Strider giving away 7 bikes a day to kids with special needs

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The joy of life on two wheels doesn’t come easily for everyone. For kids with special needs the freedom and excitement of wind in their hair can be far more challenging. This year Strider Sports is donating seven bikes every day to kids with special needs, and you can nominate a family member.

Strider’s balance bikes aren’t just for toddlers either. They build three models that can fit anyone from ages 18 months to adulthood. While Strider balance bikes weren’t originally designed for users with special needs, they are easily adopted because the users’ feet can stay on the ground for balance.

If you have a family member who you think would love to receive a Strider bike, just take a photo, submit their story and include the name of the special needs organization to which they belong. You can send your nomination through the Strider Sports website.

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Interbike: Yuba Flip Flop balance bike

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We can thank the smarty-pants over in Europe for introducing balance bikes to American parents many years ago, and now we can thank a Frenchman for introducing the ultimate kid’s bike, the Yuba Flip Flop.

Best known for its adult cargo bikes, Yuba unveiled the Flip Flop at Interbike last week, incorporating a curiously simple concept to extend the life of the bike as your child grows: flip the frame, flop the position of the bars, rack, seat and front wheel. Voila! You’ve added another inch and year to the bike’s use.

Yuba founder Benjamin Sarrazin, a native of Strasbourg, France, developed the patented Flip Flop with serial designer Barley Forsman (CamelBak, Specialized, Volagi). Aimed at children aged 1-½ to 6 years old, the Flip Flop comes in three colors: lime, raspberry and aqua. It should be available in November in stores and online. Price is $149.

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See all our 2014 Interbike coverage here.

 

 

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