Why the Arrival of Kids Doesn’t Mean an End to Cycling to the Beach




Burley D'Lite Bike Cycle Trailer

A suitable alternative to the family surf wagon!?

Children come with a disproportionate amount of crap. For something so small the necessary paraphernalia required to sustain these tiny individuals for long enough to leave the house is almost inconceivable. Simply venturing over the threshold of the front door requires volumes of equipment non-parents would consider sufficient for several weeks at sea. All of which means that the first port of call for new families is a trip to the friendly gold-chain-adorned used-car salesman. Gone is the stylish yet highly impractical 2 seater convertible – you can’t stick a buggy in that. The new wheels of choice: a faceless, generic, isofix-enabled-5-star-safety-rated-high-riding MPV. Conveniently in baby sick beige. Stoked.

And cycling anywhere, let alone to the beach? Not an option. Definitely no longer viable. Leisurely cruising to the coast producing nothing more than a few beads of sweat (safe in the knowledge that you won’t have to compete with those less environmentally considerate beachgoers for parking spaces) won’t become a possibility until the kids have flown the nest. In 20 years time. Still stoked.

But the cloud of doom may not reach quite as far as you initially thought. As with all aspects of parenting, defy convention slightly and the rewards are great – for both you and your kids.

Burley have come up with something to satisfy those prepared to adventurously traverse the turbulent world of parenthood. A performance bike trailer suitable for carrying two children and an awful lot of their associated baggage. The Burley D’Lite neatly attaches to the frame of the bike with enough safety catches and straps to satisfy even the most paranoid parents. No need to worry that the beloved sprogs will become detached and left stranded in the middle of the traffic while you gleefully peddle up the road in ignorant bliss. Pouches, pockets and compartments mean that there is space for anything and everything, there’s even a small boot to ensure nothing needs to be left behind.

The biggest worry with anything that attaches to a bicycle is that it’s going to add too much weight. That it will be prohibitively heavy and make cycling a burden. But the trailer is light. Really light. Manoeuvring it around unattached highlights the attention to detail and the success of using quality lightweight materials. Hook on, strap in the kids and away you go. On the flat you barely notice that you’ve added an extra two wheels to your eco-friendly transport. The only tell-tale sign of anything out of the ordinary are the squeals of delight emanating from within the trailer. Arrive at an incline and extra effort is obviously required, the bike creaks slightly at the strain of the load, but drop into a lower gear, peddle slowly and consistently, and hills are easily negotiated.

Burley D'Lite Bike Cycle Trailer

The Burley D’Lite can carry an awful lot of kit (as well as the kids!)

Sounds perfect, idealistic even; the ability to deliver you and your family to the beach in perfect harmony with the environment. But can this genuinely be used for a family trip to the surf? Depends on your circumstances. If you live 20 miles from the coast and ride an SUP, then probably not, best stick with the Previa. If, however, you’re a few miles from the coast and have found that the arrival of tiny feet has hindered your pre-grom cycling routine, then this is most definitely an essential addition to your fleet. And the surfboards? Mum can pull this:

Cycle Bike Surf Rack

For more info’ on Burley’s range of bike trailers and accessories check out:  https://burley.com

Tom Keyes

Recently returned to the UK after several years chasing waves in Asia, Tom takes inspiration from living on the doorstep of Cornwall's finest beaches to write articles and features on all thing surf related. Regularly featured on Surfing Sections and The Inertia his work has been viewed and shared by... Read more

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