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Offline lindah

Day tours with 2yo in bike trailer
« on: March 28, 2014, 02:20:54 am »
Hi We are travelling in the USA and Canada for several months this year and I am trying to decide whether or not to bring our Chariot trailer. We will be driving with a camper trailer so would mostly be looking to do short day rides (sorry if this is not an appropriate section to ask re. day trips). We enjoy hiking as well so I am trying to weigh up whether to just hike or to also plan some rides. I was wondering whether anyone has any suggestions for relatively smooth trails outside of the cities; we will primarily be in the north west and in the rockies. We enjoy mountainbiking but would not want to subject our daughter to long bumpy fire trails.

Offline BrianW

Re: Day tours with 2yo in bike trailer
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2014, 02:18:55 pm »
Your best bet is to search for rail-trails in the areas you are traveling in. Your question is so broad with regard to location that it's kind of hard to answer.

A good resource to search out trails is the Rails to Trails Conservancy's "Traillink" website:

We've done day biking and even overnight tours with our son since he's been a bit over a year old (he's nine now). Lots of fun and a great way to explore. Hiking is good, too, of course, but you'll see a lot more on the bike. You just have to decide whether you will use the bikes enough to warrant bringing them. We did a cross-country tour with our campervan last summer and debated whether to bring the bikes. In the end we did, and I'm glad. We did rides in every national park we went to, and lots of other places, too. In a way it forced us to ride more, because had this idea that if we were lugging them around the country with us we better use them! So for us it was great.

We biked the closed part of the road in Grand Canyon South Rim to Hermit's Rest, an old stagecoach road in Yellowstone, the nice paved bike path in Grand Teton NP, around the campground and Lake McDonald area in Glacier NP, a rail-trail in Missoula, Mt., etc. One of our favorite memories of the entire 30-day trip is getting up early and biking the canyon road in Zion NP. Simply amazing, and totally uncrowded (we saw maybe 10 people max in an area that gets inundated during the main part of the day). And, of course, bikes are great at the campground and it's nice to be able to leave the vehicle parked and ride to the ice cream stand or whatever. You just need to look: you'll find plenty of places to do bike rides, even in parks or areas that might not seem too conducive to biking at first glance (like Grand Canyon).

Regarding transporting the trailer, that can be a bit of a pain, but I have seen waterproof bags that allow you to pack the trailer in them and then attach to an arm-type bike rack (hitch rack or similar). Space is always at a premium when RVing.

Offline lindah

Re: Day tours with 2yo in bike trailer
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 12:55:13 am »
Thanks for your great info. I looked at another rail trail site but the one you linked is much more useful. Thanks