Which bike is good for the family?

Bicycle tour with children: this is how it will be a success for young and old

Summer is here, making it the best time to go on bike trips with the children. Whether kindergarten or elementary school age: With these tips, the tour will be a pleasure for the whole family.

Children's bicycles are small - between twelve inches for around three-year-olds and 24 inches for ten to twelve-year-olds - but their road safety should still be guaranteed. Therefore, before starting the excursion, check that the tires have enough air, whether the Brakes and - if available - that light work and all Screws are firmly tightened. Let your child be a part of it, even if they just check the bell. That puts you in the right mood for the adventure in advance.

If you then have a bracket for the ownBeverage bottle as well as a small one Luggage bag attach it, it will feel like a big one. The bag is not only used to stow your favorite cuddly toy, but also any "treasures" that may be found along the way.

How long can the route be?

Decisive for the selection of the route is the age of the participating children and their safety on the bike Four year old can be quite brisk; however, they should also be able to do the Stay in lane and brake. It is best to choose routes where there is little to no traffic. The length of the route you can trust your preschooler cannot give a general answer, but must be decided individually. One child may have had enough after just one kilometer, another only after four kilometers. Either way, don't overwhelm your child.

Children up to Age tenThose who cycle regularly can cover up to 30 km a day, older even longer distances. But regardless of whether you are a kindergarten or elementary school child: Don't go to the limit, otherwise the first bike tour together may also be the last, as your child will go on strike next time.

It is best to start with stretches of with elementary school children a maximum of ten to 15 km and then expand them a little from bike tour to bike tour. For kindergarten and elementary school children, it is strongly recommended to contact a alternative transport option to think (see below) in case they get tired. This is also advisable if the ages of the participating children are far apart and the youngest child in particular needs a break more often.

This will make the bike tour a success

  • Low-traffic routes are recommended pure bike paths. The most beautiful are stretches through fields, forests and meadows - provided the ground is not too bumpy - at the end of which a nice destination, such as a playground or an ice cream parlor, beckons

  • If possible, drive the route before the tour to check for potential risks, unpleasant surprises (closures, diversions) and nice places to take a break

  • Choose a route that is a lot Variety and charms for children's eyes and that Exploring nature includes: a stream or lake to splash about, collect stones or watch fish, a tree to climb (possibly explored beforehand), a flower meadow to collect flowers for an album, etc.

  • Exercise yourself in patience and allow plenty of time: Your children will probably ask you for more stops than you thought, because attractions such as a squirrel, a hollow tree trunk or grazing cows make for surprising braking maneuvers

  • Find the right balance between too little and too much challenge: a small one pitch In between, even younger children can cope, especially if this is rewarded with an ice cream afterwards

  • Start and bottom form adults; Children should only be allowed to drive ahead on safe terrain, if at all

  • The tempo determines the weakest participant

  • Do one every 30 to 60 minutes depending on the age of the children Drink and toilet break

  • Plan on one or two previously selected ones Milestones (Stream, forest clearing, playground, etc.) take longer breaks

  • Set a good example, obey the traffic rules, and set one up Bicycle helmet on

  • Think of sufficient Insect and sun protection for skin and head, possibly rain protection as well as taking a first aid kit for any bruised knees

  • Take one just to be on the safe side Bicycle pump and tool With

You should avoid that

  • Streets: Children under eight years of age are legally not allowed to drive on the road. If this cannot be avoided in some sections, we recommend taking a tandem pole (see above) or an alternative means of transport with you

  • Too high tempo

  • More difficult Underground (Sand, roots, rubble)

  • Too many and steep Slopes

  • Steep gradient

  • Longer stages in blazing sun

Transport systems for tired kids

If the children get grouchy and listless before the end of the tour, it increases Risk of falls and accidents strong. Therefore, you should think in advance how you can relieve an exhausted child. The possibilities for this depend on the child's age, weight and "bicycle maturity".

  • Child bike seat: Children from one to five years of age can be transported there, with a maximum weight of 25 kg on a child seat attached to the luggage rack and a maximum of 15 kg on a seat mounted on the handlebar. Problem: what to do with the children's bike?

  • Bicycle trailer: Bicycle trailers for one or two children up to seven years of age are considerably more expensive, but very popular. Here, too, there is the problem with transporting the children's bike. However, if you are transporting your tired child in the bicycle seat, the bicycle could possibly find a safe place in the trailer

  • Tandem system / trailer: Taking a tandem bar with you is practical and inexpensive at the same time. The children's bike can be coupled or decoupled from the adult bike in just a few simple steps, if the child wants to ride independently again. The child can decide whether or not they want to support the towing bike by stepping on the pedals. The trailer system is suitable for children from three to around nine years of age. When buying, you should pay attention to the quality of screws and connections

  • Trailerbike: It's like half a children's bike that is firmly attached to the towing bike. Instead of the front wheel, the bike has a coupling rod with which it is coupled to the luggage rack of the parent bike. This pulling device is suitable for children between five and ten years of age who are not yet very safe on the bike and / or who do not want to cycle longer distances independently

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