I know that we tell you guys all the time that we love getting reviews, testimonials, photos and videos from our fans. Facebook is one great way to keep in touch allowing us to combine all of the before-mentioned things we love in one place.
The testimonials that we get are especially great. They allow us to know what we're doing right and how we can improve and are usually very informative. We always like hearing stories about how your children are progressing.
Ryan, our Strider founder and chief enthusiast, just ran across an old testimonial that we thought should be hightlighted. I'll let it speak for itself:
"You Strider guys are awesome!" - Travis
Keep it coming!
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing kids take their first steps on their new Strider! We know that a lot of kids got a Strider for Christmas and we'd love to see and hear your stories.
Below is a great video we found of Violet (Almost 2) on YouTube and her first attempts at what appears will be a very successful future of Strider Riding.
Warning: Great review followed by a video with some nasty trike/training wheel crashes.
"We bought two Striders for our 2.5 year old twins who had been really struggling with trying to peddle a tricycle. Within a couple of days they were zipping down the slight incline on our gravel driveway, and really balancing with no adult training required.
We saw them crash many times trying to negotiate riding a tricycle, but they really learned to balance quite easily on the Strider bike. It is well and thoughtfully engineered, strong, but light in weight for small kids.
5 out of 5 stars! Highly recommended!!!!" -- (Jay in Ohio)
...of a Strider racer!
Found some cool photos of Nick this week, he is a Strider racer/rider from Washington State. This past summer he rode in the kids race at 'Bavarian Bike and Brew' in Leavenworth, Washington. His Dad had this to say about the start to his illustrious racing career, "He loved it! He even did 3 extra laps past the cheering crowd in the Beer garden. Gotta love fans!"
It seems like more and more racing venues are adding fun events for the Strider crowd. Make sure to find one in your local area, they are a great way for your kids to have fun and connect with riding buddies for the rest of the year. Our home base of the Black Hills has Winter and Summer fun, both with festive atmosphere!
We found a great video on Youtube that we just had to share! We love that Tabor and Simeon ride together even though they are clearly at different riding levels and ages. At Strider we strive to not only develop balance skills at a young age, but to encourage fun with the entire family as well. Get out, have fun, be safe and have a continued happy holiday season!
That's what the graphic on this great video introducing Striders to North Carolinians says. While 63 degrees sounds good (as we sit inside on another chilly night in South Dakota) the story sounds even better! The only thing we can find to disagree with is the bike mechanic saying that Striders are "probably better than training wheels." As most of you know already...Striders Rule, Training Wheels Drool! (Click on the screen shot below to jump to news story)
Are you looking for something extra to do on the side? No Strider dealer in your area and you want to introduce your neighbors and friends to the fun their kids can have on a Strider? Look into the Strider Home Based Dealer Program and you will be able to do both of these things and more.
Here is a short note and some photos from one of our newest home based dealers in Canada, eh!
"I am a new dealer in Vancouver, BC Canada and just wanted to email you and tell you how much we love the bike, firstly as parents and secondly as a small business (that rarely feels like work!) I just started two months ago and sold my 30th bike today! I wanted to pass on a little video if you have a chance to watch it of my 8 1/2 month old son trying out his future bike! He always has the biggest grin when he sees it or gets to 'ride' it!" ~Lindsay M.
Oldest son James rode the entire 2.5 km loop!
When my friend first suggested a bike with no pedals, I thought it was the stupidest idea in the world. "What's the point?", I asked. But when my son got on this bike, it was love at first sight. Even though he walked with the bike for the first few weeks, he eventually learn to sit and kick, then stop with his feet and then coast with his feet high in the air. I plan to keep this bike until he's about 4 and then transition him to a bike with pedals. But now, he loves it so he get exercise every day. Now I can barely keep up with him at a brisk walking pace. I have to take my own bike or start jogging. I highly recommend! ~Floresti (Nairobi, Kenya)
Keep it up Jesse...Maybe you'll be able to meet JoJo someday!
Here are a couple great videos of Griggs, a Strider rider and now a recent pedal biker!
This is a great video showing how balance skills are developed with the Strider. Griggs is ripping down the hill and is able to use his feet to balance...If you've ever seen a child on a tricycle in this same situation you'd be mortified!
"Griggs rides a bike with Pedals for the first time. He received the Strider from his grandparents for Christmas 2009. He turned two at the end of January 2010. This is the end of October 2010. He has not ridden with training wheels, only on a tricycle type setup to learn to pedal. Strider or balance bikes in general are the way to go! We like Strider b/c they fit small kids, and they are light!" ~Griggs' parents
We love the enthusiasm from Griggs' sibling at the end of the video! Keep up the great work Griggs!
Here's one from our emails:
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We don't normally take the time to write testimonies, but my son has had so much fun with your Strider bike that we shipped it to Italy for our summer vacation, and it was the hit of the trip. We thought you would want to know that all the Italian kids watched with envy as my 3 year old rode through the streets of Florence, the hill towns of Toscany, and kids and adults alike were impressed as we rode the trails and gondolas in Alta Badia in the Italian Alps.
Also, you should know that we called once, shortly after we got the bike, to say that there was a bearing problem with the front wheel, and to our surprize someone answered the phone (on a weekend) and we had a new wheel shipped in a couple days without the hassles and paperwork you would normally expect.
Adam, Wendy and Nate