Finding the right fit for your child's bike is so important, not only so that the child can comfortably and confidently ride, but so that they can ride safely. That is why we have put together a guide that will explain the sizing and measurements for our bikes and ultimately will help you in determining which bike is best suited for your child.
One of the best aspects of ordering a Guardian bike is how easy it is to setup the bike. No bicycle mechanic background is needed!
Like all bicycle brands, we receive bikes to our warehouse "85% assembled". To ensure each Guardian is setup safely for your child, professional mechanics here in the USA assemble and inspect every bike. They setup the brakes, gears, seatpost, seat, front wheel (20 inch bikes), check every nut and bolt, and put a beautiful shine on the bike.
20in bikes arrive 99% assembled = you will just need to install the pedals and handlebar.
24 inch bikes arrive 95% assembled = you will only need to install the pedals, handlebars, and front wheel.
We include high quality tools and have detailed instruction videos to make setup a breeze. If you have ever assembled anything from Ikea, you've got this no problem!
Any orders placed before 12:00pm PST, will be picked up by FedEx the same day. Any orders after 12:00pm PST, will be picked up by FedEx the next day. All bikes ship out of Southern California using FedEx Ground Service. To see how many business days it will take for the bike to arrive, click the link below (note - the pickup day is not included in the number of business days it will take to arrive).
Deciding on a single speed vs geared 20 inch bike comes down to four aspects:
Color - the single speed and 6 speed 20 inch bikes come in different colors. Which color does your son/daughter like the best?
Type of riding - If your child is going to take longer bike rides or traversing hilly terrain, then they will benefit from having a bike with multiple gears. If your child will be riding around the neighborhood, then a single speed bike should work great.
Maintenance - single speed bikes requirement less maintenance than geared bikes. As your child continues to use the bike, cables will begin to stretch, causing the shifting system to need adjustments. Most of the time these adjustments can be done by hand. See SETUP section in the FAQ for "THE GEARS ARE NOT SHIFTING PROPERLY".
Experience - if your child is successfully starting, riding, and stopping a bike, gears are the final step to teach them and may be a useful option for them. If you child is just starting to learn riding a bike, gears may be too complex for their first bike.
Note: If you decide to choose a bike with gears, you can leave the bike in the same gear until your child is ready to start using the shifter.
Both the 20 inch and 24 inch bikes do not have a rear long axle long enough for standard training wheels. Our bikes were designed to not work with standard training wheels because we believe there is an easier and quicker way to teach children to ride a bike. Over the past several years, balance bikes (bikes without pedals), have become incredibly popular by teaching children to learn balancing first. Following this same approach, we recommend leaving the pedals off our bikes and letting your child learn balance first by pushing the bike forward with their feet. Once they start to get a hang of balancing, you can install the pedals and let them start to ride with you by their side. In no time, they will be riding away on their own! Lots of our customers have had success using this approach with their children. Here is a video showing this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqgCxgd3l2g
Great question! The simple explanation... With SureStop, the front brake will only engage when there is weight over the rear tire and the bicycle is moving forward. This is what makes SureStop so safe.
The overly technical explanation... Read steps 1,2,3 at this link http://www.surestop.bike/technology.html. As our patented brake pad makes contact with the rim, the force of the rear wheel moving forward slides the brake pad forward and engages the front brake. This means the bicycle needs to be moving forward for the front brake to engage. The technology prevents head-over-handlebar accidents because once the rear wheel starts to become unweighted (i.e. as the child's weight shifts forward), the amount of front brake is reduced.
Our trained mechanics will setup your derailleur before the bike(s) ship to you. During shipping or after some use, the shifter cable may stretch, leading to adjustments needed on the derailleur. Most of the time these adjustments can be done by hand with no tools required! Click the video below for quick adjustments. The video automatically starts at 4:58.