by Artemesia Fappiano
Every generation wants to contribute new ways of doing things. The Zike bike is one of the most innovative adaptations of the bicycle, which has been evolving for more than 150 years to come along in years. Kids take to it like ducks to water. It is natural to ride and is propelled by a similar motion as an elliptical machine. This new concept in cycling is a terrific new way to recruit kids into following a healthy active lifestyle. Michelle Obama’s initiative to improve how American children eat and exercise Let’s Move, highlights this very important and serious need. The Zike bike, a fabulous addition to the bicycling tradition, promotes a healthy lifestyle. What a great present for kids of all ages!
Do you remember your first experience trying to learn how to ride a bicycle? I vividly remember mine. It was on a late spring afternoon and it was neighborhood collaboration. My peer, Peter, who lived across the street and I had each just gotten two wheelers and he was riding his with training wheels. I was already contemplating the same but still riding my older sister’s three-wheeler.
Another neighbor, Daniel, who was our senior by at least six years though my memory places him much older than that, came over to Peter and I and offered to teach us to ride without training wheels. Peter and I were game and eager to learn. I remember we started with Daniel holding onto my seat and running along side as I wobbled to gain my balance, giggling and smiling all the way down the sidewalk to the corner. Daniel alternated running along side Peter and me as we passed one of my most memorable childhood afternoons.
After about 4 or 5 tries each, we took our practice to the street, but this time Daniel intermittently let go of our seats without warning. For the first time in my young life I felt the thrill of really controlling the wheels beneath me! A surge of laughter and glee escaped from my lungs. I’m riding a bicycle and gliding along. Hello world…I am free, I’m flying, I am emancipated from baby cycles! The feel of the wind in my curly hair as I turned my head from side to side was another first in a series of exhilarating bicycling experiences. I was four years old and 2 months. I was hooked on bicycling and on exercise. Unfortunately, Peter was not as naturally athletic as I and he struggled to master balancing. Today Peter would have had a better choice than training wheels. Peter would have had a Zike bike and we both would have had success on the first day. Today every kid can experience easy cycling.
Nowadays it doesn’t take a neighborhood for kids to learn to ride this new kind of bicycle. The Zike bike, Zike Testimonials – What Everyone Is Saying About Zike, a scooter bicycle available in four sizes, is as natural as walking. See the Zike Hybrid Scooter Comparison Chart for more details. If kids can walk and run they can ride the Zike without much of a learning curve. They can ride it on the sidewalks, driveways or in the playground and experience the fun and thrills of “ziking” while getting exercise and having fun with their friends. If you would like to give the children in your life the experience of having the wind in their hair while introducing them to the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle, the Zike bike is a great selection. I’d like to hear your “ziking” and cycling experiences. Please share your stories.