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Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Introduction, a plan, and some questions. :)
« on: April 26, 2019, 10:32:57 am »
I'd love some input on possible routes. We are thinking southwest or south USA. Relatively flat, easy and family friendly. Thanks!

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Introduction, a plan, and some questions. :)
« on: April 24, 2019, 05:16:12 pm »
Thanks for the input John! We have some flexibility regarding timing, but we are looking at about 1 month in length.

We're all committed to putting on the miles this summer. We live a few blocks from a 3 mile bike path that ends at a federal campground. So that will work for some shakedown overnighters. We also have a paved, rural 20 mile loop one direction, and a 65 miler the other way.

Not sure if we'll look for a loop or a point to point.

General Discussion / Re: Western Express Bicycle Touring Video
« on: April 24, 2019, 02:58:36 pm »
Thanks for sharing that! I enjoyed the video.  :)

Youth Bicyle Travel / Introduction, a plan, and some questions. :)
« on: April 24, 2019, 02:22:51 pm »
Hello everyone! I just found this website and forum, and signed up right away. I hope to make some friends and learn lots of cool stuff here!

Short story... I'm planning my first family bike tour for this fall 2019.

Longer story... It's me, my wife, and 2 kids. Ages 48, 38, 8, and 3. I've biked my whole life, until recently. I just bought a new Jamis steel road bike to get back into it. Prior to that, well I've biked constantly, daily year-round commuting, and a couple extended car-free stints, until about 5 years ago. I switched to an out of town job, longer hours, and just quit riding. That job is done now, we just paid off our house, and we are ready to start a new chapter in our lives. We are putting our house up for sale and moving back to Illinois, closer to family. In the interim we want to take a bike tour.

I've never toured, or ridden long-distance at all. My wife is fit, but has never been a cyclist. She had a bike for a while as an adult, but never rode much, not since she was a kid. She does not own a bike now. My 8 year old son rides his single speed BMX bike constantly, everywhere, and anytime he can. I pulled him everywhere in a Nashbar trailer when he was younger. I never liked that trailer, it was uncomfortable for him. I decided this time to get a Burley Solo for the 3 year old. With the better seating, and suspension, I think she'll be more comfortable.

So that's what I've got. My Jamis steel road bike pulling a Burley Solo. We need a bike for my wife, and a new bike for our son. My wife does not want a drop bar bike, she wants an upright, step through. She likes the look of the Raleigh Alysa. My budget is only about $500 for her bike, and my son's. Used is fine, I've always done my own bike maintenance. I saw a Novara Portal on ebay that is listed as a 24" wheel bike, it's got rear rack mounts. All the other 24" bikes I see do not have rack mounts. Also most of them have cheap suspension forks, and I'd rather him have a solid fork for this adventure.

We have not decided on a route, but we are thinking southern states. We are avid campers, so we have backpacking gear, tents, bags, cookware, etc.

I guess I'm just looking for some general input on our plans. Any advice you all can give would be tremendously appreciated! Thanks so much!

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