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.