Words by Sam Haddad
Before I had kids I cycled every day. It was the same when I was pregnant, but once I’d had my eldest son I realised quite quickly that bikes and babies don’t mix. As for the first year or so you can’t really put them in a bike seat as their necks are too wobbly.
“Once I’d had my eldest son I realised quickly that bikes and babies don’t mix…”
If you’re used to getting everywhere by bike it can be a frustrating time but before long you come out the other side and find yourself on family rides with your kids in tow, often quite literally in a trailer or on a tagalong attached to the back of your bike.
One of my favourite family bike breaks was last autumn when we went to the Isle of Wight on a red squirrel hunt. The boys had just turned three and five and though they were both riding by then, the youngest on a balance bike, they weren’t up to doing the 20 miles we’d planned for the first day, so my husband and I took one each in a trailer.