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With April almost here, it’s is a great time to start thinking about breaking out of hibernation mode. And you might find that “thinking spring” is just like riding a bicycle—it’s easy to do no matter how out of practice you might be!

If you’re like most people, you learned to ride a bicycle as a child, and riding a bike now is an instant throwback to days of summer fun and carefree rides.

My first grown-up bike was a pretty shade of blue, and I somehow resisted the temptation to add accessories like streamers to the handlebars. I did put a basket on it, but you won’t need one with this 7-Speed Kulana Tangier Hybrid. It features a handy storage rack behind the seat.

700c Kulana Women’s Tangier700c Kulana Women’s Tangier
This sweet 7-speed Kulana bicycle for women has a spring saddle and high handlebars for a comfortable ride. Whether taking this cruiser for a spin on a short outing or a long ride to clear your head, you’ll love the freedom. (Some assembly required. You can do this.)

If you find the words “some assembly required” to be a little daunting, don’t! Walmart.ca has a video that will help you put everything where it belongs with no pieces left over. Take a look at Walmart’s Bike Crew video.

Once I was outfitted with my bike, my husband insisted he wanted to be part of this new adventure. What better way to keep his legs in shape for weekly hockey practices than a bike outing? Check out this 26-inch Hyper Bicycles men’s mountain bike in black with green and white highlights.

26' Hyper Bicycles Viking Trail Hard Tail Men's Aluminum Mountain Bike26” Hyper Bicycles Viking Trail Men’s Aluminum Mountain Bike
This mountain bike by Hyper Bicycles features a durable aluminum frame and suspension designed to improve off-road handling. It is engineered to help you maintain superior control on rough terrain and downhill trails. This men’s bike is equipped with a premium padded and adjustable saddle making it ideal for use on trails as well as casual rides. (Some assembly required. You probably guessed that.)

Just as we’d hoped, my husband and I find cycling together to be a great way to share a gentle adventure, see the sights and enjoy nature at her best. For many cycling is a great way to spend time together as a family and that’s why Walmart has a wide selection of children’s bicycles as well.

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I love this  24-inch Mongoose Girls’ Kipawa. Isn’t this colour gorgeous? It just looks like springtime fun!

Mongoose 24” Mongoose Girl’s KipawaMongoose 24” Mongoose Girls’ Kipawa
Elevate her ride with the aluminum girls’ mountain bike by Mongoose. Sturdy yet lightweight, this 21-speed beauty features optimal shifting and alloy linear pull brakes for steady stops. And because the seat has a quick release seat post for easy adjustment, this bike should fit for years (recommended for children 9 years and older).

Sure, girls just want to have fun, but let’s hear it for the boys. (Uh-oh—somebody’s been digging deep into her playlist again! Where did my headphones go?) This sweet orange ride is a 24-inch Mongoose Boys’ Kipawa.

Mongoose 24” Mongoose Boys’ KipawaMongoose 24” Mongoose Boy’s Kipawa
This boys’ bike by Mongoose features 21-speed Shimano Revoshift twist shifters that could help make whatever trail he’s tackling easier to conquer. This aluminum mountain bike features alloy linear pull brakes and is recommended for children 9 years and older.

When it comes to cycling, as with all things, safety comes first. Once again, Walmart.ca has you covered—literally. There’s a great selection of adult bike helmets, but this one jumped out at me.

Bell Sports Bia Black Kauai Adult Bike HelmetBell Sports Bia Black Kauai Adult Bike Helmet
With a Hawaiian floral splash on the back, this adult bike helmet by Bell Sports offers the stylish security that comes with buying the Bell brand (makers of helmets since the 1980s). This helmet features 17 vents, a visor and Pinchguard buckle. Fits heads 54-58 cm.

Okay, so I’m a little disappointed that this Minnie Mouse helmet doesn’t come in adult sizes (no judging!). This children’s bike helmet is just so adorable that the little rider in your life may have to have one, don’t ya think?

Bell Sports Minnie Mouse Toddler 3D Bicycle HelmetBell Sports Minnie Mouse Toddler 3D Bicycle Helmet
This sweet toddlers’ bike helmet by Disney features 3D mouse ears and extended rear coverage. It is designed with a True Fit adjustable fit system and the Pinchguard buckle to help protect little chins. Suitable for children’s head sizes 48-52 cm.

You may find yourself singing the Spiderman theme when you’re out with your little guy for a ride, and he’s wearing this Bell brand helmet. But that’s okay—as long as everyone is working to stay safe!

Bell Sports Spiderman Child Bicycle HelmetBell Sports Spiderman Child Bicycle Helmet
This Spiderman kids’ helmet features the True Fit adjustable system and is equipped with a handy Pinchguard buckle, visor and rear reflectors. Suitable for children’s head sizes 48-52 cm.

“See and Be Seen” is my mantra when I’m cycling. Okay, that and “Don’t Fall Over, Davis.” Do yourself and fellow occupants of the roads a big favour and make sure you have a proper light on your bike. Here’s one I like.

Bell Sports Lumina 750 Hi-lumen Head Light and Tail Light SetBell Sports Lumina 750 Hi-lumen Head Light and Tail Light Set
This head light and tail light set by Bell Sports doesn’t require tools to attach to your bicycle. You have the choice of setting the lights to a steady or flashing mode. These lights provide 150 lumens of brightness for the head light and 10 lumens of brightness for the tail light. Batteries not included.

While you’re outfitting your bicycle for spring, you’ll need a pump to keep your tires from getting that deflated feeling.

Bell Sports Air Stomper 200 Foot PumpBell Sports Air Stomper 200 Foot Pump
Bell Sports’ Air Stomper features a sturdy steel frame and barrel construction. It inflates to 100 PSI and fits Schrader valves. A metal ball needle and inflation cone are included.

And finally, the last thing you want is for someone else to make off with your sweet ride! Walmart’s got a wide selection of bike locks, U-locks and cable locks available.

Movelo Bicycle LockMovelo Bicycle Lock
The Movelo bike lock measures 180 cm in length and fits all bike models. It is available in an assortment of colours to suit your bike and your taste. And priced so reasonably I dare say … it’s a steal.

We’ll see you on the trails. Don’t forget to signal, brush up on the rules of the road and always HAVE FUN!

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Erin Davis is the #1 best-selling author of Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy, a non-fiction memoir published by HarperCollins in 2019. Previously, she spent 30 years as morning host on top-rated 98.1 CHFI in Toronto and now lives with her husband and their little dog Molly on Vancouver Island. Erin writes a daily blog enjoyed by 12000+ readers weekly at erindavis.com, and enjoys travel, freelance voice work, keynote speaking and emceeing every chance she gets.