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Devils Doing Good & RAILZ Giving Back

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This November, RAILZ is proud to support Devils Doing Good and the “Dia De Los Muertos” event.  Proceeds from the event went directly to ICAN, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide programs for at-risk youth to become responsible members of their community.

When RAILZ spoke with Devils Doing Good’s President, Kevin Bertoldo, we knew we had to share what this great nonprofit organization was doing. Here’s more from Kevin on Devils Doing Good and giving back to the community.

Tell us about the Devils Doing Good mission. 

Kevin: “I’d be happy to. Our mission is to connect local businesses with local charities to provide economic growth — for both parties. We work with smaller nonprofits that are doing good things for kids, Arizona’s underprivileged families, and more. Working with nonprofits that don’t have the same kind of publicity as a larger organization is important to us. We want the nonprofits we support to receive more publicity and be able to give directly to those in need in a bigger way with our help.”

How did Devils Doing Good start?

Kevin: “My wife Jennifer Bertoldo and I started Devils Doing Good.  Jennifer’s passion for helping others and her interest in working with nonprofits is where it began. Both being Sun Devils and ASU Alum, this passion to help others helped us come up with the name, Devils Doing Good. We’ve now formed a group of volunteer Sun Devils, received our 501c3 status and have the support of the ASU Alumni Association. Christine Wilkinson, ASU’s Senior Vice President & Secretary, sponsored our very first event. This gesture meant a lot to us, and we hope to continue working with ASU in the future.”

For those that couldn’t be there, tell us about the November event.

Kevin: “The event was a great success! We sold out, with around 160 people in attendance. Attendees received 6 tequila tastings, a Reiki session or card reading, live music, dinner, and participated in our raffle. The winner of the Snow Scooter donated by RAILZ was a snowboarder — he was thrilled! All of the funds raised from the raffle went to support our chosen nonprofit. The event raised over 6,000 dollars for ICAN, going directly to the organization.”

Congratulations! We’re so glad to hear it was a success.

“We are glad too! Thank you RAILZ for your generosity towards the community and your sponsorship of this event. Devils Doing Good is hoping to partner with your business again in the future to support local charities together.” – Kevin Bertoldo

We like the sound of that. Thanks, Kevin!

After speaking with Devils Doing Good, our team wanted to share about the topic of community outreach. Here are a few words from RAILZ co-founder, Brad Birdsell.

Brad: “Thank you, Kevin, for the opportunity to be involved with the event.  We hope that you will continue to look to Railz for support in your events to raise money for local charities.  Special thanks to the featured charity, ICAN, who does such a wonderful job empowering the youth of our community.”

Brad, does RAILZ plan on giving back even more? 

Brad: “Yes we do, we are currently looking for additional opportunities to give back to the community.  Especially with the holidays coming up, we want to be involved in making kids happy for the holidays.”

That’s so great! Why is giving back so important to RAILZ? 

Brad: “Giving back is important to Railz because we are a family oriented business and we understand that the challenges for families are more difficult every day, and are more difficult for some families than others.  Giving back to help families overcome the challenges of our times is the least that Railz can do.”

To learn more about Devils Doing Good, check out their website or you can follow them on Facebook. If you’d like, you can sign up as a volunteer hereDo you have ideas on how you’d like to see RAILZ give back in the future? Let us know and be sure to follow us on Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram!


At RAILZ, we motivate people to get outdoors and have fun; so check out our products and you might find yourself having a great time www.railzusa.com.

 

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5 Top Winter Sports For Kids

Instead of basketball, baseball, or football enjoy winter sports with your kids this season! Here are a few winter sports kids (and adults) can look forward to playing.

Here’s Our List of 5 Top Winter Sports For Kids

Snow Scootering 

First on our list of winter sports is the RAILZ Snow Scooter. RAILZ took the idea of a modern kick scooter and transformed it to create a recreational snow scooter. Wanting to change the way kids and adults played in the snow, RAILZ successfully combined innovative design with traditional winter sports to create a snow scooter perfect for the chilly winter months! Best for younger riders, our ‘Youth Snow Scooter‘ model is made with tough, but lightweight, materials. With adult sizes available, the whole family can enjoy this sport close to home or on the hills at a local park or ski resort. (Video credit, Sam Tabor)

Skiing

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Downhill skiing can be a lifelong winter sport for you and your family to enjoy. Skiing on the bunny hills, playing follow the leader and iSpy are great ways to start. Ski instructors will teach as young as age 3, many kids can ski independently on a slope in just a few days. If you live close to the mountains, this can be an excellent way for the kids to get in some great cardio and play!

Ice Skating

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Young skaters can start on double blades skating at your local ice rink which can be a year-round activity, rollerblades are another option during the offseason. This can be a great way to work on balance, strength, and cardio! During the winter months, look for outdoor ice rinks that have been approved by the local police and recreational departments. If your little one is under 6 helmets are encouraged for use to prevent injury. Gloves, knee and elbow pads are also helpful for beginners.

Tubing & Sledding

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Along with sledding and tobogganing, tubing is an excellent way to get some exercise and have fun the kids! Tubes are lighter than a traditional sled and can be safer too. You’ll want to be sure to double check equipment for loose pieces, jagged edges, weight capacity, and check handhold stability. The best place to sled is on packed snow, in an area free of obstacles and far from street traffic. You’ll want to pick a hill that ends in a flat plane and double check for tree stumps or rocks hidden in the snow. Many communities have hills for sledding in the winter time!

Snow Skating

Last but not least on our list is the Snow Skate. With the RAILZ wheel and ski kits you or your kids can enjoy skateboarding year-round despite the weather. Ski kits can be added to the bottom of a skateboard and allow for an easy ride down bunny hills and slightly curved snow covered areas. Bring your Snow Skate to local parks, or your nearest slopes*.

 

Which winter sport is your favorite? Did we add one you’ve never heard of? Reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!

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*Winter sports are a great way to have fun, but with any sport, there is always a risk of injury. Be sure to cCall ahead to ensure ski resorts and sledding hills allow snow scooters. Ride with caution and follow all rules, regulations & safety warnings.

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Easy Tricks To Do On a Kick Scooter: In the Snow

The winter season is upon us, and it’s time to break out the winter gaming equipment. With the new Railz Snow Scooter, you don’t have to be a professional to pull off some amazing tricks, even on your first ride. It’s designed and built Pro-Tough by RAILZ so you can shred the mountain or local sledding hill with confidence.

Not sure what tricks to do with your new ride? You can try many of the same stunts you would on a Railz Kick Scooter. Check out our guide below for a few to start with, in the snow.

 

 

1. The Bunny Hop – Hopping with Both Wheels

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The bunny hop is the first move you’ll want to learn on your kick snow scooter. It’s a move that opens the door to whips, grinds and more. Once you’ve nailed the bunny hop, you might want to try a nollie – hoping off your front wheel instead of both.

 2. Tail Whip.

A good tail whip relies on your arm movement, although you’ll need some fancy footwork, too. You want to get as much air as you can before giving the tail whip a go. It’s best to start on flat snow surfaces before moving on to anything more on the slopes. Your back foot is going to kick the deck to get things moving, and your arms will take over to swing it 360, back to your starting stance.

3. Bar Spin – Spinning Your Handlebars.

Spinning your handlebars will require getting some air, but you can practice by hanging your front ski over some snow, quarter pipe or rock. If you’re spinning the bars 180, throw them from your most active hand (your writing hand) to your other side. When this feels good, try doing this in the air. Once you’ve done this, you can try a 360 spin by throwing your bars around until you can grab the same bar back with your throwing hand.

4. Manual – Riding on the Back Wheel of the Scooter.

Manuals are simple enough in theory, but in practice can take some time to get right. If you lift up too hard, your scooter will slide right out from under you, but lift up too little and you’ll struggle to keep your front ski off the ground. You’ll need decent balance to stay in manual. Once you’ve got the manual down, you’ll be able to build your speed going down the slopes.

5. Fakie – Riding Your Snow Scooter, Backwards.

Learning to fakie allows you to do tricks that require riding backward, either into fakie and out of fakie (like a 180 and nose whip). This move requires balance and control. The simplest way to practice is to approach a slope or pipe, slide up to it slightly and let gravity do the rest.

6. No Hander/One Hander – Taking One (or Both) Hands Off the Bars.easy-tricks-kick-scooter

Once you can get some air, test yourself by taking one hand off of your bars. You might be wobbly at first, but this is a step towards confidence and a sweet move that you can add to combinations later. When you’re feeling ready, you can stretch one arm right out or take both hands off of your bars and do the same.

Now You Know 6 Easy Tricks To Do On a Kick Scooter, In The Snow!

You’re ready to hit the slopes this winter with your Railz Snow Scooter! Enjoy yourself and share your experience with us. Do you have a few other snow tricks up your sleeve? We’d love to here more!

 

For more tips on how to do these easy tricks on a kick scooter, check out this video.

Do you have ideas on what you’d like to see from RAILZ in the future? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow us on Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram!


At RAILZ, we motivate people to get outdoors and have fun; so check out our products and you might find yourself having a great time www.railzusa.com.

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Evolution of Scooters

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The evolution of scooters has taken a long, windy road over the last century. Other forms of transportation have stole the spotlight for approximately one hundred years, and kick scooters did not gain their widespread adoption until a few decades ago.

What’s the evolution of scooters? Well, we’re glad you asked.

Scooters were handmade for a little over one hundred years, and were made mostly out of wood, which wouldn’t typically fare well in poor weather. After wooden scooters, came the invention of metal scooters. Metal scooters, however, were clunky, heavy, and difficult to maneuver. Because of their multiple design flaws, scooters almost faded into obscurity.

Until 1990, and a man from Switzerland named Wim Ouboter. Ouboter’s younger sister had legs of different sizes, and could not operate a bicycle. Ouboter saw a need for a push scooter, and in 1996 created the foldable, aluminum scooter that we know and love today. It was marketed as a “micro skate scooter.” It was first released in Japan, and then in the U.S.

Scooters have since then permeated into American society, and can now be seen run by kids, college students, and adults.

Following its introduction into American culture, RAILZ took the idea of a modern kick scooter and transformed it to create a recreational snow scooter. As a sports goods development and manufacturing company, RAILZ wanted to change the way people played in the snow. The founders of RAILZ are all engineers with families. So, the motivation was to combine innovative design with rock solid traditional sports products for family winter fun.

Snow liftThe result? A scooter perfectly adaptable for the chilly winter months!

Now, RAILZ has created three scooters and various wheel and ski kits. This makes scootering around even during the wintertime simple and fun.

Scooters have evolved tremendously throughout the past century, and will continue to keep growing in the future. And RAILZ is proud to be at the forefront of that innovation.

Shop around our online store, and order now!

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An Innovative Kick Scooter: The History Of RAILZ

An An Innovative Kick Scooter: The History Of RAILZ

An Innovative Kick Scooter: The History Of RAILZ

Every great product starts with an idea, and RAILZ was no different. From a used-snowboard prototype to the many different products we have now, our goal has always been to motivate people to get outdoors and have fun. Many things have changed about our process and products since then, but our goal has always remained the same. Here is the story of how we went from our prototype snow skateboard to the various RAILZ products you enjoy today

Who started RAILZ?

Three guys, Eric, David and Brad, started RAILZ. We love snow sports and had a dream to change the world of winter outdoor fun with great inventions. We started with some old snow gear, a vision, and some good old fashioned trial and error.

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How and where did RAILZ get started?

RAILZ started, in 2004, in the garage with an old snowboard purchased from Play it Again Sports.  We cut the board into pieces, bolted it onto skateboard decks in every way imaginable, but we could not get our snowskate to skate.  We scratched our heads. Went for a skate session, and had an “aha” moment.  Let’s design a ski to replace skateboard wheels.  We developed and patented the RAILZ ski which made our snowskate skate, and we were off and running.

How was the Snow Scooter concept developed?

Woodies1 (2)The concept for the RAILZ snow scooter came from one of our kids, Isaiah, when he said, “Dad, can we put RAILZ skis on my kick scooter?” Since then, the product has changed and developed into different types of scooters, allowing everyone to have fun in the snow and on the street. We now offer three types of scooters, each of which has interchangeable wheels and skis. The Full-Size Scooter, the Pro Scooter and the Youth Scooter. Our goal is for our products to be enjoyed by everyone year-round! That’s why we created scooters for every age and size of rider.

Fun Fact:

RAILZ snow scooters and snowskates are featured in a Disney movie: “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure!

Do you have ideas on what you would like to see from RAILZ in the future? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!


At RAILZ we motivate people to get outdoors and have fun; so check out our products and you might find yourself having a great time: www.railzusa.com.