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Old 07-12-13, 07:45 PM
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how far do you ride with your child......

I currently ride with my 8 year old daughter. For rides up to 8 miles she takes her own (slightly to small for her) bike. If its going to be longer I ride my mtb with her attached to it via a trail-a-bike and have done up to 16 miles with her that way. What type of rides and ride lengths do you ride or have you ridden with your child(ren). Please indicate what type of trailer or child seat you used and what type of bike. Details welcomed thanks.
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I ride with my son up to 30 miles, more typically 20 to 25 miles. Like many kids, he prefers to ride to a destination, like last week when we rode to a place and played disc golf. He rides an old Trek 800 ST mountain bike with slicks. He has had this bike for 3 years now. Before that, he had a Raleigh Rowdy with 20" tires, and a 7 speed shifter, but a single chainring, also set up with slicks rather than knobby tires. When he was 8 or 9, we more typically did 10 to 15 miles. Younger than that, probably 5 to 10 miles.

I don't see his having any physical limitations that would keep him from going further, as he is often fresher than me and my wife after an hour or two of riding, but he does tend to get bored after a few hours or riding.

Edit. My son just turned 12.

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Yea I usually take my daughter to a park and we hang out there when doing our 8 mile rides. The longer 16 mile rides are usually to deliver the wife some lunch. I know that the rides that I mentioned are enough to tire her out. I am hoping that once I get her a bigger bike she might be able to ride farther though.
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When they were in the trailer 40-50 miles, once they started riding their own bikes the range varied. We rode with another family and the rule was the youngest riders set the pace. Which meant my daughter and their son. We would routinely do 15 mile "fun" rides to and from somewhere. We did 3 weekend tours with camping that were about 35 miles to the camp ground. I agree with MRT2 the children seemed a lot fresher at the end of the ride than the adults.... must have been the stress

Our youngsters had quality bikes that fit with gears. IIRC my daughter's was a GT BMX style bike with a 1x5 drive train. I believe the other one was a euro city bike with a 5 speed IGH.

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My 7 year old does 9 miles to the grocery store (we take the scenic route) and 3.5 back. When we get back he usually asks to go outside so he can ride some more...
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I pull my son in a trailer(2.5) but with all the hills around here after about 5 miles I'm wiped out.
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Baby Erin was doing 25 miles in a Winchester at the Hottern' Hell 100. Later, she was doing the same 25 on a trailerbike. Squeeze and I would tag team the trailer at a 27 mile ride. Thus, I post our maximum distances. Once independent, Squeeze and not so baby Erin (12) chose to do the 6k off road challenge at the HHH. After 12, Erin was a dirt and road cyclist with her own skills and ranges.
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Depends how he's riding. Generally hes good up to 3-4 hours, probably longer with stops. Thats with A third wheel trailer where he pedals. . He rides his own bike without training wheels as well and hes good for maybe 1-2 hours that way. In a trailer he can ride as long as i can really. He just turned four .

i plan to go cross country unsupported with him sometime in the next 5-10 years. My daugher as well, who turns 3 this week.
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My 10 year old daughter can go 50 miles on her MTB and she is OK. Our longest was 64 miles. But there was a bit of a learning curve.

She wears child bike shorts and bike jersey. (Look like a biker = ride like a biker)
Her seat is adjusted for height and saddle fit.
She learned to spin not grind gears.
I changed her MTB tires to narrow slicks with max tire pressure
Her front fork in almost max stiffness.
We stop for all ice cream.
We rest at least every half hour for water and a placebo bar
We go for distance, not land speed records.
I carry all the water and stuff (dolls included), she has a few inches in her bottle for looks.
I let her lead, so she is not chasing the pace.
We take a lot of pictures.

Given a good attitude and encouragement, I think she could ride a century.
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