The Laundry Moms Welcome Nancy Sathre-Vogel this week
as our featured guest writer for our Summer Birthday Bash series!
Nancy and her family have ridden their bikes literally ALL over the world!
Check out this article that shares the ins and outs of biking with the kids,
that will sure to leave you inspired for adventure!
“How can I take a bike tour with my children?”
I get asked that question on a fairly regular basis. It’s a question that is a bit tricky to answer, because… well, bike touring is a bit deceptive.
When you think about the idea of piling your kids and everything you need on a bike, it seems overwhelming. Surely there’s all kinds of specialized knowledge involved, right?
To ride your bike around the world, there are really only three steps…
1) Stash your stuff on your bike
2) Start pedaling
3) Keep going.
Honestly, that’s all there is to it.
Okay, so maybe that still seems a bit overwhelming, but it really isn’t.
You have bikes for the family, right? Okay, then do what I did and tie a bunch of plastic bags filled with stuff on them, and take off for a weekend. Seriously – that’s exactly how I started.familyonbikes.org/blog/2013/04/my-very-first-bike-tour-a-comedy-of-errors
After that one weekend, I had learned a lot. I mean – a LOT. I had figured out that quality equipment was worth its weight in gold. I had figured out that panniers would be infinitely more practical than plastic bags. I had learned to consult a map every once in a while, and all kinds of other important knowledge.
The amazing thing is that a simple overnighter will teach you about half of everything there is to know about bike touring.
When you head out again for a long weekend, you’ll learn half of what’s left to know. Now you know 75% of it all.
Each time you load up your bike and hit the road, you’ll learn more and more. The learning curve for bike touring is steep, but very short. You’ll be a master in no time.
There really is no mystery involved with bike touring with kids. Just stop making excuses and go!
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Nancy Sathre-Vogel took her very first bike tour in the early 1980’s and is still going. In addition to many short tours, she has spent five entire years traveling on her bike – one year in Asia with her (now) husband, one year in the USA and Mexico with her family, and a three-year, 17,285-mile journey from Alaska to Argentina with her family. She now lives in Idaho, enjoying putting down roots and being part of a greater community. She blogs at www.familyonbikes.org and has written four books about her adventures around the world (http://familyonbikes.org/store/changing-gears-family-bicycling.htm)