Bike Seats for Children
Between 9 months and four years is the typical age range for most kid seats. Whether or not your youngster can sit unaided — that is, and on the floor, rather than supported by cushions – determines the lower limit.
Some child bike seats recline, and six-month-olds can sit in them if they can be supported up. Your child will be able to fall asleep in a reclining chair since it prevents them from leaning forwards or backward.
Weight, not age, is the limiting factor. Passengers weighing less than 20 kg can generally fit in a seat. No matter how well-built an adult seat appears, exceeding its weight limit can be dangerous for children. While the seat may break, it’s more likely that the bike’s handling will deteriorate as a more extensive passenger is added, especially if the seat is installed at the back.
The most common types of rear seats are jutting from the steerer tube, connected to a rear sling rack, and directly attached to a seat tube and chainstays. More stable and durable but incompatible with rear-suspension bikes are those that link directly to the frame or a rack attached directly to the edge.
A large plastic clamp with two holes is bolted to a seat tube of cantilevered seats. It has a double rack that holds the seat in place. The frame has a degree of springiness, allowing for a smooth ride. More minor children may be tipped forwards if this does not flex enough.
Using it for an extended period or with larger youngsters may cause it to bow down near the back tyre or mudguard. The more money you invest, the more solid the child bike seats become. Safety straps around the chair or seat tube are included on seats that attach to a rear sling rack and slide and lock into place. The frame could transport panniers when the heart has been removed from the bike.
Sitting in the front.
Front seats are often attached to the bike frame, a bar placed from above, or a clamp on the cylinder block. While some are made of moulded plastic and look like more miniature replicas of the back seats, others are simply saddles and footrests attached to the bike.
- Your child will have a better view from the front seat.
- You’ll have an easier time conversing with your child.
- You’re good at describing the flow of traffic and what’s ahead.
- You can fit two people on a single bicycle.
- It’s better to keep your balance over bumps.
- Getting on or off the bike is a little less of a hassle.
- Pulling on the backs of your clothes or hair will be impossible for your youngster to do.
Half of child seat-related hospitalisations are due to child seats with safety feet in the spokes. Footrests are insufficient; your child’s feet may fall off or forget, resulting in their legs dangling. There must be foot straps around the seat, preferably in the footwells. Watch out for anything else that might get in the way of the spokes, such as scarves, mittens on a string, and long laces.
Most car seats have three-point harnesses, with straps passing over the shoulder and locking between the legs to keep your child safe. Having a waist belt or bar in addition to the shoulder straps is preferable, as toddlers sometimes can fall out of the straps while they are sleeping. Reclining seats eliminate this issue because your child won’t be slumped into the straps.
Some drivers will not give you an expansive room because child seats aren’t as noticeable as child carriers or trailer bikes. If that’s an issue where you ride, you might want to try a bright LED light attached to the baby seat or a colourful “baby on board” sticker.