By Greg Barbera
Since your family-friendly Equinox boasts not only state-of-the-art technology, but also an available roof-mounted bicycle carrier, we thought you might want to take the kids two-wheeling once in a while—using equally state-of-the-art bikes, of course. So here are some suggestions for matching current top-of-the-line bicycle models, and a few simpatico bike paths, with three young personality types you may recognize all too well.
Middle-school BMX racer: He hangs out at the local track racing a bike that can handle concrete bowls and brick ledges as well as bar spins over burly dirt jumps. His We the People’s Zodiac is the epitome of style and innovative bicycle engineering. And it’s equipped with the latest BMX components (sealed bearings, pivotal seat, forks with inverted-cast dropouts, ECLAT “Diesel” Chain). On the ride to the jumps, you can switch on the available rear-seat entertainment system in the Equinox so he can watch DVDs of his favorite riders doing tricks he’ll want to emulate. And with wireless headphones, you won’t be distracted by the punk soundtracks that accompany them.
Paths: Calabazas BMX Park, San Jose, CA (big jumps for big air), and Extreme Park in Greenville, NC, home to X-Games BMX trick medalist Dave Mirra, and a mecca for those who follow the sport.
Teenage mountain biker: He rides a multi-geared Trek Remedy mountain bike, built for single-track trails, that goes the distance. The Active Braking Pivot provides steady control while the Dual Rate Control Valve allows him to take corners with confidence—just as the standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control keep your Equinox on point and on course. On the way to the trails, he can plug his smartphone into your available Chevrolet MyLink Radio* and listen to his favorite tunes on Pandora Internet radio** to get amped for his trek.
Paths: Moab, UT and Pisgah National Forest, NC.
College-age environmentalist: She wants something as dependable and versatile as her parents’ Equinox. Hybrid bikes are part commuter, part recreational. With a basket on the back, she can even carry groceries from the corner store. Tough enough for dirt, yet street-smart enough for any urban exploration, and responsible stewards of the environment, like your ecological Equinox (85% of which is recyclable). The Schwinn Vestige, made with a flax fiber frame and carbon fork, could also be the greenest bike on the market. It includes a dynamo-powered LED lighting system that illuminates the frame without using batteries. (Being seen by drivers is crucial for a rider’s safety, as you know: Your Equinox’s available Rear Vision Camera gives you a second pair of eyes to scan the path behind you.)
Paths: American Tobacco Trail, Durham, NC (a 20-mile trail running along an abandoned railroad bed) and Lady Bird Bike & Hike Trail, Austin, TX (a 10-mile trail that borders Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin).
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Greg Barbera of DadCentric is a dad blogger, beer magazine editor and the singer/bass player for the punk band Chest Pains. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You can follow him on Twitter @gregeboy, Tumblr, Facebook and Blogger.
*MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
**Data rates apply.