I know that's an awfully generic question, and it depends on the kid. I'd still like to hear opinions.
We're going on a bike ride Saturday afternoon and taking along my two nephews. It's a rail trail, four miles each way, relatively flat. I'm not worried about the 12 year old he's old enough and a little piece of steel anyway, but the 7 year old hasn't ridden this far, and is still riding a BMX style bike with no gears.
I originally intended to take just the older kid, but their mother feels like the younger kid can do it too, wouldn't want to be excluded, etc. But she's not exactly an expert cyclist and I don't know how she can gauge what the kid can do. Plus these kids rarely get off their own street on bikes.
Am I asking for trouble agreeing to this? Will we be miles from our car with a little kid flipping out? Or is what is to me a short distance on a bike probably short enough for them too? Thanks.