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Old 11-16-11, 07:51 AM   #1
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a century by labor day.....

Im sure the century by labor day is plausible but there's a catch, I wanna ride it with my two kids in a trailer. Am I nuts??
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What's your kid entertainment plan? I've done 30 miles with two kids on the bike, but it requires breaks and they still get squirrelly and restless. Unless you're significantly faster than me, 100 miles = a really long time to sit in a small space.
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Very true. One kid will be close to six by then and the other will be about a year and a half. I figured camelbacks and snacks of course but maybe entertaining the idea of a portable dvd player.... not quite sure there yet. Also thought of having someone meet us at the 25docs mile mark and again at the 75. Drop the kids off at the 2525docs and pick then back up at the 75. That'd make for a nice break id think.
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My kid's limit (3&4) is an hour before they start fighting. I leave them behind for the longer rides.
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I had not even thought of the kids getting restless issue. I see 2 more issues.

Of course the additional load, being largish myself I would have no problem with thatload on the flats, but on any real climb it could be an issue, not sure how much of an issue it is on a decent, but worth pointing out.

The other is road conditions. A good percentage of centuries will have a 'bottleneck' of somekind, a spot where things are a bit tight, or perhaops even a section of road with potholes (my memories of a couple of bad patches that way is actually a double century, bu tsame can happen on a century).

If you are planning to do thsi on an organized century I'd ask the organizers. If on your own I'd suggest having ridden every part of the route beforehand. Would not need to be one ride, just that yuo have noted any thigns that might be issues with a trailer and kids.
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the thought of having my kid have to sit in a trailer for 8 hours sounds like no fun at all (for her). i'd think the idea is to make cycling fun; watching DVDs seems to detract from the spirit of it.

maybe a 6-year old in a Weehoo (so they could nap if necessary). a 1.5-year old for 8 hours doesn't seem realistic. well, not unless you did a century in something like 48 hours.

one idea: have you tried this for something like a non-stop 40- or 50-miler? if it works for that, then maybe your idea of two 25-mile sections will be ok.
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Not Nuts

No you're not out of your mind for planning to include your kids in your planned century ride. But you will be if you don't have a solid game plan for it. You have to ask yourself: are you up to the challenge? Remember, you're their engine and you must have fun while doing it too.

Century is too tall an ambition. Why don't you sign up for the earliest organized bike ride and see how you and your kids would feel after say 25 miles?

But in any case, it sounds like fun!
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I like your idea, but it seems too long. My 1 1/2 year old seems to give up after 3-4 hours so about 30-40 miles. The trouble is you don't want to go much over 10mph for safety of the kids. So when you could be flying down that hill at 35 mph with all that weight you should probably only go 15mph. And going up the hills at 10mph can be hard. This makes a century take over ten hours with bathroom breaks, diaper changes, and dealing with issues. I like the idea of taking them for 3 hours then having someone meet you and watch them while you finish the century.
What about a 50-60 ride on a tandem/ burley piccolo with just your 6 year old? You could go faster, have help, talk with your child while you ride, and pull less weight. You could practice with your 6 yr old by pulling the trailer on 20-30 mile trips with occasional park stop.

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