Did you know how Strider started?
Racing on pedal-less bikes, at least by kids, didn’t really take off until a few years ago. Then a mechanically inclined father decided to strip down his 18-month-old son’s bike so he could ride around on the family’s land in South Dakota, USA.
A mountain bike and dirt bike enthusiast, Ryan McFarland wanted his son Bode to ride along with him. Bode had plastic toys he could push around in, but he was too small to ride clunky, heavy tricycles and bikes with training wheels.
Ryan came from a family of engineers. His grandfather was a race car engineer and his father owned a motorcycle shop. He held several patents from his own inventions, including a bicycle seat post and a suspension system for wheelchairs.
So when Bode needed something different, it was natural for Ryan to take a blowtorch to his son’s bike, chopping it down and taking away everything that was unnecessary for a little rider and that added additional weight.
“I would have people driving down the road next to us where he’s tiny and zipping along the sidewalk. People driving down the road would pull over, get out and ask us about this bike because they had a little kid and they can’t believe he’s riding so well,” McFarland said. “After enough of those, it’s like OK, I’m evidently onto something and I’m missing the boat if I don’t do something.”
McFarland started Strider Sports International in 2007 to develop and sell balance bikes. Because it was created with performance riding in mind, not as a toy, the Strider became the standard for balance bikes with over 1 million bikes now sold
DO NOT CONFUSE A STRIDER with another brand of balance bike. Many try and imitate - poorly.