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Date added: 09/22/2014 Create a Unique Learning Experience

Take your time with balance bikes. With a balance bike by your side you can truly take your time to enjoy the process. Learning how to ride a bike should be something fun and natural, not something that forces you outside of your comfort zone prematurely. With a Glide Bikes balance bike your child will be able to put themselves into a position of power, deftly maneuvering throughout the neighborhood and gliding while learning that vital bike riding skill, balance. Your child will be able to develop at their own pace with a balance bike. This element to the bike learning process is an important one, often overlooked and impossible to obtain when using the ‘aide’ of training wheels. After taking off the training wheels children are thrust into an environment that often tests their abilities before they have had a chance to perfect them, often times before they’ve even been offered the opportunity to develop the skills.Outside Balance Bike

Create the bike learning experience you want with a balance bike. Balance bikes offer far more diverse and creative experiences than you can obtain with training wheels. Because training wheels make the bike more difficult to turn under tight conditions, heavier to pedal, and easier to fall over, it severely limits your opportunities for where you can explore with your bike. When you have a balance bike, the places you can go expand as far as your imagination can carry you. Tried taking your bike through the forest? Through the bike trails? Off road? Back yard, front yard? The beach? With feet as your motor anywhere that you can walk turns into somewhere you can glide. Don’t be afraid to design your individualized learning creation with a balance bike and explore all of your surroundings.

Show your true colors with a balance bike. With the incredible selection of colors and sizes that Glide Bikes offers its customers it’s easy to find a bike that matches your preference and personality. Browsing our easy to use online store, you can find not only a bike that fits you best, but you can also pick out the best accessories to match. Bells, bike chains, and helmets are must haves for any bike enthusiast, including your new balance bike rider. Don’t let anything stop you from expressing yourself with a balance bike of any color.

The next step is to earn your stripes with a balance bike. Balance bikes can be a little tough for some kiddos right out of the gate. It can take a little time to adjust to having to walk the bike, especially if your child is familiar with using a bike with training wheels or even a tricycle. That is why we often suggest having your kid watch a video, or videos, of children using the balance bike as intended before they get out there on the bike. This usually helps minimize the transition time between first seeing a balance bike, and learning how to use one to its full benefit. After the initial learning curve is completed, it’s time to test yourself by utilizing your balance bike in new and exciting ways.

Take the opportunity to control your learning experience with a balance bike from Glide Bikes and make progress with balance.

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Date added: 09/18/2014 Teaching Kids How to Ride Pt. 2

Imitation

Imitation is going to be the second part of the teaching process. After you have given a demonstration or shown your child a video of how to walk with the bike, the beginning of the balance bike process, it’s time to take the balance bike by the handles and learn to balance on your own. Teaching the skill of balance requires participation and it can’t be learned sitting down, it demands to be utilized on a physical level.

The imitation process is where the child takes the reins and begins experimenting with the bike. As this is their first try, mistakes are bound to be made and their form is certain to be wobbly. However, this is their first opportunity to get acquainted with the bike and to bond with it, it’s an important moment and it deserves some respect. Allow your child some uninterrupted time going around the track once or twice to get familiar with the balance bike.

Observe your child and watch what they’re doing. See if they are going too fast for a beginner, and if it’s making them loose their balance prematurely. Is their seat set at the correct height? Are they struggling to reach the ground, or is their seat too low, and they’re having a tough time running/walking while seated? Check for how comfortable your child looks on the bike, and then check their form. See if they are moving their feet and holding the handlebars correctly. Verify that they are gaining familiarity with the balance bike, and having a positive experience.

Offer up suggestions after they’ve had a chance to get comfy with the bike and used to the terrain. Did you notice some things that could be improved upon during your time of observation? After getting the hang of the balance bike do they need to make some adjustment in how they are riding? Should something be altered on the bike for the best bike riding experience?

Once you’ve given your suggestions and offered help and your expertise to your child, it’s time to give them some space. This will allow your kids to experiment with the newly discovered information you have provided for them, and will encourage them to keep growing their skills and abilities. With input from you and a little time to grow your children will be well on their way to perfecting the balance skills they need to be confident riders.

Date added: 09/05/2014 Successful Balance Bike Experiences

In order to have the smoothest bike learning opportunity possible we have developed a list of things to consider. The following list includes key components that will allow your children to grow into cycling without fear or frustration.

Dress the Part

First things first, make sure that everyone is dressed for success. We suggest wearing close toed shoes, pants or shorts, and a t-shirt. But the most important part of the wardrobe, one that should be included with any bike ride, is the helmet!

Wearing these clothes accomplishes two things. First, it sets apart the activity of riding a balance bike as something important (things that are important often require a certain dress code, cycling included)! Second, it’s safer.  Balance bikes are specifically designed to decrease the possibility of injury by excluding any heavy chains, gears or pedals. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean it is recommended to go barefooted on the road.

Close toed shoes, like sneakers or tennis shoes make it so that if a child stumbles, falls, or incidentally nocks their feet against something, they are protected. Same thing goes with a helmet. It isn’t likely that a child will injure themselves on a balance bike, but not only is it a good idea to wear one, “just in case,” it’s also a great habit to start practicing now. That way when they’re older wearing a helmet is something they don’t have to think about, it’s already become a habit. The video below is a great reminder of why wearing a helmet is something that should be a part of every bike ride.

Encouragement

As with beginning any new skill or challenge, starting out can be tough (and scary)! A quick word of inspiration can be incredibly effective at combating the anxiety that comes with a new task. Although many kids might just hop on and ride, some children have had previous experiences with bikes that make it a challenge to trust a bicycle again. Other kids may be wary just from the get go. Being able to reassure your new rider might make all the difference.

While encouragement is a helpful tool, going too far in an effort to be supportive may have some negative consequences. When starting out the process it is important to remember that balance bikes are specially engineered to be completely self-teaching through the rider’s own experience. Offering a demonstration or encouragement can be a helpful tool, but involving yourself into your child’s riding experience (i.e. holding the bike seat and pushing the child along) may be counterproductive.

When the seat is being held up it takes away the opportunity for the rider to learn how to balance. There is no need to test the handlebars or change how the child is positioned on the seat, and there is no need to learn the fundamental skill of how to balance. Refraining from that type of involvement will allow your children to learn and test their own abilities, in the process getting better and more comfortable with balance and riding.

Proper Venue

While you can ride a balance bike almost anywhere, inside or outside, on the trail or on the sidewalk, for the beginning stages it can be helpful to pick a specific location that makes the ideas of what a balance bike is used for really click into place. While you can have this experience almost anywhere, an ideal spot would be outdoors, on a paved surface and preferable in an area where there is a slight slope. This type of location allows for kids to “walk the bike” to get a feel for how their legs should operate in order to propel the bike forward. After getting used to the movement kids can start to feel comfortable lifting up one leg to see how they should orient the bike while lifting up their feet from the ground. After lifting one, they then lift up too.

During the leg lifting portion of this first practice it is helpful to utilize the gentle slope in the venue you picked. Some children choose not to go very fast when they are beginning and having an area where gravity is responsible for some of the bike’s momentum makes ‘gliding’ a little easier to obtain. Sometimes getting your kids to the lifting the feet stage does require a healthy dose of encouragement. This process allows kids to develop the skills required to balance at their own pace. If they ever feel uncomfortable, all that is required of them to avoid falling is placing their feet on the ground. They are in control and they are learning how to master a new set of skills.  

Date added: 09/03/2014 Teaching Kids How to Ride

Demonstration

Demonstration is a very important part of the learning process. It allows children to see what actions need to be performed in order to achieve the desired result: learning balance. While a typical bike with training wheels or tricycle will allow children to start off pedaling with little to no instruction, a balance bike takes personal responsibility, you have to push yourself to learn to glide! This means that the initial steps for how to get started on the cycling journey can be expedited through demonstration and teaching your kids how to begin.

In an ideal scenario a parent, or even older sibling or friend might demonstrate the basic motions of how to start off on a balance bike and how to slowly begin experimenting with balance. You can see our Licensed Certified Instructor demonstrating for a group as part of our Clinic for Exceptional Children below.

By starting out with a slow and steady ‘walking of your bike’ (you can do this with the pedals still on your bike and the seat lowered) and having your child follow behind the demonstrator, then showing how to slowly start experimenting with lifting up one leg at a time and eventually both, your kids will have a real strong grasp on how to begin their journey.

Of course, sometimes it doesn’t make sense for the parents to demonstrate, maybe your bike is out of commission, or the seat height isn’t able to go down low enough. Regardless of the reason sometimes it is just simpler to have your kiddos watch a video of how ‘experienced’ balance bikers ride and that will give them the instruction they need to get out there and glide. Here and here are a few great examples of such videos, where kids are walking, lifting their legs, and then balancing.

Picking the ideal location for both the demonstration and initial practice can certainly help with your child’s learning process. Taking your bike outside and using a gentle slope to help encourage the momentum of your child’s bike is a perfect place to start. This makes the concept of why your child would want or need to lift their legs click! Being able to glide down a gentle slope keeps the bike moving, but not going too fast. It allows your kids to have control while still being able to practice balance.

The best time to complete this type of task would be during the first time using a Glide Bike. This sets up a relaxed learning experience for your kids that encourages them to feel comfortable and able to challenge themselves. Remember that seeing allows you to achieve and the demonstration that you offer your child, whether it is you on a bike or a child in a video, is a part of the toolkit that will allow kids to succeed.

Date added: 09/02/2014 How Does Your Environment Shape Physical Activity?

It’s been well established that increasing the amount of physical activity you do can make you leaner, stronger, smarter and healthier. With this knowledge the question remains: why isn’t everyone doing it? While there are many different issues that contribute to why people don’t take their daily amount of physical activity to the next level, one very important consideration is the environment that we place ourselves in through where we live, work and go to school.Kids and Sports

Social Surroundings

While children are growing up one of the most important environmental influences that they have on how active a life they will lead is their family, mainly mom and dad. Mom and dad are responsible for almost every aspect of how much access children have to sports, and other physically active recreational choices. Children are dependent on parents to buy athletic equipment, wardrobe, or rec fees. They are generally responsible for any transportation to or from events. Without this type of parental involvement it can be difficult for children to set up their priorities and make time for movement.

Parents are also able to provide the emotional support and encouragement to make physical activity a worthwhile and rewarding experience. Praise from mom and dad can create an ideal setting for keeping kids motivated, while the emotional investment as well as the time and energy that parents give to active living makes it clear to kids that fitness is a priority in their lives.  

Neighborhoods

Living in an area that is within walking distance to leisure locations, and other points of interest does have a large effect on the amount of physical activity that residents claim. Because the access of fun things to do is nearby, the likelihood of taking a stroll through the sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks increases substantially. It can offer more time for families to spend together, not to mention you save money on parking and gas.

Another big factor in the neighborhoods we live in is how safe we feel in our area. Generally when residents feel safer, and there is more trust within the community and neighbors, children are exposed to more opportunities for physical activity. Things like going outside are more common place because parents aren’t on edge about the dangers that their children might encounter outside.


Neighborhood BikesCity Infrastructure

In cities where public transportation is readily accessible physical activity tends to increase. The bus requires most people to do some amount of walking to and from the bus stop. By decreasing people’s dependency on cars for transportation it creates a need to move, making your day-to-day filled with more activity.

Living in areas where there is more infrastructure for pedestrians and bicycles also increases physical activity. People will utilize these functions because it makes commuting without a vehicle a safer option than in areas that don’t have crosswalks, bike lanes and sidewalks.

Moving Forward

Physical activity is an important thing for you and your children. It can be difficult to make it a priority day in and day out, and some of the reasons for that falls on the environment that we create and live in. If you choice to live in an area with a bike path, a place that utilizes public transportation, or an area that is filled with recreational activities for kids, you might have better luck instilling physical activity into your child’s daily life. Take that and combine it with some tender love and care and your off to a fantastic start. 

 

To read the original article click here.

Date added: 08/25/2014 Glide Bikes Clinic for Exceptional Children

Glide Bikes held a bike clinic for exceptional children this past week. Taking place in Wilmington North Carolina’s Ogden Park on August 20th, Glide Bikes had the pleasure of working with a group of children who had autism. Throughout the clinic we paired children with a properly sized Glide Bike, made sure they were suited up with a fitted helmet, and, with the help of our Licensed Certified Instructor (LCI*), were able to start creating positive cycling experiences.

It all starts with the demonstration of how to “walk the bike” and progresses to one on one walk throughs of the track, and then on the bike trail. By creating a ‘comfort zone’ where kids didn’t have to worry about falling down, and then encouraging them to push themselves, kids were able to take longer and longer strides, many even lifting up both legs and starting to glide! This is the process that everyone who utilizes a balance bike goes through, but with the assistance of a LCI, the proper setting, and hardy encouragement Glide Bikes was able to help create an atmosphere that stimulated confidence and helped kids propel forward!

In addition to letting the kids get some practice balancing we also wanted to allow children to create their own positive cycling experiences. Glide Bikes’ goal is for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to ride, and enjoy it! While the task of learning can be overwhelming for anyone to think about, we believe that the learning becomes manageable when broken down into smaller tasks, and when each task is comfortable it naturally pushes you towards the next step. The kids had positive experiences with Glide Bikes, and that will make the next steps easier.

Glide Bikes partnered with Surfers Healing in Wrightsville Beach, NC to connect families with lessons aimed towards creating rewarding and fulfilling experiences for children with autism. The Surfers Healing event happens once annually and Glide Bikes is looking forward to the possibility of joining with them for another satisfying year in 2015. 

 

*LCI is licensed by the League of American Bicyclists 

Date added: 07/29/2014 More than a Toy

Balance bikes offer so many outlets to children everywhere. It goes much further than simply teaching a child how to ride a bike. It delves into affecting their outlook, shaping their experiences, and creating confidence. Balance bikes offer experiences that can be life changing. From being able to go faster than ever before, to building up the control to shape how you ride a bike, to feeling the exhilaration and confidence that is created through these positive interactions with balance bikes. Kids will be changed forever. Even timid riders can be exposed to fun, fast paced, physical exertion that is both enjoyable and confidence building.

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Balance bikes can show you a new side of yourself. It is possible to be unaware of what you’re capable of until you are handed the right tools for the job. Handing a child a balance bike does more than offer them a great way of learning the necessary skills to begin cycling, it also gives than an opportunity to discover their abilities at their own pace. This leads to increased confidence and appreciation for their own capabilities. 

Balance bikes offer outlets. Children who are full of confidence and energy need a way to explore and move without negative repercussions. Giving them a balance bike creates the perfect place for them to express their fearlessness and their thirst for adventure. Even if it’s only a quick turn around the cul-de-sac, the feeling of flight that comes from speeding off down the driveway is an irreplaceable sensation that allows kids control the bike while experiencing unparalleled excitement. 

Balance bikes shape your perspective. Having positive experiences with balance bikes at a young age can cultivate a long term future relationship between your child and a world filled with cycling, other forms of physical activity, and an appreciation for the outside world. Cycling promotes unity between cyclists and their environment, and this is just as true for young balance bike riders as it is for their adult counterparts. 

Balance bikes create community. Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage that creates excitement and belonging to children from all walks of life. By offering your child the best toy and tool to encourage the development of their skills, they will be sure to succeed when it’s time to pedal. You are giving them a way to easily come into their own, and join their peers in becoming competent bike riders. 

Balance bikes challenge the status quo. It’s pretty typical to see training wheels everywhere, and it can be astounding how many kids are still struggling to take off for that first time on their pedal bike. Of course, balance bikes attempt to eliminate any type of struggle when it comes to the balancing, but it also allows kids to start off the traditional pedal biking experience on a note of excitement and anticipation, instead of fear and anxiety. 

Balance bikes guide you to the next step. The progression from balance bike to traditional pedal bike is normal and natural. Kids intuitively take those steps and with minimal, and sometimes zero parental instruction, kids are quickly zooming off from their starting locations. The more they practice the more time they spend with their feet off the ground and their bikes staying upright. Balance bikes just naturally foster growth and learning, it is more than just a toy, it’s a tool for success. 

Date added: 07/23/2014 Bike Rides to School

The benefits of bike riding are numerous. In fact, there are so many that it’s difficult to list all of them in one place! From increasing your health and fitness, to having less stress, to having higher productive and critical thinking capabilities, riding your bike really allows you to perform better throughout your day. This translates to kids too.

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Studies have shown that riding your bike to school can actually increase children’s participation in the classroom and allows them to perform better when faced with tasks that demand higher level thinking. 

If you’re interested in having your children participate in the tradition of riding their bike to school, be sure you read these tips and tricks that can contribute to safe and fulfilling experiences for your children, and for you!

 

 

How to Bike to School

Did you ride to school as a kid? Pass the fun to your own children with these tips.

Teach Your Kids to Bike to School

Do you have fond memories of riding your bike to school as a kid? Chances are, you do—30 years ago, half of all children biked or walked to school regularly. Today, it’s just 13 percent. But biking is making a comeback. First Lady Michelle Obama has advocated biking and walking to school as part of her Let’s Move initiative. And schools and communities across the country are achieving impressive results, using both simple and high-tech methods to get kids back in the saddle.

Use the following tips to bring the joy of biking to school to your own children.

 

Stock Up on Bike-Safety Essentials 

Your children should have these items on each ride to ensure a safe trip to school.

 

Helmet: A properly fitting bike helmet has been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. Bring your kids to your local bike shop with you so they can pick them out—they’ll be more likely to wear them if they helped choose them.

 

Lights: Front and rear lights will make your child more visible to motorists. Teach your kid to store the lights in his or her backpack during the day—they’re easy to yank off, and you’ll want to make sure you won’t have to replace them.

 

Bike Lock: To be sure your child’s bike will still be at the rack at the end of the school day, buy a lock. Read Bicycling’s lock reviews to decide what to buy.

 

Bell: A quick ding of a bell alerts pedestrians that a cyclist is coming their way on a shared-use path.

 

Arrange a Ride-Pool 

Worried about your kid riding to school alone? Arrange a group ride with other children in your neighborhood. Parents can take turns leading the group.

 

Practice Traffic Skills

Even kids who live too far from school to bike should learn the rules of the road. Teach your children how to signal and how to anticipate possible bike-car collisions.

 

Let Them Goof Off…Safely 

The best way for your kids to learn bike-handling skills? Just let them ride. Take them to a grassy field or BMX park where they can fall without worrying about cars and road rash. They’ll build balance and confidence while having fun.

 

Make a Route Map

Sometimes, the most direct route to school isn’t the safest. Help your kids plot a route that has bike lanes, wide shoulders, and low traffic.

 

Ride With Your Kids 

The best way to encourage your children to learn to love cycling: Ride with them! If they’re resisting, offer a reward—a 2-mile spin will suddenly seem fun if there’s an ice-cream shop along the route. Bonus: You’ll get fitter, too.

 

Read the original article by Christine Mattheis on bicycling.com here.

 

Date added: 07/17/2014 Balance Bikes can Mobilize Your World

Life can speed up when children enter our world. With high energy, and sometimes short attention spans it can be a “go, go, go,” way of life for parents with youngsters. The “go, go, go,” however can turn into “going real slow,” once that cute little ball of energy loses steam and starts winding down for a nap. 

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Where are we going with all this? It can be difficult to go on walks, take trips around the neighborhood, or even have a day at the park without your buddy being rendered incapable of walking back home because of the energy exerted during the walk there. You might be used to having your kids ride coach in strollers, but especially as they begin getting older the stroller becomes less appealing for both you and your child. As the kids grow heavier it can be more difficult to cart them around, while your kids may find it increasingly uncomfortable, not to mention boring!

Here is where balance bikes come in to play, effectively turning your world around! Balance bikes can grow your children, in more ways than one. The initial purpose of a balance bike is to teach kids how to balance, creating a positive bike-learning experience that children can carry with them for the rest of their lives. This is a great alternative to the often frightening and stressful situation that many children encounter when the training wheels are taken off.

Learning how to balance on a bike isn’t the only plus side to the balance bike benefits though! Balance bikes can offer children a way to move further distances with less effort. This is great news if you’re one of the parents who struggle with an exhausted toddler on your way home from the park! Kids on Gliders are more effective movers and goers, and while they’re traveling more efficiently they’re gaining a better understanding of their neighborhood. With Glide Bike’s handbrake and foot pegs it allows for Glider riders to start acquainting themselves with stopping, traffic laws, and the rules of the road.

The fabulous balance bikes benefits don’t end there though. Balance bikes are the perfect solution for your timid toddler. If you find yourself having a difficult time encouraging your child to even hop on a bike with training wheels, it may be time to move on to a better solution. Glide Bikes are created for children of any ability, and any age, to move their own pace through the learning process. With Glide Bikes being low to the ground children can easily stop gliding if they feel uncomfortable with the speed, or if they feel they are losing their balance! If children are struggling initially to understand how to use a Glide Bikes balance bike, we always encourage them to check out the video below for a little guidance and instruction on how to propel themselves forward and start finding their way towards long distance balancing. Sometimes just watching one in action will help children pick up the missing pieces and take off!

Balance bikes really do help pave the way for successful childhood experiences. Kids can move at their own speed, pick up skills, and move further distances with less effort (with parental supervision of course, AND a helmet!). The skills learned make the important milestone of childhood, the transition to a ‘big kid bike,’ something positive and exciting. With a Glide Bike it is easy to glide and fun to ride!

Date added: 07/09/2014 Welcome Green Fleet Bikes!

We are happy to welcome Green Fleet Bikes in Nashville, TN to the Glide Bikes family of independent bicycle dealers. Owner Austin Bauman is a super nice guy! The shop also runs GreenFleet Bicycle Tours and can show you around Nashville. Check out their really cool Bicycle Bus!

Check out their website here to learn all about their selection and other events they are involved with in the Nashville, TN area.

 

 

Date added: 07/02/2014 Bicycling Plus School Equals Higher Concentration Levels

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It’s no question that it can be tough sitting still and concentrating in a classroom all day. That’s why when there are clear ways to make it easier for kids to perform better and have a more fulfilling experience in school, it’s difficult not to take advantage of the opportunity.

Next week, Glide Bikes will be attending the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) conference in Nashville, TN. During this event,we will be demonstrating the many benefits that a Glide Bike can provide for elementary schools everywhere.  According to studies, adults can only concentrate for 45 to 60 minutes at a time without a break and this time is even less for children. Bike riding and other physical activities that take place during P.E. class and recess can have very positive effects on a child's ability to concentrate in the classroom.

In fact, based on a 2012 Danish study, there seems to be a strong correlation between physical exercise and performance in the classroom. The study showed that children who walked, or rode their bikes to school had increased concentration and more productive participation for up to four hours after the exercise had occurred.

One finding in the study even determined that the effects of exercise surpassed the effects of a healthy diet. Providing children with the opportunity for cycling creates a better learning experience for the day, in addition to increasing their motor skills, balance, and confidence.

Read the full article on The Atlantic: CityLab

Date added: 06/24/2014 Super Glider Sneak Peak

The Super Glider was originally released in 2011 with a focus on helping older kids, adults and individuals with special needs feel the same exhilaration of being on two wheels as those who learned how to ride bikes at a younger age. The bike retains all the qualities of our other balance bikes such as a lightweight frame, low center of gravity for improved stability, and even foot pegs. The great thing about the Super Glider is that once the rider has mastered the balancing aspect of the bicycle, it can be transformed into a fully functioning pedal bike thanks to the pedal and crank assembly which is included.

Although the first generation Super Glider was a big hit, the Glide Bikes design team went back to the drawing board to see if it can be made even better.  The goals were to improve the stability, comfort, and handling characteristics of the bike, and to improve the pedal attachment system.  The geometry was fine tuned for a more comfortable rider position that incorporates “flat foot” technology and easy maneuvering. The pedal attachment system was completely redesigned and is now stronger than the earlier system and easier to change over from foot pegs. After two years of re-designing and testing prototypes in various situations, the Super Glider is finally complete!

With the new bikes being ready to ship in mid-July, the Glide Bikes team is excited to show off the Super Glider’s many applications to potential customers. Children, adults, individuals with special needs, and post-surgical rehab are among the many potential customers who can benefit from this hybrid balance bike/ pedal bike.

One such example of the Super Glider’s capacity of aiding in the rehabilitation process after surgery or accident is from one of Glide Bike’s own team members. Nujshi Vang, Glide Bikes Customer Support Leader, suffered a mountain bike injury that required ACL surgery earlier this year. Throughout his rehabilitation he was able to utilize the aide of the Super Glider, helping him regain mobility, strengthen joints and leg muscles, and enjoy the freedom of two wheels again. After 4 months, and with the assistance of the Super Glider, Mr. Vang was then comfortable enough to convert the Super Glider from the balance bike function to the pedal bike function and was able to ride some trails, while maintaining balance and being seated confidently and comfortably.

Throughout the process of Mr. Vang’s recovery he was recording his progress and even filmed some of his thoughts regarding the mental tolls that physical surgery can have on a person isolated to performing only limited physical functions. The Super Glider was able to create experiences for him that would not have been possible otherwise, allowing him to exercise and strengthen his core, balance, and joints.

Glide Bikes is now accepting pre-orders for the all new Super Glider and it will be available in two beautiful metallic colors: Ocean Blue and Super Silver. Each Super Glider will come with all of the necessary components, hardware, and simple to follow instructions to convert it into a fully functioning pedal bike. For more information or to be placed on our priority waiting list, please email info@glidebikes.com.

Date added: 06/02/2014 Energy Boosting Snacks

 You’ve scheduled the time to take your family out, explore the outdoors and maybe even get some exercise while you’re at it. There’s just one problem: the kids look like they might not be able to make it back! This is where you come in to save the day. Snacks, but not just any kind of snacks. Today we’ll give you choices for healthy and energizing snacks for kids and grownups alike, so even if you’re the one who is lagging behind after a few quick snacks you too will be back up and ready to go. 

Whole grains: Foods with these nutrient-packed carbs give you instant energy to help power through to the next pit stop. Plus, the extra nutrients help overall mood and stamina! Try packing foods like whole grain bread, brown rice, or oatmeal to keep you and your party moving down the path. 

Nuts: With literally no additional work required these protein infused treats give everyone the opportunity to pack in the strength building fuel found in nuts. Try using almonds, cashews or pistachios for a protein kick start to motivate your group to get moving. 

Fruits: Filled with fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants fruits like apples, blackberries, and strawberries give appleour bodies the necessary hydration and stimulation to keep it working properly. Plus in addition to its ability to be processed efficiently, the fructose also helps it taste delicious, making it a fan favorite for families everywhere. 

You can mix, match and choose which concoction to bring and when to refuel, but we’ll share a few of our favorite recipes that will fill you up and move you forward when it seems like no one has the steam to keep moving. 

Oatmeal Mix 

Before you meet the day and your new adventure make sure and pack up on protein and stamina with this healthy, but energizing, choice for a fun, delicious breakfast. 

½ Cup cooked oatmeal

2 Tbsp. brown sugar 

Sliced almonds 

Sliced apples

Dessert Sandwich 

This is a great snack to pack, filled with almond protein, sweet and refreshing strawberries and those energy enduring carbohydrates, the desert sandwich is sure to lift the spirits of any droopy-eyed participants in your group. 

2 Slices of whole-grain bread 

Layer of chocolate flavored almond spread 

Sliced strawberries

 

almond spread

Fruit Bowl 

With fruit, crackers, and cheese, not much can go wrong. That’s why this fun snack is something kids will love chewing down on and enjoy getting the energy boost from the vitamins in the fruit, and the protein found in the crackers. 

Almond crackers 

Sliced fruits or berries 

Small dab of cream cheese (or a slice of your favorite cheese) 

When you are planning a day out with the family, whether it is for a bike riding adventure, a day at the lake or the beach, a hike up the mountain, or even just a walk to the park make sure to have your day planned out in advance and that everyone’s skill and ability level is taken into account. 

Sometimes it can be tough finding an activity that is engaging enough for more athletic, or older members of the family, while others are left behind, or end up feeling like they’re holding the group back. To avoid this try to think of something fun that everyone can participate in. Going to a lake, or beach area often offers many different activities for people to participate in, giving people with a wide range of abilities and skill sets the opportunity to have fun and feel challenged. 

Have a member of your family who is still too young to have developed a strong enough set of legs to keep up on that hiking trip, or biking activity you’ve had on your wish list for a while? Look into backpacks, or carry along products that allow kids to still be with you and experience the outdoors, but let you do the work transporting them there. That way they get to enjoy the final destination and the experience of travel. 

Wherever you go with your friends and family make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks, because no one likes to be carried back down the trail, especially mom or dad!

 

Date added: 05/29/2014 Staying hydrated during the summer?

Date added: 05/16/2014 Better Safe than Sorry!

We often focus on keeping our kids safe, whether they’re on a balance bike, big kid bike, or learning to drive a car. What we sometimes forget about is the importance of keeping our vehicles secure.Lock

I can’t even remember how many times I misplaced my keys growing up. This lead to some unhappy mornings where I would be late for class and left scrambling to find where that shiny piece of metal had disappeared to. It even factored into my first part time job, where I would come into work already frazzled and apologizing up and down for my own disorganization.

Of course all of this could have been avoided by practicing a better routine and developing more stable habits. If I had been more aware of where I was leaving them, or been more consistent with where I left them, the frantic apologies and missed coursework would not have been necessary.

That’s why learning the importance of taking responsibility over the security of a balance bike becomes such a vital lesson for kids to learn when they’re younger. Developing the skills to be cognizant of where you’re leaving your keys or security locks is something that kids can start taking responsibility for now. That way, when the time comes for them to be responsible for those bigger items, it just comes naturally.

Thankfully, balance bikes are a fabulous tool to begin teaching this invaluable lesson. When kids are presented with something fun and engaging while being offered the responsibility of taking care of it, it gives them an incentive to take better care of it. Most kids instantly enjoy gliding on a Glide Bikes balance bike, and when given the opportunity to take more ownership over the balance bike, most kids will take pride in keeping it safe!

This is why Glide Bikes has started offering bike locks for their customers as an option to add to their balance bike order. Not only do these accessories offer protection for your balance bikes, but they also come in fun, vibrant colors and exciting animal shapes that will be sure to engage your child in bike riding and responsibility.

Be sure to pick up a bike lock with your balance bike purchase today and foster growth and enthusiasm in your child!

Check them out here:

 

http://www.glidebikes.com/accessories/

Date added: 04/22/2014 New Amtryke Products

Glide Bike

Glide Bikes has been dedicated to creating successful experiences that allow children to develop the skills that make riding bicycles a natural and simple rite of passage. By offering an easy, fun way to learn balance, improve motor skills and increase confidence, Glide Bikes has been a go-to brand for children of all ages and abilities, including those with special needs. As a part of continuing to encourage all children to learn how to cycle and stay actively engaged in their physical development, Glide Bikes is proud to announce our new partnership with AmTryke.

AmTryke offers an assortment of adaptive cycles, including hand and foot cycles as well as cycles that include both hand and foot cycling properties. Glide Bikes is thrilled to be able to give our customers more variety through our new AmTryke offerings, allowing more children to experience the joy and freedom of controlling your mobility.

Please check out our new AmTryke products here.

 

Happy gliding!

Date added: 04/08/2014 Spring is Here, and So Are Allergies!

Tree PollenThis winter has been a long, cold, and did I mention long winter? Although things are beginning to turn around as far as the weather is concerned, the prolonged cold temperatures this year may have lasting effects into spring. It turns out that those extra weeks of sunless skies actually delayed the pollination of some trees.

This means more concentrated pollen counts later on this spring season, which for those of us who thrive in the outdoors but also suffer from allergies doesn’t leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling in the back of your throat, unless that warm fuzzy feeling is one of your allergy symptoms. The doom and gloom that a runny nose and watery eyes bring with it can be a bit overwhelming, but there are some ways to minimize the sneeze effect, more on that later. 

So, what should you do to make sure you’re minimizing the effect of pollen in your life? After spending time outside in the elements be sure and change your clothes, take the opportunity to thoroughly wash your hair, and be mindful to minimize tracking pollen indoors. If you have serious allergies make sure you’re talking to your doctor before the pollen season comes to full bloom in front of us.

Pollen Map

 

Some of the early indicators for pollen counts are already very high, and being in North Carolina, Glide Bikes can attest to the increase of pollen.  The thin layer that has been collecting on all of our cars over the last week or two is a constant reminder of it! This means that you can start practicing being proactive with your pollen minimization techniques now.

 

Interested in learning how your city ranks as far as pollen count goes? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released their Spring Allergy Capitals for 2014. You can find out where your city ranks at www.aafa.org

 

Go outside! Take that bike ride, have that long delayed picnic in the park! Just remember to go home and take a shower when you’re done! Happy spring and happy outdoor adventuring! 

For more information about the story visit www.foxnews.com

Date added: 03/26/2014 Spring is Here!

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Date added: 03/14/2014 Oh the Places You'll Glide

Date added: 02/20/2014 Support the Adapted Physical Education program of Pitt County!

Date added: 02/05/2014 Spring Break Camp is Coming Up!

Date added: 02/03/2014 Why Altering a Child's Bike to Become a Balance Bike Doesn't Always Work

Date added: 01/13/2014 Benefits of Bike Riding

Date added: 12/30/2013 Teaching Kids to Ride