On basic equipment
It’s clearly essential to start, for each family member, with a bike that’s in a good state of repair. Also remember a repair kit, a bicycle pump and helmets (compulsory for under-12s).
For your little ones, you might opt for a child seat, or then, for a more comfortable option, a bike trailer. Make sure, though, that any trailer you choose is suitable along the whole stretch of the route you opt for (for example, trailers are not suitable for riding along the Canal du Midi).
Your budding cyclists may well appreciate a tag-along or towbuddy option, so that they can feel more grown up, travelling along behind mum or dad.
What if you don’t have any of your own equipment? Then call on an Accueil Vélo-accredited bike rental company that will know how best to advise you.