Along For The Ride | Bike packing with young families

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Whether you’re a mum or a dad, many bike riding parents will be familiar with the itch of wanting to get away on an adventure. This film by Monet Adams will perhaps give you the confidence that it’s still possible – just take the kids along for the ride with you!

Three cycling mothers take on bike packing the Rebellion Way with their 7-month old, 2-year old and 17-year old disabled child in tow to challenge the perception that adventures outdoors, personal challenges and mothership have to exist individually. This film follows the group as they learn the limits of their own legs and support each other through the highs and lows of being a mum and a bike rider.

You don’t even have to be a parent to find this inspiring – it shows that an adventure doesn’t need to be epic. Perhaps you’ve been injured, or ill, or just lost your mojo. Perhaps a spot of hotel assisted bike touring could be just the thing to get you out of a rut?

Long term readers may recall that Barney took his kids bike packing for an actual overnight in the wild trip – (in)complete with no toilets. You can enjoy that tale here:

It can be hard to find time to yourself to ride – but there are ways to even up the domestic duties and grab those moments:

And here are some more tips on having harmonious family rides:

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Hannah Dobson

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I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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  • daverallye
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    Brilliant stuff!  The Shotgun seat and later tow rope are the best things I’ve bought as a cycling parent but this has fully inspired me to get out there on a bikepacking trip with my son (and made me wish I’d been brave enough to do it sooner!) 🙂

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    Just stumbled on this. Great piece.  I did wonder how they’d got the camping gear in and then realised it wasn’t quite that extreme. 

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