2018 Strider Rider Customs – Builder Spotlight: Rick Fairless

Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

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About the build:

Rick Fairless’s far out, tie-dyed sensibilities belie his early adopter attitude. See, there’s nothing retro about Rick’s awareness of cool opportunities. That’s why the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast organizers (Jeff Najar and Marilyn Stemp) were delighted but not surprised that Rick stepped up before anyone else to customize a Strider Balance Bike to be unveiled at the 4th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip breakfast event.

 

Rick’s 2018 Custom Strider Rider

Here’s how the stock Strider was transformed in the Strokers Dallas workshop:

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“We put on some new spoke wheels twice the size of the stock wheels. To compensate for the taller wheels, we stretched the read end 4 inches. We built some RF Custom Z bars and added a cool springer front end. We also mounted some custom fenders and a custom seat. Then we finished her off with a Rick Fairless signature psychedelic/tie-dye paint job.”

 

 

 

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

2018 Strider Rider Customs – Builder Spotlight: Paul Yaffe

Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

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About the build:

When Paul Yaffe texted me a picture of Low Brow’s peanut gas tank and asked if I could procure one for his Strider custom, it threw me off at first. I politely confirmed that he was aware of the fact that Strider Balance Bikes didn’t have engines (yes, he’d noticed) – then reached out to Tyler at Low Brow.

Well, you can see where Paul was going with the concept: a Captain America-style chopper Strider had to have a gas tank, right?

If only for the classy red, white & blue paint scheme. And as you’ll see from the pictures, Paul was flat out stoked about the project, no holds barred.

He started out by cutting the stock bike into pieces, then stretched the frame with an extra length of channel. He sourced a spoked front wheel, then fabricated the front end, fender and sissybar. Research showed that Strider once offered spoked wheels, one of which would match the front, and Strider kindly provided it. After chroming and assembly, the Low Brow tank went out for paint and Paul reached out to LePera for the miniature king and queen seat, complete with studs, of course.

Yep, it’s a chopper, baby! And definitely one of a kind! Below see more images:

 

Paul’s 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

2018 Strider Rider Customs – Builder Spotlight: Pat Patterson

Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

 

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Pat Patterson on one of his custom bikes during a shop visit to Led Sled Customs. Dayton, OH, USA. February 6, 2012. Photography ©2012 Michael Lichter.

About the build:

When we pitched the idea of customizing a tiny Strider bicycle to Led Sled’s Pat Patterson, there was no hesitation. “Sure,” he said, “both my kids learned on them and never needed training wheels. They were riding pedal bikes by age 3.”

How he managed to fit the job into his other work is a mystery; Led Sled runs flat out all the time. But once the day of the unveiling got closer, Pat got to work and met the deadline, with at least a couple of hours to spare.

He told us he patterned the Strider Custom after his “Naked Truth” bike; that’s the full-size custom motorcycle he built in 2015 for the Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art exhibition. Curated by Michael Lichter, the Naked Truth theme that year focused on bare metal, form, and craftsmanship – no paint or graphics.

 

Pat’s 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

2018 Strider Rider Customs – Builder Spotlight: Jody Perewitz

Featured as part of the 2018 Strider Rider Custom build class benefitting The Flying Piston.

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About the build:

“They are wicked cool little bikes,” said Jody Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fab when I asked what she thought of Strider Balance Bikes. In fact, she said she’d bought one for her niece and also told how a friend’s son got right on a mini bike after starting out on a Strider.

It was especially nice of Jody to be so positive because her Dad, custom builder and painter Dave Perewitz, had volunteered Jody to customize a Strider for the Flying Piston Breakfast – even before he asked her! But if you know Jody, you know she’s a sweetheart.

If you’ve seen her work, you also know she’s developing a talent. And while that might be aided by tutoring and proximity to her famous father, it’s also more apparent every day that she draws upon her own instincts and abilities. Her take on this tiny custom is evidence of that.

Jody’s Strider exhibits biker cues such as brass knuckles and skulls handled in a gentle, almost cartoon fashion that’s just right. Laid down with copious layers of pink, blue and purple metalflake, these elements combine for the perfect union of edginess and fun.

A wicked cool little bike? Yep, that’s exactly what Jody Perewitz brought to the Flying Piston party!

 

Jody’s 2018 Custom Strider Rider

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Watch for the 7 Strider Rider Customs to be displayed at motorcycle events and Strider races through next June. They’ll be auctioned off before the 2019 class is unveiled at the Flying Piston Builder Breakfast at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the 79th annual Sturgis Rally.

 


About the Flying Piston Builders Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. The event supports veterans suffering from PTSD and provides technical education scholarships to students in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

An initiative with Strider Sports International sent Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Rider Customs were unveiled at the 2018 Breakfast event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour. The Strider Rider Customs will be auctioned at the 2019 Breakfast, as a new group is revealed.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistonBenefit/ 

2018 Strider Rider Customs

2018 Strider Rider Customs

Top Motorcycle Builders Customized 7 Strider Bikes for The Flying Piston Organization.

Brace Yourself for Some Serious Eye Candy.

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Customized by top motorcycle builders and coordinated by Marilyn Stemp of The Flying Piston organization, these 7 Strider Bikes became works of art, inspiring the next generation of riders while transporting current motorcyclists back to their childhood memories of falling in love with two wheels. 

The collection resides with The Flying Piston organization and is featured at the legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD. The custom Strider Bikes will also tour across the US at multiple events and shows where they’ll be exhibited.

 

Bike builders interested in participating in the 2019 Strider Rider Customs program are encouraged to reach out to the Flying Piston’s Marilyn Stemp at marilyn@buffalochip.com

 

 

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Raising Cane’s and Strider Give 120 Bikes to Kids at Giveaway Party

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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.

We’re Teaming Up With Another Mother Runner to Benefit Heart Strides 501(c)

Use code “HRTSTRIDE” to donate $20.00 from your purchase to Heart Strides!

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We’re teaming up with our friends from Another Mother Runner to donate a portion of sales to the amazing charity Heart Strides! When you spend $89.99 or more (through December 31st) on the Strider website and use the promo code HRTSTRIDE you’ll get free shipping and $20 from your purchase will be donated to Heart Strides. Their mission is to provide new running shoes for Moms caring for children that are critically ill or have a special need.

A lot of you (parents of Strider riders) are avid outdoor enthusiasts; runners, bicyclists, or both. Sometimes just getting out and exercising is what’s most needed.

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...in the midst of chaos, running allows me

to be who I want to be for my son,

leaving the stress and worry of things that

I can’t fix for him on the pavement.  – E.C., Heart Strides Mom

 

Head over and check out Another Mother Runner (Psssttt…they’re giving away 3 STRIDER Bikes), Donate some money to our friends at Heart Strides, and don’t forget to use promo code HRTSTRIDE at checkout to have $20 of your purchase support a great cause!

 

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Signed Ricky Carmichael Number Plates to Benefit the Kidz 1st Fund!

 

Buy a Suzuki STRIDER with an Autographed Ricky Carmichael Number Plate…$20 of your purchase will go to the Kidz 1st Fund!

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I believe the STRIDER bike is one of the best products for young fans and aspiring racers on the market. It teaches balance and riding skills early, and makes off road riding a lot of fun.” – Ricky Carmichael, 10 time Motocross and 5 time Supercross Champion

Can you think of a better way to buy a STRIDER Heading into the holiday season? We can’t!

Make sure that when you purchase a Suzuki STRIDER Bike that you enter code “RICKY4” at checkout. Not only do you get a race inspired Suzuki STRIDER, $20.00 of your total purchase goes to the Kidz 1st Fund (one of Ricky Carmichael’s favorite charities) AND the first 30 will get a Ricky Carmichael autographed number plate!

 

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts by joining the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! How about Instagram? Do you tweet? We Do!

 

Strider Sports Pays It Forward with Rider Fund

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Rapid City, SD (August 13, 2014) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the creation of the Strider® Rider Fund to facilitate giving bikes to organizations that serve children.

“Our mission statement talks about why we exist, but the new Rider Fund shows how we “walk the talk”, says Founder and CEO, Ryan McFarland, who has committed one percent of Strider Sports’ gross revenue from all sales worldwide each month towards the Rider Fund. “Plus, for every STRIDER™ bike registered at www.StriderBikes.com/Register, we will commit another $1 to the Rider Fund.”

To further the reach of this program, Strider Sports will convert every $100 in the Rider Fund to $300 worth of Strider bikes and products! The bikes and products will be donated through a grant application process. Based on prior year’s sales data, Strider is expecting to donate more than $250,000 worth of STRIDER bikes and products to charities this year alone! Of these donations, half will be earmarked specifically to support Special Olympics chapters and the Young Athletes Programs all across the US.

Strider announced the Rider Fund in June at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and after only 3 months has already donated over $112,000 worth of STRIDER bikes for distribution to applicants from non-profit organizations!

STRIDER Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help people learn to balance and ride on two wheels. There are STRIDER bike models for all ages; from 18 month old toddlers and elementary aged children to teens, adults, and even seniors, as well as for all abilities.

For more information about the Strider Rider Fund, and how you can contribute, go to www.StriderBikes.com/join-the-cause.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage kids and adults of all abilities to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed worldwide in over 70 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
We Create Riders! STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children, and even teens and adults can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at http://www.StriderBikes.com.

Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway: Donate and Vote Now!

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There are less than 24 hours to nominate Special Kids, and donate money to purchase bikes above and beyond our initial donation!

Read the stories of those entered and nominate as many of the kids in the Great Bike Giveaway as you would likeWhen they are down to “0 Nominations Needed” they will be entered to win either a STRIDER ST-4 or STRIDER 16 depending on their age.

Also please consider donating additional funds (As much or little as you’re able) so that even more kids will be able to win a STRIDER to help them become more active and mobile!

We’ll check back in with some of the winners after they’ve had their bikes for a while.

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts by joining the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! How about Instagram? Do you tweet? We Do!