The following post is sponsored by Giant Bicycles USA. All opinions are my own.
Ever since we brought home my daughter’s brand new Liv bike, my kiddo just can’t get enough of bike riding!
We ordered it online through Liv (that’s Giant Bicycles’ women-specific brand) last month & picked it up from our local bike shop a week later. Online shopping is becoming so commonplace (hello Cyber Monday!) & purchasing a bike is really no different, just point & click – it’s so simple! You can read all about the online process, step by step, in my recap here.
As I had mentioned in my earlier blog post, the beauty of buying through Liv and Giant & picking it up from a local shop like Wheel World in Woodland Hills is that you can be properly fitted for the bike by an expert mechanic, who will adjust the handlebars and/or bike seat to your height. At a big box store, a salesperson can’t offer these services. Plus Liv & Giant make it easy with free delivery to your local store! As someone who frequently shops online, I know how those delivery charges can rack up.
When we arrived at Wheel World to pick-up the Liv bike, the store manager, Mike Whetham, brought it out so that my daughter could try it on for size. I just love the colors on this Liv Flourish 24 model (aqua with accents of buttercup yellow) – and more importantly, so does my daughter!
Mike had her get on the bike so he could adjust it to her height.
Sure enough, he had to lower the seat just a tad, as she’s only 4′ 6″ tall. By the way, there’s that accent of buttercup yellow I had mentioned earlier! It’s on both the seat & the inner rim of the tire. So cute! 🙂
He adjusted the handlebars so that she could reach the hand brakes easier & gave her a quick tutorial on how to shift the gears & use the hand brakes. She is officially using a big girl bike now!
We also bought the Liv Passion Helmet & Mike showed me how to adjust the straps. He also explained that you want the helmet to fit low in the front so that it protects her forehead properly. Basically you want to angle it toward her eyebrows so that the front of her head has adequate coverage. Good tip to know!
Before we loaded the bike into our car, Mike placed a Wheel World sticker on the bike. This identifies that the owner got the bike through Wheel World & therefore we are entitled to lifetime adjustments to brakes & gears at any Wheel World store. Pretty sweet deal! Now Liv & Giant give a one-year warranty on the bike components (and a lifetime warranty on the frame!), but the beauty in going through Wheel World to pick-up the bike is that they offer this unique service.
We also get two tune-ups, which is basically a safety inspection, at the 90-day mark & also at the 1-year anniversary. Now depending on how often you ride, you may want to push the first inspection up from 90 days, or back. Either way, you’ll get a gentle reminder via email from the folks at Giant.
After we left the store, my daughter immediately wanted to take it out to her grandparent’s house to ride on the neighborhood bike path. At a time when a lot of kids choose to stay inside the house playing with electronics, it’s nice to see the joy on my daughter’s face when we decide to opt outside & Liv Beyond!
For more information, visit Liv’s website here. Also make sure to check out their Facebook page to get the latest updates!
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.
Laura Lohr says
That is a sweet ride! Love it!
I know, right?! I want the bike for myself! 😉
Janice Wald|MostlyBlogging says
I can’t believe you’re in the SFV. I am there right now at work. I’m so used to writing people all over the world.
Your photo of your little girl reminds me of my daughters, all grown now.
Hi Janice – what a small world! Thanks for checking out my blog post. 🙂
Sarah Harris | Makesmewander.com says
So excited to see this post as we are definitely going to get bikes this year. Giant is a great brand! Trying to find something fun my kids can do for “cross-training” to help their regular sports! (and for Pokemon hunting…)
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Hi Sarah! I’m SO glad to hear that your kids are actively looking for new bikes & want to do outdoor activities. Yes, definitely check out Giant’s website as they have a great selection. Good luck & happy bicycle shopping! 🙂
Robert Parker says
I enjoy it sections just as much as the Cycling Tips ones – keep it up!
Thanks Robert – glad that you enjoyed reading this write-up! I appreciate you visiting my blog.