10 Things Cycling Teaches Kids

Do you remember learning to ride a bike? Chances are you do: it was scary, exciting and a big deal.  Mastering your first two-wheeler is a big milestone.  Teaching your kid to ride a bike is a huge gift that lasts a lifetime.  When you ride with them, you get to teach them so much more than the technical skill and physical coordination needed to avoid falling off…. in fact without even realising it you are teaching them some great life skills.

1. Resilience

Put simply, our resilience is our ability to bounce back and persist even when things go wrong.  It is the ability to get back on and keep riding, even in you fall off.

2. Overcoming Fears

When you’ve had the security of a trike or training wheels, it can be a scary experience to try and balance on two wheels.  Other challenges along the way might be a bigger bike, a particular trail or hill, or learning to ride on the road.  Providing the challenges are age appropriate and the child is ready for them, they can be a positive experience of overcoming fears, and enjoying the satisfaction of ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’.

3.  Sharing

Whether it is passing a too-small bike onto a younger child, or sharing a path or trail with other users, using a bike is all about sharing.  Especially about sharing space safely.  That means learning about other peoples different needs and about respect.  Wouldn’t our communities be even better places if we all learned these lessons well when we were young.

4.  Adaptability

Going on a bike ride, whether it is around the block or bigger adventure, will toss up some surprises along the way.  We can’t control the weather, the roadworks, or the odd tumble.  Chances to practice adapting to life’s curve-balls helps adults stay mentally flexible.  For kids, it gives them a chance to see that even when things don’t go as expected, we can modify our plans and approach to make the most of the situation.

5. Persistance

Falling off and getting back on; again and again.  That’s how we learn to ride a bike right?   And unless you’ve got an e-bike, you can’t get to the top of a hill without a fair does of persistence too.

6.  Independence

As kids our parents do so much for us.  Being able to safely and confidently ride a bike opens up a world of independent mobility for a child.  If you can also teach them basic repairs and maintenance then they are literally ‘set for life’: a lifetime of active transport, adventure and fun.  And you won’t be playing ‘taxi’ to your teens for years.  Increasingly, young adults are turning their backs on car ownership, and fewer are gaining their drivers licenses.  They’ll love being able to ‘cycle instead’.

7.  Road Sense

Even as bike passengers, kids are exposed to the world of roads and traffic.  They learn by observation.  As you add in age appropriate instruction, their knowledge of road safety, etiquette and ability to keep themselves safe around traffic will continue to grow.  It is no coincidence that a survey of Auckland driving instructors found that kids who cycle regularly make better drivers.

8.  Self Confidence

When I wanted to know more about how kids feel about riding a bike, I asked teachers at my kids school if the students could do some writing on the topic.  The results were awesome, and one of the repeating themes was the sense of mastery and accomplishment they felt when they pushed their limits, such as tackling a tough hill or track, or just keeping up with Dad.  Biking is an activity where kids can participate on a fairly equal footing with Mum and Dad, especially as they get older.  And because you can tailor it to their age and abilities, they can enjoy the thrill of achievement and the resulting boost to their self confidence.

9. Self care

Using bikes for everyday trips help develop healthy habits of regular physical activity.  Longer rides emphasise the importance of good food and adequate sleep.  And on all rides, taking proactive personal responsibility for staying safe is a skill we want our kids to have.

10.  Risk Taking / Consequences

More and more we are realising that we don’t do our kids any favours by ‘wrapping them in cotton wool’.  Put it this way, would you rather a seven year old experience the consequences of riding at speed and losing control; or a seventeen year old experience it behind the wheel of a car?  So much of learning is experiential, and as parents we have the balancing act of keeping our kids safe whilst teaching them how to keep themselves safe (so they can do the job when we aren’t around).  I’m not talking about putting your 7 year old on the main road to learn to ride; but am suggesting that blatting around the local school bike track at break-neck speed will soon teach them a thing or two about the laws of physics and the consequences.

What would you add to the list?

 

 

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Trail Tales – Rimutaka Incline

For Wellingtonians this favourite ride is right on your back doorstep.  It is a great family ride and easily completed by riders of all levels.  Suitable for families with one caveat: if you have a cycle trailer you’ll need to be able to lift it over the gates (two near the start).

Part of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, the incline is a gradual ascent following the path the old railway took prior to the current tunnel through the Rimutaka’s being built.  At one point you pass by an exhaust vent for the current tunnel.  Along the way there are remnants of railway history to explore, and informational signs highlighting the history and points of interest.

The trail is wide with a pretty good surface.  Some parts are pot holed, and you need to take care of the deeper/looser surface on either side and the middle of the track.  It is quite manageable and a good place for kids to learn about riding on this type of surface, providing they can exercise some restraint on the downhill.  The natural environment is pretty and varied, with some pretty spots to stop for a snack.

When we do this ride we drive to the start, which is signposted off SH2, on your right past the Kaitoke turnoff.  We park and ride to the summit and then enjoy the coast downhill back to the car.  We usually clock it at about 22-24 km return.  For years we did it with children in tow, firstly with trailers, and then on the trailgator.  The first time I ever did it not towing a child was a revelation.  Not that it is all that hard – gentle gradients were required to accomodate the steam locomotives that plyed the tracks up until 1955.

Logistics:

A picnic lunch, plenty of water and snacks are essential, as are jackets as it is often a tad chilly at the summit.  There are toilets near the start, and again at the summit.  See also: What’s in the bag?

Bring a torch or bike lights – just beyond the summit is the summit tunnel.  And what child can resist a tunnel, especially a good long one like this! (584 m long).

Notes:

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: The areas between Tunnel Gully and Cross Creek and around the south coast are remote and have little or no cellphone coverage.

DRINKING WATER: Carry enough water and food for your trip, as there is none on the way.

CHANGE OF CLOTHES: there is plenty of water nearby, including one water crossing with a choice of bridge or ford.  If your kids are like mine, and magnetically drawn to water, then a change of clothes back in the car might be a handy thing to have.

WALKERS use this trail too, so mind your manners and speeds on the descent.

Resources: Printable Map, Closures and Repairs info, Trail information website.

Going the Distance

The incline is just part of the whole adventure available to you:

Named one of the world’s hottest travel experiences for 2015, by travel guide Lonely Planet, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail is one of New Zealand’s Great Rides.

It’s part of Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail and starts near the coolest little capital Wellington.

Through a broad river valley to bush-clad hills and gullies; from lakeside farmland to rugged southern coastline, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail is a 115km journey through distinctive New Zealand landscapes in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions.

Source: wellingtonnz.com

We have ideas of doing it as a four day family adventure, so stay tuned for the full story.

Have you cycled the Rimutaka Incline or other parts of the Rimutaka Trail?  What did you think?

10 Reasons to bike with your kids

Do you need a bit of motivation, or some well reasoned selling points up your sleeve?  Here are my top 10 answers to the question of “Why cycle with kids?”:

  1. It is fun.  Kids know it, and just to convince the grown ups…. have you noticed how many bikes are used in advertising these days.  There is a reason for that: bikes are a symbol of fun, freedom and adventure.  Biking is about simple, un-rushed pleasure.
  2. It is slow.  Huh?  Aren’t we too busy to be slow? Well, yes, exactly!  Sometimes we just need to slow down and see what we are missing when we rush through our lives.  Biking with your kids means really experiencing the world around you, stopping to explore or chat, and moving at a more child friendly pace for a while.
  3. It is time.  Of all the gifts we give our children the ones they remember most are time and shared experiences.  Getting out on our bikes and sharing some time together, undistracted by chores, devices or interruptions is a precious gift indeed.
  4. It is learning.  Some of the best learning of all comes so well disguised that we don’t even realise it is happening.  Biking together is an opportunity to learn new skills, impart knowledge and tell family stories.  And not just about cycling: about the world around us, perseverance, courage, trying new things, respect, tolerance, navigation, self-management…. the list is huge.
  5. It is sharing.  Paths, tracks, footpaths, road space – when you are out on the bike you are sharing space with other people.  People on foot, cars, other bike users, farmers, disabled users, dog-walkers, etc.  Learning to share with care is a life skill worthy of it’s own mention.  Our kids will be much better and safer drivers from having been coached in this skill from an early age.
  6. It is healthy.  1 in 9 Kiwi kids are obese and plenty more are overweight.  We are not moving as much as we should, and are surrounded by lots of yummy treats that are just a little bit too easy to get hold of.  So have your cake (ice cream, chocolate…)  and eat it too: food is energy in, cycling is energy out.  My kind of maths!
  7. It is green.  Using a bike instead of a car for some of your trips is a worthy goal to have.  The vast majority of our car trips are less than 3km.  With kids that might seem to far to walk, but definitely not to far to cycle.  When you start out cycling for fun on the weekend, it may give you the confidence you need to use your bike for other trips too, and then we all win: you, your health, and our planet.
  8. It is outside.  ‘Nature deficit disorder’ is a term coined to describe the challenge that we are not spending enough time outdoors.  Research is increasingly showing just how much we benefit from time outside.  Beyond the exercise benefits, it is a great stress-reducer.  In our busy lives that sounds just the ticket!
  9. It is a life skill.  The world is changing, our lives are busier, our cities are more populous and congested.  The worlds best thinkers are struggling with these challenges.  Many agree that riding a bike is a good way to address some of those problems: encouraging us to live closer to where we work and play, and reducing the amount of traffic pollution and congestion.  Riding safely and confidently is a key to independent mobility later in life.  And it might even mean you aren’t signing up to be your kids taxi driver well into their teen years.
  10. It is fun.  Is it cheating to mention fun twice?  No surely not! ( I have many more reasons I could put in instead).  Fun gets a second mention because it is the top reason to bike with your kids.  And who doesn’t want more fun in their life!

There you have it, motivation sorted.  Just remember the saying “the hardest part of going for a run is getting your shoes on”.  Sometimes getting started is tricky, but we get going when we focus on just how great it will be once we are on our way and doing what we enjoy.  Now you’ve got 10 things to focus on, so grab your bikes and get out there!

Trail Tales: Hauraki Rail Trail – Part 1

“Let’s do it again.”  That was our kids response after we completed the Otago Central Rail Trail a few years ago.  So after talking them out of taking the exact same holiday, we started scanning around for alternatives.  Thanks to the growth of the NZ Cycle Trails, we were spoilt for choice.

Decisions, decisions

Choosing to ride the Hauraki trail was influenced by:

  1. Suitability
    • Distances. Some trails are more readily adapted to ‘family size’ chunks than others.  Daily distances need to be manageable, with suitable accomodation and services at each ‘break point’.
    • Grading.  We needed a trail graded ‘Grade 1 – Easiest’.  For more on the grading system see: Trail grades for riders – NZ Cycle Trail
  2. Services
    • Established trails are serviced by businesses who can make your life easier in all sorts of ways, such as: food, accomodation, luggage forwarding, shuttle buses (for bikes and riders), bike hire, accessory hire, guided rides and tours, etc
    • Generally speaking, the longer the trail has been established for, the better the range and experience of the businesses servicing that trail.
    • There may also be services such as accomodation booking services, which can make life much easier.
  3. Interest
    • Riding is fun, but we all need variety in our lives and our holidays.  Having a great variety of activities, sights, and point of interest along the trail and nearby add to the overall attractiveness of the destination and your enjoyment of your holiday.  It really increases your chances of your holiday having ‘something for everybody’ so that everyone comes home with a special memory.
    • It really helps a lot if the terrain and scenery along the trail itself is interesting. Bridges, tunnels, rivers, and bits of history all help break the day into smaller goals.

A Good Match

The Hauraki Trail looked like a good match for us. With the kids aged 6 and 9 it wasn’t going to be too hard for them, yet it held plenty of interest along the way.  Particularly with a child interested in geology/rocks/mining (aka big holes in the ground).  It had the added attraction of being able to invite friends and relatives from that part of the country to join us for some/all of the trail.  However for our friends in Aussie with older kids, Hauraki looked less attractive: they were looking for bigger challenges.  Fair enough too: if you’ve got older kids this might not be the trail for you, or you might want to do it in bigger chunks.

We were also happy to wait a few years after the official opening of the trail (circa 2012), reasoning that this would be enough time for the services to get going.  We are reluctant to ‘wing it’ when touring with kids.

A Plan of Attack

Having made that decision it was time to get down to details.  When considering Hauraki as an option I’d looked at daily distances and made sure there would be somewhere to stay each night if we did shorter than the usual suggested daily distances.  So it didn’t take much more effort to convert those margin notes on the brochure into an itinerary that looked a bit like this:

Our Itinerary

Origin Destination Mode Distance en-route Notes
Day 1 Thames Hikutaia Bike 22 km Cheese Factory
Day 2 Hikutaia Wahi Bike & Train 24 km to Waikino Goldfields Railway 8km extra if don’t take train from Waikino to Wahi
Day 3 Wahi Paeroa Bike 22 km 1 hour windows walk
Day 4 Paeroa Te Aroha Bike 21 km
Day 5 Te Aroha Relax Gold Discovery Centre in Wahi.

Hot Pools!!!!!!!

When making your itinerary, consider:

  • Daily distances (see below)
  • Hills and likely wind directions (this may determine which direction you head in)
  • Attractions and interests along the way (factor in enough time to enjoy them, perhaps planning a rest day)
  • Availability of accomodation and food at each ‘break point’
Tip: How far in a day?

My rule of thumb for choosing an appropriate distance for cycling with kids is to pick what a reasonable distance for an adult would be and halve it.  Thus if a multi day ride suggests doing it in 50km days, change that to 25 km per day with kids (or less).   Choose shorter distances to start with, and increase the distance gradually.  Follow longer or hillier days with less challenging ones, or rest days.

Logistics

Originally we planned to use a luggage transfer service and leave our car at one end, just as we had done when we did the Otago Central Rail Trail.  In the end we scuttled that idea and chose the ‘leap frog’ option:

Leap frog for extra exercise

Leave the car at previous nights accommodation, cycle together to next overnight stop, then one person cycles back and gets the car.  You won’t need a luggage transfer service, you can dry your laundry in the car, and you have a car for getting around at your destination.

Our only disagreements were over whose turn it was to go back and get the car.  We both wanted to!

Accomodation

We made use of the accomodation booking service offered by the local trail trust.  I liked the idea of just being able to give them dates and locations, along with our basic requirements and have them do the legwork.  I also like supporting the trail trust in their work: they get a commission from the accomodation operators.  It worked out pretty well, and we had a good variety of suitable accomodation, and the one booking botch-up was quickly and professionally rectified (thumbs up!).

When choosing accomodation we like the option of self catering; we also look for: proximity to shops (for essential provisions) or the pub (for dinner), child-friendly (whether that means swimming pools or highchairs…), laundry facilities (wash and dry), and bike friendliness (safe place to lock your bike and an attempt not to wrinkle their nose when you turn up sweaty or drenched ….. well you would expect that wouldn’t you!).

In Part 2 I’ll share our experiences on the trail, including our highlights.

Trail Tales: Hauraki Trail Part 2

Are you wondering what it would be like to cycle the Hauraki Trail with two kids aged 6 and 9?  Here are some of my observations, shared on Facebook, as we travelled the Hauraki Rail Trail in the last days of 2015.

For information about planning and logistics for this ride, see Hauraki Trail Part 1.

Pre-Departure – Thames

We explored Thames and visited an old gold mine and battery in Thames (The Goldmine Experience).  The guides were knowledgeable and their stories and demonstrations gave us an idea of what the mining life had been like.  It was a good way to start the trip, as the mining heritage of the area weaves its way through the Hauraki Trail, and it breathed life into the history we saw along the way.

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Why the long faces?  Being a miner is a hard life!

Day One: Thames – Hikutaia: 22 km

Our first days cycling on the Hauraki Rail Trail. 22 sunny kilometers. Started in Thames and overnighting in Hikutaia. Kids did well. Hard to get them asleep with the bovines bellowing -city kids! Enjoying a lovely sunset. The kids have decided not to smile in photos  because it “looks cooler that way”.

The first day out on the trail is a time to find your pace, your riding legs and relax into the sense of adventure, exploration and freedom of having a destination and two wheels.  Crossing cattlegrids were a new skill to acquire, and most of us were more comfortable dismounting and walking our bikes through the narrow bumpy gateways.

Day Two: Hikutaia – Waikino: 24 km*

Beautiful scenery, exciting tunnels and bridges plus a train ride. We cycled to Waikino and then took the train to Wahi (Goldfields Railway). Great effort from the kids. Miss6 has done ten km each day unhitched. Learning: kids need a carbs hit every two km.

*Not taking the train would add 8 km to the day’s riding.

This days riding took us through Paeroa.  We didn’t linger long, knowing we’d be back there the following night, and because we had a train to catch!  The GoldFields railway journey from Waikino to Wahi was a fun experience.  It was easy to load our bikes on board the bike wagon, and then relax and enjoy the scenery. The conductor was friendly and knowledgable, keen to point out the interesting sights and share stories along the way.  The open viewing carriage was a good place to spend part of the journey and try and spot the cycle trail we’d be riding the next day.

Day Three: Waihi – Paeroa: 22km

(plus one hour for the Windows Walk)

Miss6 did so well in cycling the whole 16 km from Waihi to Karangahake herself. She was justifiably pleased with herself, and Mr9 seemed to find it easier going too.  We were  joined by fabulous relatives for the Windows Walk, which was incredible. Definitely the best day of the Hauraki Trail.

The section from Waihi to Waikino doesn’t strictly follow the old railway line (which is still used for the Goldfields Railway).  However it’s route is close enough to spot the train, and incredibly scenic.   The terrain is varied with small ups and downs, twists and turns, and it is nice to have a day off from cattlegrid crossings. Scenery wise, it is a stunner: with views of the gorge and the river along the way.

The Windows Walk is a must-do.  It is as attractive as it is fascinating.  The trails proximity to Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland make the Windows Walk and the Waihi-Paeroa section of the trail a great way to meet up with non-cycling friends and relatives; or a day trip option for cycling families.  In addition to the Windows Walk, there are interesting remnants of past mining operations, plus tunnel and bridge excitement.  Lights on your bike or a torch will make the tunnel easier.

Tip: If you only have one day in which to explore part of the Hauraki Trail, then this is the section to do.

Day Four: Paeroa – Te Aroha: 21 km

Our final day on the Hauraki cycle trail. We started in Paeroa where the big L&P bottle got an excited hug from its young fans. Then off along the trail, 21 km to Te Aroha. Master9 was most perplexed that the sign at the end of the trail (for us) pronounces it to be the start.

This is probably the least interesting part of the trail, and a stark contrast to the variety of the previous days riding.  There are lots of cattle grids and minor road crossings: but by then we had our mojo and could navigate them without dismounting and walking our bikes through.

End of Trip Sight-Seeing: Waihi

The day after we’d finished riding, I drove the kids back through the stunning Karangahake Gorge to visit the Gold Discovery Centre in Waihi.  It was well worth a visit: fascinating, interactive, educational and enjoyable.  My partner explored the MTB tracks in Te Aroha – he was very impressed. Then we all enjoyed a well earned soak in the hot mineral pools.  We had been lucky with the weather: a storm hit after we’d finished riding!

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Big, big, big!  A rainy day for our exploration of the gold mining town of Waihi

Be Sparky

“What a child wants – and DESERVES – is a parent who is SPARKY!” Roald Dahl

I love hearing stories of the fun parents have cycling with their kids: seeing  the sparkle in their eyes and hearing the glow in their voices.  Something about riding a bike brings out the best in us.  Cycling with kids is such a good opportunity to be ‘sparky’.  Roald Dahl’s full quote is good advice for any parent, but especially when we are out on our bikes with our kids:

“When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: A stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants – and DESERVES – is a parent who is SPARKY!”

So when the going gets tough, or even when it doesn’t.  Get Sparky.  Here are some ideas:

Get Gaming

Do you need a crow bar to tear your kids away from a favourite computer/console game? Well, get with it.  Turn your bike ride into the game.  Have challenges, levels, characters, weapons, enemies, whatever it takes.  Join in the game, be the game, just do it outside, on your bikes, in the fresh air.

Be Silly

Kids too young for gaming.  Good, make the most of it!  Tap into whatever their thing is.  Fairies? Trains? Mermaids? Ponies? Minions? Pick the theme, the characters and harness up your imagination and theirs to power up some story fun.  Your bikes, your destination, your location….. they all become part of the game.  Let your hair down, give yourself permission to be a bit silly…… be sparky!

Once upon a timing

We love stories in our house…. do you?  Stories can come from anywhere.  If you are stuck for inspiration just borrow someone else’s.  You can tell stories from your childhood, kids love those, especially if they feature their parents being less than capable and perfect!  Or you can build a story together, taking turns to add a bit to the story.  It is always entertaining when the mermaids end up in space with the dinosaurs…..  And when you are busy telling stories, or listening to them, then you are less likely to notice that you are tired, or that it is windy, or that it was further than you thought….

So there you go, another important tool for your biking outings: sparkiness!

What are your sparky ideas?  Go on, tell us!

Let it rain

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

In New Zealand we are fortunate that we can cycle year round.  For most parts of the country, our winter temperatures are reasonable and our weather challenges consist of rain and wind.  Deeper south there are snow days to contend with, but they are the exception rather than the rule.  Elsewhere in the world winter means months of snow and ice, and not seeing grass until spring.

winter cycling in copenhagen by Mikael Colville-Andersen
Afternoon Traffic – Winter in Copenhagen by Mikael Coalville-Andersen

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Semi independence

What do you do when your child is getting too old for their bike seat or trailer; but aren’t quite ready for cycling independently?  They may be able to ride their own bike, but perhaps not for the distances you are covering.   Or maybe they spend your adventures napping and then outmatch your energy levels at bedtime?  Thankfully there are some options in the middle that allow your child to pedal whilst you determine speed and direction.

Joining forces: Trail Gator

The ‘Trail Gator’ is a tow bar device that enables you to tow your child on their own bike.  It lifts their front wheel off the ground and attaches their bike to yours via a rigid bar.  Their bike can be easily detached, whereby you fold the bar and stow it clipped to the side of your bike.  That way they can ride when they feel able, and be towed when the going gets tough.  It also means they have their own bike to play on when they get to your destination; handy for riding to bike tracks or playgrounds.  They can be tricky to install initially, but offer great versatility.  

Trail Gator is just one brand, and is sold in New Zealand.  There are other brands sold overseas.

Add-on to your bike: Trailer cycles

Also known as a trailer cycle, and trademarked names such as Trailerbike, Trail-a-bike, Half wheeler or Tagalong.

On a trailer biker the child sits upright on a standard bike seat, with their own pedals and handlebars.  It usually attaches to the seatpost of the adult bike and follows (pretty much) in line with the adults bike.  One quite different option is the ‘Weehoo’: the child sits in a chair type seat which gives them enough support for a nap along the way.  It also has useful on-board storage pockets and panniers.

We found the WeeHoo offered some tumble protection.  In freak weather on the Otago Central Trail, we were blown off our bikes.  Whilst I was bruised and bleeding our Wee-Hoo passenger was completely uninjured.

Tandems & Kiddy Cranks

Another option is to use a Tandem, with ‘kiddy cranks’ which adapt the pedals/cranks for a child to use.  I’ve not experience with these myself so will point you to someone who has: Family Adventure Project.  They have great advice and lots of experience: check out their pictures and see how many members of the family you can get attached to one bike/tandem.  Amazing!

What towing options have you used? Which would you recommend?

A Very Useful Trailer

A Chariot CX2 cycle trailer was our major purchase when expecting our first child.  After two children and six years of use we were sad to see it go.  I made a photo slide show celebrating its usefulness:

We chose the ‘Chariot’ brand double trailer for its safety, versatility and protection.  We used it extensively not only for cycling, but also as a jogging pram, single and double stroller and cargo trailer for errands around town.  On outings, we’ve even put our daughters balance bike in the trailer with her, so she could self-propel from time to time.  It was light and easy to tow.  Our biggest accident with it was when we misjudged the track width and it jack-knifed off the trail and down a bank.  Our child, although surprised, was unharmed (and thought the whole incident was a blast).

Width and length of the overall ‘rig’ are the main downside of trailers.  Our local bike trail uses very narrow pinch point gates to discourage motorbikes.  To get past we had to unhitch it and lift it over, which is definitely a two person job.  As a stroller it was wide and not always easy to maneuver around shops and through doorways.  We found that the  disadvantages were outweighed by its versatility, durability, excellent weather protection and its gear/groceries carrying capacity.

What piece of family cycling equipment would you like to nominate for a hall of fame?

10 Tips for when it get tough

In the real world kids get tired, squabble, whinge and whine.  I live in the real world!  So what do you do if you are out riding and the kids are finding it tough going?  After making sure they are physically sorted (fed, comfortable) it comes down to emotional support and distraction.  Here are ten ideas you can adapt to suit your family:

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