Before moving into our new house, we talked about all of the pros that came with the new location. We moved into a community with a large assortment of amenities, as well as more kids for the girls to play with. This was an important part of the reason we moved. Not only so they could meet new friends (close to home) but to get them outside and more active.
Family Bike Rides
Soon after moving in, once we were nice and settled, we began going on nightly bike rides. It started out as something to do one evening, but we loved it so much that it became a nightly “thing.” A family thing. And we liked it. There is a new phase to our community that just opened recently and has little to no traffic. It’s the perfect place to ride our bikes, for now, and allows us to have plenty of open space to cycle.
But, sometimes we venture further and take a long ride down the community bike trails. This requires a bit more planning and packing as we plan our route.
As we’ve fallen into the routine of family bike rides, we’ve learned a few tips along the way to make it easier on us all.
- Drink plenty of water. This should go without saying, especially in the summer months. We each have a bottle cage, handlebar bag, or hydration pack with us to carry water.
- Pack on-the-go snacks. Snyder’s-Lance single-serve snacks are ideal for tossing in a backpack while riding. Plus, with four different pack varieties: Premium Variety, Non-GMO Variety, Small Batch Kettle Chip Variety, Gluten Free Variety, there is something for everyone. For example, I prefer the Late July® Jalapeno Lime Tortilla Chips while the girls like the Snack Factory® Minis Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps® better. And Colby ate all of the Snyder’s of Hanover® Gluten-Free Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Sticks by himself! You can easily find the Snyder’s-Lance snack packs online and in-store at major retailers so that you can be ready for a family bike ride at any moment.
- Bring a toolkit. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had a chain or pedal fall off. Carrying just a few essentials on the trails at least gives you peace of mind.
- Carry a fist-aid kit. You never know when a skinned-knee, bug bite, or scratch might happen. Plus, having wet wipes, band-aids, and sunscreen along are always helpful as well.
- Don’t forget your cell phone. We don’t all bring our phones along, but we make sure to have at least one (well-charged) phone on the ride. In the case of an emergency, it’s an essential.
In addition to the items on this list, don’t forget to bring along your patience and grace. While some members of the family may want to speed ahead, others need to go at a slower pace. One may want to stop for a water break while another wants to keep going.
All in all though, family bike rides not only supply quality bonding time, but they’re also great for everyone’s physical fitness as well.
Prepare well before you go and then simply enjoy the ride.
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