Training Ride

Last Saturday was a day of huge excitement in our house as we upgraded the 7yo to the next size bike which meant that the 5yo inherited the old bike. I'm not sure who was more excited, the older boy with the brand new bike, or the younger boy who finally had a bike with gears.

Training Ride

For our family this was a big day as it meant that our family bike rides could be extended and that hills could be tackled without poor Mr P pushing the little one up them! When we got back home I took the boys out to the local park to test their skills on their new wheels.

The next day we gathered all of our bits together. We weren't planning to cycle too far, but there were a few hills to tackle and we were going to cover more miles on roads than we'd done before so we wanted to be prepared with drinks and snacks. The weather forecast wasn't too optimistic either so we needed to carry coats.

The boys proudly packed their own waterproofs and snacks in their own rucksacks (they both have Jack Wolfskin ones), and Mr P was carrying our bits and pieces so I was happily bag free!

Straight out of our house we tackled the first, and worst, hill. The little one made short work of it with gear coaching from Mr P cycling behind him. And then we were off, enjoying the wind in our faces and the quiet, local roads.

No excursion is complete without a few stops. We made ours on little laybys when we felt the boys needed a break, or a reward. We also stopped to view a red kite and buzzard in a field. Our last stop was a bit more dramatic as the little one fell off his bike into a pile of nettles. Ouch!!

Thankfully it was very near to the end of our seven mile ride. The tears didn't last too long and he's looking forward to the next time he can get out.

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About the Author

Deborah Patterson

Deborah Patterson

About Me & Mine

I am a writer, editor, wife and mum to two very lively boys aged seven and five - and not forgetting Oakley, our bouncy black lab. Most days with my boys are an adventure of sorts, but at weekends we love to get out and about in our local countryside of the spectacular North Wessex Downs AONB either on wheels or on foot.

Favourite place in the world:

The mountains! I was lucky enough to have grandparents living in Salzburg, Austria when I grew up and have always had a love for the mountains. In summer I love the walks and the views, and in winter the smell of snow and skiing.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

There is a favourite spot in the next village along from us - some woods which are full of possibilities. There are streams to splash through, mud to get stuck in, 'dinosaur' ferns to hide amongst and fallen trees to bug-hunt in. Every time we go up there as a family we have a magical time. It helps that there's a cafe and pub where we park the car so we can finish the walk with a hot chocolate!

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  • Kerry Teague

    Kerry Teague

    07 June 2018 at 09:29 | #

    Well done, everyone! Our 2 have just outgrown their bikes so we're in the same boat. It's so much easier now and I love that they can carry their own stuff. Jack Wolfskin sacs are perfect for that. Much as I hate them growing up so fast, it's great to see the back of me weighted down by saddle bags with everyone's stuff in it and Ash with Chloe on the Tagalong.

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