18 months and 5 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider Riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider 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 this next year:

  • Saturday, May 5: Fort Worth, Texas, in Sundance Square
  • Saturday, May 26: Cleveland, Ohio at the Public Square
  • Saturday, June 16: Seattle, Wash. at the Seattle Center.


This series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 20-21 at Civic Park in Boulder, Colo. This past year’s World Cup hosted over 382 toddlers from 10 different countries. Organizers are expecting over 500 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.


There will be races for 2 - 5-year-olds at each event. Pre-registration will be available January 2018; visit for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.


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, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over obstacles such as tires, water features, and wooden ramps. Parents cheer, run alongside the course as though it were a cross-country race, and coach their little ones to the finish line. 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, “best part was seeing the joy on my child’s face as he got to go down ramps and through tunnels. In every picture he has a huge smile on his face. He is still talking about it and was showing off his trophy to everyone. The whole event was amazing and adorable.”


Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship. Please visit our website at for more information.


About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, 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 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, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.7 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit, Facebook or Instagram.




Riding a bike used to be a favorite activity for kids.  Today though, between smartphones and tablets, video games and the Internet, kids just don’t seem to be riding bikes as much as they used to.  However, the younger you introduce your child to riding, the more apt they’ll be to continue enjoying their bike into their childhood and even into adulthood.  Hands down, Strider Balance Bikes for toddlers are the best way to teach them to ride.  In addition to being a great exercise for kids, balance bikes for toddlers can help turn your child into a Rock Star!  Here are five ways a Strider Balance BIke for your toddler will help turn them into a Rock Star.


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1. Confidence is Key

The hardest part about learning to ride a bike isn’t learning how to pedal, it’s learning how to balance and steer.  Strider Balance Bikes for toddlers help teach them balance and steering by allowing them to propel themselves with their feet.  They learn to steer and lean into turns just like downhill cyclists, BMX riders in a half pipe, or motorcyclists. There’s nothing better than seeing the face of a child when they figure out how to stride.  If there’s one thing Rock Star’s are known for, it’s confidence.


2. Independence Rocks

Once your child learns how to balance and stride on a Strider Balance Bike, they’re part of a larger world.  Your child now has the sense of freedom and independence that comes with two-wheeled transportation.  The freedom that comes from riding a bike will stick with them for the rest of their life. Independence promotes critical thinking skills, which are very important for children. These skills enhance self-esteem and promote the ability to meet any challenging situation with ease and optimism.  Developing independence skills will provide a number of benefits to your children including:

  • A steep rise in confidence level and self-esteem
  • An ability to solve problems that occur in daily life
  • A compassion and love for others
  • An ability to help others, when they are facing problem
  • A better self-image and enthusiasm
  • An increased happiness with themselves.


3. Risk/Reward

Now that your child is a Rock Star and striding all over the place, they’re bound to test the limits of what they can accomplish.  They have confidence in their abilities, they have the independence to go achieve goals they set for themselves, and they have a sense of adventure fueled by their confidence and independence.  Strider Balance Bikes help teach your child about the potential risks and rewards that come with riding.  It’s true, there may be a few scrapes and bruises along the way; however, those scrapes and bruises are lessons for the future. Help them learn those hard lessons now, instead of out on the road in the face of bad influences.


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4. An Amazing Sense of Adventure

Children have a seemingly endless imagination and sense of wonder.  Once your child has the confidence and freedom that come with learning how to ride a Strider Balance Bike, they’re free to explore, to imagine, and to experience the world in a way that was previously limited by their mobility.  We all remember our first bikes and how close they were to our hearts.  We also remember the countless number of adventures we went on with those bikes.  Once your toddler learns to ride on a Strider Balance bike, the door to adventure opens and your child’s imagination lets loose. Like the most successful Rock Stars, your child will know how to take in the sights in all those strange cities between shows and savor the different experiences.


5. They’re Part of the Strider Family

From the first time your child gets on a Strider Balance Bike to the day your child gives one to their child, they’re part of the Strider Family.  Being part of the Strider Family means that you and your children have access to special events all over the country, even across the globe!  Your child’s epicness continues to grow to Rock Star status as they become involved in official Strider events, learn competitiveness, hone their riding skills, and learn the value of good sportsmanship. Being part of the Strider Family means your child is changing the world for the better, one bike at a time, one stride at a time.


Strider Race | Strider Balance BikeAt Strider Sports, we have a passion for riding.  We want to share that passion with the world.  Strider Balance Bikes for toddlers not only introduce them to the world of two-wheeled transportation, but give them the confidence, independence, and ability to explore the world around them.  These things inspire our kids to adventure—real, tangible adventure that they can’t find within the pixels of a smartphone.  The confidence, self-esteem, laughs, giggles, new friends, and sheer fun that come from the Strider Balance Bike for toddlers sticks with them long after they’ve put the Strider away and moved on to a dirt bike, mountain bike, sport bike or motorcycle.  That’s something they’ll take with them for life.

We know what you are thinking. “Wait, what? A balance bike can do all of that?” Yes! The life skill of learning how to balance a bike is one that propels your child in all facets of life, not just when they’re on a seat with the wind in their face. This is what drives our passion at Strider, we love inspiring kids to ride because we know what the power of two wheels can do for your child…it might just make them more than a Rock Star!  



Tricycles Weren't Meant to Teach Bike Riding 

Tricycles | Balance BIkesThe first version of the tricycle was invented in 1680 by a German man named Stephan Farffler.  This version was operated, not by pedaling the feet, but by a series of gears and hand cranks.  The tricycle as we know it today (operated by pedaling) was invented by two Frenchmen – Blanchard and Maguier – in 1789.  The tricycle introduced by Blanchard and Maguier has gone through relatively few changes since its inception.

By contrast, modern commercial toilet paper was introduced in 1857 by Joseph Gayetty.  Watermarked with Gayetty’s name and packaged as Gayetty's Medicated Paper, the product was sold in packages of flat sheets.  Over the last 170 years, our beloved bathroom tissue has gone through significant changes.  Where am I going with all this?  It’s simple.  We’re teaching our children to ride bikes on an invention that is older and has arguably gone through far fewer changes than toilet paper.  So why do parents start their children on something so archaic when we know there’s a better way?

I imagine many of the reasons we keep investing in the idea of the tricycle is because…that’s just how it’s been.  We all look back fondly on those red tricycles with the white handles and think of all the fun we had on them through rose-colored glasses.  What we don’t remember is how cumbersome, hard to turn, and immobile they were.  Before you break out the pitchforks, remember how hard it was to get out of the grass if you veered off the sidewalk into the front lawn?  Or how about how hard it was to pedal long enough to get some momentum going?  Or how about if you took a turn too sharp and tipped over?  Forget about that? Thought so.

Technology keeps improving every day at an almost exponential rate.  Yesterday’s computer is obsolete tomorrow.  Tomorrow’s new cell phone is old news the minute it hits the shelf.  As a culture, we’re so willing to adapt to new gadgets and gizmos that promise to make our lives easier, but why is it that we struggle to adopt a new way of showing our kids a better way to learn how to ride a bike?



Balance Bikes Focus on Fundamentals, Tricycles Don’t

Balance and steering are the fundamentals of operating any two-wheeled vehicle (balance bike, bike, moped, dirt bike, motorcycle).  Learning to pedal a bicycle or tricycle is the easiest part.  The motion is as natural as walking.  So why are we using tools that teach our children what they already know?  The hardest parts about riding a bike, balance and steering, aren't taught on a tricycle.

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Strider® Balance Bikes for toddlers offer a safe, effective, and proven approach for learning how to ride a bike.  By learning the fundamentals first and foremost, your child can learn how to ride at a much earlier age.  While tricycles might seem more stable, they actually have a higher center of gravity than a balance bike.  They tip over easily and your child has much farther to fall.  Balance bikes have a low center of gravity and your child always has two feet right next to the ground to help stabilize them and prevent them from falling.

Because of the way the tricycle is designed, steering is also not quite the same as on a bicycle.  The pedals, which are typically located on the front wheel, make steering limited and create more work for the rider.  To keep the front wheel straight, those little arms must work hard to counter the force being exerted on the pedals while your child pushes with each alternating foot.  So, not only is your child working harder, they’re doing the opposite steering motions needed to learn true balance.

Strider Balance Bikes are the #1 selling balance bike for a reason.  They work.  Tricycles are an outdated solution to a mobility problem (don’t forget, they were invented for adults).  They were never specifically designed to train someone how to ride a bicycle.  In fact, bicycles were invented after tricycles in 1817 by German Baron Karl von Drais.  His Laufmaschine, which is German for “running machine” didn’t have pedals either.  Adults would straddle the bicycle, take long strides to get up to speed, and coast.  Sound familiar? 

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal 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 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.comFacebook or Instagram.


Monday, 21 August 2017 10:44

Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!

It's Our Birthday! Come Celebrate With Us!

Come one, come all to the biggest Birthday Bash Strider has ever thrown!  That’s right, we’re celebrating our 10th Birthday Bash on Saturday, August 26th in our hometown of Rapid City, SD.  Join the party at Main Street Square from 10am to 2pm as we host this free event to the public!  It’s our way of thanking the wonderful people who have supported us for that last 10 years, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it than party!

Bring your rider! Bring their Strider Bike!  Bring their helmet!

strider logos b day bashBe ready to party under the sun!  Check out all the super cool activities we’ll have available:

  • Starting Ramp
  • Small Strider Cup Race Course
  • Crazy Bike Course
  • Pump Track
  • Carnival Games
  • Crazy Adventure Zone
  • Rocker Base Row
  • Strider Art Alley
  • Time Race Course
  • Photo Booths
  • Face Painting
  • Mall Track
  • Cake Booth
  • Tattoo Booth
  • And More!


For the last 10 years, we’ve been teaching toddlers and children around the world how to ride bikes.  Come help us celebrate in the town that started it all!  We would love to see all the little Strider Riders out there who have the same enthusiasm and love of riding that we have at Strider.

In addition to all of the crazy, cool events we have planned, we’ll also have music, shopping, food, games, and more!  So, come on down with your little one and celebrate the Strider way!  Don't worry about parking!  The city parking ramp next to Main Street Square is free on weekends.

Don't forget to bring your bike and your helmet!

Can’t join us in Rapid City for the party? Don’t worry!  There are plenty of other ways to help us celebrate our 10th Birthday Bash.  Be sure to check out our anniversary page to see how you can participate in this monumental milestone!  From our Strider Calendar Contest to the Strider Challenge Contest, there are plenty of ways to show your Strider support and help share the Strider love.