Bank holidays make for the perfect opportunity to get out of town and find somewhere new to explore with the family on the bikes. We understand that having crammed the car full of suitcases, toys, armbands, and enough sunscreen to fill a large paddling pool, you’ll be debating how best to fit the children in – let alone the bikes – but follow our simple guide and the only worry you’ll have is why, after the 1000th playthrough, are you starting to think that maybe we should talk about Bruno.
The first question to ask yourself is whether you’re going to be taking just bikes for the kids or whether you’re taking your own too. It is possible to fit everyone’s bikes in – depending on how big your vehicle is – but if you’re struggling then it might be worth finding a spot local to your destination that hires adult bikes. There’s generally more option for adult bike hire than kids, and the kids will find it much more enjoyable if they’re on a familiar bike so if it comes down to it leave your bikes behind before you leave the kids’.
When it comes to transporting bikes – whatever the size – there’s some great options out there for on car carrying. Generally, the two options will be between roof mounted or boot mounted racks, and the decision between the two will often come down to what will best fit your car. Two of the best brands out there are Thule and Saris (check out the Saris model finder here), decide how many bikes you want to carry and what models will fit your car.
TOP TIP: Make sure that the rack you go for will work for the size of kids bike you’ve got – often bikes smaller than 20” will be better carried inside the car.
If you’re struggling for space in the car for the kids’ bikes, then there are plenty of ways to reduce the size of the bikes. The easiest of these is to take the front wheel out of the bike, giving you the freedom to stash the wheel between the sun hats and the colouring books. Taking the front wheel out is an incredibly easy task but if it’s your first time then check out our easy-to-follow guide here. The only thing to be sure of is that you re-clip the front brake when you take the bike out on the other side.
Packing the essentials
There’s nothing worse than finally arriving at your destination following the thousandth round of eye-spy and realising that you’ve forgotten to pack a pump. Follow our list of essentials and you can’t go far wrong:
We know full well how tough any long car journey can be with little ones, but it becomes even worse when you add into the mix a hot and fully packed car, and excited children that know they’re going on holiday. So to avoid the worst of any potential attitude failures we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite games to play in the car.
- I-SPY - Everyones favourite needs no explanation
- How many yellow cars can you spot? - Why yellow? It's the colour of the sun and what better way to get you in the mood for some outdoor fun
- The Story Game - Each person goes around and says a line. We'll start you off: "There once was a little red bike..."
- Alphabet Game - Take it in turns to find something beginning with the each letter of the alphabet. (Hopefully B for bike is an easy one!)
- Wordsearch - We've got you covered on this one: