Strider Bikes Unveils Strider 12 ST-R Balance Bike
Racing-inspired design touts carbon fiber frame along with other high-performance components
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.
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.
“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!”
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.
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:
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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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:
The 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 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.
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.com, Facebook or Instagram.
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.