University Of South Dakota Shows STRIDER Bike Helps Toddlers Improve Balance And Coordination During Four-Week Study

STRIDER Bike Scientifically Proven To Increase Balance Skills in Pre-School Age Children

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Rapid City, SD (November 26, 2012) – Strider Sports International, developer of the patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bikes, is pleased to announce the results of a recent study of the STRIDER bike at the University of South Dakota’s Division of Kinesiology and Sport Science. The study was conducted over a four-week period with three to five-year-old children and concluded that participants benefited from using a STRIDER bike by improving their balance and functional fitness, while likely reducing future injuries during their daily routines.

The data analysis showed a “significant improvement” in the Limit of Stability scores (the subject’s ability to lean in different directions without a loss of balance) for the experimental group after four weeks of targeted training with the STRIDER bike. The study concluded that society could benefit from the knowledge that pedal-less bicycles are a tool for improving stability in three to five-year-old children and are possibly a safer alternative to using training wheels for bicycle riding acclimatization.

“This scientific proof is truly groundbreaking for us at Strider Sports,” says Ryan McFarland, Founder and CEO of Strider Sports International, Inc. “We have witnessed thousands of anecdotal instances of children learning balance and coordination after using a STRIDER bike. Now the empirical evidence has been gathered and supports what we have seen for years – the STRIDER bike significantly improves a child’s gross motor skill development as it relates to balance.  This, in turn, lets toddlers and young children enjoy life on two wheels like never before!”

“We think the results of this study are fascinating,” says Dr. Andrew Shim, Department Chair of the University of South Dakota Division of Kinesiology and Sport Science. “According to our data collected from the study, the STRIDER bike product really does increase balance in 3-5 year old riders.  Ultimately, this increase in balance may eliminate the need for training wheels and tricycles.”

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About the University of South Dakota

Founded in 1862, the University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, the state’s only School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news

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Published in Press Releases
Monday, 26 November 2012 11:16

Results From The USA BMX Grand Nationals!

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While most people were at home eating Turkey and watching football 59 STRIDER Riders (from a dozen states) and their families were taking part in the 2012 USA BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa! USA BMX stepped up this year at the QuikTrip Center with a dedicated STRIDER only track. As a result the racers got a lot more track time and were able to hone their skills before the "Greatest Race On Earth" that took place on Saturday!

We're super excited about the upcoming 2013 USA BMX National Series. We'll once again be at all the Nationals starting January 11-13 in Reno, NV (Schedule HERE). Follow us on facebook to get the latest news and information.

Stride On!

5 Year Old STRIDER
1 Braedon Soileau
2 Brody "Bad Boy" Murphy - Team Gold's Gym/ORP - Magnolia, TX
3 Rocco Devita - Team Off Road Peddler - The Woodlands, TX
4 Peyton Prichard - Team Cowtown BMX - Benbrook, TX
5 Francesca Mazzarese - Machesney Park, IL

4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Dylan "Dominator" Harnage - Team Atomic BMX - Valrico, FL
2 Pixx Bess - Team Kid Dynamite - Hummelstown, PA
3 Keldwin Davis - Glenpool, OK
4 Gage Lane - Houston, TX
5 Kira Scheidegger - Vail, CO
6 Matthew "Mad Jack" McLeod - Team Cowtown BMX - Euless, TX
7 Renner "Frank The Tank" Haven - ST Cloud, MN
8 Theron McKinney - Dickinson, TX

3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Maximus "Tuda" Nichols - Team St Peters BMX - Ofallon, MO
2 Peyton Hodges - San Dimas, CA
3 Colby Piper - Grand Junction, CO
4 Aiden Anderson - Coweta, OK
5 Lilani Pringle - Team PROFILE - Archer, FL
6 Samuel Brand, Team Phat Tire Bike Shop - Wyandotte, OK
7 Jak Johnson - Stillwater, OK
8 Ethan Sanchez - Midland, TX

2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Dean "GO" Stewart - Team Stylin - Clifton Park, NY
2 "Racin" Masin Stice - Yucca Valley, CA
3 Carter Judkins - Broken Arrow, OK
4 Kohen Birkedal - Chico, CA
5 Bronx Bess - Team Kid Dynamite - Hummelstown, PA
6 Revyn "RPM" Massey, Team Kid Dynamite/GOPro/EVS - Hominy, OK
7 Conner Law - Glenpool, OK
8 Bryden Eitel - Oklahoma City, OK

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Published in Strider Racing
Saturday, 01 December 2012 12:19

Happy STRIDERday: Winning!

We're gearing  up for the 2013 STRIDER World Cup races at the USA BMX Nationals. Here is a fun reminder that STRIDER racing is fun no matter how many participants. All you need is one STRIDER rider and a parent who is cool enough to hop on a bike!

Happy Saturday! Now get outside and race your kids...let them win once in a while.

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Published in Parents Are Talking

 

300 toddlers, aged just 18 months to 5 years-old, raced no-pedal balance bikes at the Strider UK World Cup this Sunday, in the biggest ever UK celebration of balance bike riding and racing at the National Cycling Centre, the home of British Cycling, in Manchester.

The event, which was the second biggest event globally, saw the British balance bike champion Ashton Heron (3 years) retain his title; and saw 2 year-old Jack Wall and 5 year-old Tosin Adegbehingbe take the honours in their respective age-group finals.

Adrian, Ashton’s dad, said: “It was an incredible day of racing in a stunning venue - all of the kids just loved it! There really is nothing else like this type of event around for toddlers and young children in the UK. It’s these type of events that will really leave a legacy to the Olympics this year.”

2012 saw the first ever organised series of toddler STRIDER balance bike events in the UK with thousands of children taking up the chance to ride and race at events across the country.

The event this Sunday, which is the last event of the 2012 season, saw some of the most exciting and closely fought Strider Cup racing of the year, Melanie Thomas, Organiser of the Strider UK World Cup event, summed up the day by saying: “It was a great day from start to finish with the final race of the day being decided by a matter of inches!

“Even though this is the first ever year that strider racing has been held in the UK, we have amassed a very loyal and rapidly growing following of riders and families who have loved the chance to race at events all over the country. Not only are we planning to continue the Strider Cup series in 2013 – but we’re hoping to make it bigger and better than ever giving access to children to ride and race at events all over the country – no matter what their ability!”

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Published in In The News

Thursday November 22, 2012 from 9:30am -12:00pm  at Tommy D's house!

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Join the Danielson family for the 2nd Annual Tommy D's Thanksgiving Ride for Juniors!

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Professional Road Cyclist Tom Danielson (Team Garmin-Sharp)will be hosting the ride at his property near the Boulder reservoir. The main course for older kids and parents will be a closed Time Trial where you can race your own timed laps or see how you compare to your friends. It should be a lot of fun with some obstacles thrown in to spice it up a bit!

There will also be a very fun STRIDER course with some smaller obstacles and ramps for the STRIDER riders!

Other activities for the kids include: Oatmeal and other goodies from Skratch Labs, Prizes from Giro, coloring activities, and some bike handling tips from Tommy D!

Pre-Registration is FREE and Required if you are coming out to ride! If parents want to ride there is a $5.00 fee. Parking at Boulder Reservoir – exact address will be sent on Wednesday, November 21st

What a great way to have some fun on two wheels on Thanksgiving Day...You'll also be out of the cooks way at your house!

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Published in Strider Education

 

Sometimes it's too wet, cold, or dark to go STRIDER riding outside. Here's the perfect solution to inside down time...STRIDER Coloring Pages!

Just click on the image below and a printable pdf file will automatically download for some indoor fun on Thanksgiving Day!

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Or print out the STRIDER silhouette and make a Hand Turkey going for a ride!

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Have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Coloring.


Published in Stuff and Whatnot
Saturday, 10 November 2012 12:19

Happy STRIDERday: STRIDER From Box To Balance!

Another AMAZING video from Japan! From the first tentative steps on her STRIDER to the Strider Cup fun with friends this will make you smile. Below the video are the lyrics to the song they wrote just for this video.

Where in the STRIDER process is your little one?

Have a great Saturday making memories with your STRIDER Rider(s)!

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♪We are STRIDER's♪

I have a friend that could go with me together,
I have a friend that could take me away.

I have a friend that could go with me forever,
faster than lightning, he takes me away.

He shows me the world and it's many different places. Places I wanted to go out and see.

I'm out in the sun, with all happy faces.
Such happy times, such a lovely day.

Me, all my friends and my Family together.
We can all have fun on this sunny day, he will be with me for now and forever, here we go me n my STRIDER.

Me, all my friends and my Family together.
We can all have fun on this sunny day, he will be with me for now and forever, here we go me n my STRIDER.

Think of your life like a sweet roller coaster, going forward, up and down.
Oh what a feeling, all raise up your hands now, reach for a dream that we all want to find.

Let's move our feet to the rhythm of our life, a step to the left and a step to right.
Jump on the ride that we all want to go on, reach for the stars we'll all be alright.

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Friday, 09 November 2012 18:21

The STRIDER Calendar Winners for November!

All the photos are already in, formatted, and off to the printer! We should be getting the calendars within a week or two...anyone else excited?

Every month was filled with so many great entries is was difficult for the staff to pick the top 3...November was no exception!

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[caption id="attachment_4785" align="aligncenter" width="467" caption="2nd Place November | Off Trail Fun!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4786" align="aligncenter" width="390" caption="3rd Place November | Number 1"][/caption]

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Published in Parents Are Talking

Try to wrap your head around these numbers: 1500 entrants. 750 STRIDER Riders chosen by lottery. Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition convention center with over 215,000 sq. feet.

"I’m super excited to visit Japan in December and be a part of the Japan STRIDER Cup Finals.  Our Japanese Strider distributor, Mr. Okajima and the Mamegyorai team, do an amazing job of running events and the Japanese Strider riders and parents are so enthusiastic that I’m sure this is going to be the biggest and best Strider event I've ever attended.  This will be my first time visiting Japan so after the race, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the sights."  ~Ryan McFarland (Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider)

Japan is where STRIDER Cup started, so it is fitting that Ryan will be there to see the largest STRIDER racing event EVER! December 9th is going to be a crazy day of STRIDER World Cup racing action in Yokohama! Word is that there will be an autograph session as well...luckily James (Int'l business manager) will be along to keep Ryan grounded.

If you happen to be in the Tokyo/Yokohama area come check it out on December 9th. It promises to be a memorable event for all involved! More information can be found HERE (Google Chrome will translate contents for you)

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Published in Around The World

We're looking for your best photos of STRIDER rider(s) group STRIDER Play time! We need group photos of 3 to 6 STRIDER Riders socializing, playing, riding, and just generally enjoying the active outdoor Strider Life for our 2013 Marketing Materials, including the new STRIDER box.

Would you like to see your child's STRIDER group on the ‘2013 STRIDER Box’? Share your photos with the Strider Life community! We will choose 2 group photos from those uploaded and the STRIDER riders will get some cool swag.

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The photos will:

1. The winning photos will be used in Strider's 2013 Marketing Materials, including the 2013 STRIDER box artwork.

2. Each rider in the photo will get a bunch of cool Strider Swag: 1 (each) set of colored grips of their choice, 1 (each) STRIDER World Championship T-shirt, 1 (each) STRIDER bell, 1 (each) STRIDER elbow/knee pad set, & 1 (each) STRIDER bike gloves!

Rules and Regulations:
- - By uploading the image to www.StriderLife.com you are releasing the copyright of the image for use by Strider Sports International, Inc. for promotional purposes in perpetuity.
--By uploading the image to www.StriderLife.com you are acknowledging that you have the consent of the parents of all the children in the photo. All the children must also be sitting on, riding on or standing/sitting next to 1 or more STRIDER bikes in the photo.
- - Individuals may post up to 3 photo entries to be considered.
- - The winning photos will be tallied and notified by 9:30 am MST on 11/12/12.
- - Photos are welcome from all over the globe!

Post Your STRIDER Group Photos Over At www.StriderLife.com Now!

Published in Parents Are Talking