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Kids - How far do you cycle with yours?

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by RealLeeHimself, 23 Feb 2018.

  1. OP

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    Thanks Steven, that would be great ^_^ I’ll look out for the Facebook page and put your next event on our calendar. I’m not in a club (probably not a fast enough rider), but I could keep up with the kids :okay: plus it would improve my kids’ confidence as well as making new friends too.

    Thanks again!
  2. steven1988

    steven1988 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn' be too sure about the not fast enough bit we have rides for everyone. Out of interest where are you from if you don' mind me asking?
  3. Jody

    Jody Über legend of a forum GOD!

    Local MTB club took the rippers to Sherwood pines at the weekend. Youngest was 3 and did an 8 mile red route.

    I can't comment on mine as my lad only did his first ride without stabilisers on Saturday :wahhey::wahhey::wahhey:
  4. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    I rode with my 9 year old granddaughter from London to Cambridge on a tag along bike, the following year we did it on a tandem, but now she just rides horses.^_^ I have a nice bike built up for her if she ever wants to do it again.
  5. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    My son did a 50km audax with me when he was 9. He loved it but found it hard work and really struggled towards the end. He never really pursued an interest in cycling after that - took up rugby instead. Perhaps I should have started him on shorter distances.

    The main thing is to give your kids the opportunity to try things. If they take to them and enjoy them, you can gently encourage them to push their boundaries further and further... If you're subtle about it, they won't even realise that you're hothousing them to fulfil your vicarious ambition of being the next Bradley Wiggins.
  6. OP

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    DM sent :smile:
  7. OP

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    Excellent! We love Sherwood Pines, some great routes and walks too.

    Congratulations on the removal of the stabilisers too. Big step for a young one. :thumbsup:
  8. Jody

    Jody Über legend of a forum GOD!

    You have no idea how chuffed I am with him. Took a few tumbles but kept laughing and going again. Very proud dad moment.
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  9. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    We took our two out on the tandem many times. R initially in a childseat, then she was relegated (or perhaps promoted) to the Hann trailer when A came along. R was always happier on longer distances than A – 50 miles in the childseat and up to 30 on the trailer. A didn't much like more than 30, though he never graduated to the trailer.

    At a tandem meet in Yorkshire I had a conversation with the late, great George Longstaff about children on bikes. "Don't do it", he said. "I took my daughter out on the back on the solo once. It was terrible! She cried for the last 50 miles."
  10. Time Waster

    Time Waster Active Member

    Late to the thread but the difficulty of distance is down to individuals. Everyone has differing fitness levels, interests and mindsets for a challenge.

    Our son did two weeks at ten to thirty miles per day on his single speed 16" bike. He got tired and caused accidents but we had to battle to get him attached to my bike for a rest. Then when attached he put even more effort in!

    Our approach was to be totally laid back. We looked at the map for potential campsites and rode in a general direction until it was getting to mid afternoon then we cycled to the nearest campsite. If it was 10 miles or 30 miles so be it. The odd day we did a ten mile shopping trip on top of a full day but only after a break.

    This is considered unusual for non cycling people but it felt natural to us. But most important of all it was what our son wanted to do. He loves cycling so much. He wanted to go back the week after we got home, but for 3 months!
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  11. OP

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    That’s fantastic! He’ll be doing the Ironman next!

    I agree about fitness, mindset and interest. My son and daughter both tell me they love going out cycling with me and when both cycling together will travel further when with me than when just one or the other is out with me. Fitness will come with more outings, and slowly increasing distances. I find gentle encouragement helps too, especially on the hills!
  12. Time Waster

    Time Waster Active Member

    I hope not. I don't want him to be better than me, fitter than me for a long time yet. I remember when I realised I was stronger and fitter than my previously invincible dad. It's a passing of the baton moment but I felt bad at the time.

    He looks up to me occasionally. Usually when I'm cycling easily with him and he's sprinting. The day he's doing ironman events is a long, long, long way past the baton passing moment.

    Still I was proud of his cycling in Holland. Kind of showed up the Dutch kids his age. They were really only riding on seats on their parents bike when we saw any.

    The Holland trip was our second tour together but first where he was solo most of it. The one before he was on a child seat. He loved that and when deciding on a holiday he said he wanted to ride.

    How far is up to the child. You can tease a few more miles out of them each trip but if you pass their limit and it stops being fun for them they'll not enjoy it and you might lose them from cycling. Of course if they're as passionate about cycling as you then your biggest problem it's stopping them from cycling. Ours doesn't think snow and ice is a good enough reason to stop cycling to school. I have yet to find spiked tyres sized 16".
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