April saw another batch of amazing photos submitted by our very talented Strider parents! You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for April you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your May entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - Muddy Ride With Friends
2nd Place - Striding Along the Scree
3rd Place - Raise Your Hand if You Want to Ride
Toddlers as young as 18 months enjoy Strider Adventure Zones and Strider Races
Rapid City, SD (May 5, 2016) — Colorado is consistently highlighted as one of the healthiest states in the U.S. and currently ranks No. 1 in physical activity*. Many parents seek out healthy activities for kids over the summer, and Strider Bikes is meeting that demand with state-wide opportunities to introduce toddlers as young as 18 months old to bicycling.
Strider Sports International is the leading manufacturer of no-pedal balance bikes, which has sold over one million Strider Bikes since 2007. Strider Balance Bikes break down the overwhelming task of learning how to ride into a safe and natural progression; it's as easy as walking. With feet safely on the ground, a rider is easily able to maneuver and ride the lightweight bikes.
Kids new to Strider Bikes can take demo rides at Strider Adventure Zones, while experienced riders can practice skills at Strider Bike Races.
“Valmont Bike Park is excited to partner with Strider and Bicycle Village and provide a setting for kids to compete in their first race,” said Skyler Beck, Valmont City Park Manager. “Strider Bikes are great at helping kids learn balance and provide the best transition possible to pedal bikes.”
The Strider Event Calendar has the latest information on these upcoming Colorado events:
- May 14: Colorado Bike Expo, Sports Authority Field. Strider Learn to Ride Clinics: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sign up onsite.
- June 5: Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, Castle Rock. Strider Adventure Zone.
- June 12, 19, & 26, July 3,10, & 24, Aug 14, 21, & 28: Keystone Strider Balance Bike Series
- July 9 & July 16: Valmont Bike Park, First ever Strider Bike Race series.
- July 23 Rocky Mountain State Games, Strider Adventure Zone and Strider Bike Race.
Since its inception, Strider has donated over $600,000 through its Rider Fund to organizations that serve children and adults in need. Last fall, Strider donated 20 bikes to seven Colorado non-profit organizations. A 2015 research study of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) confirmed that riding a Strider Bikes helps children with ASD. Events for individuals with special needs include:
- May 7: Autism Speaks Walk, Coors Field. Strider Adventure Zone demo rides on all three sizes.
- August 8 – 12, Star Center Sensory Therapies and Research Bike Riding Camp. Ages 3-10.
Excited children and their families came with fingers crossed to win a Strider Bike at Raising Cane’s Giveaway Party on April 17 in Lincoln, Nebraska, held at one of their four Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise locations.
Strider and Raising Cane’s teamed up to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local children. More than 50 of the bikes were donated to children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. In addition, 35 bikes were given away to the general public who registered onsite at the April 17 party. An additional 20 bikes were given to customers who registered in-restaurant between March 28 and April 10, and the remainder was given to children of Raising Cane’s crewmembers.
Kids at the event loved the free Adventure Zone set up by the local SCHEELS store. The play zone was busy all day with toddlers and younger children riding demo Strider Bikes. The Strider cowbells and participation ribbons were a big hit as well.
"We thought this event was going to be great, but after seeing the excitement on the faces of so many children, it really sunk in how amazing it truly was," said Dee Walker, Director of Marketing for the Lincoln Raising Cane's restaurants. "We couldn't be happier with how it turned out and can't wait to see many of these kids racing at the Strider Cup in June."
Acacia and Tyler Gentrup came to the event hoping to win bikes for their sons; 2-year-old Cash and 4-year-old Cade. They were delighted to hear Cade’s name called early on, and he chose a blue bike. When Cash’s name was called a bit later, he also wanted a blue one. Unfortunately, just a few bikes were left and none of them were blue. Cade graciously offered to give Cash the blue one he won, and take a red one instead. How’s that for brotherly love!
Besides parents of toddlers, several grandparents came and were able to win bikes for their grandchildren. An older gentleman even came specifically to win a bike for a boy in his neighborhood. He wasn’t disappointed and took home a Strider Bike for the little guy.
The Lincoln Journal Star stopped by and wrote an article, Raising Cane's Gives Away Strider Bikes to Lincoln Toddlers. The local ABC affiliate, KLKN-TV, also came by.
Many folks left with smiles and brand new Strider Bikes. They have plenty of time to practice before the Strider Cup Race in Lincoln on June 11, www.striderbikes.com/lincoln.
Strider Brings Fun for Kids to Major League Triathlon Series
Strider Adventure Zones to Teach Riding Skills to Kids 2 to 5 Years Old
Rapid City, SD (April 12, 2016) — The country may not be quite ready for Toddler Triathlons, but kids as young as 18 months can learn to ride a bike and have fun at this month’s Major League Triathlon (MLT) event kicking off in Temple, Texas. Thanks to Strider, the leader in no-pedal balance bikes and its famous Strider® Adventure Zone, parents and spectators visiting the Major League Triathlon weekend of events can introduce the youngest members of the family to the fun of riding a bike. Ideal for toddlers and kids up to age five, the Strider Adventure Zone is a safe, free, fun, and friendly environment where all young riders can take a spin around the specially designed course of ramps and obstacles. Strider Bikes help children develop vital balance and coordination skills needed to ride on two wheels, while the Adventure Zone course allows riders of all abilities to take their time getting comfortable on a bike as they socialize, play, and show off to their parents.
“A big thing for us is making everyone feel comfortable to get involved at our events,” said MLT CEO Daniel Cassidy. “That includes children, and we know that having Strider on site with their Adventure Zone will make our weekends even more conducive to families.”
Ryan McFarland, Strider Founder and CEO agrees, “At Strider, we go where the action is. The Major League Triathlon events are full of families and athletes who love the outdoors, so they are a perfect venue for our Adventure Zones.”
A fun event for the entire family, the 2016 Major League Triathlon - Temple takes place April 15-17. The Strider Adventure Zone will be open Saturday, April 16 from 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, TX. The MLT festival will include food vendors, craft beer vendors, game zones featuring SpikeBall, interactive expos, MLT Pro interaction, a headliner concert featuring Russell Dickerson, and more! Three other MLT events (and Strider Adventure Zones) will take place throughout the summer and fall in Sarasota, Florida; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Greater Portland, ME.
March was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff (as always) had a tough time picking their 3 favorites.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for March you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your April entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - Desert Overlook
2nd Place - KTM Snow Striding
3rd Place - Color Matching
Special guest post from Danie Koskan - Runner/Strider Mom extraordinaire!
I'm 36 now, but started running in high school. I was the girl who always finished near the back of the pack during cross country meets, but I was dedicated to the sport. I loved it then, and I love it now. One of my goals before I finished college was to run a marathon. It was so awful and wonderful at the same time that I kept running them into my post-college and professional life. These days I run half marathons. Sprinting to keep up with my kids on their bikes for a few miles has turned out to be a great way to train. When my boys grow up, I'll return to longer distances, but I'm not willing to sacrifice these fleeting moments with them to spend hours and hours training.
I have three boys; Lincoln, Reagan and Thatcher. The 10.4-mile Heart of the Hills race is a tradition in our family because it goes right past our driveway. Last summer Reagan biked the whole way, and Thatcher joined me the last three miles on his pedal bike. Two summers before, I'd just had Lincoln. He was younger than two weeks old, so I wasn't quite in running shape. But I promised Reagan he could ride the last three miles of the course on his bike for tradition's sake (the 7-mile marker is near our mailbox). So Reagan took off, but so did Thatcher -- on his Strider. He was 2.5 years old at the time, so I couldn't very well just let him go by himself. And I was pretty sure he would run out of the steam, but he didn't. He booked it all the way to the finish line. And I sprinted after him the entire 5K.
Six months later, he was riding a pedal bike like nobody's business. Seriously, these bikes are amazing. My boys are in such great shape. Fitness is something we've achieved and maintained together. As soon as they transitioned from the Strider, they kept riding alongside me. Or more truthfully put, increasingly farther ahead of me.
Running with your two-wheeled kid (or in my case, kids) probably isn't every running parent's idea of a good time. There are potty breaks, snack breaks, untied shoe breaks, look-mom-there's-a-bug-on-the-side-of-the-road breaks. Running with my boys has literally forced me to slow down and breathe all this wonder in, to notice what I didn't see before in my haste to get from Point A to Point B. And the really cool thing? Thanks to all this stopping and starting and sprinting to keep up, I've become a faster and stronger runner. But more importantly, I get to model to my kids what it means to be fit and have fun. And it started with a Strider.
Rapid City, SD (March 28, 2016) — The Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln, Nebraska, is teaming up with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth. Raising Cane’s is hosting a Giveaway Party to hand out the bikes on April 17 from 1 p.m. – 3 pm. at their restaurant located at 58th & Old Cheney (5810 S. 58th Street). SCHEELS will also be onsite with a FREE Adventure Zone where children can come test ride a Strider Bike. The Giveaway Party and Adventure Zone is open to the public.
Raising Cane’s will be donating over 50 of the bikes to the children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. In addition, 35 bikes will be given away at the April 17 Giveaway Party, where 5 bikes will be given away every 15 minutes to those in attendance. An additional 20 bikes will be given away to customers who register in-restaurant between March 28 and April 10, and the remainder will be given to children of their crewmembers.
“The partnership with Strider was a no-brainer for us. Not only does it embody one of our core values of supporting active lifestyles, but our (Justin and I) two children used them as well and we are true believers in the bike,” said Jennifer Jones, owner of the Lincoln and Grand Island Raising Cane’s restaurants. “So when we had the opportunity to give other children a chance to have a Strider Bike of their own and to host an event that would put 120 of these bikes under children in the community, we were very excited and didn’t hesitate to become apart of it.”
After the April 17 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Lincoln Strider Cup race on June 11. The Lincoln race is the first of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. It is also the first time Strider has held a national race in Lincoln. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test.
Derek Bombeck of Lincoln got Strider Bikes for his two-year-old twin sons Collin and Graham when they turned one. "It has been amazing watching their progression and confidence over the past 9 months. When we go outside the first thing they ask for is their Strider bikes. We ride them around the neighborhood and at the park. With the balance and coordination they are learning on their Strider Bikes, transitioning to pedal bikes should be easy."
The June 11 event will have races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs riders of all ages. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 on-site for the toddler races. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration, and all racers will receive either a medal or a trophy. Pre-registration is open now at http://www.striderbikes.com/lincoln.
Upcoming Strider Cup races are slated for June 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.
February was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff once again had a tough time picking their top 3 entrants.
If you were selected for February you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your March entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - High Five!
2nd Place - Tunnel Pom-Pom
3rd Place - Dream Big
We have our first Strider Cup racer for the Spokane event on Saturday, July 9! Lyndsey Stuart signed up her 2-year-old son, Will. The little tyke got his STRIDER Bike on his first birthday and Lyndsey said he “mastered it by the time he turned 18 months old.”
Will loves his Strider Bike and tells everyone it's his "BMX race bike". His older brother, Drew (7) races BMX. Will attended practices with him last year, pretending to race with the big boys. Will is planning to race in the Strider class at the BMX track this spring. He should be in fine shape and able to navigate the fun Strider Cup obstacle course in July.
This is the first Strider Bike in the Stuart family. Drew and sibling Maggie (9) started on toddler ride on toys and tricycles before moving to bikes with training wheels.
“My older two got really frustrated with training wheels, they are loud and slow you down,” said Lyndsey. “We do a lot of trail riding, mountain biking and like to take our bikes camping with us. The training wheels just couldn't handle all that and it was very frustrating for everyone.”
She added that the Strider Bike has been a great improvement, “At just 18 months, this last summer, Will had no problem navigating and keeping up with the big kids. As a parent there seems to be a lot less ‘helping’ with the Strider Bike as well. He just gets on and goes.”
Strider looks forward to seeing Will and other racers at the Strider Cup in Spokane on July 9, and at the other two Strider Cup races this year; Lincoln, NE (June 11), and Salt Lake City, UT (June 25). The Strider Cup World Championship in San Francisco will be July 29-30, 2016. For more info and to check out all of the events, visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events.
Kids Learn Street Safety on Strider Bikes at Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center
Last year, the City of Hammond, Louisiana bought eight Strider Bikes to use with its Safety City exhibit, which it operates in partnership with the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center. The exhibit teaches kids about street safety and how to travel and walk safely from their house to school or around the city. The center hosts field trips almost every day with between 40 and 100 kids ages 3 to 11. In just four months, more than 2,000 kids have ridden their 12” and 16” STRIDER models. Check out the photos of STRIDER Bikes in the Safety City photo gallery on their website.
Below is a Q&A with City of Hammond Grants Manager Charles Borchers IV, who discovered and purchased the Strider Bikes for the City, and Leon Philpot, Interim Executive Director of the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center.
How did you first learn about Strider Bikes?
Charles: The City received a Louisiana Safe Routes to School grant to educate our school-age children about pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety. We bought the Safety City exhibit as a teaching tool, but quickly discovered that the included plastic tricycles just weren't sturdy enough to accommodate the number and wide age range of kids that the exhibit was seeing. So I started searching for something to replace the original bikes and stumbled across Strider Bikes.
I’d never heard of balance bikes before, but realized that, with no pedals, the bikes would take up less space in the Safety City's already crowded trailer. I also appreciated that the bikes were made of metal, but still fairly lightweight, and easily to assemble. We initially ordered five of the 12” Sport model and we were impressed enough with the build quality that we bought another three of the 16” Sport model. All eight bikes fit in the trailer.
Why did you choose Strider?
Charles: As local government agency, we're practiced in soliciting competitive quotes and researching companies before making purchases. I spent a lot of time looking at other balance bikes, but kept coming back to Strider Bikes. I was impressed by all of the positive reviews, options available, and the overall reputation and philosophy of the company.
What do you like about the bikes?
Charles: We’ve been very happy with the quality of the bikes. They're easy to assemble and adjust, and I particularly like that smaller models have solid wheels so we don’t have to worry about inflating tires. We actually had a lot of fun putting them together. We figured if we could do it, anyone could. It probably took longer to get each bike out of its box than to assemble it.
The bikes' low maintenance is also a huge plus. The City is responsible for the Safety City's upkeep and we want everything to work all of the time. With the Strider Bikes, we are less concerned about things breaking. The bikes are just solid. With the original bikes, we spent a lot of time chasing down pieces, like popped-off pedals and seats.
How do you use the bikes in your Safety City exhibit?
Leon: The Safety City Exhibit is set up to simulate signs and visuals they see in downtown Hammond, so as the kids ride them around, they learn the meaning of street signs, traffic signals, pedestrian walks, and to respect the signs. Since the display uses Strider Bikes as vehicles, they also learn to respect bicycle laws, such as stopping at crosswalks, riding on the right side and to stay to the far right if a car is coming behind them.
How do you know using Strider Bikes in the Safety City exhibit is effective?
Leon: When they do their first lap, if they violate any rules, such as running a stop sign, we’ll stop them and make them go back. They have to stop and look both ways. We also have a stop light, which shows them what to do with each light color. Sometimes it is tough with the younger kids to understand the concepts, but they’re having fun. If they keep violating the rules, then next person gets to ride. Usually by the second or third lap, they get it.
What do the kids think of the Strider Bikes?
Charles: From everything that I’ve seen and heard, the kids just think that they’re the coolest thing—they really respond to them. Most haven’t seen a pedal-less bike before and—especially the little kids—are very curious. As soon as they get on one and realize that they can actually ride it, they love it. It’s a phenomenal product. I have to admit though: when I first heard about balance bikes, I thought that the idea sounded like a gimmick. But after you see a three-year-old hop on one and start riding it around, it just makes perfect sense.
Did you have any issues with kids going too fast?
Leon: The track is pretty small, so they don’t go too fast. Since there is a railroad crossing in downtown Hammond, we also have one as part of the exhibit. They have to stop there when the light is flashing and the arm comes down. Then they must wait until arm comes up and look both ways before moving on.
Charles: That was actually one of the problems that we had with the original bikes: kids going too fast and crashing into things—or us. Mostly it was us. Because the Strider Bikes are foot-powered, the kids can’t really get them going too fast. The bikes actually force them to walk through the exhibit and give instructors more time to educate them about safety.
What’s your overall impressive of the bikes?
Charles: I don't think that we could be happier. The Strider Bikes have been an ideal fit and helped to make the Safety City exhibit even better. They really are great. If I had a kid I’d buy him one!