Here’s a little inspiration for your Saturday. If you fall down, make sure that you’ve got friends around to help pick you back on track!
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We’ve all seen our little ones playing with their toy bikes and cars. Check out the video below with your STRIDER Riders to see just what they may be imagining…
Now, go outside and have some fun!
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a new video comes out that blows your mind! Peel your kids away from their Saturday morning cartoons and see what they think of this new one from Red Bull.
Now head outside and get in some STRIDER time!
Sometimes it’s too wet, cold, or dark to go STRIDER riding outside. Here’s the perfect solution to inside down time…STRIDER Coloring Pages!
Just click on the image below and a printable pdf file will automatically download for some indoor fun on Thanksgiving Day!
Or print out the STRIDER silhouette and make a Hand Turkey going for a ride!
Have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Coloring.
Here is a great new video to watch with your STRIDER Riders for some inspiration! These trials riders, including Danny MacAskill, show just how important balance is on a bike.
The balance skills your little one is learning on their STRIDER will carry through to all types of fun later in life…even if they never jump off a 10 foot pergola in Barcelona!
Check out the video, then turn off your screens and get outside! Have a great Saturday.
Happy STRIDERday! We’re all about balance here at STRIDER Bikes. That is one reason that we love Martyn Ashton, Chris Akrigg, and Danny Macaskill SOOOO much! If you’ve never seen a video of these three trials experts…you’re welcome.
Just think, your STRIDER rider is laying the foundation for riding a wheelie on a railroad track!
Watch it with your STRIDER rider, then head outside and make some 2 wheeled memories of your own.
At STRIDER, we love bikes! We use them for fun, commuting, family time, getting groceries, and much more. This cool video from our friends at Rocky Mountain Bicycles will add an entirely new perspective to what can be done with a bike.
Watch the video and then get outside, ride your bike, and make some music of your own!
Once kids learn how to read and write their own name, anything personalized becomes even more special to them!
Here is a quick easy project you can do with your child (between the ages of 6 and 10 years old.)
These are the supplies you will need:
1. Card Stock. (Color of your choice)
2. Zip ties. (You could also use twist bread ties or pipe cleaners.)
3. Marker or other writing utinsil. (I used a good ol’ trusty sharpie.)
5. Hole Punch. (This is optional. You could also use the scissors for the holes.)
6. Tape (Or glue.)
7. (Not pictured) Any other decorating supplies you can think of! This can be as simple or extravagant as they want!
After your child is finished with his or her personalized license plate, you can use a plastic bag and packaging tape to waterproof, or peel and stick laminating sheets. Again, this is optional, but it will help extend the life of their masterpiece a little bit longer!
Attach the plate to your child’s bike around the seat rails. If you are using zip ties, cut off the excess ends of the ties for your child.
Now your child can tear it up with thier new custom plate! Post pictures of your child’s new personalized STRIDER license plate on our facebook page!
Hey Moms and Dads! While summer is not officially over, it is for most of the school ages kids out there. If you’re like many stay at home moms (or dads) with toddlers you have one or two older siblings heading off to school and lots of new quality time to spend with your Striding toddlers. Sometimes it’s tough to make the same ol’ bike ride new and fun. Here are some ideas that might help you jump start your riding routine if you have fallen off the biking wagon, or if you’re stuck in a rut with a boring route, this might help mix it up a bit!
1. Try taking the path less traveled.
One of the best parts, or maybe THE best part about the STRIDER is that you can go on any terrain, that means stepping out of your comfort zone and getting off the paved paths you’re accustomed to. If you really want to go over to that abandoned construction site and plow over some gravel piles, go for it! Slap on some bug spray and hit the woods, there are so many adventures to be had on hiking paths and nature trails. Especially when you’re only 3 feet tall!
2. Make it a picnic.
Bring a snack or pick a destination for lunch. Kids tend to feel more in control, and get a sense of accomplishment when they know that they have reached their goal of a specific destination. A rewarding healthy lunch with mom or dad is a great way to celebrate!
3. Go on a scavenger hunt.
Put on a backpack and make a list of things you want to find or do on your bike ride and let your child check the things off the list. Some examples might be:
Find one big and one little pine cone
Pick up a piece of trash you find on the ground to show you love our planet
Take a picture of a bird with mom or dads phone
Find a stick in the shape of the letter Y
See if you can balance long enough to sing your ABC’s without putting your feet down
4. Hit the slopes
Whether we like it or not, Christmas and winter will be here before we know it, and if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where it snows the STRIDER Snow Ski is an AWESOME accessory to beat the winter blues and get outside.
Even though these are just a few ideas of ways to liven up your bike rides, the possibilities are endless. Have fun with your little ones and enjoy your adventures together!
Clipless or flat pedals?
Clipless pedals are actually the opposite of what you would think. They are pedals that have cleats which are attached to your shoes and attach (clip) directly to the pedal. Some people think you have more control and actually become one with the bike. I agree that you become one with the bike, I mean, come on… you’re attached to the bicycle. To unclip you have to turn your foot about 15 degrees and the cleats unclip from the pedal. The term “clipless pedal” actually originated from flat pedals that had a leather strap that fit over your toes. They called these straps, clips. Once the manufactures came up with pedals where your feet were not attached to the peddal with the straps, “clips”, they called them “clipless”. I hope this clarifies the term.
Flat pedals are a bit more simple and a lot less intimidating. Flats are exactly what they sound like… pedals that are flat. You don’t need any special shoes, no special cleats and no intimidating tip-over fear.
Now, the question at hand, are you wasting energy?
The debate over clipless vs. flats yeilds an enromous amount of vaired responses. Everyone has their opinion on why one is better than the other and there is no way you’ll be able to change their mind. People say clipless allow you to apply power to the pedal during the whole stroke (circle) where flats only allow you to apply power on the down-stroke. My opinion (which might upset some of you) is that you can’t pedal in a circle. Really, try it and think about pulling up on the pedal at the same time you’re thinking about pushing down. Now, if you’re really thinking about this you’re probably doing one more than the other resulting in less power overall and less concentration… so you just crashed.
I’m not saying clipless pedals are bad. I use them and have for over 10 years on multiple bikes. I’ve raced against people who were using flats and you know what? They passed me. Obviously, I was outraged because I was a racer. Look at me, I have clipless pedals. I’m supposed to be fast. Wrong!
I’ve been considering going back to flat pedals. I get made fun of all the time when I do because it’s not the “normal” thing to do on the trail. People don’t consider you a cyclist without clipless pedals. My opinion is that you’ll probably become a better rider using flat pedals because you’ll have to become one with the bike, not just be attached to it. It’s really hard going from clipless to flats on a trail because you feel the bike move around beneath you where your feet bounce around and things just don’t seem stable. But, once you’ve been riding with flats a while, it’s magnificent how much control you can have and how much confidence you can build. It starts with the small things so if you’re new to riding or if you’ve been riding with clipless pedals, switch them out for a nice set of flats and see how much it changes your riding style. I won’t guarantee anything except that you’ll have fun. How can you not? You’re riding your bike.
Confidence. Starting out with the basics. These words all sound familiar. They are the reason why STRIDER bikes work. Kids start with the basics, balance, coordination and confidence. Once kids learn those foundational functions you will be amazed at what they can do just like you will.
So, what do you think? Flats or clipless? Why? Post to the comments.
If you’re new to riding flats on a mountain bike trail, it might be a good idea to wear long pants or get some shin gaurds. If your foot falls off the pedal and it hits you right in the shin… well, just remember to.