Keen Danish cyclists, Jens and Line, set off from Basel in April with their two children (aged just 6 and 8 years) hoping to cover around 1,000km on their bikes. They have just completed their journey, amassing over 1,430km of cycling in total – with the children riding their Frog bikes, and the luggage in a cargo bike MK1 from Butchers and Bicycles. The MK1 really helped Alma, their youngest, as she could have a rest once in a while! It was also much more comfortable to cycle with than most: it is designed to tilt, like a normal bike.
Most of their nights were spent under canvas, where they experienced every type of condition, from frost to tropical nights.
Highlights of the trip included Legoland Germany, enjoying the waterfall at Schauffhausen, the caves and birds of prey along the banks of the Danube, walking through a gorge at Lake Constance, and celebrating the 1000km with cake in Vienna. The family faces many challenges along the way, including coping with very low night time temperatures in higher terrain, and having to use the cargo bike as an ambulance to help Gustav with his foot injury!
When asked about their choice of Frog bikes, Jens said: “We chose the right bicycles for our kids. I did a lot of research on light weight bicycles back home in Denmark and ended up with a Frog 52 for my daughter (6 years) and a Team Sky 62 for my son (8 years). We have had absolutely no problems with the bikes - at all! So thanks for making high quality bikes - my kids would not have been able to climb the hilly parts on normal kids’ bikes.”
Once you’ve chosen the right bikes, how do you pack for a trip like that? Well there are just a few things the family felt they could NOT have managed without: a pack of cards, small pillows, refillable tubes (ideal for spreading peanut butter without needing a knife!) and Galileo off-line maps.
Their euphoric arrival into Budapest was met by enormous hail stones, at which point they were very grateful for their bike helmets as protection!
What’s next for this intrepid family? They’re not sure what the next adventure will be….but it’s sure to be an active one!
With thanks to Line Wagener / Jens Hansen for the photos.
To find out more about their journey go to: www.11hjul.dk