I'm posting mostly to brag. I got 5 year old daughter into cycling when she was 4. Now she's up to 12 mile rides 2-3 times a week. She loves to ride but hates hill climbs. I totally get that. She's not yet at that stage where one looks forward to the pain and glory of overtaking a hill.....she's 5 after all and just wants to be out with Dad. I know 12 miles for a 5 year old may seem like child abuse to some.......but for us it's quality family time. I look for routes that are mostly flat. I do want to incorporate some hill climbs. I made the mistake of letting her walk up a hill and now she asks if we can walk up every little slope we find.
Her bike setup. A modified GT Laguna 20" with a 7 speed twist shift. 1.5" X 20 Kenda road tires. I've had to adjust the brakes, new stem and bars to fit her. If you see a little girl riding around the outer perimeter of the Rosebowl then that's us. We usually head up Linda Vista and around to Jack in the box. This weekend I took her up Lida St. and into La Canada. She walked her bike for most of that long hill by the Art Center of Design. I can't blame her. It's tough! There were sections of it that she tried to ride. She loves the downhills.
My concern is that she seems to have gotten slower. I think maybe she has lost a little of spunk do to riding the same routes. Basically she may be bored. I have to continually find new ways to make biking fun. I wonder though how long it takes a child to recover. We stretch and I massage her legs after every ride. I'm constantly asking her how legs feel. She does better than I do with recovery so I don't think that's the problem. She does want to do SGRT with me down to Seal beach. I'm concerned that those head winds will be too much for her. I used to trailer her there and we'd eat at Scooner's or the Rivers End Cafe. I'm so proud of her and I feel extremely blessed that we can bond through cycling.