We think that a family cycle ride is a fantastic way to get active and spend some quality time together. But it is important to take a moment to prepare before setting off - read our top tips on how to make the most of your family cycle ride and have fun with the kids.
Sometimes your kid’s growth spurts can take you by surprise, so be sure to check your child’s bike before you head off, and raise the saddle or adjust the handlebars accordingly. Try to plan ahead so you know for certain that they haven’t completely outgrown their bike.
The best way to check that their bike fits them properly is to watch them cycle a short distance and check they can peddle comfortably without hitting their knees on the handle bars. Try to do this off road, or on a quiet road or lane.
Remember to do a maintenance check before you set off - ensure that tyres are fully inflated and the wheels are running smoothly. You should always check that the brakes and gears of your children’s bikes are working before they get in their bikes.
There’s plenty of bike maintenance tips on the Sustrans website if you’re unsure.
Think carefully about what your kids are wearing. Helmets are an absolute must, as 75% of all cyclist deaths each years are a result of head injury on the road.
Be prepared for plenty of stops along the way! Take a look at our cycle routes and you’ll find plenty of great rides for all abilities which include rest stops for a drink, slice of cake or a pub lunch. At WheelAle, we're all about cycling and sustenance: try our Fritham Kids Route for an easy, off-road cycle ride with a pub stop along the way!
Pre-plan your route and try to avoid cycling along any main roads with very young children. Disused railway lines, river paths and country backroads make great cycle routes for families. Carefully consider the age and ability of every family member within your group.
You can see so much more on a bike ride than in a car. Give your kids a camera and let them go wild and enjoy their surroundings with plenty of photo opportunities.
No family cycle ride is complete without an all-important ice cream stop. When you've been peddling for miles, an ice cream stop will help to keep the whole family cool down whilst you regain your energy.
Without meaning to sound like a party pooper, bike rides + chocolate are a bad combination. Nobody wants to reach into their pocket and pull out a half-melted KitKat.
We recommend the popular cyclist alternative of gummy bears or jelly beans, which will remain edible and delicious no matter how hot it gets.
The most important thing is to relax and have fun with your family. Don’t push your kids too hard - let them enjoy the bike ride and gain confidence on their bikes.
Find some great ideas for family cycle rides at WheelAle.