As a boy, Ryan McFarland (Inventor, Founder, President, CEO, and Chief Enthusiast) developed a passion for riding dirt bikes and mountain bikes; his Dad owned a Yamaha dealership and raced dirt bikes himself. Those hours that Ryan spent growing up in his dad’s shop, surrounded by the magical sensory overload that riding provides, resulted in a passion that he wanted to pass on to his children.
When Ryan McFarland watched his eager son, Bode, of just 20 pounds struggle with the weight and complexity of a so-called "children’s bike," his enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration. Yet, his love for riding and passion for spending time with his family and teaching them to ride was greater. So, he took the bike and started cutting, grinding, and unbolting every piece of non-essential weight he could find. When he got to the drive train, which includes the pedals, cranks, bearings, chain, and sprockets, he pondered how to make it lighter and finally decided to remove it completely With a few more cuts and welds, he was able to move the frame down further to lower the center of gravity and increase stability. Suddenly his little boy with a 12” inseam could sit on the bike with both feet solidly on the ground. He knew walking would be the easiest and most natural way to propel the bike for his son and that is exacly what little Bode did without a second thought.
The result was the Strider Balance Bike, making learning to ride so simple that the statement, “If they can walk, they can ride” became a reality. With his son now able to share in the joy of riding, both a lifetime skill and meaningful bond was created. Now Team Strider is here for you too, so become one of the early adopters that change the paradigm of how your child learns to ride and set a new standard for how young children explore the world on two wheels.
From the company Founder all the way to the warehouse shipping staff, Strider Sports Intl., Inc. is full of riding enthusiasts, most of whom are also parents of young Strider Balance Bike-riding children. Our team knows kids, knows riding, and knows how to make a learning bike that truly functions for young riders.
At Strider, we love riding bikes and we love inspiring kids to ride. Our mission is to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain balance bikes that build two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children.