Biking buddies – getting in on the action!

When Gaz and I first got together, with Lewis just six years old, it was important for me that not only did Lewis and I retain our bond, but that Lewis and Gaz forged a bond for themselves. And even with the arrival of Eva, Megan and Harry, Gaz and Lewis have made time for each other, enjoying boys trips to the cinema, days out at a theme park, or their favourite think to do together – mountain biking!

Over the years they have mountain biked all over the country – through the Scottish Highlands, Welsh mountains, Jurassic coastline and the Yorkshire Dales, just to name a few. It’s great to see them enjoy themselves, and even more so getting outdoors and exercising, and yet a part of me feels a little jealous not to be a part of their cycling trips!

For that reason I have been looking at buying a mountain bike, not to gatecrash all their plans, but in the hope that every once in a while they let me tag along. Eva, Megan and Harry are so into their cycling and I think as a family, even with a ten year age gap between Lewis and Harry, cycling is something we could all enjoy together.

It can be a little overwhelming looking at mountain bikes with so many styles to choose from and so many things to consider. I had no idea that there were so many styles to choose from with a huge choice of wheel sizes, tyre types and suspensions! Thankfully Halfords have recently brought out a Beginners Guide to Mountain Biking, which is super helpful for people like me who have no idea where to even start with choosing a bike!

After choosing the right bike, Sam Fowler, a MTB coach, shares his advice on how to improve your mountain biking experience. Halfords have rounded up some great trail centres throughout the UK where routes are categorised from green (beginner) through to black (expert). They’ve also provided information on mountain biking gear must haves, from gloves to action cams, after all, you’re going to want to capture some of those special moments on camera!

A really interesting part of the guide is the MTB slang definitions, something I really need to swot up on so I can be “down with the kids” when I gatecrash Gaz and Lewis’s days out! Perhaps if I talk the talk I’ll have a better chance of making it past one of those green trails…

With the warmer weather finally here, I’m hoping I can get some practice in before I attempt my first trail. And I guess the main thing to remember is that maybe I won’t be bombing along with Lewis and Gaz, but I’ll still be there enjoying the moment, albeit pedalling like crazy in the distance.

Even if I’m nothing more than the camera man….

 

** This is a collaborative post with Halfords. All words and opinions are my own **

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24 Comments

  1. May 11, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Love this – it’s so nice that the two of them have such a clear bond, I’m sure it’s not easy when a whole family dynamic changes. Enjoy your cycling!

    • Laura Dove
      May 11, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      Thanks Alex, they have a great bond, we’ve been very lucky! xx

  2. May 11, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I got on a bike for the first time in about 18 years last summer and we’re hoping to get out and about as a family more this year as Paul took Poppy out on his bike the other week and he said she laughed the whole time! This guide sounds really helpful x

    • Laura Dove
      May 14, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Ahh that’s so cute!! We love getting out on our bikes, nothing beats being outdoors! xx

  3. May 11, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    My husband dreams of the day we can go on family bike rides or that he can take the children off with their mountain bikes! I have to admit I don’t share quite the same enthusiasm, but know we’d have so much fun once we were off 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      May 14, 2018 / 10:40 am

      Haha it’s actually a lot of fun when you get into it! Especially down hill! xx

  4. May 12, 2018 / 7:31 am

    We have said we are getting the girls Bikes for their birthdays so we can all go cycling together 🙂

  5. May 12, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Love this! SO glad that your kids are getting out and enjoying time with their Dad 🙂 It is so nice that you will all have something to do together its so sweet!

  6. May 12, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    What lovely photos and a lovely story. I’ve always adored cycling, I’m rather jealous of how far they’ve cycled – very impressive!! x

  7. May 12, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    We’d like to go cycling more as a family and our bikes are in serious need of a service from halfords! Lovely bonding time x

  8. May 12, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    I wish I could ride a bike. I have tried learning but no luck. Maybe I would again in the future.

  9. May 12, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Cycling is something that you can all do as a family and we want to more of it together this summer. There is 4 years between my son and my twin girls but it’s something they all love

  10. May 13, 2018 / 7:54 am

    We can’t wait for the little ones to be old enough to take cycling. It’s such a great family activity x

  11. What Mum Loves
    May 13, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Wow, I love the energy on the photos! Pure excitement. Cycling together really bonds the family.

  12. May 14, 2018 / 6:43 am

    How lovely that they have that time to themselves. I have a bike in the shed with a flat tyre but we have such a wonderful park and canal nearby, I really need to get it fixed and try and buy one for the other half. I woukd love to go on family rides over there!

  13. May 14, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Oh I love cycling! It’s so exciting. I’m sure you will enjoy biking with them. I’m excited for your practice! Just keep on pushing until you get to do it.

  14. May 14, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    Great post. None of us in our family have a bike, but I’d love to change that. Like you, I wouldn’t know where to start, but Halfords is quite close to us, so perhaps this is the year I get my cycle helmet on!

  15. May 15, 2018 / 7:17 am

    Oh I love this. It’s so great they have a good bond together. We all need some bikes, these look great x

  16. May 15, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Aww that’s so lovely!! Looks like you live in the perfect location for bike rides too! Xxx

  17. May 15, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    I am hoping to get Sebby riding his own bike this year so we can go out for family rides (under his own steam)

  18. May 16, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    It’s great that they have developed a good bond. Biking is fun, we went to Centre Parcs recently and both my girls learnt to ride and they loved it.

  19. May 22, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Ah your son and hubby look so lovely together and i agree its a great way to get around and be outdoors!

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