My thoughts on the Cycling Active free family cycling guide
The summer 2013 edition of Cycling Active Magazine is now on sale and comes with a free 100 page Guide to Family Cycling.
The guide is really informative and covers topics from bike seats and bike trailers for very young children through to specialist bikes for teenagers. Along the way it covers balance bikes and teaching your child to ride, and includes some really useful sections on what to look for when buying a kids bike, and how to do basic bike maintenance with your children.
There are a few aspects of cycling with young children that they obviously didn't have the space to cover - but luckily we've got these covered here on Cycle Sprog. These include cycling in pregnancy, pre-balance bikes, cargo bikes and towbars.
I particularly enjoyed reading the article by Simon Scarsbrook, who is at the other end of the parenting timeline to me. His boys are at the leaving home age, and he writes about how cycling has helped to keep him and his sons close as they start to move away into their own worlds.
"In a strange way letting your children cycle also helps when it comes to them leaving home..... Cycling is a hobby where they learn to be away for long periods of time on their own, being self sufficient. So in a bizarre way, as well as bringing you together it also helps prepare you as a parent to let go of them and let them have their own time and space".
Whilst it upsets me to think my two young boys will one day fly the nest, it's a lovely thought that we may share cycle rides (and even holidays together) when they are adults. Indeed, Kathryn has just written us an article on her Scottish Island Hopping holiday, which she enjoyed with both the kids and grandparents.
Now I'm thinking about it, perhaps when my two boys have grown up, I'll get myself a tag-along and they can pull me along whilst I sit on the back and make half hearted efforts to pedal up hills. Revenge would be sweet!!!
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We had a great time taking the kids to see the track cycling at the velodrome
It's taken years, but I've finally discovered that I'm not actually weird, I've just been living in the wrong place!
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