Bike use for families

Submitted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 20:30
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Hi, we are about to embark on the "great Australia adventure" in a Prado towing a camper trailer. We have 3 young children. My big question is: do we make room for the bikes or will we end up never using them? We don't do much road cycling, and let's face it, we don't go very far and certainly not very fast. We ride most days but it is on a friendly bike track. Should we just leave the bikes at home and bring the kids scooters?
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 21:08

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 21:08
Astro.....I guess it depends on where you are going on your "great Australia adventure"
I regret not taking bikes last year to the finder rangers SA some really good tracks and its good to get out on bikes with the family enjoying yourself .....

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Reply By: SDG - Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 21:20

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 21:20
Scooters realy only work on hard surfaces like cement.
When your out camping the kids will find areas to race, naturally made jumps, etc. They will explore. Lets face it. That is one of the things travelling/camping is about. Exploration.

It also gives you a chance to sit back, have a coffe, read a book, etc with out the kids hounding you.
Just make sure you do pack some puncture repair kits/pump, just in case.

I never go anywhere without the kids bikes.
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Reply By: Member - Josh- Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 22:00

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 22:00
Our kids learnt to ride while on our trip and I wouldn't go without them. Your camped somewhere and the kids are restless, go for a ride. Sometimes it's a short walk to the beach or somewhere like that or, a quick ride. There were plenty of places for the kids to ride in caravan parks and also in the free camps.
I would take them.

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 23:26

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 23:26
Take the bikes
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Reply By: Member - Corrugate75 - Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 06:28

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 06:28
Definitely take the bikes! Scooters are too limited where they can be ridden. Our last trip away, every time we pulled up, bikes and helmets first, kids off and away, parents set up without Mum, Mum, Mum, Mum.... all the time!
Only place we don't take bikes is if we're going to a remote beach for a long weekend - no tracks and too sandy to ride.
Take the bikes, you won't regret it.
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 07:21

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 07:21
Take the Bikes, even if it is only the kids bikes :)

We took bikes for our kids last year and I got the kids to ride from the Corner Store to the Corner Post at Camerons Corner :) Was a great way to get they to expend some energy after quite a number of hours in the car :)


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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 14:20

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 14:20
EVERY TIME WE GO OFF WITH THE GRAND KIDS THE FIRST THING TO BE IN THE PACKING LINE IS THE KIDS BIKESFOLLOWED BY A GOOD PUNCTURE REPIAR KIT INCLUDIN 8 SPARE TUBES, AND BIKE PUMP. DEFINITELY TAKE THE BIKES, YOU WILL NOT REGRET THE DECISION
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 21:25

Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 21:25
When our kids were younger the bikes were a must. We have spent most long weekends in a 4x4 park somewhere. Its amazing what terrain they rode them on.
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Reply By: AstroTravel - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:28

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:28
Thanks for your help, everyone! It's unanimaous, the kids bikes are coming (but I think we'll leave the grown ups ones at home. Not enough space etc). Happy traveling :)
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 16:18

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 16:18
Didn't take ours and didn't miss them... lots of other stuff to do. I think it depends on how long you stay in the one place. We take a footy which comes in handy for lunch stops too to get them moving after sitting in the car. But if you need to take something, a bike is going to be better than a scooter.
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