Well I got a trailer. We are going on our first ride today. Right now my boys are beside themselves with excitement because we are choosing what toys and snacks to bring. Thanks everyone for your great advise and comments; I will let everyone know how well it goes.
I used a bike trailer and for awhile (it felt like forever) I had both my kids in it. Our trips were realtively short because there's only so many "safe" places to ride when you get a trailer. Curbs were nightmares because my bike can take them just fine, but the girls didn't like them at all (no shocks). If you point out things for the kids to see, they generally like the rides better, and if you make sound effects (wheeeee! down the hills). I have the cutest picture of my oldest asleep in the trailer where the motion must've been calm enough for her. She was four at the time. When you ride you will have to notice the path/street/sidewalk a lot more for holes and bumps and keep in mind that your rear is wider than normal, and it takes wide turns. If you are going longer than 10 miles (WOW!), then entertainment for the kids would be strongly recomended, and drinks and snacks for the whole crowd too.
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I purchased a Trek Rocket trailer as soon as my daughter was able to hold her head up. The Rocket is their smaller trailer with only room for a single child. Nice thing about it was that it really didn't add that much effort to riding. I will admit that when I was tired I wasn't sure I would make it up the last few hills on rallies but I always managed. The larger trailers with 2 kids would be more work so gear accordingly.
My daughter freakin' loved riding around the neighborhood on it! She used to beg me to connect it up to take her on rides. She wasn't crazy about multi-hour bike rally rides. At first I let her draw and play games on my Palm Pilot but when I got a Sony Play Station Portable and then portable DVD players it was a lot easier to occupy her for longer rides (what did parents do before personal electronics?).
Your kids will stay in because they are strapped in. My Trek trailer has a 5 point restraint that I had to look at pictures to figure out but once snapped was far too tough for little fingers to release.
I bought the kit to convert the trailer into a jog stroller as well. Truthfully I didn't use that much and probably shouldn't have bothered.
As far as cycling being expensive goes; if you can do some errands on bike they can save you money. The cost/mile for bikes is much less than for automobiles. Also, it is short trips that wear out engines so if you can eliminate some of these chances are your car will last longer and save you more dough. Even though quality bikes are not cheap they can last a long time.
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I would have liked to get a co-pilot but I have two boys and only one me. Hopefully my older son will soon be able to keep up with me on his own bike. I have a feeling I am going to be waiting a while for that though.
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Welcome to the team, glad to have you. We used a trailer for our grand boys, but they have outgrown it. They have moved up to the back of the tandems now. There are several couples who come to tandem rallies and ride their youngsters in trailers. So far they have all done very well, but it does involve including lots of things to keep them occupied.
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Welcome to the Team and congrats to your new bike!
Last Sept. I had the pleasure of cycling 175 miles in two days going from Cherry Hill to Ocean City and back for the MS City-to-Shore fund-raiser. The routes we took were surprisingly quiet, rural and flat. There will be another big ride coming up this Sept. You might want to check in with your local MS society to get more detailed maps of their past rides.
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Yep - Burley trailer. My son hated it. Too constraining and they ride hard. I tried blanket for him to sit on but any kind of rough trail bounced him around too much. Co-pilot type thing worked better for us.
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I am new to this team. I have always loved to bike, but stopped for a while due to lack of money and lack of time. I just bought a hybrid and I love it!! I am thinking about buying a trailer for my 3 and 4 year olds to ride in. Does anyone else use one? Do your kids actually stay in them?
Also anyone from central/northern new jersey know of good biking trails?
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