There’s something about the rhythmic motion and sounds of cycling that lulls kids to sleep. My kids doze off in all manner of situations, some convenient and some rather unhandy. They’re obviously going to sleep on the way home in the evening from a long day out but climbing one handed several kilometers out of a valley in Burgundy while cradling your daughter’s head is an exercise in patience and subtle anti-cramping techniques. In a bakfiets it’s no problem at all; the bottom of our bak is actually lined with egg-crate foam for this purpose. Regardless I just can’t resist taking pictures of the tots crashed out on the bike. Below some of my favorites with commentary:
We began practicing the various head supporting techniques shortly after P1 began riding in a seat (rather than in a Maxi-Cosi cot in the bakfiets). At 9 months old he would fall asleep after about half an hour of squealing glee on the road.
Last year we began doing several day tours with the kids in the bakfiets. I think the canopy adds to the doze factor and also handily supports their heads.
The Cargobike is unfortunately only handy for when we can cycle from our home. Elsewhere we ride touring bikes outfitted to carry the kids. Here P1 and P2 do their thing on the way up a mountain in Burgundy, France. I was unloaded for that day trip but this bike now also sports low rider mounts so I can carry front and rear panniers. Oh, and I added Magura hydraulic brakes to keep all that weight under control.
The packing is getting somewhat more complicated now that we often have the kids’ own bikes aboard. This was actually last night on the way home from day on the road and then a birthday party. The balloons made rather handy pillows, and then P2 made a comfy pillow for P1.
This time it was P1′s turn to doze off at the wrong time. We’ve just arrived at a secluded beach after riding along sandy paths for several kilometers. Sorry kid, time to get up and hike over the dune to the beach.
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And lastly a little video, actually my one and only video on YouTube. We’re riding home along one of our favorite routes, on the dike between Spaarndam and Halfweg. It’s a public road but there’s little reason to drive there so you only see a car every few minutes at most. Happy cycling.