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Offline o2tour

Touring with Children
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:34:15 pm »
I am an experienced touring cyclist but this spring, for two weeks, I will be touring with my great nephew (14 years old). His sister (9) says the trip should be 2 years. This will be his first attempt at a bicycle touring trip. It will be a one way trip with his parents or grandfather picking him up at the end of two weeks. We will be self contained on this trip.

I’m hoping to get him hooked on touring. I have no experience touring with young children. Any suggestions, comments, or advice to make this a great trip for him and me!

Offline paddleboy17

Re: Touring with Children
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018, 03:55:06 pm »
Is there any way that you can invest in a couple of weekend trips together first?

Beyond that, I would say be flexible.  This could be a lot like trying to herd cats.

Offline RonK

Re: Touring with Children
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2018, 06:11:30 pm »
Some reading for you...Simply Propelled
Cycle touring blog and tour journals: whispering wheels...

Offline DaveB

Re: Touring with Children
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2018, 10:18:25 am »
I assume it will be just you and your nephew and his sister is only making editorial comments, not accompanying you.  I further assume your route is already fixed so advice to, say, avoid very hilly terrain is too late.   

I agree that a couple of prior shakedown trips are a good idea and be sure he has enough time on the bike to be used to the saddle and is in decent physical shape.  Be sure his bike is of decent quality, in good condition, has suitable gearing and fits him.  A big box store bike bought when he was 10 years old won't do.

I'd plan relatively short days, at least early in the trip.  Your "easy 60 mile day" may not be his idea of easy.

Finally, what is his attitude toward the trip; enthusiasm or dread?  That will have a big impact on your success.