Finding time for cycling with kids

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by favabean1982, May 6, 2019.

  1. favabean1982

    favabean1982 New Member

    May 2, 2018
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    Hey everyone -

    Got a question I'm sure has been brought up countless times prior. I have two young kids, a seven and three year old, as well as a wife who also works full-time like myself, and the kids certainly do keep us busy outside of that. My question is for anyone in a similar boat as me-when do you find the time to hit the road/trail? I've tried to set my alarm early, but that almost always wakes up the kids and then they're up and ready to go, with a wife who now has to deal with them while I go out and have some fun (not a great situation). I've thrown my bike in my van and attempted to squeeze in some lunch hour rides, but that's always easier said than done, and weekends are usually packed with activities as well.

    I realize I'm in that time of my life right now where such recreational activities will be tricky, and I'm OK with that. The kids both ride as well but understandably aren't very fast yet, so it's difficult to get in a workout in that situation. I just want to know how anyone else with kids is able to make it work. I do have one of my bikes on a trainer in the basement, and I do enjoy that, but nothing beats getting outdoors. I've also done my share of night rides after the kids go to bed, but it's just not the same.

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  2. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2003
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    I commute to work by bike. Done.
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  3. ambal

    ambal Active Member

    Oct 15, 2010
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    Do you have an indoor trainer? It's a good way to fit in some early morning sessions or a quality hour during the week after they've been put to bed.
  4. Chuckabutty

    Chuckabutty Active Member

    Jun 21, 2018
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    Being retired I can go for a ride almost any time I like. It's been dangerously hot in Florida for the past several days and even a normal summer day can be unhealthy. So I take a four-mile ride in the early morning, and another one late evening, when it's cooler.

    My longish rides around the county are reserved for the winter months. Prior to retirement I was too busy working in construction, and where I lived in Delaware wasn't good for biking because it was all narrow country lanes, and drivers just will not give you the room they are legally required to give a cyclist. Neither will they slow down and take five precious seconds of their time waiting to pass, safely. Occasionally I'd take the bike to a state park, but it was a ten-mile drive to get there. Since I left Delaware, they've built a trail going for miles, linking one town with another. Biking has become more popular there since provision for biking has been made. And someone opened a new bike shop, something that didn't exist when I was there.