Monday, March 18, 2013

Family vacations

As I remember some of my memories of my childhood, with my road bike, cheap but Oh! so fun to ride and there's a common thing that I shared with my mother, my father and my brother. This thing was to hop on my used road bike and go for little trips with them. What a great feeling that was.

Of course, as a family, you have and you spend more time during the weekends. I don't recall my parents for some free trips during the week but maybe some of you can afford it. I think the important thing is to make the kids participate as much as possible. I remember in my hometown that there was a lot of cycling paths to enjoy. Getting older, I now use the streets as my friends but still. Its always fun and safe to share the road with cyclists.

So, the main key for some great vacations is to keep it simple. You can go for a ride everywhere you want. It doesn't matter if you have a bunch of awesome and expensive bikes or just some cheap road bicycles. The important thing is to have fun.

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In your little town, on a camping trip, to your in-laws in the outback, everywhere is your playground. At the beginning, let the kids get a bit tired and ride along at a speed where they can follow afterwards. I know its hard to keep them focus for a long time so if you seek a park, a small river,  nearby, make a little break there and enjoy the view. I remember going ballistic over my father to go play in a nearby recreation park.

Plus, getting prepared for a trip requires some basic things for the littles problems that can occur. Spare tires, a small pump, a first aid kit, a kit of Allen keys, water bottles are among the things to bring to face problems like a flat tire, a loose brake, some smalls injuries, etc. Used road bikes are sometimes a pain in the butt to maintain but with some love and attention, it works pretty good. Well, it did for me. For a more pratical way to do some long rides, I would definitly recommand you the hybrid bikes. Easy to ride in a city and can go offroad, they can be really useful. You can find some of the best hybrid bikes deals on

Of course there is the question of « where do we go to have that tranquility ». Like I said ealier, the world is waiting for you and your family to come visit. Many annual events occur during the year in North America like the famous New-York city tour or the Montreal tour, the Tour of Long Beach in California, the Ocean to Bay bike tour in Bethany Beach, Delaware and many many more. For those gatherings, sometimes its for a noble cause and sometimes its only for the fun of it. Do some researches, make some plans, decide when you want to go and do it because cycling is the best way, in my opinion, to discover a new place totally unknown to you. Maybe there is some events in your county. Go check and ride.

For my part, the only place in USA that I've been cycling around was near the Champlain lake in Vermont. This place is just breathtaking especially during fall where all the trees change colors. It's pure wilderness and still in the civilization as well. It is just a great feeling to know that you can ride on the roads with your hybrid bikes, your cheap bicycles or your best road bikes without being interrupted by a flow of cars or trucks and just enjoy the scenery around you. I really like it there because  you can travel around the lake, do some stops at some small cities and enjoy the festivities during the summer.

I know that my childhood is long gone and that today's kids generation is more into technologies, social media and videogaming but I can positively say that biking is one of the best way to have fun and to spend a lot of energy. Also, with the easy access to internet and a load of new stuff that you can buy on it, everything is easy and sometimes, surprisingly cheap. I know some of you have a hard times to make hands meat but having a rack for your bikes, a week or two of vacations, fun you will have that,s for sure! | Cycling

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