Disclaimer: We were invited to attend an event and learn about Guardian Bikes with our friends at GigaSavvy. No compensation was received. All opinions and experiences are my own and not influenced in any way.
I actually haven’t really talked about it on the blog much, but I have a special needs kid. Our family and close friends know about my oldest son’s autism diagnosis, but I am not very vocal about it. He is high-functioning, so my goal as a mom is to just guide him and help him navigate life and try to achieve the same goals as his peers without too much intervention. Basically, I just want him to feel like a regular kid.
When we were invited to a family picnic with Guardian Bikes, I was a little nervous at first. None of my kids know how to ride a bike, including my almost-ten-year-old. Call it a bad mom moment if you want, but it is what it is. I don’t always have the patience for things like this, and while my oldest is high-functioning, his biggest struggles are balance, coordination, and motor skill development. Things that are important to riding a bike. But, we showed up anyway, because I try to teach my kids that even if you can’t do something, you should still show up. (Physically and metaphorically, though I’m not so sure they get the metaphorical part yet.)
The founders of Guardian Bikes found that children’s bikes were lacking something very important; a safe braking system. CEO Brian Riley was inspired to create his SureStop braking system after his grandfather was injured flipping over his bicycle after grabbing the front brake too hard. SureStop brakes use one lever to control the front and rear brakes together, making it almost impossible to flip forward when stopping suddenly. After applying this technology to several adult brands, Riley wondered why children’s bikes didn’t take this as seriously.
Most children’s bike manufacturers aren’t interested in making a durable bike for kids, so Riley did what he thought was best and began manufacturing his own line of safer children’s bikes. And so Guardian Bikes was born, officially launching in September 2015.
But that’s not the only thing that makes Guardian Bikes special. The list of safety features also includes:
Easy Ride Geometry
Wheel base is extended and bottom bracket is lowered for an overall lower center of gravity, making the bike harder to tip over and easier to ride.
Guardian Bikes’ steering components make it easier for kids to steer as they ride.
Mostly made of aluminum, Guardian Bikes are easier for a child to control due to their light weight.
High Quality Components
-Double wall rims for durability
Because of all of these amazing features, I was able to watch my oldest son do something I didn’t think he would be able to do. Thanks to some help from Brian, he was able to ride a bike without training wheels for the first time ever!
And shortly after that, I watched my six year old do the same thing.
I may have shed a few happy tears that day.
The little guy needed a bit more help, but he was still enjoying the ride.
Here’s The Facts about Guardian Bikes:
Guardian bikes are….
-For children ages 4-12
-Designed in 20” and 24” size frames
-Designed in bold colors and patterns for both boys and girls
-The only children’s bikes with SureStop brake technology
-Officially launching September 2015
-Soon to be available online and at specialty retailers
-Priced at $399
Sadly, we didn’t get to keep any of the Guardian Bikes, but you can bet they made it onto everyone’s Christmas wish list. Brian Riley founded Guardian Bikes with the intention of preventing the millions of bike accidents that happen to children each year. His patented SureStop brake technology, among other features, allow children to explore the world in motion with confidence. I think he succeeded.