It really has been a great year at Strider Bike UK.
What with the awards we’ve won, being out and about with the Strider Adventure Zone around the UK, The Cycle Show, some very successful and enlightening research projects projects completed, and new product launches thrown into the mix as well, it’s almost a wonder we’ve had a chance to sell any balance bikes!
But we have, and in actual fact our sales have been very healthy as well.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the amazing team we have at Strider Bike and of course, you, our customer.
So we’d like to take this opportunity to say a very heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who has contributed to the proceedings throughout 2015 - it really does mean a lot to us.
And to end the year in style, here are a few of our highlights.
The Awards in 2015 …
We’ve been lucky enough to get a few of these in 2015 and they’re all testament to the fantastic product we work so hard to develop and manufacture.
In fact, we ran a Press Release around this subject earlier in the year as it really is something to shout about.
We got a Silver in the Best Toy Awards 2015 run by Right Start and this got us featured in their Best Toy Guide this year.
Mumii gave us not one, but two awards for our new Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike and you can imagine we were thrilled to receive an accolade from such a hugely influential online platform - particularly as one of these was a priceless Consumer Choice Award.
If you voted, thanks very much! We appreciate your support.
We also won Bronze in the Mother and Baby Awards - this was for the Best Toddler Toy - 24 Months Category, again for the Strider 12 Sport.
And last, but definitely not least, we won a Gold in the first Dad Rated Awards in the Best Toddler Toy 1-5 Years Category.
And what won us this? Yep, you guessed it, the Strider 12 Sport!
An adventure round the UK …
2015 also saw us take our Strider Adventure Zone on a roadshow around the UK.
This was a stunning spectacle and an experience we’ll never forget.
The Strider Adventure Zone is a key part of our activity calendar every year and as it says on our Events Page it is ...
“Designed for kids of all abilities aged between 18 months and 5 years, to test ride the Strider and make friends while improving their biking skills.”
Speedy toddlers in 2015 …
Our Strider Championship Races in Birmingham and Kent were also a roaring success in 2015.
It’s always so worthwhile to watch the pint-sized racers buzzing around the track having an awesome time and it’s also a great chance for the adults to have a catch up and a bit of fun as well.
We’d love to see you there!
The Cycle Show
This ran from the 25th - 27th September at the NEC in Birmingham and was huge spectacle.
We were absolutely shattered by the end of it but we felt extremely satisfied with our show stand that proved really popular.
We ran a competition to win a Strider 12 Sport and were overwhelmed with entries. The Kids Test Track was overrun by speedy toddlers flashing around all over the place.
And then there were the spectacles that the organisers of the Cycle Show put on themselves like the Big Air Invitational and the brilliant Electric Bike Track.
Successful Research Studies in 2015 …
During a four week study the University of South Dakota proved that a Strider Bike will improve the balance and coordination skills in pre-school age children.
We kind of knew this anyway, but it’s great to have it scientifically proven.
Read the full report here.
However, something that is less well-known is that balance bikes help children on the Autism spectrum as well.
Dr. Andrew Shim, Chair of Briar Cliff University's Kinesiology and Human Performance Department in the USA ran a study that showed a definite improvement in stability and functional fitness in children with autism after using a Strider Bike for just two weeks.
This is very interesting stuff and, again, we have a full report here.
As you can see, we’ve been very busy in 2015 meaning we needed that festive break to recharge the batteries ready for more big strides forward in 2016.
We hope you have a wonderful New Year.
Keep Striding in 2016!