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don’t go the wrong way – or the batteries of the GPS device run out. But kids on tour want to see more than just their old man’s backside ahead – sometimes they want to ride in front. So: give up pole position from time to time and let your children take the lead. That way kids learn the magic (and pitfalls) of speed, look for and find their own perfect lines – and grow with every kilometer they lead!
THIRD COMMANDMENT: CELEBRATE THE DOWNHILLS, NOT THE CLIMBS!
Children are not fighting machines. Anyone who plays the 80/20 climb/descend trick with children is in for a big surprise. A sit-down strike is probably the least of your problems … Remember: kids want to have fun! And they seldom get that on those long, miserable forest trails. It’s much more fun to ride gently technical rollercoaster tracks – downhill, of course. So why not take the comfortable gondola that goes to the top of the mountain next to the steep uphill piste?
FOURTH COMMANDMENT: LEAD BY EXAMPLE!
Children learn by watching and imitating. So if parents thunder downhill without a helmet and with their rear wheels locked up (and threaten to destroy themselves and the beautiful nature trail), their offspring will naturally do the same. Parents are role models! Take heed of the “trail rules”, which are similar in all bike spots: helmet and protection on, keep your braking distance, show consideration for bikers, hikers and wild animals, leave nothing behind except good karma, etc.
FIFTH COMMANDMENT: MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS HAVE THE RIGHT KIT!
All too often you see parents on brand new, high-end bikes – while the children are puffing along behind on ancient,….