4 Tips for Cycling Tours with Kids
If you are traveling with children under 12, we’d steer you towards our single center tours (where you stay in one hotel as a base throughout). Active children aged 8-11 can usually manage our “1 bike” or easy rated routes. We offer special children’s mountain bikes. Keep in mind, too, that the special seats attached to adult bikes for kids under 4, make the cycling more difficult for the parent.
But if you’re embarking on a cycling tour with kids, a few tips will help make sure you have a fun, safe and enjoyable trip.
- Take plenty of breaks. Keep in mind that kids have smaller wheels than you do, and they have to work harder to keep up. So be sure to take breaks often so they can stay energized throughout the day. It’s best to plan for these trips, because children often find excuses to stop—to use the bathroom, to drink some water, or for snacks. Which brings us to …
- Bring plenty of snacks. It’s always a good idea to keep snacks on hand, especially when your kids are expending so much energy.
- When you can, travel with one adult in front and one in back. And, if you have to move into the road, say to move around an obstacle such as a parked car, have the adult that’s holding up the rear move out into the road first.
- Don’t rush your kids. It’s better to arrive a little later than to take the fun out of the trip by constantly telling your kids to hurry up. It depends on the individual child, but an ambitious itinerary may not be the wisest choice.
- Try cycling trips with kids at home before committing to a whole cycling trip. If you’re thinking about a cycling trip with your kids, why not test out a long day trip closer to home? You’ll get a clear sense of your kids’ fitness levels, their enthusiasm for riding bikes, and for your own ability to enjoy the ride instead of worrying about whether your child is about to fall.
Once you discover the joys of cycling together on tours, you may never go back! Compared with trips in cars or even by bus, a cycling trip keeps families from getting bored, and often cuts down on vacation quarrelling. Most parents find that the exercise improves their children’s behavior and even sleep on a vacation so much they prefer cycling trips to any other type of vacation.