All posts tagged: Family

Tyke-Toter Child Carrier Mountain Biking Review

Many people assume that having young kids means that mountain biking adventures will be fewer and farther between. Yes, there are balance bikes and bike trailers. But your 3-year-old isn’t going to make it more than a few miles on a balance bike, and most trailers just aren’t suited for singletrack. Enter the Tyke-Toter. The Tyke-Toter is one entrant in a breed of new bike seats that positions your child above your top tube and between your arms. This positioning is key. Your child is not only protected between your arms but is also positioned near the center of gravity of the bike. Unlike systems that place the child near the handle bars or behind the rider the Tyke-Toter preserves the maximum amount of your bike’s regular handling characteristics. In addition, at $115 the Tyke-Toter is one of the most inexpensive child carrying solutions. It isn’t quite as adaptable as a trailer, but the price and off-road capabilities make it well worth the price. Installation The Tyke-Toter comes with two main components, the seat and …

Rocky Knob Bike Park Ride Review

The Rocky Knob Bike Park is located in Boone North Carolina. From looking at maps and videos it seemed like the perfect place to take our family for a bit more of a bike park like experience with burms and flow trails. Now I always hate to give trails negative reviews, because it could be that we just hit it on an off day, we didn’t know about some secret route, or we just weren’t having a good day ourselves, but this trail system really underwhelmed us all. It could also be that the marketing materials and hype around this trail oversell it a bit. From my 6-year-old ripper, to my wife, to my little 3-year-old, we all felt like the amount of “fun trail” compared to the amount of frustrating trail was not in balance. As noted, I can only speak for our experience on this day. The pump track was unfortunately closed and the blue loop was rather uninspiring. Beyond the blue loop you are met with a daunting barrage of switchbacks which …

A Family Mountain Bike Route in Dupont State Forest

Dupont State Forest near Brevard, NC is rich with different riding options. On a recent vacation to NC (which you’ll be hearing more about soon), I was riding with my wife (20 weeks pregnant), my 3-year-old and my 6-year-old. With this riding crew I needed an easy route that would not include too much climbing or technical terrain. This route that we followed delivered. Before starting our ride we took a quick hike to several waterfalls and then parked in the High Falls Parking Lot. This lot features paved road access, bathrooms and a visitor center.  From the visitor center we headed east on Buck Forest road. This is a wide gravel road through the forest which contains a moderate climb and then decent to the covered bridge. The covered bridge is absolutely gorgeous and is built right above High Falls. If you wish you can take a detour and check out the falls. After crossing the covered bridge we took a right and turned south onto conservancy road. This again is a wide gravel …