Loveland Bike Rental combined to make for a perfect mother-daughter outing.
The Little Miami Bike Trail is a rail trail, meaning it has been converted from disused railway lines into a biking and walking trail. It has 78 paved miles of trail running from Newtown in the south to Springfield in the north. My personal favorite part of the trail is the Loveland Bike Trail, located in the city of Loveland, Ohio, about 20 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati. It was here that we stopped at at Loveland Bike Rental and procured our tandem bike. The bike rental has reasonable rates, in this case $15 for an hour, and offers both traditional and recumbent bikes, as well as trailers and helmets.
Much to Foghorn's dismay, she discovered that putting her feet up and letting me do all the work was not going to be as easy as she expected. Funny thing about tandem bikes -- if I pedal, her pedals rotate, meaning she can't just rest her feet on them and go along for the ride. There were occasional jerky moments when it felt like the bike was changing gears and it took me awhile to realize it happened whenever I pedaled too fast and Foghorn's feet slipped off. This was my first time on a tandem bike and I was a little nervous about maneuvering something that was as long as a Cadillac. I remember all too well renting one of those little trailers that hook on the back of a bike when The Professor was a toddler and trying to ride along the trail. It pulled constantly to the right and he frequently yelled for me, meaning I tried to look behind me and then got wobbly and almost tipped over. We won't go into when he threw his cup out the back, unbeknownst to me until a passing cyclist informed me... Amazingly, the tandem bike proved to be no harder than a regular bike, with the small exception of impossible u-turns.
At first Foghorn was unsettled by the experience, since this bike was much bigger and the seat much higher than her Disney Princess model. There was the added fact that I could pedal much faster than she ever could on her own and the combined speed and lack of any control over the bike's movements on her part left her chattering nervously behind me, despite my assurances that I really did know what I was doing.
After half an hour, Foghorn and I started back so we could return the bike on time and she lamented the fact that we only had an hour to ride, it was so much fun. I agree and it's definitely something we'll have to do again. I will offer you one word of warning on the tandem bike. Getting off was no easy thing. The problem was that Foghorn's handlebars were directly behind me and rose a good 6" above my seat. On a normal bike I simply swing my leg around backwards to exit. On this bike, however, the seat was a little higher than I'm used to and then there's that extra half a foot of metal sticking up in the back. I discovered, at 5'4", my legs weren't quite long enough to successfully swing over those handlebars. I discovered this when I attempted it, in full view of a dozen people...and failed. I caught the leg of my crop pants on the handlebars and fell with a thud, the bike falling on top of me. It might have gone unnoticed if I hadn't let out a loud, guttural "oomph" as I hit the ground. I pray I don't show up on YouTube. Just the kinda thing that could go viral.
Loveland Sweets, an adorable little ice cream and candy shop. A tasty way to replenish any calories you burned off while biking.
The Loveland Bike Trail is located in the heart of downtown Loveland. The parking lot is on Railroad Avenue, next to Nisbet Park and Loveland Bike Rental. Directions from the Loveland Bike Rental site can be found here.
If you'd like more information on the Loveland Bike Trail, please check out the links below.
* Loveland Bike Rental.
* Great trail map covering the portion from Newtown to Lebanon.
* Loveland Bike Trail.
(Note that once we left downtown Loveland we didn't come across any garbage cans along the roughly two miles we rode. Shelters and stops with bathroom facilities can be found on the map linked above. Please plan ahead with a grocery store bag or backpack. It's such a pretty trail. Please don't litter.)
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