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New Family Cycle Touring Configurations

Written by Stuart Wickes

Stepping Up

There are many challenges in cycle touring with kids. One relentless one is the fact that each year requires new configurations of riding machines as the kids get bigger and their capabilities grow.

New family cycle touring configurations

For our excursion to Holland at Easter we’re experimenting with yet another setup as Matthew wants to step up and try his hand touring on his own bike. He’s riding well and feeling confident he can cope with 30-40km a day.

“Well it is flat in Holland, Dad”

Well, we’ll see about that.

Toddler on a tandem in Holme, Cumbria

Matthew says he’s ready to ride solo, which frees up a space on a tandem.

Promotion all round

His promotion has left space on one of the tandems. For a moment… until Hannah spotted the opportunity. Now three and a half and a little over a metre tall she’s just big enough to get on the back of our smaller tandem and reach the kiddy cranks. And ever so pleased to be out of the buggy, riding high and stepping up into her big brother’s saddle. And so a mother-daughter cycling team is born.

Mother and daughter tandem riding

Mother and daughter tandem riding

Read more about family cycling in our Gear Guides

If you’d like to read more about different configurations for family cycle touring, check out these posts. 

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Cycling with toddlers

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Cycling with kids when they go solo

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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