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In June, we asked if your whole family is into cycling and trails.
Bob Morgan — Cedar Falls, Iowa
The highlight of each summer for my wife and me is taking a bike tour with our grandchildren, now ages 13 (Brandon) and 10 (Nora). We've progressed from overnight trips to multi-day tours.
At first, we pulled the kids on trail-a-bikes. For two years, the kids fit a tandem trail-a-bike we pulled behind our own tandem, making a 16-foot-long "train." We toured the Wisconsin trails, including the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, with that rig. Brandon outgrew the trail-a-bike last year and began trading off with my wife between a single and the tandem's stoker seat, while Nora still rode a trail-a-bike for our four-day tour on Ohio's Simon Kenton and Little Miami Scenic trails.
This year, both kids will be on their own singles, and we're considering a tour on Minnesota's Willard Munger State Trail.
Ann Walker — Fenton, Mich.
My daughter and two granddaughters (ages 8 and 13) used the Clinton River, the Macomb Orchard and the Saginaw Valley rail-trails in Michigan to help train for Pedal Across Lower Michigan (PALM). The sheltered trails with no cars helped my daughter, who will be riding the tandem with the 8-year-old, get used to the bike in a safe way. The rides also gave us some "seat time" amid nice scenery.