Learn about Family Biking
Once you have developed a love for cycling and going on bike trips, you will obviously want to translate that love to your family. You will want to start planning elaborate biking trips and orchestrating every detail. And while you should 100 percent pursue a bike tour vacation, please slow down a little to make sure that you’re including features for every member and personality in your family. In this blog post, Bike Tour Vacations gives you some tips and tricks to help you plan the ultimate family biking experience.
Consider the age of your kids!
One of the first things you’ll want to consider before planning your fun-filled family bike trip is the age of your children. Just because you have young kids doesn’t mean you can’t still pursue a bike trip, but you will just have to make some modifications most likely. As a guideline, most bike parents choose to wait until their child is at least a year old until they make them a passenger, so that their head is more developed and can fully support a helmet. Once your baby/toddler is a bit older, they can comfortably fit in a child carrier that attaches to your bike. Many parents may worry about the integrity of these carriers, so make sure that you are getting a quality carrier to ensure safety, security and peace of mind.
For young kids, you may want to consider the option of a tandem bike so you can help control the speed and pedaling of the bike to ensure absolute safety. Once your kids get a little older and you have begun to teach them how to ride a bike, it is appropriate for them to ride safely. Obviously, start with training wheels and only when you and your child feel comfortable should you transition them to normal bike riding.
There are a lot of guidelines you can find online that entail instructions on teaching your kid how to ride a bike, which can be a daunting process to a lot of parents who worry about their children’s safety. The key is just to go slow and to supervise them every step of the way. Eventually they will be riding no problem!
Obviously with older children and teens, they will ride their own bikes no worries, but you will want to make sure they have a good-fitting helmet and bike that they feel comfortable riding (i.e. is a comfortable size). This is especially important on a longer bike trip as an uncomfortable bike or helmet can sabotage the entire bike tour vacation.
It’s also important to be cognizant of the varying levels of fitness within your family. You don’t want to exhaust one member, nor do you want to leave someone feeling not challenged or feeling that they aren’t having fun. It may be a stressful thought thinking about planning the perfect bike trip for every member of your family, but don’t worry, Bike Tour Vacations has a variety of fun-filled tours, ranging from options better-suited for couples to trips your kids will love. Whatever your bike tour needs are, Bike Tour Vacations is happy to help.