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Why Biking is One of the Best Exercises for Your Child

Learning how to ride a bike is a skill that every child carries with them for the rest of their life. As a parent, it’s one of those milestones you want to capture and always remember. Obviously, we’re big fans of riding bikes because…it’s super fun and amazing! As adults, we know that biking is a great way to stay in shape and keep us physically active, but have you ever stopped to wonder just how important biking can be for your child?

Sometimes, we at Strider wonder if parents realize how exceptionally beneficial biking is for their child. Truth is, we see that development every day from Strider riders around the world. Get ready for a massive truth bomb, because we’re about to blow your mind.

Girl with sunglasses on pink Strider Balance BikeBiking plays an important role in the overall growth of your kiddo. From learning how to balance and becoming coordinated to gaining strength and decision-making skills, biking nurtures the overall development of your superstar tater tot. Sure, bike riding helps your child grow physically, but it also allows them to grow mentally and emotionally. Creating a safe atmosphere for them to learn how to ride is the most crucial part. Why? Because being safe allows them to gain confidence. That confidence propels them to want to learn more and, more importantly, ride more! With the proper protection and a learn-to-ride process that allows your child to explore while feeling safe, you’ll see your little nugget blossom into a biking pro right before your eyes.

It Starts with Safety, Which Breeds Confidence

Keeping your child safe is a number one priority. When your child feels safe, they have the courage and the confidence to want to learn how to ride. In addition to a helmet and knee and elbow pads, you need a bike that fits your child. The right fitting bike, and we can’t stress this enough, is going to make or break the learn-to-ride process. It’s the one thing that could either propel them into the riding stratosphere and leave a trail of dust behind them or delay the process for months, even years. Balance bikes give your child four points of contact with the ground – front wheel, back wheel, right leg, left leg. Totally super stable position, right? Yup. Our balance bikes have the lowest seat height available. This keeps your child low to the ground (where they feel safe), and they know that if they do fall, they’re still OK. Thumbs up!

Let’s Get the Obvious Stuff Out of the Way

Girl on black sport with pink wheelsGetting outdoors is great for everyone, especially children. Not only does it just feel good to be in natural sunlight, one of the best sources of Vitamin D out there! Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and growing kiddos. Plus, being outside gives them plenty of fresh air, which has multiple health benefits, as well as helping them get a good night’s sleep. The better sleep your child gets, the healthier they are and the more their body will be able to grow (also, the better sleep you, the parent, gets).

Biking also keeps your child fit by keeping them physically active. Their little body gets a solid workout when biking, which gives them a chance to burn off some of that extra energy they might have stored up (a kiddo bouncing off the walls with energy is no fun for anyone), which also builds up their muscles. When your child is biking and has learned how to ride a bike, they’ll be less likely to get bored at home, plant themselves on the couch and crave junk food.

Boy riding through puddle on yellow Strider Sport Balance BikeRiding their bike around gives children the chance to explore and become comfortable with their surroundings. Knowing their neighborhood and becoming familiar with the area helps them learn how to navigate areas and establish landmarks they should know. This is an extremely important part of brain development and will help them throughout life. Encourage them to spend time outdoors when the weather is nice and allow them to go off on their own from time to time when they’re ready.

Playing in the yard is fun, but it can get old fast. Riding a bike gives your kids a chance to go away from home occasionally and grow on all levels. Mentally, they are focusing on their surroundings, emotionally they are connecting with their body, and physically they are getting leaner and healthier with each trip out. Just make sure they’ve got the proper safety gear. That’s step one, always!

The Less Obvious, But Still Important

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Biking isn’t just something that improves your child’s physical health, it also improves their mental and emotional health. Learning how to ride a bike and biking around the neighborhood increases your child’s confidence in a way that few other things can. Once they realize, “Oh hey, I can do this,” the world becomes their oyster. Riding a bike also helps children become more aware of their own body, which means they’re less intimidated by their surroundings and peers. The more biking your kiddo is able to do, the more comfortable they are in their neighborhood, and the more people your child will interact with around the block or in the neighborhood, which gives them confidence that lasts through adulthood.

We absolutely believe – with our heart of hearts – that biking is the best way to help your child develop physically. The mental and emotional benefits of biking will stay with your child throughout their life and help them develop into a successful grown up. If your little one is walking, they’re ready to start learning how to ride on one of our 12-inch bikes, like the Strider 12 Sport or Strider 12 Pro. If your little rock star has been walking for a while and is about 3 years old, we’d recommend the Strider 14x Sport. It’s a little bit bigger and meant to fit those kiddos who are growing like crazy. Plus, the Easy-Ride Pedal Conversion Kit makes transitioning from a balance bike to a pedal bike a breeze!

The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of teaching your child how to ride a bike are just too good to ignore. So, what are you waiting for?! Your child will thank you and be happier and healthier because of it.

Your Baby and Developmental Milestones – How Strider Can Help

Knowing the developmental milestones is important for every new parent – especially first-time parents. While every child develops individually, think of developmental milestones as a checklist of sorts and knowing what age your child should reach certain developmental milestones is important. This checklist represents things an average child can do around a particular age, although – and we can’t stress this enough – these milestones vary from child to child. Looking at the different milestones can help parents, doctors, and teachers understand how children typically develop and keep an eye out for any potential developmental issues.

There are four basic types of developmental milestones that health professionals and educators typically refer to.

Physical Milestones

Baby on Strider Baby BundlePhysical developmental milestones involve both large motor skills and fine motor skills. Large motor skills are usually the first to develop and include things like sitting up, standing, crawling, and walking. Fine motor skills include precise movements like grabbing a spoon, holding a crayon, drawing shapes, and picking up small objects (like the Duplos® on the floor that you’ll inevitably step on in the middle of the night and is the worst pain known to humans).

Cognitive Milestones

Cognitive milestones are centered on your child’s ability to think, learn, and solve problems. An infant learning how to respond to facial expressions (peek-a-boo!) or a preschooler learning the alphabet are both examples of cognitive developmental milestones.

Social and Emotional Milestones

Social and emotional developmental milestones deal with how children understand their emotions and the emotions of others. These milestones also involve learning how to interact and play with other people.

Baby girl on Strider Baby BundleCommunication Milestones

Communication developmental milestones involve both language and nonverbal communication. Think about it like this: when a one-year-old learning how to say his/her first words (mom, dad, yes, no, bike, etc.) and a five-year-old learning some of the basic rules of grammar (“l want to ride my bike,” “Peas are gross,” “Can I eat dessert first?” etc.) are examples of communication developmental milestones.

So…why are we talking about this on a kids biking website? Well, it’s simple. We believe that riding a bike can help aid in reaching some of these developmental milestones. We’ve heard so many stories from parents around the globe about how learning how to ride a bike has helped their child develop core strength, gross motor skills, and confidence that we just can’t ignore it.

Rocking back and forth, sitting up by themselves, grabbing ahold of a bike’s handlebars, developing core muscles and spatial awareness, these are all things babies learn and love to do when they’re about 6 months old.

In fact, check out what the CDC says about 6-month-old babies and their physical developmental milestones:

  • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
  • Begins to sit without support
  • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce
  • Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward

By nine months, the CDC lists the following physical developmental milestones:

  • Stands, holding on
  • Can get into sitting position
  • Sits without support
  • Pulls to stand
  • Crawls

By one year? Take a look at this:

  • Gets to a sitting position without help
  • Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture (“cruising”)
  • May take a few steps without holding on
  • May stand alone

There are a lot of ways parents have tried to help their children reach and meet these developmental milestones like routines, therapy, baby boot camp (we totally made that last one up, but it wouldn’t surprise us). There’s totally a better, cooler, and fun way to help your child reach these milestones on their own terms.

The Strider Baby Bundle

Boy on Strider Pro and Baby Girl on Strider Baby Bundle

The Strider Baby Bundle hits all the tick marks when it comes to a tool that helps your baby develop at their own pace while still hitting all of these developmental milestones. The best part? Your baby has fun doing it. Having fun is what we’re all about…that and riding bikes.

Your little biscuit butt might not be able to sit upright at first, but as you introduce them to the Baby Bundle, they’ll develop those little core muscles enough to do it all on their own. Once they’re comfortable with sitting on the bike, grabbing the handlebars to hold on becomes second nature to them. Getting comfortable on the bike is a huge first step.

After they’ve become comfortable sitting on the bike and grasping the handlebars, eventually they’ll begin to rock back and forth.  The Strider Baby Bundle makes this natural but difficult to learn motion easy and fun. They’ll also probably begin laughing like crazy, too. Why? Because babies are hilarious.

Baby girl on Strider Baby BundleThe Strider Baby Bundle is aiding babies around the world in reaching these crucial developmental milestones. The best part? Once your little drool-meister has mastered the art of walking, just pop the Strider Sport or Pro out of the rocking base, and BAM! You’ve got the world’s best-selling balance bike for your tiny tot. You’ve basically got a baby rocker and a toddler bike all wrapped up in one amazingly functional package that lasts years, not months. How many baby toys out there can help with developmental milestones and last longer than a few months? Not many.

The development doesn’t stop after you’ve removed the bike either. Nope. Learning how to ride a bike at that age will help your toddler build muscles in their tiny legs, promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, and builds massive amounts of confidence in your kiddo that lasts for a lifetime.

Yes, it’s important to know when your child should be hitting certain developmental milestones. It’s also important to understand that every child develops at their own pace. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. There are a lot of things (routines, programs, baby toys, etc.) out there that might help your child in reaching their developmental milestones, but the Strider Baby Bundle is the only one that helps your child reach those milestones sooner while and building confidence…all while giving them years of fun.

Get the new baby in your life a Strider Baby Bundle today. They’ll thank you when they can talk.

Strider Discovery Ride

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This weekend was not your typical weekend at the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway. Where the stands are usually packed full of fans cheering on their favorite drivers speeding around the track there were empty seats. It was on the track itself where the magic and experience was happening. 
61 kids ages 3-6 and their family had the opportunity of a lifetime this beautiful Saturday afternoon in November. The track was reserved for Strider Bikes’ first U.S. Discovery Ride event. While most Strider fans are very familiar with the Strider Cup racing series, the Discovery Ride is meant to be a unique event that focuses more on a family-friendly, hands-on, non-competitive experiences. And an experience it was…
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As the riders were directed on to the track they were split up into 10 groups. Each small group was taken by their personal tour guides to an interactive station. Every 10 minutes the kids would ride their bikes to a new awe-inspiring mini adventure. 
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Bubba Blackwell, a professional stunt jumper who has broken every single one of Evil Knievel’s records and tours as a pro-flagger for the American Motorcycle Association Flat Track Racing demonstrated how the flagging process works before, during, and after a race. Kids got to check out his impressive flag collection and try it out themselves.

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Kids were thrilled to be able to climb on and get photos with dragsters, a replica of Lightning McQueen, and the monster truck “Tatanka”.   

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Nothing makes you feel like a star more than being interviewed and featured on the real-life NASCAR Jumbotron! 

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 Finally. A firetruck, ambulance, and a police car where you can actually run the lights and sirens. Dream. Come. True.  

 
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Now that the kids were obviously professionals after they watched the pro pit crew, they got to put their new skills to the test. 

 
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One of the stations that didn’t have a place to park your bike was the Strider Time-Qualifying Course. Riders raced, two-at-a-time to see who could complete the course in the shortest time. 

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The day ended in typical Strider fashion with a quick one lap race around the pit stop area. 

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Finally, families gathered up for a trip to the Winner’s Circle to celebrate an awesome day of riding and experiencing the thrill of NASCAR… and of course, confetti cannons. 

 
Proceeds from the registrations for the Strider Discovery Ride were donated to Speedway Children’s Charities which funds a wide range of charities – because communities have a wide range of charitable interest and needs. SCC’s goal is to reach as many children as possible by supporting those agencies that are the unsung heroes in many communities.
 
Thank you to the riders, families, staff, and volunteers of this life-changing event. We know all of you are making a difference in our future, and the future of riding. Until next year… #StrideOn! 
All photos from the Strider Discovery Ride will be available soon on the Strider Facebook page. Please download and share! www.facebook.com/StriderBikes
 

Strider Bikes Sells 2 Millionth Bike, Approaches $20 Million Annual Revenue Mark

Strider Bikes Sells 2 Millionth Bike, Approaches $20 Million Annual Revenue Mark

From garage startup to category disruptor, Strider expands to India, Israel, Germany and other markets

 

Rapid City, S.D. (Oct. 16, 2018) – With the click of a button, one family near Omaha, Nebraska, turned their son’s birthday dreams of having a new bike into reality with the purchase of a Strider 12 Sport. Little did they know, their purchase signified the 2 millionth Strider Bike sold since the company’s founding in 2007. To commemorate the milestone, Strider filled the blue Strider 12 Sport box to the brim with additional accessories.

Strider reached this milestone less than three years after celebrating the sale of the 1 millionth Strider Bike in February 2015. By the end of this year, Strider anticipates reaching the $20 million annual revenue mark.

Strider Bikes was founded in 2007 by inventor and serial entrepreneur, Ryan McFarland. What began as McFarland seeking a solution to help his 2-year-old son fall in love with everything two wheels has grown into a company that has disrupted the “traditional” way children learn to ride. McFarland has been an active proponent in reversing the trend of declining bicycle ridership among all ages, recently speaking about getting children into bicycling at Interbike, the annual bike industry event.

“It really was born in my garage out of necessity,” noted McFarland. “I went down the rabbit hole as far as I could go with what the market offered to get children riding. From tricycles to bikes with training wheels, I invested more than $2,000 into products that weren’t designed with the child’s success in mind. My solution was to create something my son could begin learning two-wheeled skills on from day one, and that required separating balancing from the act of pedaling in learning to ride.”

Strider Bikes continues to blaze a trail in the U.S. market for balance bikes, building a brand as synonymous to the term “balance bikes” as Kleenex has for tissues. In recent years, Strider has grown exponentially outside of the U.S., increasing its global presence through an international distribution model. In 2018, the company expanded to Israel, India, Spain, France and Germany, for a total of over 75 countries that distribute Strider Bikes, including an ever-increasing brand presence in China. 2019 appears promising domestically, as Strider continues to increase their in-store availability in major retailers, including Target, after several years of increasing web sales through numerous online channels.

“I never envisioned this solution I was creating for my son would have grown to what it is today,” recounted McFarland. “Now that I have seen how an amazing first-bike experience can impact a child’s current and future success, I don’t want to stop. So long as training wheels still exist – which severely hinder the learn-to-ride process – we’re keeping the throttle pinned.”

 

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.

Toddlers to Blaze New Trails at Pump Track World Championship

Toddlers to Blaze New Trails at Pump Track World Championship

Two-wheeling wunderkinds among first to ride new Runway Bike Park at The Jones Center

 

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Rapid City, S.D.. (Oct. 3, 2018) – The opening ribbon will soon be cut at The Jones Center’s new Runway Bike Park in Springdale, Arkansas. The first major event at North America’s largest pump track will be the Pump Track World Championship Final on Oct. 13, but the first wheels lining up at the start ramp will be toddlers on their Strider Balance Bikes

Before professionals arriving from around the world for the World Championship, residents from the Springdale community will put their two-wheeling skills to the test on Oct. 10 from 3 – 6 p.m. Children competing against the clock will range from 3 to 6 years old, all defying what was once thought possible for balance and coordination by riders of their size and age. Space is limited to 32 total participants, with each getting a unique opportunity to interact with professional riders for one-on-one coaching sessions.

 

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Toddler race and play experiences continue through the weekend culminating with the Pump Track World Championship Final on Oct.13. Opportunities for riders ages 6-and-under abound as Strider Bikes will offer additional riding opportunities at the Jones Center. The activities include an Adventure Zone for children as young as 18 months and a 14x Experience, designed to introduce pedaling without the need for training wheels to children as young as 3 years old.

The Jones Center continues their commitment to an active, two-wheeling community through their purchase of 14, Strider 14x Sport Bikes to be used as part of their recreational programming. These bikes will be utilized by the Jones Center to instruct young riders how to safely and independently ride, fostering a skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. 

 


 

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.

 

ABOUT THE JONES CENTER

Opened in 1995 as a gift to the NWA region from philanthropist Bernice Jones, The Jones Center is a unique recreation and education center located in downtown Springdale. This premier facility is known for its high-quality, low-cost recreation services, innovative youth programming and affordable community meeting/conference space. The facility includes two indoor swimming pools, an indoor ice rink, world-class bike park, gymnasium, fitness center, conference center, auditorium/chapel and numerous classrooms.

Toddler Powder Takeover Set for 2019 Strider Snow Cup

Toddler Powder Takeover Set for 2019 Strider Snow Cup

Strider Bikes announces snow race on March 2 in Minnesota

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Rapid City, S.D. (September 25 2018) – Strider Bikes, the world’s leader in teaching young children to ride and rip on two wheels, has announced Buck Hill in Burnsville, Minnesota, will host the 2019 Strider Snow Cup on March 2. Toddlers ages 5 and under will shred the bunny slopes on their Strider 12 Bikes outfitted with the Strider Snow Ski accessory for a day of snow-filled fun.

The Wall Street Journal, ESPN and Bleacher Report shared news about the Strider Cup and Strider Cup World Championship races, dubbing the spectacle the “Toddler Tour de France.” The Strider Snow Cup is an extension of these family-friendly events, but with a much different climate for two-wheeling toddler prodigies to ride in.

After numerous successful Strider Snow Cup events held across the globe, including Russia, Japan and the United Kingdom, the Strider Snow Cup at Buck Hill marks the first Strider Snow Cup in the United States since 2013.

 

 

Using the Strider Snow Ski accessory, a Strider 12 Balance Bike can be converted for use in the snow, making riding year-round in any climate a reality.

Snow Cup attendees can expect an atmosphere of fun and encouragement as toddlers will put their Strider skills to the test, making for unforgettable video and photos.  

Pre-registration for the Strider Snow Cup is required. Each child that registers receives a Strider Snow Cup bib, Strider goodie bag valued at over $50, and a single-day use lift ticket to Buck Hill for their parent or guardian ($45 value). Registration is $36.00 and now open at www.StriderBikes.com/BuckHill

The Strider Snow Cup will be the first Strider Cup Race of 2019 in the United States. Once the snow melts, Strider will continue the warm-weather Strider Cup races at four US locations including:

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019: LA Live, Los Angeles

Saturday, June 15, 2019: Boulder Civic Area (Central Park), Boulder, Colorado

Saturday, July 6, 2019: The Commons, Minneapolis

Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019: NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina (Strider Cup World Championship)

 

No qualification is necessary to participate in a Strider Cup or Strider Cup World Championship event. Registration for the May – October 2019 races will be available January 2019 at www.StriderBikes.com.

Dates and locations subject to change.

 


 

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.