17 comments


  • Jay

    That Big Dummy with two kid seats is awesome.

    January 05, 2013
  • adria

    What kind of bike is the guy riding with the two kids? That’s just what we need! Thanks…

    January 05, 2013
  • Adria, I believe it’s a Surly Big Dummy.

    January 05, 2013
  • kate

    For folks looking to tour with kids, I highly recommend looking at tandems and triplets (or even longer bikes). They allow the child to pedal (and tire themselves out a bit) and they feel like a part of the team instead of just a passenger. We road across the country with our six year old a few years back and it’s a great way to see the country. For some great pics of touring / riding families check out Mark’s photos from Precision Tandem’s website.
    http://www.precisiontandems.com/art16moolddiary.htm

    January 06, 2013
  • Tis probably a Surly Big Dummy… but might be any steed with an Xtracycle attached… either way, xtracycle apparently carries thee kid seats (PeaPod or Family Van kit)…

    http://www.xtracycle.com/cargo-bicycles/xtracycle-cargo-accessories/kids-and-family/peapod-iii.html

    January 06, 2013
  • so cool, wish i had started riding much earlier. riding with my kids. however have rode with grand kids til they get their cars. with autoimmune and celiac disease, special diet for food is required with most restaurant meals out. also with spinal stenosis, topped with being so close to that 80 year mark, the recumbent trikes are what i like the best. being in more control, travelling in a straight line without wobbling when going slow, being able to stop on a hill, sit there on the trike while resting and then starting up from there with no wobble, is reassuring to us old timers. looking forward to riding with my great grand children. oldest is 6 now.
    because of my age and that i can’t leave wife alone much, most of my rides are shorter now, much shorter. i still have a small bike trailer yet and a car trailer which i can pull with my sun EZ-3 USX USS since i installed the granny gear and mud and snow tire on the drive wheel. sold my garden wagon, 2′ x 4′ that i hauled topsoil and concrete blocks, wood, garage sale furniture on. sold another two wheel trailer i had, and gave away my one wheel homemade trailer.
    walt

    January 06, 2013
  • Great to see that towns and other destinations are waking up to the fact that cyclists are valuable tourists!

    January 07, 2013
  • Robyne Spillers

    I don’t always find Amtrak to be that accommodating of my bicycle. I want to take it to chicago but it is a real hassel. Once in Chicago the metra train is very accommodating of commuting bikes.

    January 07, 2013
  • CD

    In North Texas there is a off-road trail that is under development. There are spots where opposition is delaying progress. I cannot understand how a small community with little to no economic development would turn their back on ANYTHING as easy as this to bring in money to their community.
    With an area the size of Dallas/Fort Worth at the trailhead, there are TONS of families that could be doing these S24O or even long weekend family tours if the trail were passable from start to finish (without need for unnecessary detours around some hold-out town).
    Maybe as they see their neighboring towns reap the benefits they will change their minds.

    January 07, 2013
  • CTJ

    Oregon is not so bike-friendly as advertised, the bike routes are shared with trucks and large recreational vehicles whose drivers have no clue how wide they are when they overtake you, the trains only have 5 spots for bikes that don’t require you to pack your bike. Only one nice bus company accepted to get our bikes w/o being dismantled. Some tourism office staff had no clue about biking options while other employees would tell us to just take the back roads, as the coastal road is crazy (mid-June). Conclusion of the trip: Bike touring = anywhere but in the US. :-/

    January 07, 2013
  • I am also a proponent of Amtrak/bike travel. It’s a great way to see new parts of the country w/ out the expense, pollution, fossil fuels & hassle of a car.

    Another slowly but surely growing bike travel trend is long-distance trails. People are discovering the beauty, history and serenity of avoiding the road & hitting the trail. It is much safer & more scenic than road biking and much, much more relaxing. And it’s not just for mountain bikers or campers. Many of the major routes are paved, cement or smooth gravel with convenient lodging & dining along the way. And best of all, there are trails for everyone including urban, rural & downright remote paths. Did I mention that you meet the nicest group of international travelers on these trails, too?

    January 11, 2013
  • Good post Russ,
    We have been enjoying our overnight and over-two-night trips. A great way to escape from the grind and see some country we would never see otherwise. And it doesn’t take a huge amount of planning nor does it require a lifestyle change.

    January 14, 2013
  • Bonnie

    Can you tell more about the garden trailer? That sounds very much like something I could use.

    February 07, 2013
  • David Pearce

    ….And a United States flag blowing in the breeze, wind-resistance be damned!

    By the way, who you calling a Big Dummy?!

    :-)

    May 23, 2013
  • Jolene

    Great blog post, although I don’t think gravel touring is new at all, especially in the west. It’s just gotten more popular lately. A lot of states have wonderful backroads that just beg to be ridden by bike. I look forward to more stories about it on your blog. I did my first Amtrak multimodal tour this year and plan on several more in the years to come. Now that I’m carfree, I see a lot of S240 trips waiting out there, too. Ride on!

    November 12, 2013
  • Tom R

    I think rail trails offer some wonderful possibilities, both paved and gravel. I look forward to bike packing the Mickelson Trail in Soth Dakota sometime. http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/mickelson-trail/

    July 04, 2014
  • I agree with your first four very much… while number five might be somewhat of a stretch. If I had written this list I would have put TECHNOLOGY in number 5’s spot. The modern bicycle traveler is using a GPS instead of a paper map. He has a smartphone to access the Internet and easily solve problems on the road, talk.with friends and family back home, or read books/play games/listen to music etc. And, of course, sharing our travels by bike has never been easier. Blogs, social media, email and more. And all of this has come about in just the last 15 years or so. I think that is pretty major when you compare it to the 1970’s style of bike touring that is so well known in America.

    July 04, 2014

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