Video: Our First Big Family Bike Tour

We just returned from our first extended bike tour as a family. 

With 5-month-old Luke in tow, we cycled 550km through the Netherlands, Belgium and France. We’ll be blogging more in the coming weeks about the lessons learnt from this tour but first, a video that we managed to shoot and assemble (in our tent at night) along the way.


  1. James C
    31st July 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Thanks for the info and the video! I’m looking forward to hearing more about the trip.

    How did you feel about using the Ergon pedals for steep climbs? Do you still prefer them over clips/clipless?

    • friedel
      1st August 2012 at 7:52 am #

      Still love the Ergon pedals. Another cyclist did tell me that they can get slippy if you get mud on them but I’ve not had a chance to test that theory out. I wouldn’t use SPDs or other clips/clipless systems in any case because I don’t like them. I’m too uncoordinated and easily distracted to remember to clip out at red lights!

      • James C
        1st August 2012 at 12:13 pm #

        Good to know I’m not the only one that hates being clipped in. 🙂

  2. Jeff Katzer
    1st August 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    That was wonderful. I have 5 little grandsons and every one of them has logged many mile in a bike trailer.

  3. JFC
    7th August 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Fantastic. We’ve just invested in a trailer for our 5 month old. No touring planned yet – I’ll have to show the video to Mrs C. Will have to keep an eye open for any follow on updates…

  4. Dave
    8th August 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Hi loved the video. I am setting off on a trip from HCMC, Vietnam to Hanoi in October and want to put together a video (s) of the experience. This gave me some good ideas. What type of camera did you use? Dave

    • friedel
      8th August 2012 at 7:00 am #

      A very cheap handheld Kodak Zi8 (now a couple years old).

  5. Peter Jordan
    8th August 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    What a nice video. Baby in the sink was great!

  6. Douwe and Blanche
    9th August 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Great to hear about your holiday in Kiev!Lovely video and wow Luke has grown again. Will be home in a few days and then we wanna hear everything about your trip! See ya soon!

  7. Cathryn Ramsden
    23rd August 2012 at 6:10 am #

    I’ve just got round to watching this, having been meaning to for weeks, and it was GORGEOUS!!! I don’t know if it made me want to tour more or have another baby. Luke is adorable, and I’m in awe of how you two did this!! We have a new bikeseat for our little man and he’s loving it…I’m hoping to squeeze a trial weekend tour in before too long!

  8. Cathryn Ramsden
    23rd August 2012 at 6:11 am #

    And I’m so glad to find another ‘proper cyclist’ who doesn’t like clipping in. I was so glad to get pregnant as a decent excuse to never have to clip in again!!

  9. SEA monster
    27th April 2013 at 2:00 am #

    That little dude looks pretty happy in the chariot 🙂

  10. phil
    9th October 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    great vid loved it :O)

  11. adriana
    11th May 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    this video!! really inspiring 🙂

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