Strider Bikes, CEO Ryan McFarland and his parents Joe & Sandra
Balance and steering are the most difficult things to learn about riding a bicycle, Ryan McFarland of Rapid City believes. That’s why, when his son was about to learn to ride a bike, McFarland invented the Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike. Its simplicity makes it easy to learn to ride, and that builds confidence in a young rider, eliminating fear and confusion. The young rider propels himself with his feet, which eliminates the need to worry about learning to pedal while learning the techniques of balance and leaning. Strider Bikes observed its 10th anniversary in business this year, still headquartered in Rapid City but selling its bicycles all over the globe.