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Old 07-30-10, 02:59 PM   #1
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Taking 5 year old on 25 miles ride

My son loves riding on a tag along bike trailer and I was thinking about participating in a 25 miles ride. The longest we've done so far was about 11 miles and he loved it but I'm afraid he might get tired and cranky on a much longer ride.

I'm looking for any tips that would make it a more enjoyable experience for him (and me)
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Old 07-30-10, 03:33 PM   #2
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You might try an 18 mile ride, see how he does.

Mine at 5 had no problems with 25 miles on the tandem. If this 25 mile ride is a group ride, he will probably enjoy the attention from other riders.

Lots of snacks is a good idea. Mine likes gels -- he only gets them on longer rides, so it's special for him.
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Old 07-31-10, 02:07 AM   #3
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My first long ride recently was 40 miles plus. And it was great because i was not pushing myself, just enjoying the ride. It was all done on canal tow paths so no hills at all. The lack of hills made it ever so easy.

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You know him better than any of us, but 25 miles should be possible provided that you include suitable stops. And by that, I mean stops for fun activities, not just for rest, if the nature of the ride allows for it.

Agree with Phantoj that an intermediate distance (or two) might be a useful build up if there's time.
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I just took him on 38 miles ride with tons of hills on Westchester North County Trailway - it was awesome. Not a single complaint, he enjoyed the ride a lot and even helped me with some hills.

I'm now thinking about 50 miles ride
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Nice.
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I just took him on 38 miles ride with tons of hills on Westchester North County Trailway - it was awesome. Not a single complaint, he enjoyed the ride a lot and even helped me with some hills.

I'm now thinking about 50 miles ride
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Great stuff - congrats to him
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I think 25 miles is totally doable. I would just plan a halfway stop where your child can have lunch and just more around a little. I put a standard kids bike basket on my kids tag a longs and tether a water bottle inside the basket. I make the tether long enough for the child to get a drink, but not so long that is would drop and get in the tire. I also often let mine bring a favorite stuffed animal, that I tie into the basket. I don't know why, but one of mine really needs that stuffed animal in the basket.

We also have bells on our tag a longs and we all ring them when we cross streets, go over bridges, see purple flowers, (sometimes orange flowers depending on the season) and when we see deer and horses. The kids seem to really watch for whatever is on the list that particular ride and it seems to make the time fly by for them.

Also be aware of things like sun and wind. I find that my little ones often need to have long sleeve rash guard shirts to stay comfy on longer rides. They offer 50 SPF and wick away moisture so the tend to be more comfortable than uncovered arms in very sunny conditions. We can't seem to get enough sunscreen on my fair skinned kids and don't always remember to stop every 1.5 hours to reapply sunscreen as we should, so the rash guards are great.

In addition for that length of a ride you might need to have him in spandex type shorts with no undies. I have found that undies seem to give my kids blisters when we ride past about 15 miles. So we have taught our kids to ditch them for bike rides. It is so funny, that now we say we are going for a bike ride and everyone strips down in anticipation of getting their riding clothing.
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I just took him on 38 miles ride with tons of hills on Westchester North County Trailway - it was awesome. Not a single complaint, he enjoyed the ride a lot and even helped me with some hills.

I'm now thinking about 50 miles ride
You might want to take him on an over nighter, 25-30 out and 25-30 back. This might be a good parent/child bonding opportunity.
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You might want to take him on an over nighter, 25-30 out and 25-30 back. This might be a good parent/child bonding opportunity.
Our local rail-to-trails has a nice park about 25 miles out from the city. We've done exactly this for the last two years. This year, I'm planning on bringing little brother (age 4) and a trailer for our stuff...
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We also have bells on our tag a longs and we all ring them when we cross streets, go over bridges, see purple flowers, (sometimes orange flowers depending on the season) and when we see deer and horses. The kids seem to really watch for whatever is on the list that particular ride and it seems to make the time fly by for them.
What a great idea!!! Not that many horses or deer in our parts but we can ring our bells every time we see a Fred in Team USPS jersey averaging 14mph on flat road.
I think I counted about a dozen beer bellies under Tour de France jerseys last time
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My daughter did a 20 mile bikeathon when she was 4 1/2. When we got home she wanted to go on riding around our street. We had several long stops a nd talked to other people as we were riding. I plan on riding with her 7 yr old daughter tonight - probably include the Dairy Queen on the trip.
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As others have said - snacks, interesting route, etc. My son's favorite route has always been a bike path that goes through the grounds of a huge oil refinery. Sounds kind of yucky but it is pretty cool, I have to admit.
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I took my 5 year old and 4 year old out for 28 miles yesterday (it was supposed to be followed by a 28 mile return trip today, but as you can read here, rain ended those plans). Because I have two kids in tow, we need to have the trailer in addition to the tag-along. While that makes for an extra hard work-out for me, having the trailer offers a safety net if the child on the tag along tires, which right now happens after about an hour of riding. I've even had both girls in the trailer, leaving the tag-along unmanned so that both girls can rest.
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Did ~15 miles with my 4 year old last week on a giant halfwheeler. I added the trail a bike seat back so he can lean back on it if he wants. Added a rack and truck bag wth snacks and such. That was our first chance at riding in a couple months so we were both out of shape, I think 25 miles at 5 is easily doable.
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