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View Poll Results: Age when you started taking your kids for a ride?
5 8 10.13%
6 5 6.33%
7 7 8.86%
8 13 16.46%
9 6 7.59%
10 19 24.05%
11 5 6.33%
12 11 13.92%
13 2 2.53%
14 3 3.80%
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post #1 of 71 Old 08-19-2014, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Riding with a child

At what age did you start letting your kids come for rides on the bike?

What gear did you make them wear?

I'm struggling with the idea... I don't know if the kids will like it or not and I don't want to buy them full gear if they go once and hate it.

99% of kids I see on the backs of bikes don't have full gear.

For the sake of the poll, please assume that at the age the child is allowed to ride he can safely reach the foot pegs. I think it's a given that kids grow at different rates, so if someone puts 5 that means the child can reach the pegs.

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Not a fan of it unless riding around in a field or possibly just in the neighborhood, but to each their own and their life.

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They had to reach the footpegs.

When starting out, just went around the block to try it out to see if they enjoyed it (1-2 miles at ~30mph). Jeans, boots, and thick jacket.

Now: Full gear. For son, had to get motocross pants and std kneepads, daughter was tall enough to get smaller adult equipment. Last trip with son - ~1.5 hour ride to Luchenbach, TX to see Harvest Classic Moto Show (from North Austin).

Short rides - motocross helmets. Longer rides - fullface with intercom.

You can get them geared up for ~$200 total at cyclegear.com
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Not a fan of it unless riding around in a field or possibly just in the neighborhood, but to each their own and their life.
I have mixed feelings which is why the post here... But it's something they really want to do with Dad.. and I must say the idea of packing the bike up and going camping this weekend with my 9 year old son sounds fantastic...

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I avoid it, rather wait till their old enough to ride their own bike and are old enough to manage the risk. I've been involved in crashes caused by other vehicles I couldn't avoid, crap happens no matter how careful you think you are.

I didn't start riding on the street till my 20's, I don't encourage friends to ride unless they make that decision themselves on their own. Its a high risk activity no doubt, I'm a motorcycle nut that rides year round in all weather thousands of miles and I'm fully aware of the risks. I wouldn't ride with children unless it was a day ride and that would be in FULL riding gear.

Think about your kid getting hurt because you hit some gravel mid corner, that would make me ride ultra careful and what fun would that be? Just like riding with a passenger, if they are fine with your riding style its all good. But, in reality I always will ride in a conservative manner with a passenger because I don't want to take chances with someone's well being in a careless manner. Rather take kids fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, something that involves exercise and less risk.

But, I'm not a cruiser rider running around in shorts and flip flops either and my riding gear has allowed me to walk away from an unexpected face plant while I was just riding in a relaxed manner a mile from home.

I don't shelter kids in general, but I also don't encourage them to do high risk stuff either.

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I carried my best friends daughter everywhere at age 7. He had his boy , 5 on the back of his. Those kids have great memories of riding all over the southeast with their dad and I. At 7 , she would listen to me and I never had issue one with her. The son was a knothead , which was why his dear ole dad got to carry him. They had childrens FF helmets , jackets , gloves and boots. Don't regret one second of it.

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When my son was 6 I bought him a riding jacket, gloves and an adult XS helmet. He rode on my Vulcan 1500 a few times that year. Then more the next year. He is 10 now and we ride to church together most weeks in the summer and go for local rides. The furthest we have gone was about 20 miles. This year I got him a new jacket, pants, gloves and a helmet.

It is definitely a risk you have to decide if you want to take or not.

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I started taking my grandkids at around 2 1/2. They sit in front of me and hang onto the bars or cables and such. Maybe the tank bag. Anyhow, they are cradled by me. Now, I know that if I hit something or the other way around that they would get hurt. They could also fall down the stairs or ride their trike off the deck. Nothing is perfectly safe. Putting them on the back is another story. they do need to reach the footpegs and have an ounce or two of common sense. AND, they always wear helmets, even on their bicycles. None of them ride frequently, so long sleeves and pants and shoes have to do.
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Started taking my boys on the occasional run from about 8. I was extremely careful and fairly slow, but we had fun times and they loved it.
Now they are 25 and 18 and surprisingly neither rides (yet)
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Started taking my nephew when he could securely put his feet on the pegs. 12 or so years old. Year before he was on his toes, so no ride.
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