Great weather means more opportunities to spend time outdoors than at any other time of the year. Summer is the season for outdoor gatherings, beach days, and traveling for fun or for visits with friends and loved ones. You also want to find ways to keep kids occupied while they’re on break from school. The more time they spend outside, the better.
Now is the time to get that new bike, scooter, or skateboard you’ve been thinking about all year, either for yourself or for the kids. Here are a few ideas for some great products out there that help keep both kids and adults moving.
The most traditional choice for getting around and taking in the scenery. Depending on your skill level and needs, there are several types out there. Cruiser bikes are great for families who want to ride together or for those who want a more leisurely ride. The wider handlebars and larger frame make it a sturdier bike for kids or less experienced riders. Take a cruiser bike down to the boardwalk for a fun beachfront ride, or to your town’s local bike trail. These do well on flat, even surfaces because of the lack of gears and the wide tires.
Mountain bikes are a great way to tackle more difficult terrain and still take in the scenery. The wide, textured tires help riders climb slopes and rugged surfaces. You can travel fast through any terrain, including dirt, concrete, rocky slopes, and vegetation. Road bikes are a good choice for those who want to make bike riding part of their commute. The thin, smooth tires enable you to travel at high speeds on city streets. Lowered handlebars force a rider to hunch down, making them travel even faster. Road bikes have gears which make it easy to ride uphill, downhill, or wherever the streets take you.
These are making a huge comeback right now and here’s why: they combine the speed and sturdiness of a bicycle with the lightweight shape of a skateboard. Scooters come in several styles, so that both children and adult riders can find the model that’s best for them. Kids love kick scooters because they’re fast and easy to ride. There are more streamlined, freestyle scooters available for kids who want to take riding to the next level and start doing tricks. Scooter riding has recently attracted a following of riders who want to make it an official sport.
Electric scooters are fun to ride when the weather is good and you only have a short trip to make. The best electric scooter will run smoothly and efficiently, and make you look good while doing so. Electric scooters are popular in cities and beach towns where parking is a problem. Their small size and ample speed make it a great alternative to using a car. You may want to consider using an electric scooter year round if the weather in your city permits it.
An important thing to remember for yourself and your kids is to always ride safely. Make sure to always ride wearing a helmet and other necessary safety gear. Teach kids to always be aware of their surroundings and to look out for other riders. Most of all, ride responsibly and respectfully. Whether you choose a bike, kick scooter, or electric scooter, safety is of the utmost concern.