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Touring with children

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:36 pm
by Scotness
Hi all - this is my first post to the site, so I'd just like to share a recent experience.

I've just returned from a 3 day tour with my 9 year old son. We cycled on the Darling Downs just north of Toowoomba and did 115km's. Not much for an adult but pretty darn good for a littlie - our highest total on one day was 55km's.

Here's a few points I noticed when cycling with kids:

- It will take them a while to get used to the balance of a loaded bike, epsecially at speed where it could start fish tailing -- and when dismounting!
- About 40 kmh was the safest top speed I let him travel at
- The hills are hard but if they know good gear selection and usage that helps alot -- and hills are certainly a character building exercise
- As an adult it can actually be harder because you can never get up to your top speed or momentum -- up, down hills and on flats are all significanlty lower -- my sons flat cruising speed was about 10 kmh
- It's a good idea to cycle behind them so you can keep an eye on what they're doing and the occasional tendency to wander too far on to the road
- Definitely pick quiet country roads - but I've got to say on our entire trip not one car passed too close to us - they were all fantastic.

It's alot of fun and a great bonding thing for a parent and child

Scot

Re: Touring with children

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:05 am
by RonK
Good to see a parent introducing his children to the pleasures of cycle touring. 55km's in a day is quite impressive for a 9 yo. Well done!

All good advice - I'd add you need plenty of water and snack stops along the way to keep the kids energy levels up.

Re: Touring with children

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:00 pm
by Scotness
Thanks Ron - actually we didn't take any snacks which was a mistake in retrospect - but not really a major one as he didn't ask for any ~ but it wouldn't have hurted. Anyway we're both looking forward to another trip - my gut feeling is he could sustain 70-80kms for 3 or 4 days in a row, so the next trip will be bigger.

Scot

Re: Touring with children

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:56 pm
by il padrone
Persist! It all gets better after the mid-teenage doldrums. Now 13 days into an 18 day tour with two late teen children and one friend, with 11 other old fogies. It is all proceeding well and the kids are learning how to tour and seem to be enjoying the delights quite well. Tonight settled in St Helen's after a windy day's ride of 47kms along a BEAUTIFUL coastline. Early camp today for a wash up and shopping before heading to the Bay of Fires and Great Musselroe Bay.

Re: Touring with children

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:04 pm
by RonK
il padrone wrote:Tonight settled in St Helen's after a windy day's ride of 47kms along a BEAUTIFUL coastline. Early camp today for a wash up and shopping before heading to the Bay of Fires and Great Musselroe Bay.

It is indeed a stunning ride along to coast to St Helens. So did you venture up Elephant Pass for a pancake?

Re: Touring with children

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:00 am
by il padrone
Just packing up now to head out to Binalong Bay. We skipped the Elephant Pass pancakes and stuck to the new Tasman Hwy (I've done that a couple of times already). Along the way we discovered the White Sands Resort (with some very nice beers). It was like entering a very different world - almost like a spaceship had landed. Will post photos in a week or so.