Family Biking – All you need for your next cycling adventure together

Whether you’re exploring the local bike path that takes you downtown or packing up the car to spend a long weekend away, cycling with your family always ends up being an adventure. But to ensure you have everything on the list and everyone in your family is having fun, check out what we recommend to make any trip on wheels one that you’ll all enjoy!

Hit the road with your bikes

Checking out the local trails, neighborhood parks, and favorite rides right outside your door can be a great escape and a convenient place to ride with your family. But now and then, seeking out a destination to take your family exploring on two wheels can be just what you all need.

When loading up your bikes, make sure you have the right bike rack for your needs – one that integrates with your vehicle is crucial! To start, make sure your vehicle type and the number of bikes you plan on carrying are factored in when deciding what type of rack to use. You can choose to load your bikes on a roof rack or onto the rear of the vehicle on a trunk-mounted or towbar bike rack. Read our guide “How to pick the right bike rack” to get more information.

Keep your little passengers happy and safe

Riding together as a family is a great way to experience the outdoors but making sure your kids are safe and comfortable will ensure they enjoy every moment. Depending on the age of your children, determine which type of child carrier will be the best for your family’s needs. Bike trailers are a great way to bring your little ones along for the ride at an early age. Some bike trailers like the Thule Chariot Cross let you go for a run or a cross-country ski trip with your kids. Others, like the Thule Courier, help you bring your child, your cargo or even your dog on every adventure

It is recommended that you wait to ride with your kids in a bike trailer until your child is at least one year old. At this age they will be able to safely tag along for a ride and be secure in any of our models with a five-point harness and adjustable belt system. A trailer is an excellent option as each model features protection from the elements, including rain and direct sunlight, and even the option to convert to a stroller on most models. With the flexibility to purchase a model for one or two passengers, plus additional features like reclining seats, adjustable suspension, and ventilation ports – there is bound to be a perfect trailer for your family!

Another solution for cycling with your kids is the option to mount a front or rear child bike seat. Designed and tested for children from 9 months* to 3 years old, up to 33 lbs, a front-mounted child bike seat is a great way to share the wonder and joy of riding down your favorite bike path with your little one between your arms, taking in the view.

For slightly older kids, children at least 9 months old*, and between the weight of 20 – 40 lbs, a rear-mounted child bike seat is easy to take your co-pilot along for the ride. Mounting options are available for both a rear rack on the bike or directly to the bike's frame, making these a great option for parents looking to never miss a ride with their kids. By mounting a lightweight child seat to your bike, you have the freedom to use your bike for daily rides or quickly click in the seat to bring your kids along for an adventure.

Packing the right bags

Packing all the essentials for your next family bike trip will ensure you and your family have everything you need. A bike trip will require helmets, cycling gear, proper shoes for riding, and room for everything your kids will need on the ride. So, finding the right duffel for cycling is critical! Look for spacious interiors, easy access to main compartments, and built-in storage solutions like dedicated shoe and helmet pockets. And once you’re out on the ride, having extra storage on board will keep you and your family well-stocked should the weather turn and extra layers are needed, or just for stashing snacks and other essentials.

Racks and pannier sets are additional storage options that easily attach to your bike’s frame and feature waterproof materials and reflective elements to keep you dry and safe. And if those long rides heat up, or if you just want to stay hydrated on the ride, a hydration backpack keeps you cool while keeping spare tubes and tools close by.

Family bike rides are all about exploring the outdoors with your kids. Packing up your bikes to get out of town, towing your young kids along for the ride, and making sure essentials are close by are only a few of the things you should be checking off on your list. But don’t stress about these details! Instead, explore how Thule can help make every ride with the family smooth and fun.

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