Thursday, 13 June 2013 21:06

Introducing The Axel Project

A Non Profit Organization, In Memory Of Axel Charrette, Dedicated To Providing STRIDER Bikes To Children In Need

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Ridgway, Colorado (June 7th, 2013) - The Charrette family has announced the launch of the Axel Project. The Axel Project was created in honor of 2-year old, Axel Charrette, who was killed in Sayulita Mexico in February 2013. The organization’s mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families.

Axel’s love for all things bikes, clearly instilled by his family’s passion for cycling, and his particular affinity for chasing his brother around on his Strider bike, led to the creation of the Axel Project, and its natural corporate partnership with Strider Sports International, Inc.

Randy Charrette, Axel’s father and Project co-founder, expressed his passion for the endeavor, “In the months after our loss we wanted to come up with a way to honor our son’s memory. We decided to set up the Axel Project. Axel loved his Strider and we loved watching him gain confidence and enjoy life as he rode around. By getting more children and families on bicycles we are helping build healthier communities and a better world.”

The Axel Project’s immediate goal is to provide balance bikes to children in need. Organizations can apply to receive Strider bikes, for a nominal fee which includes shipping, as well as instructions on teaching children the basics of riding, by filling out a simple online application on the Axel Project website: http://axelproject.com/apply.

Jen Charrette, Axel’s mother and Project co-founder, explains, “We believe biking not only builds confidence in young children but also improves health, is an outlet to express pure joy, is a foundation to a lifelong appreciation of nature, and helps strengthen family bonds because it’s an activity the entire family can do together. The Axel Project was an obvious way for us to forever memorialize Axel and everything we came to love about riding together as a family.”

Ryan McFarland, founder of Strider Bikes, had only two words when he was asked if his company would be the founding sponsor of the Axel Project. “We’re In,” was his immediate, and indelible response.

Donations to the Axel Project can be made at www.axelproject.com. All donations will be used to fulfill the organization’s mission. In addition, for every Strider bike sold on the Axel Project website, one will be donated to a child in need.

About The Axel Project

The Axel Project is Ridgway, Colorado-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the fundamental principle that a productive, happy life begins with bikes. Our mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families. While our goal is broad, our first project is aimed at providing balance bicycles and instruction to children in need, ages 18 months to 5-years of age, to teach the basic skills necessary to get them riding on two wheels—with their friends, their family and forever. For more information or to contact the Axel Project, visit www.axelproject.com and on facebook.

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Published in Pay It Forward
Saturday, 08 June 2013 06:00

Happy STRIDERday: Time for Some Gravel!

 

We found this cool video from a STRIDER parent on YouTube last week. It seemed like a perfect time to share it since several of the STRIDER employees are taking part in the Gold Rush Gravel Grinder today!

Have a great Saturday, whether you're out on your bike suffering like us or enjoying a leisurely ride to visit some farm animals!

Stride On!

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Published in Parents Are Talking

 

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5 Year Old STRIDER
    1  "Racin" Gracyn Hill - Team Poppaclutch BMX Racing - MURFREESBORO, TN
    2  Kyle Sperber - Thomas Station, TN
   
4 Year Old STRIDER
    1  Matthew Jahnke - Team Answer/SSquared/TLD - North Prairie, WI
    2  Lucas Hutson
    3  Matthew Edens - Kingston Springs, TN
    4  Preston Bowlin
    5  Collin Momper - Team Potter Plates/Dan's Comp - Jonesboro, GA
    6  Chloe "Wild Wild" West - Big Ring Travis Racing - Nashville, TN
   
3 Year Old STRIDER
    1  Larry Andrews - Smyrna, TN
    2  James Lester - Antioch, TN
    3  Caris McConnell - Brentwood, TN
    4  Harper Hoge - Lenexa, KS
   
2 & UNDER STRIDER
    1  Marshall Miller - Union, KY
    2  Gunnar Trimolt - Munster, IN
    3  Avery Speagle - Oxford, MI
    4  Jackson Pochmara - Lake Orion, MI
    5  Ian Ruffino - O'Fallon, MO
    6  Uhllana Woods - Benbrook, TX
    7  Talon Trahan - Team Trikin Out Truks - Houston, TX
    8  Jayce "Boo Bear" Grieve - Team Factory Doublecross - Cabot, AR

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Published in Strider Racing

 

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The Covered track at Duke City BMX in Albuqueque, NM saw some amazing STRIDER racing action last weekend. Check out the some photos and results and head over to our facebook page to share your photos from raceday. 

Stride On!

4 Year Old STRIDER
    1  Lane Mihm, Team Flip it Bikes/Alienation - Fritch, TX
    2  Ellery Hoffman - Los Ranchos, NM
    3  Rebecca Biberos 
    4  Camryn Ross - Pearland, TX
    5  Ella Spitz - Albuquerque, NM
   
3 Year Old STRIDER
    1  "Racin" Masin Stice - Yucca Valley, CA
    2  Ashton Hunt - Westminster, CA
    3  Isaiah Chavez - Albuquerque, NM
    4  Thomas Avila - Albuquerque, NM
   
2 & UNDER STRIDER
    1  Ruby Reece - Fort Worth, TX
    2  Sophia Chavez - Albuquerque, NM
    3  Anthony Maul 
    4  Gordy Cordova - Albuquerque, NM
    5  Isaac Spitz - Albuquerque, NM

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Published in Strider Racing

 

As lightweight mountable/wearable cameras become more popular the videos we find on YouTube keep getting cooler. Here's a fun one of Benjie out for a ride with his Dad 3 weeks after getting his STRIDER. You can tell that he's getting more comfortable; lifting up his feet, balancing while moving slowly, and racing his Dad. 

If you're having troubles getting your little gal or guy out on their STRIDER take a hint from this video. If you're on a bike yourself it will most likely be more fun for both you and your STRIDER rider!

Have a great Saturday...now get outside and have some fun!

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Published in Parents Are Talking

 

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Another exciting weekend of racing at the USA BMX Tar Heel Nationals. If you're looking for a race or STRIDER event near you make sure to check out the STRIDER Events Calendar HERE.

4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Giana "Gi Gi" Bandy - Team Hooker Bikes - Suffolk, VA
2 Collin Momper - Team Potter Plates/Dan's Comp - Jonesboro, GA
3 Collin Biggerstaff - Monroe, NC
4 Mia Custer - Bridgeton, NJ
5 Luke Suppes - Waxhaw, NC

3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Carson Hooks - Oak Ridge, NC
2 Bronx Bess - Team Kid Dynamite - Hummelstown, PA
3 Marshall Miller - Union, KY

2 & Under STRIDER
1 Jayce "Boo Bear" Grieve - Team Factory Doublecross - Cabot, AR
2 Riley Clemmer - Dallas, NC

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Published in Strider Racing
Monday, 13 May 2013 15:28

A Day In The Life: STRIDER Brothers

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Daniel (yellow bike above), is a seasoned STRIDER Pro at 4 years old. Over the years we've shown video of him on family vacations, Riding his STRIDER Snow Skis down Canadian mountain-sides, and in skate parks. He has been featured in several 2013 STRIDER calendar shots as well (download the 2013 calendar here).

Now it's time to meet his little brother, Lucas (age 2) who hasn't quite gotten the hang of his seat yet. After watching this video a couple times now we were impressed by his wildman mentality and resilience. There is a cameo from cousin Jason in the skate park and also some really good footage of Daniel (4) on his pedal bike.

Watch out world, there are some bike masters coming out of Canada, eh!

 

Down the Road (biking with the boys...and Daniel's first pedal bike) from tim v on Vimeo.

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:02

STRIDER Bikes Featured on Kelo Land News!


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STRIDER recently had a really fun news story appear on KeloLand News statewide in South Dakota. We know that not every STRIDER rider lives in STRIDERville so we're sharing it with you here!

Watch the video below to hear about how we began and how we're growing. There is also some pretty good footage of Wyatt, Charlie's (Head STRIDER R&D) little scene stealer and super cute STRIDER spokes-person!

 

RAPID CITY, SD - at least one Rapid City warehouse, it's not all work and no play.

"I like coming here because I like to ride around here," five-year old Wyatt Brumbaugh said.

The building is the headquarters for the Strider Balance Bike, a pedal-less bike that's making it easier for children just learning the ropes. Forget pedals and training wheels. Balance is all any kid needs to hit the open road.

"I think Wyatt was probably 15-months, 16-months the first time he picked his feet up just a little bit.  I think Cole was probably a little bit older.  He didn't go until probably 18 months the first time he picked his feet up," Wyatt's dad and Strider employee Charlie Brumbaugh said.

Even though they haven't started school yet, both the Brumbaugh boys have already graduated to pedal bikes.

"I remember when we first started on a pedal bike, it was hard.  My brother started when he was just turning three," Wyatt said.

"You know, that's pretty early.  I didn't start riding a bicycle until I was probably six or seven," Charlie said.

It's all thanks to a little bit of Midwestern ingenuity.

"I've been a motorsports, motorcycle and mountain bike enthusiast pretty much my whole life and when I became a dad I really wanted to share that with my little boy," Strider's founder Ryan McFarland said.

But at just one-and-a-half-years-old, McFarland's son Bode was too small to get the hang of riding a traditional bike with training wheels.

"Some people may have just said wait a year or two, but I was just too impatient so I thought there's got to be a way where we can make this work right now," McFarland said.

So in true motorsports form, McFarland stripped the boys bike of everything it didn't need including the pedals and the concept for the Strider was born.

"I got it to a point where it was extremely light and small and it was just like magic. He was tearing around on it and exceeding even my expectations of what he was capable of," McFarland said.

Soon, people around the community started to take notice of the little boy on the pedalless bike and began asking where they could get one for their own kids.

"I pulled some friends together and we built some prototypes, developed it a little bit further and eight years later we're selling them all over the world," McFarland said.

Striders can be found at many different retailers including bike shops, motorcycle dealers and toy stores.  But McFarland says the biggest sales boom has come from the Internet.

"We're selling in about 36 countries right now. We've got about half a million kids that are on Strider bikes now, and if you figure that a lot of those bikes have also taught a younger sibling or neighbor kid we're pretty confident in saying that we've taught over a million little kids to ride bikes," McFarland said.

The little bikes have gotten so popular that they've even inspired their own nation-wide racing circuit; the Strider Cup.

"Even on our first round of bikes, we'd get kids together in the park and play.  Sooner or later someone's drawing a line in the dirt for a starting line and we're lining them up to have a race," McFarland said.

"One race we were in Florida, another race we were in Rapid City. A couple races we were in Rapid City," Wyatt said.

Thanks to a ski attachment for the bike, the competition doesn't end once the flakes start flying.

"We race up by Lead on Terry Peak in the winter, and I won first place this year," Wyatt said.

"It's been amazing to see the kids and the parent's enthusiasm for coming together at these events; getting a taste for that competition but very friendly competition at this age, for sure," McFarland said.

But win or lose, these kids are developing skills that will last a lifetime.

"With Striders, it's not just riding but just the whole experience of being outside with your family and with other kids, especially," Brumbaugh said.

Published in In The News

We're starting off the 2014 STRIDER Calendar with some fun photos for January, February, and March! We had a lot of amazing entries and the Strider staff had a tough time narrowing it down to their top 3 favorites. Thank you everyone for entering and if your photo isn't in the top 3 this month make sure to keep taking pictures.

We're still accepting photos for April until next Tuesday (4/30). Email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "April Calendar Entries. Winners watch your emails on Monday for further details.

Without further ado Here are the winners: 

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Have a Great Weekend!

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Friday, 19 April 2013 15:12

STRIDER Track Highlight: Akron BMX

 

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We've been hearing good things from the "Buckeye State" so we sent them some questions to Akron BMX. They just got done building a sweet new main track and a STRIDER specific track for the youngest riders! If you're in/near the Akron area stop by with your STRIDER riders! Maybe we'll see some of their hot shots come down to Sarasota for the STRIDER World Championship...

1. We are Akron BMX: Track location is 1000 Massillon Road Akron, Ohio The phone is 330-784-3777 We also have a dedicated Strider phone number which is 234-738-9795

2. The track operator is Don Hier, the Strider co-coordinator is Michaele Flickinger

3. We decided to build a STRIDER track so that anyone interested in BMX racing has the opportunity. We feel that BMX racing is a family event, and that STRIDER Riders are the future of BMX racing.

4. Our new STRIDER track is 160 ft. and is complete with a custom start gate!

5. It took us several hours to build the track, but we also used an excavator, Bobcat and rollers in the construction of the track.

6. The cost of the track to date has been $0.00. The dirt was donated from the City of Akron, and the gate and powder coating of the gate, would have cost $1,850.00, but has also been donated.

7. STRIDER riders have a great effect on the track, one of pride and accomplishment. All Strider riders at Akron receive their award on the podium. And trust me, when I say Brad Pitt doesn't have as many flash bulbs going off as our Strider riders do when they accept their award. Our older riders help to groom and maintain the track, thus learning techniques to assist us on the main track. Parents who have children with special needs are watching their child excel, have fun, and do something they may have never dreamed possible for their child. And lastly but very important, Strider riders and their family's have been embraced from all riders and family's at Akron. This year 3 of the Strider's from last year will now be racing on the main track.

8. STRIDER's race on Sundays..Registration is 12:00-1:30 with their first moto at 1:45. They then race their main between the third set of moto and the main event on the main track Cost is $5.00 for races unless noted for special events. (i.e. State Race)

9. STRIDER Race Schedule for 2013: 4/28 5/5, 5/12,5/19. 6/2,6/8 (Saturday State Race) 6/9, 6/16. 6/22 (Olympic Day) 6/23, 6/30, 7/14,7/28, 8.18, 9/8, 9/15,9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3

Anything else: I will continue to keep you posted..Great things are happening at Akron BMX, and we are pleased to offer STRIDER racing at our track..We also have increased our Strider rental and now have 6 bikes available for rent as well.

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Published in STRIDER Tracks