Essential Equipment: Gearing up for Families
Experience our custom-designed titanium bike, included in your trip price and tailored to your riding specifications. Our mechanics tune your designated bike before you depart. And on the trip, your leaders make sure it's ideally suited and fitted to you.
Customize your titanium bike:
- Upright Handlebars Comfort, stability and gear changes with a simple twist or Drop Handlebars Varied hand positions and precise shifting with Shimano components
- Handlebar Stem Adjusts to your ideal height
- Bags Upright handlebars can be outfitted with a handlebar bag, or on bikes with drop handlebars, select a rear rack and "trunk" bag
- Seat Post Choose "suspension" for back-end shock absorption or go "rigid" for more stability
- Pedals Opt for flat pedals, toe clips or bring your own clipless pedals, which we'll be happy to mount for you.
All Backroads titanium bikes feature a sturdy ergonomic saddle for added comfort; specially selected, smooth-riding road tires; a carbon-fiber fork to help reduce road vibration; and a triple chainring crankset with 30 easy-to-shift gears.
Please note: On biking trips in Europe, North America, Hawaii, New Zealand and Vietnam the new titanium model is available. On the rare occasion when new titanium bikes aren't available, we'll provide a model of comparable quality.
We also have titanium mountain bikes with front suspension forks and seat post for more comfortable riding on trips where our routes include dirt and rougher paved roads. Mountain bikes are available on select trips only (please see trip pages).
Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of children's bicycles. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big and the safety superb. On all Backroads Family Trips, we offer 20" and 24" bicycles for children. They say that good things come in small packages - and when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.
The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.
The Burley Cub trailer, for one or two children 60 pounds and under, is sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.
All bikes are equipped with a safety triangle, two water bottles, two bottle cages and for those who want it: hand pump and combination lock, inner tube, tire levers and patch kit.
Helmets for Your Safety
For your protection and that of your children, bicycle helmets are required on all Backroads biking and multisport trips. You can bring your own or use one of our quality helmets, fitted with an easily adjustable retention system. Helmets are universally sized, but X-large sized helmets are also provided..
On the rare occasion when Backroads bicycles are not available for a particular trip, models of comparable quality will be offered.