Children First: Strider Bikes help with coordination - KOTA Territory News

Children First: Strider Bikes help with coordination


What began as a weekend project in a KOTA Territory man's garage 6 years ago, has quickly grown into a profitable business with sales in 35 countries.  Strider Bikes, which are no pedal balance bikes, are increasing in popularity, and not just because they're unique.
At just 2 years-old, Tanner Engesser hopped on his first Strider. His parents, Trevin and Catrina Engesser, call it the first logical step toward motorcross racing. They say riding the Strider has taught Tanner to balance on two wheels.

The inventor of the bike, Ryan McFarland, says the size weight and ease of use combine to eliminate any fear of riding, instilling confidence in young riders and improving coordination.
That's something the Engesser's see in Tanner.  "I think it's the best way for them to learn balance for any other sport," Trevin Engesser said.

A recent study on balance bikes and toddlers conducted at the University of South Dakota indicated that the Strider showed significant improvements in children's limit of stability scores. The maintenance-free tires help. The bike weighs in at just six-point-seven pounds, making it easy for toddlers to maneuver.
You can purchase Strider bikes at various bike and motorcycle shops, and online at

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