Guardian Bikes Origin Story
While returning from high school one day, Brian Riley witnessed his grandfather in a biking accident. A car cut him off, forcing him to quickly brake. Because he gripped his front brake too hard, the front wheel locked, which threw him over the handlebars, breaking several vertebrae. Riley wanted desperately to prevent these biking accidents from happening again, and knew one way to do it was to dig into the mechanics of the bike brakes.
While in college, Riley developed SureStop, a braking system that applies pressure on both wheels equally when one pulls the lever. After learning that 300,000 children end up in the emergency room every single year due to biking accidents, Riley and his partner Kyle Jansen designed children’s bikes of all sizes featuring the SureStop brakes. Their bikes would go on to prevent thousands of accidents, and help kids learn to ride their bikes safely.