Mountain biking with kids: 7 tips for more fun for kids and families

MTB: This is how mountain biking works for the whole family

The love of mountain biking is so great that the offspring should finally join in? No problem! With our seven practical tips for MTB-enthusiastic parents, every tour with your kids will be a success!

Als Mountainbiker gibt es nichts besseres, als das geliebte Hobby auch mit dem eigenen Nachwuchs zu teilen. Wir geben sieben praktische Tipps für maximalen Spaß.

1. plan mountain bike tours correctly

Fun, games, excitement and chocolate - the recipe for success of surprise eggs also applies to mountain bike tour planning with children. While sporting ambition is often enough to motivate parents, children want one thing above all: experiences and fun! So plan your MTB tour in such a way that not only your sporting ambition is awakened, but also the kids fall happily into bed in the evening. Make sure there's plenty of variety and think about stops along the way. A hut, a lake, an animal enclosure or the ice cream parlour as a destination. Exciting tour (stopover) destinations keep things interesting, increase motivation and encourage the kids.

Der Stopp am See sorgt für Motivation vor und dann für Abwechslung während der Tour.

2. the child comes into the middle

Let's be honest: Would you like to see only the sweaty backs of your fellow riders on a bike tour or even have your backpack pressed into your face? Surely not! Instead of a child seat behind the saddle, we recommend a model where the child is in the middle of the action. An exciting model for this is the brand new Pro seat from Kids Ride Shotgun. It can be mounted on the bike in just a few steps and gives children their first impression of the fascination of mountain biking. The package is perfectly rounded off with the Mini handlebar, which was specially developed for kids.

Der Kindersitz von Kids Ride Shotung platziert den Nachwuchs mitten im Geschehen. Das sorgt für ein dickes Grinsen und mächtig viel Spaß.

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3. make sure you have the right protective equipment

Whether in the city or in the forest: a helmet is mandatory when riding a bike. This applies, of course, and especially for the offspring. Depending on age and sport, the requirements for a helmet for children differ. Especially for small children, who often still stumble and fall forward, a large front area is important. When children are able to ride uphill under their own power, good ventilation is important. It is important that the children like to put on the helmet. After all, the best helmet is no use if it doesn't sit on the head. Bontrager increases the motivation of the youngsters by providing the JET Wavecell Child helmet with a sticker kit for child-friendly individualization. After all, a child prefers to wear a beautiful and above all self-designed helmet than a dull off-the-peg part. Smart features like a magnetic Fidloc closure and the easy-to-use dial for fine adjustment of the fit make the helmet an all-round carefree package.

Der Bontrager JET WaveCell  bietet für 89,99 € nicht nur optimalen Schutz für den Kopf …
… er lässt sich mit einem beigelegten Stickerkit auch vom Nachwuchs indiviualiseren.

However, a helmet is not the only protective equipment when mountain biking. Especially the eyes should be protected against dust and branches with goggles. Gloves are also recommended - as well as elbow and knee pads for kids who are already riding their own MTB trails independently. If the kids are going to the bike park, they should also invest in a back protector and full-face helmet. There are attractive models from IXS, among others.

Sobald es für den Nachwuchs selbst auf den Trail geht, ist die richtige Schutzausrüstung essentiell.

4. the weight is decisive for riding fun!

The choice of children's bikes has never been greater. But what only very few manufacturers have worked on so far is the weight of the bikes. Many are still far too heavy. If you put the 15-16 kg body weight of a three-and-a-half to four-year-old child in relation to the 7.5-8 kg total weight of a suitable 14-inch wheel, the bike weighs exactly half as much as the rider. For adults, this would mean: for an 80 kg man, the bike would have to weigh 40 kg - unimaginable. When buying a children's bike, you should therefore look for the lowest possible weight. The lack of choice on the market led biking dad Andy Loveland to found his bike brand Early-Rider in 2005. In the meantime, the brand has an extensive product portfolio for children of all ages.

Greta ist richtig happy mit ihrem Early Rider-Kinderrfahrrad. Es ist nicht nur angenehm leicht, sondern sieht auch richtig cool aus.

5. on the cookies, ready, go!

Children's moods can be fickle. But there's one thing that always lifts them up: when there's something to nibble on. So our tip is to pack snacks. Because if nothing else works in the middle of the forest, snacks help to get the little ones to keep going. Guaranteed! And of course, don't forget to drink.

Mehr als nur ein Snack. Bei Kindern sorgt etwas zu Essen oft für einen richtigen Motivationsschub und wird so nicht selten zur Retter in der Not.

6. take away the terror of the uphill

What is annoying for some adults is a real horror for many children: riding uphill under their own power for a long time. So that the tour doesn't become an ordeal for kids, it's worth packing a tow rope like the Kids Ride Shotgun Tow Rope. The rope is even optionally available with a practical hip pack for the youngsters. This way, the little biker transports his rope himself and can actively ask for help when needed.

Wer fährt schon gerne steile Uphills? Ein Zugseil wie das von Kids Ride Shotung nimmt steilen Anstiegen ihren Schrecken.

7. try coziness

The last and decisive tip at the end. Don't take on too much! Touring with your kids isn't about breaking your own records and going all out athletically. It's about having a good time as a family. About experiencing nature, being active and seeing the little ones' eyes light up. So relax, put your needs in the background a bit and above all have fun with your kids on the bike!

Seien wir ehrlich: Mit dem Kids Biken zu gehen ist deutlich spaßiger, als ihnen von der Bande aus beim Fußballspielen zuzusehen. Viel Spaß im Wald!
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