Family Bike Riding
Ride a Bike With Your Family
Getting into shape is a goal that many people have. Riding a bike with your family can be a fun way to get into shape and have fun at the same time. In many parts of the country, May is a great time to ride bikes with your family, that's why May is American Bike Month. No matter what time of year it is, if the weather is right, it's a great time to get out and take a ride.
You may think that some of your family members are the wrong age to ride bikes. Babies and toddlers can't exactly ride a two wheeler; however, they can ride along. There are bike options for almost every member of the family.
Photo by melodi2.
Where to Ride
Where should your family ride bikes? That depends on your interests and where you live. If you live in the suburbs, you might be able to take a nice family bike ride in the evenings around the neighborhood. If you live in the country, you can ride around in the woods. If you live near some great bike trails, you might want to pack up the car on the weekends and make a bike trek. Find a place that works for you, and head off.
A Family Bike Ride - Exploring Nature
Bikes for Dad
Guys usually need bigger bikes than the ladies do. Because not all stock bike seats are comfortable, you might want to put a new bike seat on.
Bikes for Mom
Mom can find a great bike to take out with the family... she can even get it in pink if she wants. She might want to get a bike seat for more comfort.
Biking with the Kids
Older kids can bike along with you with a bike that fits their frame. Between ages 4 and 6, most kids can learn to ride a bike without training wheels. Between ages 3 and 4, kids can usually learn to ride a kid's bike with training wheels.
At this age, many kids can ride their own bikes on family bike rides. Many of them like to ride fast, so watch out! You'll probably want to make them wear a bicycle helmet, especially if you are taking them near roads. In some places bike helmets are the law.
Photo by hortongrou.
Bikes for Kids
Kids bikes primarily come in boy's or girl's versions. Both boys and girls might enjoy a noisemaker.
Teach Your Child to Ride a Bike
Bringing the Toddler Along
Somewhere between 2 and 2 1/2, toddlers can start learning how to ride tricycles. Most of the time, they're not going to be able to keep up with the older kids and adults on a family bike ride. This is why bike trailers are such a great invention. You attach a bike trailer to the back wheel of one of the parent's bikes, and then you strap the kid in. They can't run off or fall out, and even if they're already old enough to ride a tricycle, they can still fit.
My son enjoys taking bike rides in the back of a bike trailer. Many bike trailers can hold two kids that are 50 pounds each, and have five point harnesses.
Take Your Toddler on a Bike Ride
This bike trailer can hold two children, and it converts to a jogging stroller. It has a weather shield and 100 pound capacity. It's made by Schwinn, so you know it's good quality.
Trikes for Toddlers
When they're not riding behind in a bike trailer on a family bike ride, toddlers will want to learn to ride their own bikes.
Virtually Riding Across the United States
I'm always trying to find ways to motivate myself to exercise, and maybe you're in the same boat. Of course, spending time with your family is great, but perhaps your family would like to virtually cycle across the United States? You can do this at this virtual walk across the United States. You can also mark the miles you cycle.
This virtual walk/cycling trip takes you from Virginia to Oregon. I really like this site because at every marker, you're given a photo of where you would be if you actually cycled that distance. You can see your progress on a map. You can sign up your family with one account, or you can get each family member their own account, so they can log any walking or cycling that they do individually.
Changing a Flat Bike Tire
If your bike tire goes flat when you're taking a family bike ride, you'll want to know how to change it. Here's how.
Don't Forget Helmets
Protect your head with a helmet.