• How to teach your child to ride our Cub Balance Bike

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    With the Spring season upon us it is the perfect time to get the little ones out and active with our Cub Balance Bike. However, getting the hang of riding on two wheels can be a little tricky at first. Which is why we put this list together of 3 easy steps to teach your youngin' how to ride a balance bike.

    Step 1: Finding the perfect fit

    They key to two wheeled success is making sure that you have setup up the balance bike to fit your little munchkin. To do this you want to set the saddle height so your child's feet are flat on the ground while allowing for both knees to have a slight bend in them when they are seated. Next you want to set the handle bar height according to the newly found saddle height. For example, if the saddle is at it's lowest setting the handlebars should be set to the lowest setting as well. This is to ensure comfort and a safe riding stance. Lastly let's not forget that kids grow quickly so you may want to adjust the bike every couple of months to insure a proper fit.

    Step 2: Let the child set the pace 

    Our Cub is simple enough that your child were more then likely throw their leg over the bike and get to moving. However, your child may not sit on the seat at first and that is completely natural. At this point your child feels secure on their feet but may not feel the same when sitting on the saddle. As they get comfortable walking around with the bike between their and using the handlebars to steer they will eventually start to trust the saddle and will be up and riding with their feet up in no time. Older kids will get to this point in minutes while younger kids may take a few weeks. 

    Step 3: Support the child, NOT the bike

    Although it may be instinctive to help your child by holding onto the bicycle to keep them from falling, this may hinder their ability to learn how to balance. The point of our Balance Bikes are to, well, learn balance! This means the child must be allowed to feel the bike tip in order to be able to learn how to keep it from tipping and maintaining balance. This can be achieved by walking behind or next to your child and hold onto their chest, under their arms, or onto the back of their t-shirt so that they can feel safe. This approach will help your child learn the basic concept of keeping the bike balanced and centered until your assistance will no longer be needed. They grow up so fast don't they!

    Keep these 3 simple steps in mind for the warmer months ahead and be sure to take the time to enjoy sharing this experience with your child. And if your looking for a bike for yourself be sure to check out our full line of Critical Cycles Bikes HERE!

     

     

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  • Critical Cycles featured on Built in Los Angeles

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    Our friends over at Built in Los Angeles recently featured Critical Cycles on their site, telling our story and where we came from. Take the time to learn about what makes Critical Cycles tick by reading the full article HERE

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  • Halloween Costume Contest Insta-Bike Giveaway!

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    We’re getting into the Halloween spirit with our Halloween Costume Contest Insta-Bike Giveaway! The best part is, you don’t even need a bike to enter! All you need is a creative costume for your chance to win a brand new bike!


    The rules are simple:

    1. Follow us on Instagram
    2. Post a photo of you in your awesome Halloween costume (whether bike
    themed or not), tag @CriticalCycles and use the hashtag #CriticalCostume
    3. We’ll announce the winner via Instagram on Tuesday Nov. 1st!

    Good luck!!!

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  • Live in LA? We’ll build your Critical Cycles Bike for $20!

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    We’re excited to announce the Build & Bike Program, which makes Critical Cycles bikes even easier to access with a pick-up option for Los Angeles customers.

    Sure, Critical Cycles bikes already arrive at your door 95% assembled. But we wanted our local Los Angeles friends to have ALL the options. So, for only $20 we’ll build your bike for you! You heard that right, only $20!

    When you order your Critical Cycles online, select ‘ASSEMBLE MY BIKE’ in the shipping selection.

    Then, all you have to do is wait 2-3 business days (we’ll let you know when it’s ready), swing by our warehouse in DTLA, give us a high five, pick up your stylish new two-wheel buddy, and get out there for a ride.

    Because that’s what it’s all about, right? Wind in your hair! But if you need a helmet we can help you out with that, too :).

    All of Critical Cycles’ bikes are available for the Build & Bike program:

    • The Harper, available with a single-speed / fixed-gear flip-flop hub and front and rear brakes for $199, and as a minimalist coaster for $179.
    • The Beaumont, a 7-speed Dutch-style city bike available with step-through or diamond frame, $219.
    • The Cub, a kids balance bike designed to help instill the fun of cycling in the next generation, $59.99.
    • The Chatham, a stylish beach cruiser available with 1, 3 or 7 gears, starting at $179.
    Get out there and ride! #MyCritical

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  • The Battle of Commuters: Fixie vs. Hybrids

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    Did you know biking to work has increased 60% in the past decade? Don't believe us? Just read the report posted by USA TODAY back in 2014. This means that roughly 786,000 people are using there bikes to commute to and from work each day! By commuting via bicycle, riders are saving money on gas and cutting back on the stress that comes with waiting in rush hour traffic. To be honest, we think it's great! What better way to clear your head in the morning and decompress after the work day then with a bike ride?

    With the staggering increase of bike commuters it is essential to know which type of bicycle fits your commute best. This is where Critical Cycles is here to help with our Fixie vs Hybrid commuter comparison.

    Fixie: 

    A Fixie, or "Fixed Gear", bicycle is a great way to get around and get a great work out at the same time. The fixed gear means that you don't ever stop peddling. However, our Fixies, like our Harper Single-Speed / Fixie model, come with a Flip-Flop Hub that easily allows you to change to Single-Speed, which allows for coasting with out peddling, based off your riding preference. The key thing to consider before purchasing a Fixie for your daily commute is what type of terrain and distance you will be covering on the way to work. If you have, say, a San Francisco hills type of commute you may be getting a good work out but you won't be able to make it to work without breaking a pretty intense sweat. However, if your commute consist of slight inclines and flat terrain you will have no problem getting back and forth. 

    You can view our selection of Fixed-Gear / Single-Speed bicycles HERE

    Hybrid:

    Hybrid bikes on the other hand, although offered in single-speed, usually are accompanied with additional gears for you to transition to while dealing with more taxing terrain. Our Beaumont 7-Speed Diamond City Bike for example is accompanied with seven gears for you to easily adjust according to the types of inclines you will be traversing on your way to work. This makes any hill an easy task, while keeping you fresh for the work day. Not only does this make inclines an easy task, but it also helps commuters that may find themselves riding 5+ miles a day able to easily tackle the distance by being able to down shift to an easy and enjoyable ride when needed. Unlike our Fixied-Gear / Single-Speed models that often provide the rider with a challenge when traversing steep terrain, our Hybrid / City Bikes work with the rider by allowing more gears that lead to an easier ride to and from work.

    You can view our selection of Hybrid / City Bikes bicycles HERE

    Conclusion:

    When picking the perfect commuter bike be sure to factor in your experience level and the type of ground you will be covering. If you are a novice looking to enjoy the ride you may want to lean towards our Hybrids. If you have been riding for awhile and are looking for a challenge on the way to work, look no further then our Fixies. But ultimately the choice is up to you! 

    Still have questions about what bike fits your commute best? Feel free to leave a comment and we'll make sure we can find the right bike for you!

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