STRIDER™ Wins Top Fun Award for No-Pedal Balance Bike

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STRIDER acknowledged for developing motor skills and boosting confidence.


It’s fantastic to get national recognition for what you do, but our real motivation in designing STRIDER balance bikes is getting young children on the road to enjoying mobility and riding with their families as soon as possible.

Strider Sports Intl., Inc., the leader in the design and manufacture of no-pedal, balance bikes, was just named a 2013 winner of the prestigious The Tillywig Top Fun Award for the company’s popular ST- model bike. Tillywig Awards are given annually for the nation’s very best toys and games judged on criteria that includes fun, safety and entertainment value.

The Strider ST- balance bike helps young children develop balance, coordination and confidence on a bicycle at an early age, and starts even the youngest riders in the family on the path toward a fun, active outdoor lifestyle. Traditional bicycles and tricycles place too much of the focus on learning to pedal which detracts from children developing motor skills and the ability to balance on two wheels, central components of riding a bicycle.

The Tillywig review says about the STRIDER, “Most importantly, it's your child's confidence that will grow, making riding a pleasurable experience from the get-go and enabling a smooth transition to pedal-riding when the time is right.”

By using a STRIDER no pedal, balance bike, young riders from 18 months-5 years get to experience the fun and freedom of riding a bike without relying on training wheels or the imbalance of three wheeled bikes. At only 6.7 pounds, the ST-model is designed for lightweight maneuverability, making it manageable but sturdy enough for children up to the age of five years old.

“We’re thrilled that Tillywig has recognized us with this award,” says Strider Founder and CEO, Ryan McFarland. “It’s fantastic to get national recognition for what you do, but our real motivation in designing STRIDER balance bikes is getting young children on the road to enjoying mobility and riding with their families as soon as possible.”

More features of the ST- include footrests for gliding, adjustable seats and handlebars, and EVA polymer tires that don’t require air or maintenance. For more information about STRIDER models or upcoming events visit


About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage Toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in Rapid City, South Dakota in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. At Strider, we love riding bikes, and we love inspiring kids to ride. Our mission is to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that develop two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, weight and ease-of-use combine to eliminate any fear of riding; instilling confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find STRIDER Bikes in your area, visit

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes

If your toddler can walk, your toddler can ride! STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows even the youngest children 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. STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. STRIDER Bikes are available at a variety of bike, motorcycle and toy retailers nationwide, and online at

About Tillywig Top Fun Award

Each year, the Tillywig Toy & Media Awards Program delivers to consumers, retailers and the media information on the best new toys, games, apps, music, books, and a host of other products. In addition to the evaluation of products, the Tillywig program also awards a small number of retail stores each year for their ongoing contributions to promoting high quality, innovative new products. Product awards are given on the basis of group play tests, the primary purpose of which is evaluating the entertainment and/or educational value of the products submitted. Retailer awards are given on the basis of information procured through online research as well as interviews with manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. (

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