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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kent Jacobs

 KENT

  1. I worked my way through High School and College as an Alligator Wrestler and Snake Handler Showperson at Reptile Gardens.
  2. I’m a fanatic about stereo systems both in my car and at home…I’m very picky about sound! 
  3. Case in point….the first two cars I owned and drove both had their back seats removed…and replaced wall to wall with MTX subwoofers.
  4. I met my wonderful wife when she rolled up in her Mustang 5.0 cruising 8th Street and asked me for a ride on my motorcycle.
  5. Kent is my middle name! Our family has a tradition, for no particular reason, of going by our middle names.
    • Father: Charles Timothy Jacobs
    • Me: Timothy Kent Jacobs
    • My Son: Kent Austin Jacobs
  6. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering from SDSM&T
  7. When I’m at home and walk outside at night…I sometimes howl at the moon 😛
  8. For my entire childhood I never had to pay to play arcade games or pinball machines (the REAL arcade games that most people would drop a quarter in). My dad was an amusement and vending machine repair man. Free games!!! Mr.Do!
  9. I own 4 sets of wheels and tires for my Subaru. Not 4 tires…16 tires and 16 wheels… for one car. Each has their purpose. I guess you could say I’m fanatic about tires too 😛
  10. I’ve always wished I was Superman “Clark KENT” and I often have dreams that I’m flying or floating.

Visit Kent’s staff Bio HERE to learn more about him and the rest of the Strider staff!

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Terry Grant

Terry

Meet Terry, Strider Controller Extraordinaire! 

 

  1. I met my husband on Match.com.
  2. Kids in my family share a middle name with my dad, Gary Lee (girls spelled differently): We are Richard Lee, Terry Lea and Shari Lea.
  3. I am a freelance writer.
  4. My husband and I pray together every morning.
  5. I parachuted three times. The first time I landed bottom-down in a puddle, but no one believed me—they thought I peed my pants.
  6. When I retire, I am going to auctioneer school.
  7. I’ve run two marathons (and a bunch of half-marathons) including New Orleans, Kauai, Virginia Beach, Las Vegas and Jamaica since turning 50.
  8. I hiked the entire Centennial Trail in one winter.
  9. I am a member of the Leadership Rapid City class of 2011.
  10. I love dogs!

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Cyclo-Striding

 

cyclo-cross

Chasing our kiddos around on the STRIDER Snow Ski is not the only thing keeping Strider Staff outdoors during this brutal South Dakota winter. Some members are taking their love of cycling to a whole new level- the cyclo-cross course! You might be wondering the same thing as I did “What is cyclo-cross anyway?”  Cyclo-cross races typically take place in the autumn and winter and consist of several laps on a relatively short course (1 or  2 miles) with mixed terrain like, pavement, wooded trails, grass, gravel, mud, steep hills and obstacles that require the rider to dismount their bike, and carry it over the obstacle as quickly as possible.

There are bicycles that are specifically designed for cyclo-cross racing that are lightweight, with narrow tires and drop handlebars, similar to a road bike but also share some characteristics with mountain bicycles with knobby tread tires for better traction. Although lightweight cyclo-cross bikes are beneficial when lofting it over various obstacles, it isn’t necessary. I rode my mountain bike for my first cyclo-cross race and it worked just fine… it also made me pine for a cyclo-cross bike by the end of the race when I saw how flawlessly others were whipping those bikes onto their shoulders and clearing the obstacles.

At Strider we are very familiar with the importance of a lightweight all terrain bike, not only for ourselves, but for our children, and your children too! Whether you are looking for a bike for your one year old who is just learning to walk, or for your four year old who is not progressing on his heavy bike with training wheels, lightweight bikes are key to success. At only 4.9 pounds the STRIDER PRO is the perfect bike for your little one, there are tricycles on the market right now that weigh upwards of 20 pounds! Toddlers simply cannot handle that kind of weight. As parents, bicycle enthusiasts, and hopefully an inspiration to families everywhere, we are creating riders. This means getting kids off the straight, seamlessly paved sidewalks, and out conquering obstacles while providing them with the tools to do so. 

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Coffee & Donuts

 

I’m not sure anyone knows exactly how much coffee we drink here at STRIDER… But it’s a lot.

COFFEE

Nothing like a little donut sugar rush and caffeine jolt to start the day!

Cheers from all of us here at STRIDER Headquarters, may your veins be filled with caffeinated goodness, and may your access to donuts be readily available- Have a great day!

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Fat Bike Fun

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STRIDER Warehouse Manager Dave Kent, along with a group of local bicycle enthusiasts, partook in this year’s Global Fat Tire Bike Day where they rode through the snow-packed roads and trails to the ascent of 6,800 foot Custer Peak Fire Watchtower! This 9 mile trek wasn’t just a casual ride through the beautiful Black Hills; the riders had to face temperatures well below zero! (-20 wind-chill anyone?! OUCH!)

fat bike road

If you’re bummed you missed out, you’re in luck! Perry Jewett, race director of the legendary Dakota Five-0, from Spearfish, South Dakota is hosting the first annual “28 Below Fat Bike Race“. While the temperature may or may not actually be 28 below the course is sure to be challenging and brag worthy. For full details on the race visit the website HERE. If you aren’t up for the 28 mile ride, there will also be a 6 mile ski & snowshoe race. 

group fat bike

If nothing else, I will end this blog post with my favorite quote; maybe it will inspire you to try something new;

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” -Dr. Seuss 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving From Strider!

 

Rushmore

This is a day to remember and be thankful for what we have. It’s a day to spend time with family and friends enjoying each other’s company, even if they drive you up the wall every now and then!

We, at Strider Sports, are thankful that we live in such a great country! A country where there’s opportunity for a Saturday afternoon project to turn into a thriving business that connects parents and kids from all over the world through a little bike. 

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Marty Martinez

 

 Marty

 

  1. I grew up in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
  2. I love to hunt and fish with my family.
  3. Denver Broncos are my favorite NFL Team.
  4. I am not Spanish, even though my last name is Martinez.
  5. I was adopted.
  6. I lived in a school bus.
  7. My favorite color is green.
  8. Jack Kerouac’s On The Road is my favorite book.
  9. My favorite band is Social Distortion.
  10. I am in the elusive 100 days of skiing club the “Ski Bum Club.”

 

To view Marty’s full profile on our staff Bio page click HERE.

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Staff Trail Ride

STRIDER Staff went for an outing in the beautiful Black Hills last weekend.  The trail was lush and winding, the creek was babbling,  and the poison ivy was very abundant. Thankfully we all walked away rash free. 

Trail Ride Photo

After the ride we were rewarded with some of the best burgers in the Midwest at the Sugar Shack. 

bill and terry

 I love that our office has truly transferred the passion of biking to our family members and some day, hopefully not too far in the future, our kids will be telling their kids not only stories like how they walked to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm with no shoes, but that there was this silly toy that kids used to play with called the tricycle, that has since been condemned to landfills and back yard sheds, where kids were constrained to sidewalks and had to go slow or they would tip right over, and their kids would laugh at how crazy that sounded and then they would all go out and ride the same trails that started it all.

Talia

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Ann Hovdenes

 Ann

1. I love old cars, specifically 33-39 Chevys.

2. I bought my first motorcycle at 17, and I didn’t know how to ride it. My mom took me to the dealership. My boyfriend had to ride it home.

3. My husband and I own a 40 ft, 1963 school bus that we did a full conversion on. Willie G Davidson even signed the ceiling during the Sturgis Rally last year!!!

4. I grew up on a farm and walked beans and picked rock for spending money every Summer.

5. My husband and I have remodeled 3 houses so far.

6. I love to travel anywhere, anytime, any method.

7. My dream vacation is riding motorcycles through Norway and Sweden.

8. My grandmother and grandfather on my mom’s side were 1st generation American Swedes. That makes me ½ Swede, don’t cha know.

9. I learned kidney stones can be deadly; I got E. Coli blood poisoning last year from one and spent 6 days in the hospital.

10. I have a foster sister with Down Syndrome. Her name is Amy Jo, she is 43 and has been part of my family since she was 5.

To view Ann’s full staff bio click HERE!

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