Family fun times are a great way of cementing the ties that bind all of you. Going outdoors, especially for long bike trips, is one outdoor recreational activity for you and your kids to look forward to.
However, the problem with going on a bike tour with kids is that their riding skills and stamina will not allow them to keep up with your pace.
With this post, we will be giving you options that will enable you and your kids ride with the same pace and so, thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Our list of options includes:
A tandem bike attachment is one great way of allowing your kids to tag along with you for a long-distance bike ride. The kiddy cranks that come along with special pedals allow your kids to enjoy an adult biking experience.
Tandem bike attachments have special pedals that are mounted on the down tube. These accessories are connected to the drive train, allowing kids to pedal along with you as ‘stokers’ (when they are in a rear position). You can take the leading role and ride in front to handle steering, braking, and everything else that will keep the team safe.
With a tandem, your kid will learn faster about traffic safety, cadence, and signaling. Kids, as young as three years old, can ride along with these tandems. Remember that they’ll be riding behind you so you must watch out if they fall asleep.
These tandem attachments aren’t always expensive and are relatively easier to maintain. You can transport them with a hydraulic roof rack if you want to bring them in your car.
2. Coupler or TrailGater
This option allows your kids to ride on their own when they have lots of energy as well as enable you to tow them when they are tired. The Coupler or Trailgrater are usually connected to your bike through a reassuring arm. These can also be quite helpful for keeping them safe in heavy traffic or difficult terrains.
Adequate care should also be taken in connecting them so that the kid’s bike is squared on the ground and does not lean. Lastly, they’re a lot cheaper than other options.
3. Trailer Bikes or Tag Alongs
These are special one-wheeled bikes that are attached behind adult bikes. The trailer bike or tag along attachment is either connected on a clamp on the seat or through a rack.
This product is great for long family bike tours, allowing kids to pedal when they want, or take a rest when they’re tired. It is a great way of teaching kids how to maintain their balance while riding. It also helps them learn much about traffic safety.
The special thing about this bike is that most models have a freewheel, giving kids the opportunity to contribute to the pedaling power. This is great for developing their sense of responsibility and gives kids real satisfaction.
However, you must have enough energy to cycle for two most of the time, especially for long distances.
The bottom line is that biking for long distances with your kids helps build their strength and willpower and sets a good foundation for great adulthood.