on TWO WHEELS
The Founder of Strider
DESIGNER- RYAN MCFARLAND
Hi, my names Ryan McFarland.
When I was a boy my dad owned a motorcycle shop and raced dirt bikes, this is where my passion for riding dirt and mountain bikes came in. When I became a father, and my son turned 2 I was eager to get him out riding a bike, but this soon turned to disappointment when my son of just 20 pounds struggled with the weight and complexity of these so-called 'children's bikes'.
Being a dad I wanted him to succeed; the racer in me wanted to build him a better bike.
After days of ideas, I removed the entire drive train which dramatically lightened and simplified the bike. It also allowed me to cut the frame down further to lower the center of gravity and increase the stability – now my little boy could sit on the bike with both feet solidly on the ground. My son soon learned how to ride and balance a bike perfectly, as he was no longer afraid of falling, I still remember him shouting 'watch me, watch me'!
The essence of riding is balancing on two wheels and leaning through turns. Propulsion can come in many forms, the simplest of which is 'striding'.
When you get a STRIDER™ balance bike, you aren't just buying a bike off the shelf, you are entering your kid and yourself into something bigger. You are becoming part of the STRIDER™ community worldwide. Here at STRIDER™, we don't only just want you to buy bikes but we also want your kid to be actively involved in STRIDER™ held events. From just fun day activities to local races and oversea's competition. STRIDER™ isn't just a balance bike brand but it also is a lifestyle. If you think STRIDER™ is just for kids, think again. STRIDER™ has various sizes even for teenagers to adults, so everyone can be in on the action. As we say a family that rides together stays together. Imagining your kid and you striding off into the sunset.
STRIDER™ has sold over a million and a half bikes to date and still more are being sold every day. It also has garnered numerous awards over the years making STRIDER™ the leading industry in No-Pedal Balance Bikes. These bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. It also encourages the development of spatial awareness, balance, and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer.