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Why Ditch Training Wheels?

Why Ditch Training Wheels?

Ditching the training wheels will make the learn-to-ride process considerably easier

Ahh, training wheels. They’ve been around forever. You, along with your parents, grandparents, and cavemen, most likely learned to ride a bike with training wheels and, for most, it includes painful memories.

However, it’s a new generation, and there are new ways to develop biking skills! Kids are learning to pedal at a MUCH younger age, and because they don’t need them, that means completely avoiding those dreaded training wheels.

Ditching the training wheels will make the learn-to-ride process considerably easier, and here’s why:

The Learn-to-Ride Process is Prolonged

Training wheels don’t teach balance. It’s as simple as that.

Balance is what keeps us upright and as soon as the training wheels come off, it’s easy to go “kerplunk.” That’s because training wheels give kids a false sense of support and security. Training wheels are often unstable and never touch the ground at the same time. This causes the child riding the bike to tilt from one side to the other, while the bike holds them up. This constant imbalance is just enough to keep kids constantly uncomfortable. To develop balance, strength needs to be developed in the core and a child needs to experience the feel of leaning and steering, both of which are extremely difficult to accomplish with training wheels.

When a child is ready to transition to a pedal bike, they must go back to square one and learn balance. Pedaling is the easy part and typically takes a child just minutes to learn, while balance is a skill that can be developed throughout an entire lifetime. Ultimately, training wheels hinder progression and are a completely unnecessary step.

Child rides Blue Strider Balance Bike at skatepark

Training wheels don’t teach balance.
It’s as simple as that.

A Possible Loss of Interest

Have you ever failed at something so many times that eventually you have just given up? A horrible scenario would be that after you take off the training wheels, your kiddo gets frustrated with the lack of progression, and loses interest in biking altogether. Unfortunately, falling time-after-time can really freak out some children and understandably so! The chances of this happening decrease when you ditch training wheels altogether.

Children ride their Strider Bikes across a busy street in New York

Slows Them Down

Steering, turning, and balancing are all skills needed to successfully ride a bike. Once all these skills are mastered, pedaling is a piece of cake. Training wheels make for an uneven and wobbly bike ride. Leaning into turns is basically impossible.

Bikes with training wheels can become quite heavy, which is known to be extremely intimidating to youngsters.  The average bike with training wheels attached weighs roughly 20 lbs. Substantial weight can cause unease and hesitation while riding, which ultimately can be the cause of some serious accidents!

Also, you want your little one to be able to shred on any type of terrain with zero limitations. That isn’t possible with training wheels. Typically, bikes with training wheels need to be used on a flat, smooth surface. This means no gravel grinding, no skatepark jumping, and certainly no trail riding. Yet, another reason to ditch training wheels!

What it all boils down to is that training wheels just aren’t productive. They won’t effectively help your little shredder learn to ride a bike well, and doesn’t your tot deserve the absolute BEST? Balance bikes teach balance, coordination, confidence, and will set a child up for IMMEDIATE success! 
Learn more about balance bikes here

Boy on Strider Bike on singletrack

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What is a Balance Bike?

What is a Balance Bike?

Are balance bikes a new concept? How old do you have to be to ride a balance bike? Let’s dive in and take a deeper look!

A lot goes into riding a bike for the first time. It’s a skill that requires coordination, balance, steering, braking, and confidence! Attempting to master all those things at once can be tough (we know, we’ve been there) which is why many parents these days are turning to balance bikes! Balance bikes turn the learn-to-ride process into a much easier and enjoyable experience.

But what exactly is a balance bike? Are balance bikes a new concept? How old do you have to be to ride a balance bike? Let’s dive in and take a deeper look!

Simply put, a balance bike is a bike with no pedals. Kids will straddle the seat and to move forward, they’ll propel themselves by scootching along with their feet. Although this may seem like a Flintstones-type method, a balance bike teaches kids just that – balance. A “coordination bike?” A “confidence bike?” An “independence bike?” Although balance bikes help children develop all these things, it just doesn’t sound right, and “Balance Bike” has a nice ring to it.

Simply put, a balance bike
is a bike with no pedals.

Now that we know what a Balance Bike is, let’s travel back in time to when balance bikes were first being used. Although many people think that Balance Bikes are a new phenomenon, they’ve surprisingly been around since the early 1800’s. The modern bicycle didn’t yet exist, and adults needed a way to get around. The original balance bike was pioneered in 1817 by German Karl Drais, who attached two wheels to a wooden frame. This way of transportation was fast, efficient, and didn’t require any pedaling.

Fast forward to 2007, Ryan McFarland took a note from history and the first Strider Bike was born when his 2-year-old son Bode was struggling to ride on traditional learn-to-ride machines. All the contraptions Bode was attempting to operate were too large, too heavy, and too complicated! Ryan went on to weld, chop, and sand Bode’s little 12” bike in his garage until he came up with what would become the very first Strider Balance Bike! It was lightweight and perfectly sized. In no time at all, Bode was whipping through the neighborhood with ease. When other people began to take notice of his new creation, Ryan realized other kids from around the world could experience the same success, adventure, and freedom.

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One thing that makes Strider Bikes so unique is that they make learning to steer on two wheels smooth and easy. By focusing on balance first, Striders allow riders to learn how to lean through turns, physical skills that can’t be accomplished on training wheels. It’s important that kids learn balance first and once they are proficient, adding pedals is the next step. The act of physically learning how to pedal only takes a short amount of time but learning to balance on two wheels is the part that takes practice.

It’s now 2022, and after selling over 3 million bikes, the Strider Bike has been crafted to perfection. With low stand-over height and a lightweight frame, it’s the top-selling toddler bike on the market. The best part is that there are balance bikes for babies who are 6 months old all the way up to 7-year-old kids. There’s something for everyone!

At this point, you may be wondering “Well since there are so many bikes, which one would be best for MY child?” Great question! By measuring your little rippers inseam, you’ll be able to find that perfect bike match! Not sure what an inseam is or how to measure it? Check out the Size and Fit Guide here.

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As your kiddo begins their striding journey, Strider has a step-by-step “Learn-to-Stride Guide” to help them (and you) through the process!

It won’t take long for your child to get the hang of riding a Strider Bike, and once they do, your only job is to sit back, relax, and watch as they develop the confidence to explore the awesome world around them.

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Kids Grow Fast! Preserve the Memories

Kids Grow Fast! Preserve the Memories

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Kids Grow Fast!
Preserve the Memories

At some point, every new parent has hobbled down a shopping aisle, delirious from sleep deprivation, shirt stained with spit-up and mushed peas, half-heartedly trying to comfort their screaming baby while simultaneously checking their shopping list, when a complete stranger stops them and says something like, “enjoy them while they’re young, time flies.”

In that particular moment, you probably had a hard time believing that one day your crying baby was going to learn to ride a balance bike, then a pedal bike, and eventually get behind the wheel of a car and drive off into the big, wide world.

There are so many “firsts” to witness as a parent, from first words to the first day of kindergarten. One of childhood’s most momentous firsts is the FIRST BIKE. A bike marks the beginning of countless lasting childhood memories made. There will be first scrapes and bumps, first strides, first failures and successes, and their first taste of freedom as they start to sail through park paths and neighborhoods. There will be first attempts at balancing with no feet and riding off jumps. There will be rides with siblings and parents, new places explored, and pit stops to collect rocks, flowers, and bugs. There will be lots of laughs and giggles, as well as break downs and temper tantrums. The memories collected on those two wheels are too many to count, and time WILL fly, and their adoring toddler eyes and wide smiles will soon turn to teenage eye rolls and slammed doors.

At Strider, we know riding a bike is a paramount part of childhood and is instrumental in building confidence, determination, and courage.

Children bond with their first bike in a way that is unique to them. Each scratch, ding, and scrape has a story to tell. The Memory Mount was created as a way to help keep those stories alive. Instead of passing your child’s first bike down, you can proudly have it “retired” and let it display all the milestones reached. What kid wouldn’t love retelling the legendary tales of the nicks, dents, thumps, and feats their bike has had? The Memory Mount not only displays their first Strider Bike but organizes mementos and keepsakes. From medals earned to souvenirs from adventures had, you have it all together to help keep those memories fresh in your mind for years to come. Whether your little one is ACTUALLY little and just learning to stride or has grown out of their first Strider Bike, it’s never too early or too late to appreciate, savor, and preserve the moments from these darling early years. Hang their well-loved bike in the playroom, garage, or bedroom and let it be a reminder of how far your kiddo and you have come.

Infographic describing how the Memory Mount helps preserve those precious memories from your child's 12 inch Strider Bike

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Strider Bikes

Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Strider Bikes

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Strider Bikes

One of the best parts of owning a bike is making it unique to you. The customization process is fun. Putting our little creative spin on something we own helps us to express ourselves beyond the original design of the product.

One of the best parts about having a bike (Strider Bike, mountain bike, motorbike, etc.) is customizing it to fit our needs and match our personality. Kids love personalizing their bikes, and our accessories make great stocking stuffers for Strider riders at any age!

Strider Snow SKis

These are by far our most popular accessory. With this handy attachment, your child’s Strider becomes an all-season bike. Simply attach the snow skis to the wheels and get ready to take your little Strider rider to the slopes! Nearest ski lodge too far away? No worries! These skis work great on the neighborhood sledding hills and snow-filled yards too. This no-tool accessory is super easy to put on and take off the bike. The lightweight and safe skis provide the ultimate way to enjoy a Strider Bike during those winter months when cabin fever sets in. The Strider Snow Skis fit comfortably in a stocking or under the tree and provide hours of entertainment. Get your skis here!

ST-R Full-Face Helmet

Check out our new ST-R Full Face Helmet. This helmet offers maximum protection so both you and your little ripper can feel more confident and prepared. Even the most rugged of children appreciate the comfort of this very lightweight helmet. With just a simple push of a button, you can remove the padded chin bar for a gentle ride in the park kind of day and slap it back on when your little ripper is ready to get rowdy. It’s the best of both worlds in one, lightweight, durable, Strider proud helmet. Protect your little one’s head!

Safety Package

You didn’t think we’d stop with the helmet, did you? Of course not, safety first! Practicing safe riding at an early age builds the foundation for safe riding practices that will last a lifetime. We take riding safety seriously; our official safety bundle includes gloves, knee pads, and elbow pads. These pads are stylish, comfortable, will keep your rider’s elbows and knees injury-free, and are for ages 18 months to 5 years old. The easy-to-attach Velcro straps make it simple for your child to gear up for riding. Your little riders will be striding in style while protecting their elbows, knees, and hands with this top-selling safety accessories.

Strider Customization

Tired of the standard black grips and rims on your Strider? Looking for a way to spruce up your child’s sweet Strider ride? No problem! We’ve got your back. We’ve got lots of options for blinging your child’s bike. Start with a custom number plate, then choose from a variety of colored handlebar grips and our Ultralight Wheels. These customization options are a great choice for those who want to add a splash of color to their child’s bike and make it stand out in the crowd.

Heavy-Duty Wheel Set

The standard EVA foam rubber tires that come with the 12” Strider Bikes are designed to keep the bike lightweight and low maintenance. They ensure that your child’s Strider stays light, which makes learning how to balance the bike easier. Once your little rider gets a little older and might still be a little too timid to make the switch to the 14x Sport, consider upgrading the EVA foam tires to our Heavy-Duty Wheel Set. These inflatable, pneumatic rubber tires are great at helping your little one adjust to the heavier weight of a pedal bike. Air tires like these are also great for when your child is ready to start going off the beaten path. They provide good bounce and cushion to help them maneuver through tough terrain. Upgrade your child’s wheels here!

Make it a Strider Christmas and stock up on everything you and your child needs to customize their Strider Bike to make it something truly their own.

Happy Holidays!

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The Strider ST-R Carbon Fiber Balance Bike Holds Nothing Back

The Strider ST-R Carbon Fiber Balance Bike Holds Nothing Back

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The Strider ST-R Carbon Fiber Balance Bike Holds Nothing Back

Spare no expense. Extravagant. Lavish. No limits. Grandiose. Over the top. Go for it! For every designer and engineer, these are the words you hear when you are handed your dream project. And, those are precisely the instructions the Strider team was given. Soon after, the Strider ST-R® Carbon Fiber Balance Bike was born.

Strider has worked hard over the last decade to design balance bikes that are innovative, high quality, affordable, and available for the masses. But for this project, we decided to “let our hair down” and get a little crazy. And this bike is seriously cool!

“As motorheads and bike geeks, we love trying out cool new stuff. So, we decided it was time to cut loose, have some fun, and build out that top-of-the-line bike that showcased what a Strider would be if market constraints and monetary considerations were removed.”

Ryan McFarland, Strider’s founder, CEO, and Chief Enthusiast

Gear heads, perk up. This is your moment.

The Strider ST-R has a carbon fiber frame with a carbon fiber fork and carbon steerer. The headset is a Cane Creek® AER® with bearings. Oh, there’s more! We added custom Strider alloy hubs with cartridge bearings, a thru-axle, and 10-spoke carbon fiber rims wrapped with Schwalbe® “Big Apple” tires. And for the grand finale, threw in a custom stem, handlebar, grips, and seat clamp. We know you can appreciate this balance bike in all its glory, so, we’ll give you a moment to wipe your drool and pull yourself together.

This bike is the epitome of high-end, race-inspired design. The Strider ST-R holds nothing back. It was made for the toddler who plans to dominate Strider Cup races in 2020, or maybe just the neighborhood. It’s for the kid whom you’re grooming for epic rides together or to live vicariously through. Juice boxes and fruit snacks down, clean diapers on, kids, it’s time to shine!

Now, let’s be real. The Strider ST-R comes with a high price tag. We’ve seen all the eye rolls and heard all the naysayers. It’s true. That is oodles of money to spend on a kid who doesn’t even use the toilet yet. Nobody really needs this bike. Nobody really needs to shred singletrack, scale playground equipment, or drop off sandbox ledges. Or do they?

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Strider Bikes Unveils Strider 12 ST-R Balance Bike

Strider Bikes Unveils Strider 12 ST-R Balance Bike

Racing-inspired design touts carbon fiber frame along with other high-performance components

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Rapid City, S.D. (August 28, 2018) – Strider Bikes, the world’s global leader in teaching children to ride beginning at 6 months, announced the newest addition to the Strider 12 lineup, the carbon Strider 12 ST-R Balance Bike.  

 

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With a racing-inspired design, the Strider 12 ST-R holds nothing back in the engineering and componentry of the bike. The 12 ST-R has been developed to stand apart from any other balance bike created, featuring a full carbon fiber frame, fork, wheels, handlebar and seatpost, along with a Cane Creek AER headset, a custom forged alloy stem, Schwalbe Big Apple Tires and a variety of additional high-performance components.

 

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“At $899, this is not your conventional Strider Bike,” noted Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast Ryan McFarland. “While the vast majority of our bikes focus on durability, function, and value for families with young children learning to ride, the ST-R is an over-the-top, no-expense-spared, limited edition race bike for the obsessed, super-enthusiast. And, man, is it cool!”

 

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Strider further supports racing and two-wheeling enthusiasts with the global Strider Cup race series. These family-friendly racing events introduce encouraging competition to children and allow them to put their balance bike skills to the test. Notable Strider Cup races include the regional Strider Cup Asian Championship and the Strider Cup World Championship.

The Strider 12 ST-R joins the Strider 12 lineup including the most popular, steel-frame Strider 12 Sport and the all-aluminum, Strider 12 Pro, both available as part of the Strider 12 Baby Bundle. The ST-R will be available worldwide from select Authorized Strider Distributors in limited quantities beginning October 2018.  

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 2 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Save Christmas: Build Your Strider Bike Today

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Is there a Strider Bike box anxiously waiting to be unwrapped in your house? Go ahead, unwrap it! It’s ok, really, we want you to!

 

The anticipation has been building up for weeks, it’s finally time to unwrap the presents you’ve selected so carefully. Your child wakes up and runs downstairs, they tear the paper off at Mach-speed and you see their little face widen with the biggest grin they’ve had all year. They scream and jump and give you a bear-hug. They beg and plead for you to open the box so they can ride their brand new Strider Bike. A twinge of disappointment crosses their face when they realize that the bike is actually in 3 large pieces but they quickly recover when you assure them you can put it together.

You get to work when suddenly it’s an hour later and you’re still trying to figure out what you’re missing, what step you mistook, why such a simple item isn’t going together like it should? Your child has since moved on to other toys after a meltdown of epic proportions because they couldn’t ride their bike “right now!” (Don’t worry, it won’t be like that hard, I’m just trying to prepare you for the potential worst-case-scenario).

We are right there with you! Not in that creepy-cute little elf on the shelf way but, we are just as excited for your child to get on their new Strider Bike!

We also want to ensure you success on Christmas morning, so we offer you this advice: build your Strider Bike now!

Okay not “right now,” but, maybe tonight, when the kids are asleep.

At Strider, we encourage all of our Strider Elves to put the bikes together long before the big reveal (Christmas presents, birthday presents or just because they are a cool kid presents) to ensure that the bikes are ready to ride when their new owners first lay eyes on their new wheels.Putting the Strider Bike together is so easy anyone can do it in under 5 minutes!

We’ve created these simple videos to help guide you through the process:

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Odds are, you won’t need our help at all but if you do have any issues at all we are only a phone call away and our awesome customer service team can help steer you in the right direction.

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Email customerservice@striderbikes.com 

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When you’re finished putting the bike together you’ll want to adjust it to the estimated fit of your child to ensure instant-riding-satisfaction. The best way to do this, without letting your child know that they are getting a Strider for Christmas, is to take a pair of pants that fit them well and hold them so that they hang just off the ground. Adjust the saddle to meet the inseam of the pants. Once you’ve adjusted the seat accordingly move the handlebars approximately the same amount that you did the seat.

Another added benefit of having a perfectly put together and fitted Strider before Christmas is that there’s no delay in bike riding time! No one is anxiously watching over your shoulder or worse, trying to play with the bike while you build it. Little Suzy or Johny can go straight from sitting by the fireplace to striding around the Christmas tree!

Assembling and fitting your Strider Bike now not only ensures that the bike is in perfect working condition, but it has the huge added benefit of allowing you just a little more sleep on Christmas Eve. With your extra time, you could take our advice to the next level and put all the toys together! Maybe not the Lego sets though.

 

If you’re worried that wrapping an assembled bike is more difficult than wrapping a bike in a box, we have plenty of ideas for you:

  • Place a wrapped box on top of the bike 
  • Put the bike in a large fabric bag tied with ribbon at the top 
  • Wrap it to look just like a bike
  • Put it out with only a bow
  • Decide not to wait and give them the bike right away.

 

 

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Tricycles Are Older than Toilet Paper and Haven’t Evolved. Why Are We Still Using Them?

 

Tricycles Weren’t Meant to Teach Bike Riding 

Tricycles | Balance BIkesThe first version of the tricycle was invented in 1680 by a German man named Stephan Farffler.  This version was operated, not by pedaling the feet, but by a series of gears and hand cranks.  The tricycle as we know it today (operated by pedaling) was invented by two Frenchmen – Blanchard and Maguier – in 1789.  The tricycle introduced by Blanchard and Maguier has gone through relatively few changes since its inception.

By contrast, modern commercial toilet paper was introduced in 1857 by Joseph Gayetty.  Watermarked with Gayetty’s name and packaged as Gayetty’s Medicated Paper, the product was sold in packages of flat sheets.  Over the last 170 years, our beloved bathroom tissue has gone through significant changes.  Where am I going with all this?  It’s simple.  We’re teaching our children to ride bikes on an invention that is older and has arguably gone through far fewer changes than toilet paper.  So why do parents start their children on something so archaic when we know there’s a better way?

I imagine many of the reasons we keep investing in the idea of the tricycle is because…that’s just how it’s been.  We all look back fondly on those red tricycles with the white handles and think of all the fun we had on them through rose-colored glasses.  What we don’t remember is how cumbersome, hard to turn, and immobile they were.  Before you break out the pitchforks, remember how hard it was to get out of the grass if you veered off the sidewalk into the front lawn?  Or how about how hard it was to pedal long enough to get some momentum going?  Or how about if you took a turn too sharp and tipped over?  Forget about that? Thought so.

Technology keeps improving every day at an almost exponential rate.  Yesterday’s computer is obsolete tomorrow.  Tomorrow’s new cell phone is old news the minute it hits the shelf.  As a culture, we’re so willing to adapt to new gadgets and gizmos that promise to make our lives easier, but why is it that we struggle to adopt a new way of showing our kids a better way to learn how to ride a bike?

 

 

Balance Bikes Focus on Fundamentals, Tricycles Don’t

Balance and steering are the fundamentals of operating any two-wheeled vehicle (balance bike, bike, moped, dirt bike, motorcycle).  Learning to pedal a bicycle or tricycle is the easiest part.  The motion is as natural as walking.  So why are we using tools that teach our children what they already know?  The hardest parts about riding a bike, balance and steering, aren’t taught on a tricycle.

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Strider® Balance Bikes for toddlers offer a safe, effective, and proven approach for learning how to ride a bike.  By learning the fundamentals first and foremost, your child can learn how to ride at a much earlier age.  While tricycles might seem more stable, they actually have a higher center of gravity than a balance bike.  They tip over easily and your child has much farther to fall.  Balance bikes have a low center of gravity and your child always has two feet right next to the ground to help stabilize them and prevent them from falling.

Because of the way the tricycle is designed, steering is also not quite the same as on a bicycle.  The pedals, which are typically located on the front wheel, make steering limited and create more work for the rider.  To keep the front wheel straight, those little arms must work hard to counter the force being exerted on the pedals while your child pushes with each alternating foot.  So, not only is your child working harder, they’re doing the opposite steering motions needed to learn true balance.

Strider Balance Bikes are the #1 selling balance bike for a reason.  They work.  Tricycles are an outdated solution to a mobility problem (don’t forget, they were invented for adults).  They were never specifically designed to train someone how to ride a bicycle.  In fact, bicycles were invented after tricycles in 1817 by German Baron Karl von Drais.  His Laufmaschine, which is German for “running machine” didn’t have pedals either.  Adults would straddle the bicycle, take long strides to get up to speed, and coast.  Sound familiar? 

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children ages 18 months – 5 years, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning, and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.7 million bikes which are distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.comFacebook or Instagram.

 

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Introducing the Strider Rocking Base for Babies 12-24 Months

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Rapid City, SD (August 17, 2016) — Strider Sports Int’l., Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, has identified an even younger group of potential bike riders – toddlers, ages 12-24 months, just learning to stand and walk.  According to Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast, Ryan McFarland, “a baby who rocks becomes a toddler who rides! We all know babies enjoy rocking horses when they are small. The problem is that no child ever gets to unhitch the horse and ride off into the sunset.  With the Strider Bike and Rocking Base system, babies as young as 12 months can safely rock and play on the bike when first introduced, then graduate to the true freedom that the Strider bike offers as they ride away some months later.” This new product easily attaches to any 12-inch Strider Balance Bike and allows the youngest member of the family to play with, rock, and ride a Strider Bike on a safe and stable base until they are old enough to ride the bike – which is typically around 18 months. The Rocking Base is made of all-weather, durable black plastic and includes all tools necessary to attach to a bike. Maximum rider weight for the rocking base is 40 pounds. The Strider Rocking Base is available for order immediately, retails for $79.99, and does not include a Strider bike.

Strider Sports International, the leading manufacturer of no-pedal balance bikes, has sold over one million Strider Bikes since 2007. The Strider Bike line-up includes the 12” model for younger riders and the 16” and 20” models, developed in the last couple of years for older children and adults with balance and coordination challenges.

All Strider Bikes and accessories are available through the Strider website and at local Authorized Strider Dealers. To order your Strider Rocking Base, visit https://www.striderbikes.com/launch/rocker.

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