Local company brings Zikes to the streets
Before you got the coveted driver’s license and could ride with the windows down, there was still a way to feel the wind in your hair—your two-wheeler. Whether it was a BMX, mountain, or pink cruiser with basket, your bike was the ticket to freedom. And a Greenville company keeps the experience alive for both kids (and adults): Zikes!
The Zike, a hybrid bike/scooter invention of Nathan Scolari and his team, looks like the offspring of a scooter and a stair-stepper exercise machine and allows riders to gain more speed than a traditional scooter. Riders stand on the pedals, stepping down to propel the Zike and its low-slung frame. Unlike a traditional bike, a Zike works the entire leg, glutes, and lower stomach. In addition, it encourages proper posture by allowing kids to be upright while they ride. The Zike line, with names like Flyby, Slingshot, and Saber, features four models for ages five to eighteen with more coming soon. Not only does the school-age set get to have fun, but Zike also has models for adults in the works.
With childhood obesity on the rise and the lure of more screen time keeping kids indoors, the Zike is truly an ingenious vehicle to get kids (and adults) outside, flying free, and getting that essential exercise.
Check out all the Zike models at zike.net.