Bicycling the Day Away

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by Patrice on March 1, 2011 · 3 comments

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Exploring the local area on a bike can be a fun day trip for all ages. A smooth bike trail will allow the learner with training wheels to keep up and insure a smooth ride for the baby in the bike seat. A more rustic trail can be chosen for the older kids with sturdier bikes.

Pick the location that will be most appropriate for the age group of your children. With a bit of creativity, mom will be able to make any biking adventure a healthy, fun and educational experience.

Make sure that the trail is not too long for the family. An exhausted child trying to keep up with the pack can quickly sap enjoyment and add to the stress level of the whole group. Even the best weather forecasters are not always right. Make sure the little ones know that the trip is largely dependent on the weather and that the bike trip could be cut short or even postponed if Mother Nature handed out a surprise.

Prepare for the bike outing in advance by helping the kids inspect their bikes for their adventure. Make sure the chains are oiled and the tires are in good shape and properly inflated. A well prepared mom will make sure she has a small pump and tire patches, just in case the unthinkable happens. If it’s been a while since the kids were on their bikes, make sure that each child has a helmet that fits properly.

Pack a picnic lunch and additional snacks. Make sure each person has a bottle of water. Take along a first aid kit and if there is a camera available, tuck that in place that is easily accessible. Distribute the load among all the riders letting them get double usage from the school back pack.

Baskets or saddlebags for bicycles are great help for the family who enjoys biking together. If your day trip is a success and the kids want to plan on doing it again, one of these biking accessories may make a perfect gift if there is a holiday or birthday coming up.

Be prepared to be flexible. Even a familiar biking trail can offer an occasional surprise that is worth getting off of the bikes to explore more thoroughly. If the trail leads through a quiet wooded area, take an opportunity to rest and just listen to the birds. Pay attention to the plants growing in the area and point out the progress of the growth and appearance if you use the trail regularly.

Just because it’s a bike outing doesn’t mean the kids have to stay on their bikes for the whole day. Take advantage of rest spot and open areas that offer a good opportunity for the kids to take a break from pedaling and stretch their other muscles.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Alea March 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Biking is always fun activity, also a great way to spend and to create a better bonding to kids.

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Savannah March 3, 2011 at 8:32 am

Be sure it involves helmets, and then it can be a safe activity too!

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Angie March 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Biking is a great way for the family to spend the day together. Go for a ride and then stop and have a play time. Or you can have a picnic lunch. Stop later to stretch and maybe play frisbee or to get something to drink. Have fun and be safe.

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