My experience shows, that children are ready for a long tour when they are at least 14. It was the age I have begun to do it of first with my son, after with my daughter. Always when she has a free time, she still comes and tours with me … I believe, nothing better for the children …The wife and I camped before having the kid. We are going to wait till he gets a little older before we attempt to get him out there.
I've been looking into constructing a touring bike. 14 you say Bob? I wanted to go before that!
Yes Dean …. A little earlier, why not (have in mind, we toured only in the wilderness away from the civilization) … I have begun with my son he was 13 – we began climbing 8 – 10 kilometers each week (we are not sportiest). After several months he understood what he has to do and I saw – he is ready for tour long time. Our first tour he was 14 included 1200 km for 12 days, first several days we bicycled 130 km daily. Almost the same was with my daughter – only the daily distance was 80 kilometers. Now my son does not bicycling, but daughter … always when it is possible …I've been looking into constructing a touring bike. 14 you say Bob? I wanted to go before that!
How does 250 lbs sound to you???? We make Bike Taxis that are rated to over 1000lbs....so maybe the "Standard" you work by is all you have seen???Heavy loads and a seat post mount sound questionable. Any caveats?
PedalPower, you certainly have some nice designs for utility and commercial trailers. But you might want to study the market a little more before spending a bundle developing a trailer for cycle tourists.I would take a look at our website and then try to reconsider our proven products already in use.........don't knock us till you try us!!!