Today's blog post is a highlight of Whittier Narrows BMX in El Monte, CA. Our very own Greg and Liz Hill recently helped build a STRIDER track there. Here's how you can do the same in their own words.
Breaking ground, we had a bobcat for 3 hours to level the area out and make it ready for placing dirt for turns and obstacles.
After we placed dirt for jumps and turns, we spent about 2 hours raking, packing and shaping. We had myself (Greg Hill) Jeremy Hill, Liz Hill, Mike Antis, Roland Leal and a few others...
The start of lining the track with chalk, gotta make it look official!
Team Strider (Greg and Liz Hill): We placed banners and pennants to make it look official as you can see in the following pictures.It is very basic, but the kids absolutely love it!
The first round of Strider riders attack the track!
The STRIDER bikes get young kids out there and really connect with the parents in a very special way. Sometimes it's hard to know who enjoys it more the kids or the parents...
Rider and Mom hitting up practice, Mom is playing the roll of coach here.
The kids really liked practicing, they would size up each other and then make laps racing one another.
We did 4 man moto's with the ol fashion voice/hand signal to start them off.
After giving all the kids the big high five, Greg gets ready to let em go!
Here we have the classic upgrade! Lil guy showed up on his heavy wood bike and rode off on a brand new Strider! =)
This is what it's all about right here, making the kids smile and giving them that feeling of being on top of the world!
We had a record 26 STRIDER racers show up for the 2013 USA BMX Super Nationals in DeSoto, TX! There were even enough one year olds that they ran separate motos. The only complaint was the cold temperatures, we never got a reply when we sent photos from the STRIDER Snow Cup. A slideshow of the racing action can be found on our Flickr Page!
5 Year Old STRIDER
1 Peyton Prichard - Team Cowtown BMX - Benbrook, TX
2 Brody "Bad Boy" Murphy - Team Golds Gym ORP - Magnolia, TX
3 Makenzy Robledo - Shreveport, LA
4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Gage Lane - Team Crusader Bikes - Houston, TX
2 Madelyn Bowman
3 Matthew "Mad Jack" McLeod - Team Cowtown BMX - Euless, TX
4 Lane Mihm - Team Flip-It-Bikes - Fritch, TX
3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Harley Adams - Spring, TX
2 Colin Hotson - Stillwater, OK
3 Korbyn "Dirt Dobber" Rivera - Shreveport, LA
4 Kastan Gaiser
5 Cross Carlisle - Lubbock, TX
6 Harper Hoge, Lenexa, KS
7 Austin Robledo - Shreveport, LA
8 Deegan Frazier - Topeka, KS
2 Year Old STRIDER
1 Christian Beavier - Longview, TX
2 Brody Bravomalo - Arlington, TX
3 Sammy Saucedo - Irving, TX
4 Talon Trahan - Houston, TX
5 Bryden Eitel - Team Dad & Mom - Oklahoma
6 Revyn "RPM" Massey - Team Kid Dynamite/GoPro/EVS - Hominy, OK
7 Jayce "Boo Bear" Grieve - Team Factory Doublecross, Cabot, AR
8 Isabella "Hellz Bellz" Pullen - Kingwood, TX
1 Year Old STRIDER
Mason Metianero - Norman, OK
Karson Moore - Fayettville, AR
The snow was coming down (heavy at times) and the temperature was a frigid 15 degrees. These two factors kept a lot of folks at home, but the 8 STRIDER riders that showed up were ready for some Snow STRIDER fun at Terry Peak Ski Resort! Once again we had a fun course marked out with plenty of turns to keeps speeds in check and to show the turning abilities of these amazing kids on snow.
A great addition to this year's Snow Cup was free rides on the magic carpet. This gave the kids a chance to rest on the way back up to the top of the course out of the wind on the fully enclosed conveyor belt. We had kids riding from 1pm to 4pm with stops to fuel up with some hot chocolate in the ski chalet. For images from the event, go to our Flickr Page!
Stride Slide On!
STRIDER World Cup Racing Arrives In Tampa/St. Petersburg At Oldsmar BMX March 9th
Rapid City, SD (February 25, 2013) — Strider Sports International, developer of the patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bikes, is bringing the Strider World Cup™ to Oldsmar, Florida for the USA BMX Gator Nationals March 9th at 3120 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677. Detailed Times and Map can be found in our calendar.
The season-long Strider World Cup series gives toddlers ages two to five the chance for friendly competition at events across the country. No prior experience needed. The Strider World Cup races are perfect for both beginners and more experienced riders alike.
The Strider World Cup race will drop the gate at 11:15am on Saturday, with registration from 7:30 to 9:30am. The whole family can enjoy the Strider experience at the Adventure Zone from 9am to 5pm Friday and Saturday. Toddlers can test ride their favorite Strider on the obstacle course while playing, learning, and socializing with peers on two wheels.
The toddlers ride their balance bikes on a small portion of the same track being used for the USA BMX Gator Nationals and the UCI Pro Series race featuring the fastest BMX racers in the world. Be sure to get a spot on the fence to see many of the same racers who participated in last summer’s London Olympics.
USA BMX Strider memberships are available for $25. The membership includes the racer’s first Strider World Cup race and a USA BMX membership card. Participating in a race at any USA BMX National will qualify the racer for the Strider World Championship this fall in Sarasota, Florida.
Strider Sports founder and CEO Ryan McFarland says, “At Strider Sports we are committed to supporting a fun, safe, and healthy lifestyle through bicycling. Our partnership with USA BMX has introduced hundreds of children to bicycling at a younger age than ever before. We can’t wait to continue spreading the love of cycling that will keep them fit and healthy for years to come.”
We're coming back to Terry Peak Ski Area March 24th for the 2nd annual STRIDER Snow Cup!
We're holding it a week earlier than last year in hopes of snow that is a little less slushy, although it was nice wearing shorts and getting a tan at last years event! Bring your STRIDER and ski attachments to practice and Snow STRIDER Adventure Zone fun from 1:00pm to 2pm Open riding until 2:30 And Racing will commence promptly at 2:30pm. Registration for the event is $10.00 and we'll be selling the Ski attachments for $17.00 (usually $29) at the event only. More info below.
STRIDE Slide On!
Rapid City, SD (February 14, 2013) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is bringing their Strider Adventure Zone to the Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross (RCSX) March 9-11, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway, 1801 West International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114.
This STRIDER® Adventure Zone will be open for all three days of the event: March 9-11 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER™, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrains and obstacles.
The RCSX gives amateur racers the unprecedented opportunity to compete on one of the most prestigious motorsports grounds in the world for two days of racing. For riders, family, friends, and fans, there isn’t another event anywhere in the world that presents such a potent package, making this an instant can’t-miss event on the amateur motocross schedule.
As always, the full weekend includes: Saturday night’s Daytona Supercross by Honda, where the fastest Supercross riders in the world go to battle. The facility will then open its doors to amateur riders and their families, who are welcome to camp on the Daytona infield and watch Saturday’s professional action before taking the track Sunday and Monday.
Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “At Strider, we love seeing little kids light up with excitement when they get the first taste of riding. Getting the next Ricky Carmichael on a bike earlier than ever is what we do at Strider, so bringing the Strider Adventure Zone to the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross couldn’t be a better fit.”
Revolutionary 16” Balance Bike Brings No-Pedal, Two-Wheel Fun To An Older Audience
Rapid City, SD (February 14, 2013) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes for toddlers learning to ride, is taking riding, racing and off-road fun to a whole new level and audience. Designed for kids aged 6-10 years old, the STRIDER™ SUPER 16 (SS-1) No-Pedal Balance Bike is the ultimate bike for those young riders who are ready to venture off trail or perform tricks and stunts that a heavier, more complicated pedal bike won’t allow.
The SUPER 16™ was designed and built based on the same, simple, lightweight, no-pedal design as the original Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike. It has a unique combination of features — the larger integrated footrests and ergonomic caliper handbrakes — making it the only bike of its size capable of pulling double duty as a teaching tool and stunt bike. It is the perfect starter bike for older kids who don’t yet know how to ride on two-wheels, while also designed to ride alongside skateboards, scooters and mountain bikes at skate parks and BMX tracks around the globe.
The SUPER 16 will offer many of the same advantages as the original STRIDER, but with new features innovated specifically for the older age group.
- ●Simple, lightweight design (15 pounds/6 kg)
○ Perfect for kids 6-10 years old.
- ●Patented STRIDER LAUNCHPAD Footrests
○ Uniquely integrated into frame and positioned for advanced riding skills.
- ●Pneumatic “Dirt Jump” Tires
○ Smooth riding with great traction.
- ●Aluminum 16” Rims with Steel Hubs
○ Strong and light.
- ●Adjustable Seat & Handlebar
○ Keeps bike properly fit for a growing child.
- ●Custom STRIDER Handlebar Pad
○ Adds extra protection and cool motocross styling.
- ●Ergonomic Hand Lever & Caliper Brake
○ Develops hand-control coordination and fosters next level skills.
- ●Choice of three vibrant colors
○ Choose from Blue, Green, Red, or Black.
- ●Weight Limit 120 pounds (54 kg)
“We are so excited to introduce the SUPER 16,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports International. “It’s a natural next step for both the company, and our family of STRIDER Riders. Life really is more exciting on two wheels… and with the STRIDER™ SUPER 16, we’re able to teach even more kids to ride.”
The Super 16 is available for sale throughout the Strider dealer network and online at www.StriderBikes.com.
If you live in Colorado you already know that we at STRIDER have a special place in our hearts for you! Every year we travel through the state during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and we hear thousands of STRIDER success stories from parents. Telluride Ski and Snowboard School posted this photo on their facebook page this week showing that STRIDER fun is no longer just for Summer in the mountains of CO.
Stride On Telluride Ski Resort!
“Telluride is the perfect community in the summer for Strider bikes with its pedestrian-friendly town. Being able to now make use of Strider bikes in the winter time a huge bonus. Our youngest guests of our Ski School love to take a break from skiing and hop on something that they know – a Strider – and do something they didn’t know was possible with it – to slide on the snow! Way to go Strider!” ~ Noah Sheedy (Director of Telluride Ski and Snowboard School)
Revolutionary Children's Bike Upgraded With Wide Array Of New Features
Rapid City, SD (February 4, 2013) - Strider Sports International, the world's premier manufacturer and marketer of children's no-pedal balance bikes for toddlers learning to ride, is changing the game again with the STRIDER ST-4 balance bike. Years of testing and real-world experience have resulted in the most advanced children's balance bike to date.
The STRIDER ST-4 employs the famous STRIDER No-Pedal concept, but utilizes a variety of new parts and features to elevate the bike to a whole new level. From enhanced mechanical parts like sealed cartridge bearings to more comfortable handlebar grips and improved tire tread, the new STRIDER ST-4 addresses every aspect of a child's riding experience.
The STRIDER ST-4 No-Pedal Balance Bike is a scientifically proven tool for encouraging the development of spatial awareness, balance, and basic motor skills that all children need to reach their maximum riding potential faster, better, and more safely.
The new STRIDER ST-4 sports revamped, updated packaging to streamline the STRIDER look. The full list of enhancements will please parents with their safety features and quick assembly out of the box:
- Sealed Cartridge Bearings
- Smooth Rolling & Maintenance-Free
- New Tire Tread Pattern
- Improved Traction & Rider Control
- Powder Coat Finish on Frame
- Longer-Lasting, More Durable Paint Finish
- New Graphics on Footrest and Handlebar Pads
- Complements the Racing Style of the STRIDER
- Softer Durometer Grips
- More Comfortable Feel on Toddlers' Little Hands
- Seatpost with Black Electrodeposited Finish & Black Anodized Quick Releases
- Increased Durability, Ease of Use & Sleeker, Uniform Design
"The STRIDER ST-4 is the culmination of many years of design improvements," said Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports International. "We take the rider experience very seriously at Strider Sports and think the latest iteration of our flagship product is the best performing and safest balance bike to ride on the market. Setting the standard with design and rideability has made STRIDER the most popular no-pedal bike in the world. I'm proud to say we've hit the mark again with the STRIDER ST-4. There simply is no better bike for inspiring a love of riding."
The ST-4 model balance bike will be available for shipment March 1 of this year, and sells for $109.
To see the STRIDER ST-4 in action, visit www.StriderBikes.com.
Name: Kyla Wright
A: He heads to the Arizona desert to ride motorcycles!
We hope everyone had a great 2012...get out and ride to recharge for an even better 2013!