Parents - Roll call here.
Please introduce yourself so us parents can get to know each other.
Who are you and how long have you been riding?
How old are your kids? How much do they ride and what is your goal?
Share some pictures and stories.
I am Leopold Porkstacker. I have been riding bicycles since I was five years old. My boys are 6.5 and 7.75 years old. I try to get them out onto the singletrack every weekend, however during the summertime we were doing it two to three times per week.
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I am Doug, I have been riding since I was 8. I ride in town enough to keep slim in spite of a very large appetite for french fries.
I have a 9 and 5 year old, the 9 year old is good for a 100km day on flat (ish) gravel. The 5 year old is on a Burley Piccolo or in a cargo bike for any ride longer than 4km and on a run bike or BMX race bike for shorter rides.
I take my kids on bikepacking trips and off-road tours.
I occasionally write up my trips on spot adventures as user coldbike, I have several stubs in there currently waiting for me to fill in the story and pictures as well as a long writeup of last year's tour. View A SPOT Adventure
I am Newton. I've been riding for 2 yrs, 1 month. I learned to ride as a kid, but never had a bike of my own, and never really rode beyond basics.
My son is 8yo and my daughter is 6yo. The family didn't get out much this year. My son would ride about once per week with me during the summer, and family rides about once per month. I haven't taken my kids out in a month, however.
We ride at Santa Teresa County Park, Alum Rock Park, Old Haul Road, and Alviso Baylands.
My son's favorite ride so far has been China Camp. It was the first time, for me as well, doing the full loop. My son's Strava, except I missed the singletrack climb and went up the steeper fireroad instead. The full descent was really nice, but I had to stop a few times to check the map, and of course a snack break. Fruition bars are their favorite on trail snack, along with mixed nuts and dried fruits like cranberries and raisins.
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Pictures from 2011 of our ride at Alviso, and a 2012 shot of my son at the Gap Bench or Turtle Rock. My son has a new bike now, a 24". I didn't get pics of the kids doing the jumps, we were having too much fun to stop.
I am Justin, parent biker.
Boys are 4&6, both are riding pedal bikes, but really really loved their striders.
I'm currently trying to get City of Austin (TX) to build a Bike Park so that my boys have a good place to learn and grow - they love some singletrack, but they also can be little dare-devils.
Please sign my petition if you have a minute!
I've got some pics somwehere around here...
I'm Wahday. Lifelong biker but got back into it and more serious 5 years ago. Both road and mtbr, but mtb is my passion. My kids are 12 (boy) and 7 (girl). The boy rides with a school multi-sports team on a road bike and is really enjoying it (he started this year). He does about 60 miles a week. He also has a mtb but gravitates more to the road bike right now. Am scouting out a bikepacking route this weekend and hoping to take him in the spring.
My daughter is a great rider but is in need of a new bike. She's got a lot of natural athletic ability so I am excited to get something that works for her and get her out on some flat trails. I have good and easy access from our house which makes it all so easy. I think she's going to tear it up.
Hey ya'll. I'm Scotti and have been mountain biking a little over a year.
My kids are 9, 6 and 4. Each are a joy to be with in their own way.
Our 9 year old can definitely put in the distance, climbing and technical. He's only been riding since June of this year and I can tell he shares the love of biking with me.
Our 6 year old girl is just starting out on the trails and we have a couple 1 mile loops we do together. She tires quickly and does not like the downhill. She's always talking up a storm and is usually pointing out stuff on the trail.
Our little 4 year old is also just starting out on the trails. I run/walk as he goes on the same 1 mile loops as his older sister. Our terrain here is very hilly and he does not yet have the strength to climb them so I help him up the hills. He loves going down and going as fast as he can. I can tell he's going to be my little daredevil.
Hi I'm Nathan, a 33yld Brevard NC native.
I've been riding off an on since 13 and got more serious into the sport at age 23. I'm now married and have 2 kids. I've shared my love for the sport with them and now they are hooked as well. Some of my favorite memories as a teenager were doing family rides with my parents and younger sister. So pumped that it's something I'm getting to pass on and do with my family.
Here is our oldest daughter, Megan. She is now 14 and has been trail riding since age 9. She competed in her first ever mtb race last year ( 3 person women's 6hr relay team), with my wife and mother. They got 2nd place in their category, which made it that much more awesome for her! I think that will be the first of many for her. This is her first year of high school and she just joined the local high school mtb club. They ride every Thur after school and will be attending the CYMBL (Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League) races. She's pretty proud to be the only girl in the club that's on a SS 29er.
And our youngest, Caden. She just turned 7 and has been trail riding since Feb this year. We wanted to start her out at a younger age, however some spinal issues that arose and kept us from doing that. Luckily the issues corrected themselves as she grew!!
She's a little trooper and loves watching mtb movies/videos, especially when they are doing "tricks". She say's she will be a pro mountain biker when she grows up!!
My goal is to one day do a 4 person endurance race as a family. Whether we podium or not doesn't really matter to me, it will be awesome regardless.
Originally Posted by CharacterZero
I think you live in, or near my neighborhood.
Hi everyone! I'm Dave. I've been riding bikes since as long as I can remember. I got into mountain biking about 12 years ago. Took a bit of a break after getting married, having 2 kids, house mortgage, etc.
I have a 5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. They were both promised new bikes earlier this year for their birthdays. I figured that their was no better time for me to get back into the sport, so I purchased a new bike as well. I've been out riding any chance I get, and so have my kids.
Both kids are at the point of being ready to have training wheels (yeah,yeah I know, but I'm old school) removed. Unfortunately they aren't ready to ride in the slightly colder fall weather. My goal is to have them out riding some easy trails and bike paths with me next spring. I want them to love biking as much as I do.
I;m Duncan. I just got back into biking this summer after not having a bike for probably close to 20 years. I'm out there any chance I get, which unfortunately is not as often as I'd like. My wife bought a new bike as well and we've been out together a few times without kids which was nice, just have to know that it's going to be at a pace a lot slower than when I'm out on my own.
We have three kids: a seven year old girl who loves to ride, 4 year old boy who can ride in a straight line no problem without training wheels but needs a little help in the corners and with stopping still, and lastly a two (almost three) year old girl who is probably the bravest of the bunch but realistically won't be pedalling herself until spring 2014 but she loves her pink trike. Rain has set in here in the Vancouver area so I don't know hw much more riding we'll be doing until spring. :(
My goal is really to get all five of us out on some nice trails with a few stops for snacks and ice cream
Bob Spooner here. I've been mtb riding since 1986. My wife joined me when we started dating in 1989. We traveled and raced and had a grand old time through the 90s. Then the kids started happening. Racing stopped and travelling slowed down. I've been lucky enough to keep riding...but Mom took some time off. Now that the littlest is pedalling on his own, we're getting into the woods as a family.
We live in Connecticut and are both engineers in the power industry by day. We have 3: an 11 y/o girl (named Ruthie Julianna - think we liked mtb?), an 8 y/o and a 5 y/o boy. The 8 y/o is the best of the bunch right now, but his little brother will be pushing him in no time.
I started building frames 4 years ago, and frames for the kids was one of the incentives to learn. I've built them - and other kids - a bunch of frames. I love to see what a kid can do on a bike that fits and is designed to handle actual trails. The kids will get better on every ride...it is simply amazing.
Riding with my buddies has slowed down this year, as the kids riding ramps up. I'll generally get a solo ride in early and then something with the family later in the day. I also get the kids out there for trail work -and remind them that trail work is part of being a mountain biker.
I love to see all the pics of the little rippers! Keep them coming! Cheers! B
I am Cary. I have been riding for about 35 years now, with brief breaks in the middle. When I was younger, I raced BMX, then got into rode riding, and then at 26 got into mountain biking. I'm pushing 40 now and have an 8 year old son who is an avid rider. He started at 18 months in a burley trailer, and progressed from there to his current 24" hardrock and 20" BMX bike. He also forces me to ride some BMX and at the skate park. Here are a few pictures.
Cary, that looks alot like Lake Tahoe?...
My name is Brian. I started riding Freeride/DH mountain bikes in 2005. My son came along in 2007. My son Gavin is 5. He started balancing on a Specialized Hotwalk at 1.5yrs old. He was pedaling by 2.5yrs old. We devoloped a love for Whistler and I quickly found there were no good kids bikes on the market to tackle such a place. So I started LiL Shredder Bikes as a means to get Gavin the bike he needed to tackle downhill trails. The investment has been worth every penny and the time spent together chasing each other down the mountain and through the woods is priceless.
Holy crap! Now thatís a serious no-BS bike for a kid!!!
Originally Posted by Demo9
Yep. Rim trail to Flume to Spooner.
Originally Posted by JonnyScotti
:thumbsup: We did a bit of the Spooner trail this year, fun trail! Haven't done the Flume but it's on my list. Do you live nearby?
Originally Posted by CDMC
Here's a pic of me and my two youngest, 9 (son) and 8 (daughter) out on a local trail. I have a 16 year old who doesn't ride much in the fall because football and school take up all of his time. My wife has been a couple of times and just rides my older sons bike. Still trying to decide if she likes it enough to get a bike of her own.
I've just gotten back into MTB after a 16 year or so break. Upgraded both kids to specialized hot rocks this year as well and got a sweet deal on my KHS XC-204 from a friend who was upgrading his ride. I'm super happy to be getting back into it, even if it's been a challenge getting back into shape for it.
Well, I thought I was going to post a pic, but I guess my post county isn't high enough yet.
Hi, names Rob, I just got back in mounting biking after a long (10 year) layoff. I've got three kids, 7, 4 and 16 months, the 7 year old is mad keen on riding and wants me to take him riding most evenings and at least once on the weekend. He's riding a 16inch BMX right now, we're planning on getting him a 24 inch for his birthday next year. The 4 year old isn't enthusiastic and still hasn't learnt to ride without training wheels, he's stubborn, but I think we'll sort the problem next summer.
I rode a BMX bike all over Tempe/Phx when I was a kid. Never raced because my parents weren't really with it. I got back into biking late in high school when I bought a Cannondale road bike, a book about LeMond, and tried to find some races. In college I bought way too nice of a mountain bike on credit card, but rode the heck out of it all over Arizona. While starting a career and getting married I didn't ride much, but now I commute to work, road bike when the trails are muddy and mountain bike as much as possible here in Texas or wherever we go on vacation. My wife has gotten into mountain biking and does the occasional Tri with a road bike. I have a daughter who just turned 8 and a son who just turned 10. We ride around a lot for fun and exercise at the local trails, and occasionally go camping and do a mountain bike race. Here are a few pics of us at the last race we attended. 9 out of 10 race photos of me I have my tongue out like an idiot for some reason...
Im Ross. 28 years old. Married. Just go wife into riding (just road for now on her hybrid). Have a 11 month old girl, just started walking, so balance bike coming soon! I starting riding road/mountain in 2000 regularly. Started racing road in 2002. Did national level tri's from 2004-2007. Back to road for fun. Getting back into MTN heavily. Cant wait to get the family out in a few years with me for some good trips around the country!
My name is Rick. I am 47 now. Rode for years on a very early bmx bike and a sears 24 inch roadie. Stopped while I was in the AirForce. Started again with about 4 months left in. Riding on base was the best. Wish I would have done that the whole time I was in. My bad. I quit again for a number of years. Started a family and got a career going. Advance 12 or so years. Decided I needed to do something or I was going to become a lump of diabetic mess. (no I am not diabetic.) Kids were old enouph to do something and wanted to ride. So I bought a couple of my mountain bikes from a big unpopular store. I rode that thing for a couple of years. The guys at my LBS decided I needed something to ride. Sold me a Raleigh Grand Sport. Fast forward 2 years.
My LBS decides that it's time I start doing spin class in the winter. The wife wants to go too. Bonus. We begin and she looks around and see's the bikes that are being used, Not being happy with using her Raleigh path bike she now wants a roadie. So talking to the guys We end up getting her a Raliegh Cadent 4.0. She really likes it. Now I should tell you all that we do have mountain bikes. I have an mid 80's Raleigh m 60. The wife has a Raleigh Venture 4.0. My daughter who is about to turn 16 has a Fuji Sunfire. My son who is 10 has a old Trek mountain lion that he has totally outgrown.
After a few weeks the kids have decided that they are tired of being left at home and want to join us 2 nights a week for spin class. The search is on for bikes. Immedeatly we hand down daughters old Huffy road bike to the boy and the shop had a old Guerciotti that fit her so well that I had to get it for her. It was like it was made for her. If I want to ride all I got to do is say the word and she is ready to go. No waiting.
Plans right now are for a metric century for the Daughter and I. The wife isn't even close to ready but she is kind of excited about spin class this year.The kids are ready to rock. Now for my Lazy butt.. . . . . . . .
Brain and have been riding for 21 years. My wife of 16 years never had a desire to ride 'til this last summer when on her suggestion we went to Woody's Mt Bikes in Helen,GA and did a 15 mile forest service road ride. Two days later she wanted to ride again. Now we are hitting some local singletrack in the Augusta, GA area and we picked up a third wheel trailer for my 5 yr old daughter. The only problem we have is we have 4 daughters (5,10,14,16) and only enough wheels for 5 f us to ride. Keeping a close eye on craiglist.
My riding was slowed way down but riding with the family is priceless.
Great thread. As a serial cyclist & new parent (to an 11 month old boy) this is a thread I'll be coming back to.
Child bike seat of choice: Bobike Maxi Tour+ rear, which will get put to use following the first birthday.
Hi, my name is Clemens. I am 46 years old and have two boys of 6 and 9. I started riding somewhere in 1988 and my oldest boy started when he was 4 on a 'regular' kids bike. At 6 he got his first mountainbike, a Specialized Hot Rock 20. He ha recently upgraded to a Kona Kula 24 and the Hot Rock now serves the youngest brother (who started on a Hot Rock 16 by the way).
We have two trails nearby, Geestmerambacht (8 km singletrack) and Schoorl (15 km, mostly singletrack). Sometimes we go riding elsewhere and my oldest boy has already been to the downhill park Winterberg in Germany which we enjoyed tremendously!
Link to video at Geestmerambacht track:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apFOoovfTG8">Geestmerambacht singletrack with my two sons</a>
Troy here. I've been riding bikes my whole life and mountain biking for 20 years. I have two boys, ages 3 and 5, and bike riding is a central part of our lives. Both of them graduated from a strider bike to a 12 inch bike before they turned 3. We ride trails, BMX tracks and skate parks. The little one just recently mastered the BMX track. I can't wait to do longer and longer rides with my kids.
Originally Posted by francois
I'm Jeff, 34, we live in Orange County California and I have been riding since I was 12. I have three kids who love to ride.
Jake is 12 and is really into freeride and downhill, he has also taken an interest in photography so any of these pictures he is not in, he took!
Ryan is my 8 year old daughter, she loves XC racing and is good at it.
Conner is my youngest son and has gotten just his first mountain bike this week, but he has done some local races on his 12" BMX.
And this is me (taken by Jake)
Hey - I've been riding on the dirt since the mid-80's. My boy Bo turned 5 this month, and has been riding for nearly his entire life. We started him on a Strider, then quickly graduated to a Like-a-Bike Jumper (can you say full suspension run bike!). From there, he went on to a 12" Hotrock, then a Redline Pitboss, now a 20" Hotrock.
We do a lot of riding up around the UCSC campus in Santa Cruz. Nice network of beginner trails. Bo has done a bit of BMX racing, but so far seems more enthusiastic about mountain biking than BMX at this point. He also tends to do around 1-2 days a week in the skate park or on the pump track.
Here is a video I made of our ride last month.
Bo on UCSC trails Oct '12 - YouTube
Great pictures Jeff (and the ones taken by Jake)!
Surfpoodi, your little guy is fun to watch!
Keep up the good work ya'll!
Scott in San Jose - I've been mtbing since 1989, and I'm a cycling addict ("Hi Scott"). My kids have each all been mtb riding with me since they each were about 1.5. I've started each of them first in a front-mount bike seat (which our 3yo uses now), then trail-a-bike (my 5yo is in this now), and my oldest has been on his own 20" mountain bike since he was 7. They also have each ridden a Stryder when younger (ballance bikes are awesome), and my two boys also have 16" BMX bikes which we take to the local dirt jump park (Calabazas), as well as to the Truckee Pump Track occasionally. My oldest did a stint of racing BMX when he was 5 and 6, but then kind of lost interest. I feel so lucky that all of my kids all enjoy riding - something I plan to fuel as much as possible. For those in the Bay Area, you may have seen us (along with my wife) at the LG Turkey Day ride - we plan to go again this year, but we usually start late. Or at one of the local cyclocross events (Surf City or CCCX) that host a the kids "races". I just bought a Scott Spark JR 20 that in the process of tricking out for my 8yo for Christmas...
Just introducing myself over here... I've recently gotten a new Big Dummy as a family bike for my two daughters and me. Two girls: 1.5 and 3.5 right now; a 4'9" mom who doesn't bike too much, and me... Pilot of the Dummy. Here's a picture of the girls on a recent grocery run...
The two girls LOVE riding in the new bike. They used to enjoy the trailer, but right now they are asking to ride the bike nearly every day. Since we're in NW Chicago Suburbia and the unseasonably warm weather is about to end, we'll have to wait and see how they like riding bundled up in the cold.... But it definitely seems like we are a new biking family.
Dennis, Asheville NC. Just getting back into XC, it's time to upgrade my oldest's bike from her 16" Trek Float, she wants a bouncy fork and spiky things for the chain (gears, I believe). 3 daughters, all love riding but we don't get out enough.
John, 45, Hillsborough NC (near Durham/Raleigh).
I have 2 daughters (currently 5 and 3), and a newborn son (November 2012).
2008 Specialized Hotrock 16
2007 Specialized Hotrock 12
My hauling rigs:
2002 Santa Cruz Superlight with a LOCT BodySpace saddle
2002 Specialized Allez cromoly road bike with a 2000 Chariot trailer
I am currently trying to get back into MTBing, having started seriously in 1994. I ride infrequently during lunchtime, SSing on about 10 miles of singletrack at a nearby park.
My wife and I used to ride a lot before the kids. Hoping to get everyone excited about riding again.
Love this thread. I'm Ben, in Brisbane, Australia. Been riding since about 1996, first mostly in Scotland, then over here. Just getting back into MTB'ing after doing a lot of road riding. Got two boys, aged 6 (nearly 7) and 5. The oldest, James, is big enough to get into MTB now, he's just learning how to ride trails. He's on a 20" Giant XTC and I'm trying to persuade him to ditch the kickstand. His brother Sam is on an 18" Byk, an Aussie kids' brand, well worth checking out. Both of them are terrors at racing up and down our dead end street.
My singlespeed's getting fixed up now and when it's done James and I are hitting the dirt. In the meantime getting loads of inspiration here.
And btw this is my first post on Mtbr since 2000 when I added a review of my new (then) GT Zaskar LE. Can't remember my handle back then... but happy days :thumbsup:
Since Jake and Ryan's pictures disappeared I thought I would share some new ones.
This is me (Jeff)
This is Jake
This is my Daughter Ryan
I'm Adian, I've been avidly riding NorCal since 1993. My Boys are 9, 11, 18. The youngest is the most in to mountain biking, and my 11 year old struggles to maintain interest. The oldest boy doesn't ride much. We do a few trips each year, races, sea otter, ect. That usually helps to spark their interests. Attachment 752329Attachment 752331Attachment 752332Attachment 752333Attachment 752334Attachment 752335Attachment 752336
I am Tjaard. I have 2 and 5 year old girls. I have been mountainbiking for about 9 years now.
When my oldest was a baby we bought a Tout-Terrain Singletrailer, so I could still ride singletrack (my wife and I worked alternate times).
The girls love riding their own bikes(not on singletrack yet) and riding the trailers, they want to go bikepacking again next summer!
I'm a proud dad of 3 kids. My middle son is the one who is into biking (and skating). Got him a sweet Trek for Christmas and his skills on a bike impress me! I've been riding mtb for 25 or so years. It's an amazing feeling now to be out on the trail with my boy. He is now 11 and we ride at least once a week. Fun to 'teach' him what I know and what took me years to learn on my own. I have no set "goals" for him, just want him to enjoy it as much as I did and still do. Looking forward to taking him to Colorado/Moab once I feel he is ready.
Picture of my boy ragin' :thumbsup:
I am a proud dad of two beautiful girls (a 3 year old and 5 year old girls). My garage is filled with a Chariot trailer, a Burley Piccolo trail-a-bike, a balance bike, a scooter, a tricycle, and two kids bikes. That's just for the kids-- you don't want to know how much stuff there is for me and my wife.
Previously we went on a weeklong, supported, bike tour in the Netherlands when my older daughter was 18 months old. That was when she was happy to sit in the trailer and doze off... not so much anymore.
Anyone have suggestions for good places for bike touring with kids?
My name is Jordan. I have two Sons Talon (4) and Ronan (2). Talon started on a strider at 2 and is racing BMX now. Ronan is just now getting the hang of the strider. I take the boys to the BMX track sometimes twice a week. I'll also bring Talon out to some single track every now and then. I got Talon a Redline Micro and a Scott Jr Voltage. Ronan got his brothers old Specialized 12" but hasn't ridden it yet.
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I'm Charles and I'm 28, I've been riding since I was about 4 or 5. Once I learned to drive though, riding took a back seat and I haven't ridden a bike in probably about 7 years. I just joined the forum yesterday as I plan on getting back into the sport due to the fact that my wife and I just recently had a child together and we were looking for family friendly activities. My son is 10 months old and I can't wait until I can get him on a bike. For now he'll be pulled behind :)
Originally Posted by N3M0
Sounds exciting, Keep an eye out for a trailer and then a Strider. Usually you can get the kids on a Strider at about 18 months.
Thanks for the tip! He's a pretty strong little dude, already walking and he can get on and off of a rocking horse already with no problems. Maybe I'll pick up both at the same time, he may be ready for the Strider by mid summer for at least short trips.
Originally Posted by Jordan300
I used Velcro straps and hung the Strider from the back of the trailer kind of like a trunk rack so that if he got tired he could hop in the trailer or hop out to ride again.
Another excellent idea :) thanks again!
Originally Posted by Jordan300
I'm a dad of two boys - they're going to be 4 and 2 this summer. Presently, I have a Hamax Kiss seat on the back of my 26" Ross Hybrid, and I also have a Weeride for the front.
I haven't tried biking with both kids at the same time, but I'm looking for recommendations on a wheelset that can help us get around New York City -- between the kids and myself, I'd say we weigh around 320 pounds.
Being that New York is the capital of bike theft, I don't want to buy super expensive wheels that attract attention, just ones that will do the job commuting..
Re: Parents - Roll call here.
Hu everyone. My name is Jamal. I gave a 10month old. I don't think I can hit the trails with her but if anyone has any ideas if love to here them! I guess for now I'll be getting a Burley and hitting some gravel roads and pavement.
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Conners first real ride!
I've shared pictures of my two oldest kids Jake (12) and Ryan my daughter (9) but not a lot about my youngest Conner (8). Conner has been going with us to the local dirt jumps for about a year and finally had the skills to get on the trail so here is a short vid from his first trail ride.