The following post is sponsored by Giant Bicycles USA. All opinions are my own.
My parents bought my daughter a bicycle many years ago for her birthday. It was one of those “grow with you” type of bikes that you get at a big box store, where it comes with training wheels & then as your child gets older, you can remove the training wheels when your kid is ready.
We had removed the training wheels long ago & it became apparent to us that my daughter had outgrown it, but my kiddo really loved the colors & wanted to hang on to the bike.
Two flat tires later, we decided enough is enough. Since her grandparents had bought the bike from a retail store that wasn’t equipped to service the bike, I had to search for a bike shop that could repair the flat tire after she ran over a thorn on a bike trail. By the second flat tire, we knew that it was time to search for a bike that was more age appropriate AND one that was from a quality manufacturer & reputable dealer.
After researching several bike styles & companies, we landed on Giant Bicycles. This brand’s USA headquarters is in Newbury Park, just a stone’s throw from the San Fernando Valley. Giant is the world’s largest builder of top-quality bicycles. The company makes all kinds of bikes (road, mountain, youth, e-bikes) as well as cycling gear – helmets, lights, gloves, footwear, etc. You might be familiar with their three brands: Giant, Liv & Momentum.
Giant recently rolled out an online program where you can order your bike from their website & have it delivered to an authorized Giant Bicycle retailer that is close to your home. Now why would you want it to be delivered to an approved bicycle retailer as opposed to your home? Well, naturally you’ll want to make sure it’s built by an expert mechanic AND that you are fitted for it properly, with the salesperson adjusting the handlebars and/or bike seat to your height.
Also, you’ll want to establish a relationship with your local bike shop because if you enjoy riding as much as my daughter, then chances are you will put a lot of wear & tear on your tires or brakes. So you’ll need to know where to go when it’s time to get your bike repaired or checked out.
So how does the online process work? The process is very easy – simply go to their website & choose the bike you want. We decided to go with the Liv Bicycle, Flourish 24 model.
The system will let you know if the item is in stock & list retail location options for you to choose from.
Follow the prompts, add-in any other items to your cart (we decided to get my kiddo a helmet since she didn’t fit in her old one anymore), place your credit card number in the payment section & voila…you’re good to go! It’s also worth noting that it’s free to pick up in-store, so there are no shipping fees for the customer!
As retail businesses gear up for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) & also Cyber Monday, wouldn’t you feel better about making a giant purchase (no pun intended) knowing that you’re supporting a local retailer? Whatever you buy on its website, Giant makes sure your local bike shop makes a profit on the sale. So, if you’re choosing a bike this holiday season (whether for yourself or your child), then shop local & consider Giant!
Stay tuned for my next installment, where you’ll find out all about our experience at Wheel World & picking up our daughter’s new bike!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, which means that I was provided compensation and/or product in exchange for this post. All images are my own unless otherwise noted. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.