This week, children’s bike brand Strider announced their Adaptive Strider Program for toddlers with height and limb differences. The goal is to make cycling more accessible for all bodies at any age. The brand’s new program works directly with parents to create a proper fit and add appropriate mounts and modifications to the classic balance bikes, at no added cost.
According to Strider, the program gives toddlers with height and limb differences the opportunity to ride a one-of-a-kind bike that properly fits them. “One of our main goals at Strider is to make the learn-to-ride process easy for anyone of any ability,” said Strider Founder and CEO Ryan McFarland. “We do not want physical limitations to prevent a child from experiencing the thrill of riding.”
Once the child’s measurements are received from the parent or guardian, Strider’s Fabrication Team will determine what parts and modifications are needed to adapt the bike. RAM Mounts, a company that makes a wide range of adaptive mounts for wheelchairs and other devices, has come on board as a partner for this program. It will help create unique mounts to create holds for toddlers using prosthetic limbs.
For example, Strider highlights the story of Ryder Morgan, a happy young boy born with a medical condition called Symbrachydactyly. He is missing all his fingers on the left side—but that hasn’t stopped him from wanting to ride a bike.
“When Ryder started to take interest in his bike, it was very challenging for him to stay balanced and stable because he could only grip one side,” Crystal, Ryder’s mom, said on Strider’s Blog. Strider was able to help create an adaptive handlebar addition that would make it easier for Ryder to stay balanced—and now, he’s loving the ride.
Strider also shared a story of three-year-old Tabor Brooks, who was born with an upper limb difference. A set of adaptive handlebars has allowed him to start rolling around the neighborhood and has given him even more confidence. “I think it’s great for other kids to see that Tabor looks different, but hey, he can do the same things that they can do!” his mom Tara told Strider.
Something as simple as a bike that fits and feels good might not seem like a big deal, but for any age rider, finding a bike that gives them confidence and control can mean everything. To learn more about the Adaptive Strider Program, go to striderbikes.com/adaptive.
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