Parenthood does not have to mean the end of biking.
Once your youngster is old enough you may take him or her along with you on a set on your bicycle along with a trailer behind.
Here is what to search for.
To take a child with your bicycle you have three main options: a seat behind your saddle; a chair on the top tube; or even a trailer.
The traditional behind-the-saddle kid seat sits on a rack or has its own mounting system to attach it to the bike. It is going to usually cradle your kid, with a high back and sides in order that they can fall asleep without falling out, leg guards and a harness. It needs to be designed so that your sprog should not be able to obtain their feet or hands into the spokes.
Once a kid gets a bit heavier and bigger, they can earn a bicycle with a rear-mounted kid seat a bit top-heavy, and affect the handling.
Your child has to be able to hold up their head on their own to be comfy in a child seat.
The front-mounted seat, that sits on the top tube so the kid is between your arms, is the least common option in the UK, but more frequently seen in Europe. It has the advantage that your kid is quite close to you, so communication is simple, and children appreciate being able to see where they’re going.
A trailer can accommodate quite young kids, since they may simply lie down and doze off. Your child sits inside their own little carriage behind the bike, which is very comfortable, but you could worry that you are a bit out of touch with the kid.
Junior probably won’t be quite bothered as they’re enclosed in a broad bubble and shielded from the elements. If you have to transport a child by bicycle all year round, this is the thing to do.
Trailers are the most expensive alternative, but they maintain decent resale worth if looked after and you can use them for much more than simply carrying kids; a trailer is perhaps the simplest way of carrying shopping too.
This well-reviewed kid chair has its own bracket that moves the seat tube, so you don’t require anything else, and is considered a small bargain.
Amazon reviewer C. Isherwood explained:
“My son was very comfortable and very secure and we’ve had so much fun on this today that the weather is getting better. I can’t praise this enough. Do not pay a fortune for a child bike seat. That is brilliant and does everything you want.”
Suitable for kids older than 9 months as well as 22kg, this chair can be tilted back 20° so that Junior can have a rest, thus the title Siesta.
It has a tall back and high sides with dual buckle system means you can strap your kid in fast and securely.
The latest front-mounted childseat out of WeeRide follows on from the company’s Kangaroo, which can be very highly regarded on Mumsnet. It has its own mounting bar that fits between the seatpost and handlebar stem, so once it is set up the seat itself can be removed quickly.
For yearlong kid-carrying, WeeRide additionally make a windscreen to keep the weather off your young’un. It might make your bike look like a moped, but a joyful passenger is well worth looking a bit daft.
The deluxe model in Hamax’s extensive selection,
the Caress also has a sleeping posture, also redesigned footrest and exploit systems and back reflectives for visibility. It’ll fit bikes with or without existing luggage racks.
With room for two kids, this timeless trailer has extra storage space for all their bits and pieces and is reported to be very secure and easy to tow.
Wiggle reviewer NewDadExperiencedRider states:
“The Bee is quite secure and it gives the impression which the freight (my daughter) is quite secure. It tows easily and is very light, the weight is like a light road bike. It’s a well engineered piece of apparel and attaching both the trailer and connecting bracket into the bike is less than a 5 minute job. Once the mount is on your bicycle you just clip in and out in moments.”
Suitable for children up to approximately 30kg (approximately 6 months to around 5 years), as well as younger with all the Infant Sling (approximately #70) designed for babies 1 to 10 months, this trailer is strong and nimble enough for the two track and town, which makes it ideal for keeping the family mobile whenever there is a small one in tow.
As a result of our readers at the comments for all these tip-offs.
DaveE128 says:”I would urge (from experience) both the Topeak Babysitter II along with also the Copilot Limo. [The Limo Appears to Be no longer available from the UK – Ed]
“Both mount on a rack. My taste between the two is the Topeak. This can be easily fitted to bikes with disk brakes, and even though it does not have an adjustable recline feature, this is not good on the Copilot anyway.
“I’d warn that when towards the upper end of the weight range though, that with a lighter weight framework (eg my own CX/adventure cross/coummuter Pinnacle Arkose 2 ) you don’t want to stand up, as it leaves the frame flex scarily. It is far better on a mountain bicycle.
“For either seat, you are able to continue to keep the stand on the bike and use it for commuting with panniers, or in the instance of the Topeak, a rack back along with a rack-mounted back light/reflector.”
KiwiMike states:”I’m amazed the Yepp Mini isn’t there.
It fits onto both quill and Aheadset-style bikes, matches with a single hand – we occasionally took it on/off with a sleeping child still strapped in. Additionally, it locks, has the sleeping mat, windscrean, your knees are secure and it weighs bugger all. When it has eliminated the bicycle is almost totally normal, unlike the WeeRide that nonetheless has a dumb heavy steel girder in place.
“Seriously guys, place the Yepp Mini in there. You’re performing parents a disservice by omitting it.”
Username states:”We updated to the when our woman exceeded the weight for her Hamax.
“It’s fixed securely and despite the fact she is currently a few years older, taller, heavier, than prior to the Bobike makes it easy to manage her on the back.
“It’s rated to 35 kgs, or roughly aged 10, and I will see us still using it for quite a while.
Here is the Rolls Royce of Thule’s Chariot range of child carriers. With a lightweight aluminum alloy frame, it’ll take up to 34kg of kid and apparel.
It can be converted into a three-wheeled jogging stroller, a round-town four-wheeler and just a ski trailer.
There’s also a two-child version, the CX 2 for #1,099.99, also there’s a huge selection of accessories.