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    How far how quick?

    Thought I seen another thread on this subject but couldn't find it. Debating on how far to push my boys. The youngest (3) is on the trail-a-bike and the oldest(7) is on his own bike (single speed with 16 inch tires), the 3 year old does push me on the flats. So far we've did two rides 5 and 6.5 miles and those two show no signs of being tired! Thinking about pushing it next weekend with a 15 mile ride next weekend. There will be a couple breaks in there. I don't remember being able to ride distances like they seem to able when I was their ages. But their bikes are well greased and maintained.. never greased any bearings or even lubed a chain growing up!

    Just curious on the distances other kids are able to ride. Kids do have amazing energy overall they'll probably do better than I will!
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    The thing about really little kids is they have a lot of energy- until they don't. There really isn't a progressive "ramp down" with them. Since the 3 y.o is on a trail-a-bike, and can always get pulled if he conks out, it's best to concentrate on what the 7 y.o. can do.

    15 mi isn't unreasonable with the right bike, but with the usual heavy, knobby tired, single speed kid's bike, be prepared to call the sag wagon at 10 miles.
    With good bikes, you'd be amazed what reasonably fit kids can do.

    See here: http://recumbents.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4889

    For distance riding there's really no substitute to a real kid sized road bike (or a 'bent )
    Note, though, there were a lot of miles under their belts before we did that ride.
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    Wow 50 miles that's quite a distance! Those are good points on the 7 year old's bike. His is a Schwinn Gremlin with Kenda Comp III tires minus the training wheels isn't terribly heavy.. the tires are a bit knobby couldn't find anything smoother at the time. Tried out a 20 inch bike with gearing last weekend but he couldn't get comfortable on it, it was only $40 I'll probably go back and buy this weekend for the future! Learn something new everyday didn't know that small of road bike existed. As fast as he tries to ride his bike now a road bike probably wouldn't be a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by esmith2039 View Post
    Wow 50 miles that's quite a distance! Those are good points on the 7 year old's bike. His is a Schwinn Gremlin with Kenda Comp III tires minus the training wheels isn't terribly heavy.. the tires are a bit knobby couldn't find anything smoother at the time. Tried out a 20 inch bike with gearing last weekend but he couldn't get comfortable on it, it was only $40 I'll probably go back and buy this weekend for the future! Learn something new everyday didn't know that small of road bike existed. As fast as he tries to ride his bike now a road bike probably wouldn't be a good idea.
    If the 20 incher is light weight, $40 is a good deal. With little kids, a bike that's too much today, could be a great ride in a couple of months.

    For used little road bikes, check out this thread:

    The Ins and Outs of small wheeled junior roadbikes

    As fast as he tries to ride his bike now a road bike probably wouldn't be a good idea.
    C'mon! Fast is good!
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    I agree with the comment that they are full of energy - until they're not.... I suspect that your son on the single bike will be the limiting factor, as he will tire more quickly. As he tires, his decision making and reactions will slow, which can negatively affect his control of the bike.

    The rider on the trail-a-bike won't become fatigued as quickly, since he/she can relax back there and let you do the work. She/he may become bored though.

    When my oldest daughter was 7, we did numerous 35-50 mile rides on a tandem. And when she was 8, we spent 8-weeks pulling a BOB trailer with our Santana tandem up and down the Rocky Mountains of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. When she would tire, she just didn't put as much effort into it. Up front, I could definitely tell when that happened.

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    That's true.. I have hit that point with the 3 year old where he just crashes. Haven't found that point yet with the oldest. Momma decided to change my plans so no 15 miler this weekend. She also got her a bike so may be a little bit before he gets a geared bike. And I asked the bike store about the smaller road bikes and they had a couple! Maybe in a few years.. clumsy is the word.
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    Went ahead and got him the 5speed 20 incher. Went back to see what else they had and this time he said $35.. couldn't resist. Think it's a bargain actually. He may not be able to ride but he'll be ecstatic when he gets home.

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    I know a ten year old girl on a reasonable quality proper fitted MTB Hard Tail that totally Spanked a 45 year old Swat Team Sargent with a body just like a NFL Line backer.

    She's a future single track or cross country Olympian I think

    No really It's true...
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    Found out the answer to question regarding the oldest.. mile 12 out of 14! But that was only because we couldn't stop and he was trying to race me for the first ten miles. Started pouring and wasn't prepared, stupid me. Going to look for a first aid kit, poncho and few other things before the next ride. They both did great up till then though!
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    Get some decent pavement tires on that thing and you'll be surprised.
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    Any suggestions beside Kenda Kwest or Maxxis Hookworm? A bit high at $20-25 but his brother will get the bike with 16's next year so won't be getting rid of it for a couple years. His new bike with 20's he should be riding full-time and need to replace those also. The Hookworm looks the best from what I've read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by esmith2039 View Post
    Any suggestions beside Kenda Kwest or Maxxis Hookworm? A bit high at $20-25 but his brother will get the bike with 16's next year so won't be getting rid of it for a couple years. His new bike with 20's he should be riding full-time and need to replace those also. The Hookworm looks the best from what I've read.
    Get these: On sale too! (usually a $40 tire) Premos roll really easy- note they're somewhat more fragile than the Hookworms or Kwests but have much lower rolling resistance.
    Amazon.com : Primo Comet 20 x 1.35" Black/Black Tire : Bike Tires : Sports & Outdoors
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