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Tips for a traveling family

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Tips for a traveling family

Hi!

We are a family with two kids, now 3 and 6 years old. We have not been touring any longer distances since four years ago (tandem and a two year old in the trailer) because of different reasons. But we are eager to get back on the road again and facing one problem: how do we transport our kids? They do not fit in the trailer very well any more, but the six year old cannot cycle in traffic yet. We think about a Hase Pino and a single bike with a trailer. But that is an expensive option.

Any suggestions from other travelling families?

Cheers!

Rebecca

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From trailers and kid seats to Follow Me's and tandems

Hi Rebecca,

We're a touring family. We took our kids (6 and 3) on a 400km tour of South Korea using two regular bikes, two kids' bikes and two Follow Me tandem connectors. The three year old managed just fine, even up to 80km, but we had to watch her very carefully in the afternoons when she started to get sleepy. Now we are 1300km into a five month tour of Western Europe with our two kids (now 5 and 8) on Co-Motion tandems, which was an expensive set up to be sure, but one of the tandems is big enough to fit two adults and will last us for a lifetime. Have a look at our Crazy Guy on a Bike blogs and feel free to shoot through any questions. We've tried almost every set up there is, except for the Hase Pino, but we've heard from one family that, if you're going to be riding in crappy conditions (dusty roads, bad weather, etc) the kids cop a lot sitting out there on the front. On upright tandems, the kids are a bit more protected, but they don't have the option of freewheeling.

Safe cycling! :)

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/directory/?user=Timshoots

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A post about gear

In fact, my husband just published this blog post about our touring setup and gear today. Have a look! https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=472128&v=l

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Touring with kids
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Us too

We toured Europe with 4, ages 5-11. Two rode their own, two on trail-a-bikes. Worked out well, though I think I'd go for tandems if I'd had the money. You can look way back in our blog for details. http://EdventureProject.com

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family road trip

Hey Rebecca, Traveling on bike can be a tremendous life and bonding activity and it can be a very difficult activity. Not only do you need to figure how to transport your kids (6 year old on a tag a long) and three year old in a burley ??? you need to be aware of temperaments of all individuals, flexible schedules ( half the distance expected ) and the 800 pound gorilla in the room "The Weather". Good luck. My honest advice to you is to wait until your three year old can safely manage the tag along. The you can do two bikes two tag alongs and each can attach a BOB trailer to the tag along.

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weehoo are good, especially for the younger one

Hi Rebecca,
We toured for a year with our 3 and 5 year old, both using weehoos. These are recumbant trail-a-bikes with a secure 5-point harness like a carseat. The kids can pedal or not, and they can even take a nap. The setup is heavy but very durable. The company is great to work with and two of them can be broken down to fit into 1 normal-sized bike box. See https://rideweehoo.com/
Good luck, those are such perfect ages to tour with them!
-Amy and Matt