i was just talking about those trail a bikes today with a co worker. i took one of my daughters friends little sisters on one a few years ago. it was so much fun. she was probably 5 or 6 years old, but small for her age. we started off really slow, she was really nervous. i figured it would be a short ride, but a hour and a half later she was pedeling hard shouting "faster faster". i felt her squirming around on the back and looked back to find her riding with her arms up at her sides and she was saying "i'm flying, i'm flying" it was too funny (and a little scarey!)
I'm laughing as I read your post. I know when I had the trailer and the youngest (daughter) she would always scream faster faster. Pretty tough to do with a parachute.
This August we are going to Elroy-Sparta bike trails in Wisc. with another family. The daughter will be on the ride along so we will see how it goes. I have driven motor cycles with people squirming on the back so we will see if it is the same. But I'm wondering how fast she is willing to let me go. I have become very efficient with pedaling and speed now.
My husband and I got out our bikes just at the end of last summer, as the kids (who are now 7 and nearly 5) were getting difficult to keep up with on foot. Haven't bicycled for YEARS.
This year we had them tuned up (and then my husband tuned them up some more), and have been out biking more. The bikes are pretty old Apollos, but really can't justify spending money on a better bike until we know if we're going to use them.
The other weekend my eldest daughter and I went out for an hour bike ride, and had a great time. My youngest can't quite keep up, and has a tendency to want to walk after a while (tricky when the adult is riding). I'd heard about bike trainers/trailers, so this weekend found one on sale!
We bought the Schwinn Runabout on Saturday, and have been for one family bike ride already, and one trip around the neighborhood (busy weekend, couldn't fit much in).
It was great - a bit weird getting used to, because whenever she shifted her weight from side to side it felt "freaky", to quote my kids. Also, whenever I went faster than she like she shouted "aaaah! we're going to crash!", which was a bit disconcerting.
Really a nifty thing, though, and I'm looking forward to more trips around with the kids. Thought I'd post it on here, too, as I've been reading for bicycling tips.
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