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    Celebrity YouTuber, EvanTube, Dad Testifies: "Guardian Bikes are the World's Safest Bikes"

    While the saying goes, “nothing substitutes for experience,” most of us would rather find ways to protect our kids from some of the more “preventable experiences” some of us have gone through while growing up.

    And one famous dad can certainly attest to that.

    “DaddyTube” from the hit Youtube Channel EvanTube has had his fair share of bike accidents – especially the infamous “head-over-handlebars” kind.

    A Perfect Match

    “When Guardian Bikes approached the famous YouTubing family, we had no idea about DaddyTube’s previous accidents,” said Kyle Jansen, Co-Founder of Guardian Bikes.  “While we don’t like seeing anyone go through that experience, DaddyTube calling us The World’sSafest Bike is that much more meaningful to us.”

    In November 2016, EvanTube, a YouTube channel with more than 3.4M subscribers, that features kid fun, toys, challenges, animals, video games, and more, featured Guardian Bikes among their reviews. The video highlights unboxing and setting up the kids’ new Guardian Bike. “It’s so easy that a kid can do it,” little sister Jillian says as she sets up her new bike. 

    “These bikes come pre-installed with the SureStop brake system. This completely prevents head over handlebars accidents caused by braking mistakes,” Dad explains, highlighting that while there are still two brakes on the bike, there’s only one controller, which prevents braking mistakes from happening.

    Speaking From Personal Experience

    As it turns out, DaddyTube knows just how easy it is for accidents like these to happen. “I actually know first hand how it feels to go over your handle bars,” DaddyTube said.“A couple of summers ago, we were in Hawaii and we were riding down the side of a volcano with MommyTube, and I actually hit the front brake by accident,” as his helmet cam shows him literally going head over the handlebars and onto the pavement (thank goodness for helmets!).

    “There was DaddyTube laying there on the ground,” MommyTube shared, “A bloody mess… Just frightening.”

    Test-Driven. Parent Approved.

    “With this bike (Guardian), it’s impossible to do that (go over the handlebars)” DaddyTube concluded. Mommy and DaddyTube even “test drove” the new Guardian bikes down their steep driveway, slamming on the brakes to show just how “fool proof” the braking system is.

    “We believe bikes should be a normal part of childhood,” Brian Riley, Guardian CEO continued, “but accidents like these shouldn’t… Especially now when we have the capability to eliminate this common type of biking accident.”

    And Riley would know. Fifteen years ago, Riley’s grandfather, Lee Bowman, was biking when a car cut him off, Bowman panicked, and hit the front brakes just a little too hard, sending him “head over handlebars” into the road, and into a lengthy visit to the hospital.

    “I will never forget how I felt when I got the news,” Riley said. “No one, and especially no parent, wants to think about their kids being in a life-altering accident like that. We want everyone to be able to ride free from having to overthink the braking experience, and just enjoy the ride.”

    See the review below or visit EvanTube Raw.

    Creating Memories

    We all have that one epic bike story that goes a little something like this:

    “When I turned 7 I became the coolest kid on the block. My dad drove me down to the bike shop on my birthday and had me pick out my first bike. When I got home and rolled up on the street with my brand new pair of wheels, I could feel the ‘bike envy’ radiating off my friends (a feeling I still like to bask in to this day). Feeling magnanimous, I let every kid get some ride time in on my new beauty. As I watched my friend fly down the street on my steed, an all-too familiar scene played out: a quick slam on both brake levers. Like Superman he launched off of that navy-blue mountain bike face-first into an asphalt ground, getting more grated than a block of cheese. That birthday I blew out 7 candles on my cake and my friend blew out two teeth.”

    Accidents on bikes are not fun. All the bruised knees, scraped shins, and Band-Aids are testaments to a freedom, but a hard-earned one. Albeit, the worst type of accident is the dreaded catapult launch that comes with aggressive front brake usage. That’s why we’ve developed a method that is purposely designed to reduce the use of gauze and hydrogen peroxide in the aftermath of accidents. Thanks to our patented single brake lever system, we’ve revolutionized a way to stop the all-too familiar head-over-handlebar accidents that make mom’s stomach churn.

    It started when we began to identify why these accidents are so prolific with kids specifically. Kids panic- they falter and freeze, unsure of what to do or which brake to grab. Kids make mistakes that adults maybe wouldn’t, because they’re still developing and learning. It seems pretty obvious, but if it is so obvious, then why give them an option to “mess up” in the first place? By reducing the room for error, we’re reducing the amount of tooth-chipping, elbow scrapes, and head bonks that naturally come with the territory.

    Some of you might be thinking “it’s a rite of passage,” “we all have to have that one major spill to talk about,” or “that’s how you learn to get back up and try again,” but we believe that serious, sometimes even fatal injury shouldn’t be something people take lightly.

    That’s why we developed the Guardian Bike - it fills a specific niche that we feel hasn’t been properly addressed or solved. We all know that a child’s first 10 years of life are crucial to development and growth, both physically and mentally. We felt this calling to create a bike that is specifically designed for kids who are learning. The fact is kids are constantly growing and learning, and they have unique growing mechanisms both physically and mentally that require them to have a bike that’s unique to them - the Guardian Bike.

    At Guardian we eliminate the confusion kids might face when learning how to ride a bike, especially when learning how to stop properly. By making a single lever brake system and requiring only one action, one thought, one movement to stop safely, we allow the child to free-up brain space and focus on more important things – like being aware of their surroundings. Kinesiology Professor Bono at Cal State Fullerton on the subject: “I can tell you that if something is more automatic (like an easier brake to operate such as SureStop), then the brain is definitely freed up to concentrate on other things.”

    It’s simple to see that with the option of one versus two brakes, one takes the cake. Not only does it stand for safety, it also stands for more focus in the ever growing brain of a child. “The growing neural networks of connected neurons and fibers are essential to the transmission of information throughout the brain… These interconnected networks of neurons are very important to the formation of memories and the connection of new learning to previous learning. As skills become more automatic, [a] child does not have to think as hard about what he or she is learning or doing, and brain resources are freed up to be used for complex tasks that require more and more attention and processing.” (American Psychological Association). SureStop makes braking feel automatic, so brain resources are free to focus on the more important things while riding.

    Guardian Bikes are literally making memories- in more ways than one. Just like the enthusiast rider has his or her “perfect” bike, kids can now have that for themselves. Something that gives them a better experience and a way to have even more fun while riding. Creating more confident riders, who feel safer while riding, is what makes our wheels turn.

    12 Family-Friendly Bike Trails in Southern California

    So you just bought Junior a shiny new bike for the holidays and now the family is ready to take it out for a spin… Like any present, this new bike needs a test ride! The only question is “where?”

    Lucky for you, we compiled the definitive list of the best family-friendly biking paths in Southern California. Paying careful attention to routes for newer riders, roads that the whole family can enjoy in terms of distance and difficulty level, and the amount of traffic on these trails, we’ve assigned a “family-friendliness rating” on a scale of 1-10 (10 = extremely family-friendly). So, this holiday season, spend some quality time with loved ones and explore both the natural and urban beauty of SoCal on a bike. 

    Here’s our list, in no particular order, with a link to a map and/or a helpful guide for the trail. Be sure to comment on any we missed!

     

    Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail 

    Family-friendliness rating: 9

    More info: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/huntington-beach-bike-trail/map

     

    Castaways Trail 

    Family-friendliness rating: 9

    More info: http://www.traillink.com/trail/castaways-trail.aspx

     

    Upper Bay Trail 

    Family-friendliness rating:

    More info: http://www.traillink.com/trail/upper-bay-trail.aspx

     

    San Diego Creek Trail

    Family-friendliness rating: 4

    More info: http://www.mapmyride.com/us/laguna-woods-ca/san-diego-creek-trail-route-5093049

     

    Bonita Canyon Trail

    Family-friendliness rating: 6

    More info: http://www.traillink.com/trail/bonita-canyon-trail.aspx

     

    Shady Canyon Trail  Quail Hill Trail:

    Family-friendliness rating: 8

    More info: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1048631

     

    Harvard Trail: 

    Family-friendliness rating: 5

    More info: https://www.traillink.com/trail/harvard-trail.aspx

     

    Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

    Family-friendliness rating: 8

    More info: http://www.traillink.com/trail/aliso-creek-riding-and-hiking-trail.aspx

     

    Salt Creek Trail

    Family-friendliness rating: 7.5

    More info: http://www.traillink.com/trail/salt-creek-trail-(ca).aspx

     

    The Strand Beach Path

    Family-friendliness rating: 5-9 (depending on where you are on the bike path, parents are advised to make good judgement calls on what areas would be safer for their children)

    More info: http://southerncaliforniabeaches.org/BikePath.php

     

    San Clemente Beach Path

    Family-friendliness rating: 7

    More info: http://www.traillink.com/trail/san-clemente-beach-trail-.aspx

     

    Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve 

    Family-friendliness rating: 5

    More info: http://ocparks.com/parks/newport/

     

    3 Things to Look for When Buying a Kids Bike

    Learning to ride a bike – transitioning away from training wheels, figuring out how to manage hand lever controlled brakes for the first time, and the like - is both an exciting and a scary time for kids and their families. To enjoy the freedom of bike riding, one must first endure a learning stage, discovering how to balance, how to turn properly and most importantly, how to stop and slow down safely. With so much attention focused on the actual process of riding a bike, looking to the bike itself as a part of this learning journey can seem out of place. But what does a well-crafted and safe children’s bike look like? What features help ensure a child experiences the freedom of riding a bike without the pain of crashing one?

    We asked Brian Riley, co-founder of Guardian Bikes, what features consumers should be looking for when purchasing a kids bike.

    “Most kids bikes are just mini versions of adult bikes,” said Riley. “Because of this, many of the features of the bike don’t fit the needs of kids learning to ride a bike.”

    Before purchasing a child’s bike, check out Riley’s list of what makes a safe, fun and durable bike:

    Weight

    A somewhat intuitive thought, the weight of a kids bike greatly affects the child’s experience in riding it. The average kids bike weighs around 30 pounds, which, for a 40-50 pound child, presents a significant challenge for balancing.

    As a comparison, an average 6-year-old weighs around 40 pounds, that’s only a mere 10 pounds more than the average child’s bike. This extra weight requires strength most 6-year-olds haven't developed yet, and it can frustrate the learning process.

    Where is this weight coming from, then? Frame material generates the majority of a bike’s overall weight. Most bikes (kids bikes included) are constructed from steel, which is on the heavier side of metals. Riley recommends a bike that utilizes a lighter metal, like aluminum, to help reduce the weight of the bike, while not giving up the integrity of the frame. With a lighter frame, balancing, turning and stopping all become much easier and much safer. 

    Frame Geometry

    The structure and shape of the frame also greatly affect riding experience. Two factors are important here: the distance from the front wheel to the back wheel and how low the child sits on the bike.

    Kids bikes with extended wheel bases (longer distances between the front and back wheel) will be much easier to balance on. By distributing the weight throughout the bike, the overall stability of the bike increases significantly and accidents from sudden (but sometimes necessary) jerks become much less common.

    Additionally, bikes that sit lower to the ground, lowering the child’s center of gravity, ease the strain of balancing while riding. Like riding in a canoe, the chance of tipping over is greatly decreased if a person is sitting versus standing. The lower the center of the bike sits, the closer the child is to the ground, and – you guessed it – the more balance he/she has. 

    Brakes

    When riding a bike, stopping is just as important as going. Any road a rider is on can contain a variety of different obstacles: people, cars, trees, the neighborhood cat, etc. As a child transitions away from a bike with training wheels, which usually feature a back-pedal brake system, the adjustment to a two-lever brake system can be challenging and confusing. Learning to use these levers in tandem can decrease one’s confidence and adds another layer to an already complex operation. And, if a child needs to stop suddenly, he/she often instinctively pulls on the front brake lever just as hard as the rear brake lever and can therefore flip over the handlebars – ouch!

    Guardian Bikes directly addresses this problem in their bikes by taking advantage of a novel technology called SureStop. By reducing a two-lever system to an easier to control one-lever system, SureStop maintains all the capability of a two-lever system with half of the complexity and learning curve, and does this without compromising stopping power. In fact, kids consistently stop faster when braking with SureStop than when braking with two lever brakes - allowing them to avoid dangerous obstacles. SureStop always distributes braking in a way which prevents common front wheel lockup (head over handlebar) accidents. So, not only are accidents from braking mistakes avoided, but children can focus their attention on riding the bike, knowing that they can stop confidently at any time by the squeeze of a single lever.

    Other Factors

    Aesthetics

    Often forgotten, the look of the bike is also important, especially for the child. Like the components, the design of most kids bikes resemble a miniaturized adult bike. Although not a huge factor for safety, a bike with a design that appeals to the child increases confidence on the road. Besides, a bike is often a child’s first vehicle; and like a first car, the design is an important aspect of feeling a sense of ownership in your ride.       

    Smaller Components

    The little things matter on any bike. Be sure to check, for example, the material of the pedals. Are they made from a cheap plastic or something that will last through countless hours of sunlight? How about the headset (part of the bike that connects the handlebars to the frame)? Is it thread-less, meaning it doesn’t contain screws that can come loose, or do you have to tighten the screws that hold it in place so steering isn’t an issue? These kinds of inspections can be applied to any aspect of a bike. Determining whether materials are used because of their price, ability to quickly assemble, or rather because a high quality bike contains those materials will help round out your decision.

    We hope this list provides a helpful checklist as you search for someone’s dream bike.