Tuesday, 26 February 2013 18:33

Passing on the passion

 

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Motocross and riding dirt bikes in general have been a huge part of my life.  Some of the fondest moments growing up involve hot summer days, great friends and dirt bikes. From a  mustard colored 1972 Honda CT 70 to a 2012 KTM 450 SX-F, I can relive thousands of laughs, triumphs, bonds and tears.  All those days riding down by the river or on a track have driven my passion for two wheeled adventures.

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The passion started the day my father brought home a blown up 1976 Honda XL70.  I remember being super excited to what I considered a real dirt bike.  I sat in the garage every night and stared at that thing for hours just imagining the freedom of ripping down the trails and ditches by our house.  Finally, my father got around to switching the piston, cylinder, and head from the old CT70 onto the XL70.  Call it crazy, but I can still feel the excitement of that cool Saturday morning.  

The next task was to modify the bike into a finely-tuned moto machine.  He removed the blinkers and taillight, installed a K&N air filter, and welded on some type of Briggs and Stratton muffler on that thing that had to save a dozen or so pounds.  Like a surgeon's assistant, I was sucking up knowledge and grabbing tools like a pro.  These days with my father were priceless as he was a traveling sales representative and seldom home during the week. After everything was tested and ready, I threw on my helmet and we rode double to a friend's farm.  This was no ordinary motorcycle, it had a manual clutch.  I was probably six at the time and couldn't yet reach the ground.  My father stood behind and pushed me off as I let out the clutch.  Stopping was none of our concern and off I went.

Fast forward 30 years and this last fall I bought my son a used 1998 Honda XR80.  He was coming off a Honda XR70 of all things with an auto clutch.  We brought it home and immediately tore into it, taking off the broken hand guards, fixing what needed to be fixed and giving the bike a full service.  He was right next to me learning how things worked and handing me tools.  Looking onto his eyes, he had found the passion.

Glancing over at the 70, I smiled remembering where it all began.

 

Either in a local park on a STRIDER or on your friend's farm, get your kids out riding!

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"This is getting tough!" ~Ryan McFarland (Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast)

All the photos entered for March were soooo good! It was definitely a tough choice for all the STRIDER employees to pick their top three favorites. With that in mind...Here are the top three from 1st to 3rd place:

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If your photo was chosen head over to StriderLife and check your messages. If you didn’t win make sure to head over to StriderLife.com to enter your photos for April now!

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Monday, 13 February 2012 23:26

Every 3 Minutes

2011 was a big year for STRIDER...here are a few highlights.

1. STRIDER Cup racing sailed across the Pacific (from Japan) and landed on American Soil! Two to five year olds from across the nation competed in varying venues from: BMX Tracks, USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish festival, Laguna Seca MotoGP, Gunnison River Festival, bike rodeos, moto-cross and cyclo-cross races not to mention countless sibling/neighborhood rivalries world-wide. The inaugural Strider Cup season culminated in October during a 3 day World Championship in Sarasota, FL!

2. StriderLife.com kicked off as the central social experience for everything STRIDER related.  Whether you want tips on getting your kids to ride more or want to share photos, video or stories of their Stridering successes, this is the place to do it!

3. Licensed STRIDERS with Yamaha, Honda, Monster Jam and Nitro Circus instilling a love for two wheels at an even younger age in the power sports industry.

4. Sold 171,000 STRIDER Bikes...that's one every three minutes! We're looking forward to getting even more toddlers on two wheels this year. Here's to a great 2012 with the best fans, parents, grandparents, riders & people on the planet!

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Thursday, 02 February 2012 23:52

Six More Weeks of Winter!

Jason Cohn / Reuter

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil came out of hibernation this morning and saw his shadow.  We'll have to wait and see if this actually forecasts six more weeks of Winter or not, but with the weather we've been having in Striderville lately it wouldn't be so bad.

Even if it does get cold and wintry Have no fear STRIDER is indoor friendly! With no grease from a chain to worry about, lightweight construction, non-marking tires and a tight turning radius you can bring them into the house if you do happen to get snowed in. Head over to StriderLife and add your suggestions to where to ride inside when the weather gets too cold.

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Published in Adventure Striding
Thursday, 08 September 2011 22:07

What's Hot At StriderLife.com

Just over 3 months ago we started our new social media experiment...www.StriderLife.com!  We've had some great conversations with Parents, Grandparents and other Strider enthusiasts from all over the World (Japan, Germany, UK and Brazil just to name a few countries).

We wanted to take a few minutes and highlight one of the "Hot" threads in the forum section. If you click on the photo below you'll be directed to some really cool custom modifications that parents are making to their kid's Striders. There are also some top secret Strider prototypes that the gang has been working on in Striderville.

After you've started sharing your stories and media you can also send in for  a cool FREE Strider handlebar pad!

There is also a really fun media section called Strider TV with clips from Strider riders past and present!  Stride On!

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:26

Strider Physics Department

 

If you understand that formula you can quit reading now...If you looked at that formula and scratched your head like we did then keep reading!

There is an old maxim in the biking world; "A pound off the wheels = 2 pounds off the frame". This is due in large part to the rotational weight of the tires and wheels and is especially important for the littlest riders. Weighing in at 1 lb 14.7 ounces for the pair, the Strider Ultralight wheels with durable EVA Poylmer tires on a Strider are the perfect combination of light weight, no hassle and long lasting.

When the EVA Polymer and plastic wheel is swapped out for metal rims and pneumatic tires the weight gain is almost double. This makes it harder to start and stop. The philosophy at Strider, since the beginning, has been to get the bike down to bare bones! Focus on balance and FUN! Older Strider riders will get used to the weight difference and will love having knobby tires, but for the littlest Strider rider EVA is the way to go!

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Published in STRIDER Tech
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 20:29

Custom Strider Modification

Custom Strider modifications have really taken off in Japan.  Today's blog entry is a video that one of the "Team No Pedals" parents made showing how to put on a stem and handlebar combo that will make your Strider rider feel cooler than they already do!

This can be completed at home with some relatively simple additions of a: head tube shim, an expander plug, a top cap, a stem (the shorter the better) and handlebars (not too wide!), which you should be able to pick up at your local bike shop.

This is also a great way to ensure that your child's Strider doesn't get confused with anybody else's when you're out on the town or having an impromptu Strider M.O.B. session at the local dirt park!

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Strider Sports International is expanding it's social media reach!  We've recently started www.StriderLife.com as a way to connect with fans, Strider Riders and parents at a deeper level.  Continue to "like us" and interact with us on Facebook, but head over to Strider Life (bookmark it) and join in the ongoing conversation there!

Published in Around The World
Saturday, 18 June 2011 12:50

Striderday: Back to the Basics

Today for our random Striderday post we're taking a look back at the roots of mountain biking!  Strider was started from a love of  Mountain and dirt bike riding.  The folks in the YouTube clip stripped their "klunkers" down to the bare minimum for a new style of riding.

Strider has done the same by stripping all of the excess off a bike designed for the youngest riders to get back to the basics, learn balance and to have a blast!

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