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Carrying a child on bike

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Chiefwiggum, 6 Sep 2007.

  1. Chiefwiggum

    Chiefwiggum New Member

    Location:
    Walton on Thames
    My little girl is tall for her age (3) and so is now too heavy for the rear mounted seat, currently on the bike. She is too young too ride a tag - a - long type bike. What other options are available, are the top tube seats any good? Any advice gratefully received.
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    A top tube seat would be no good for a three year old, as they're better for smaller children. If she won't fit on a rear-mounted seat, you'll struggle with her in front of you, and you'll be riding splayed out like Kermit the frog. And I really wouldn't consider one of those saddle-on-top-tube front seats. If she gets her feet caught in the front wheel (and children have) it won't be nice. But that's up to you.

    Are you sure she's too big for a rear mounted one? A Hamax seat, for example, is good for 22kg.

    Failing that, you can get back rests for tagalongs with a harness on. Kids have been known to fall asleep on tagalongs and fall off.

    If she's too tall for a rear mounted seat then she'll be big enough for a 2-wheeler. Decathlon do a great 2-wheeler with stabilisers, which our boy had when he was three. Or she should fit an Islabikes Cnoc 14 or 16-

    http://www.islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/cnoc14.html

    You can fix the Cnoc to your bike with a Trailgator (about £50). These are better than tagalongs imo as you have the choice of the child riding their own bike or being towed.

    http://www.trail-gator.co.uk
    http://www.discountbicycles.co.uk/biz/product.php?xProd=2158

    Another alternative is a trailer. You can pick up a cheap one for £60, and she'll love it in there. Then you can also use the trailer for lugging stuff around.
     
  3. Dormouse

    Dormouse New Member

    In Denmark trikes with covered cabins at the front are used for carrying 1-2 children around in. I have never seen one in the UK though.
     
  4. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    I remember having the same fear many years ago about rear mounted seats - even though my son was strapped in securely, I recall spending entire journeys talking to him to make sure he hadn't nodded off. A toddler leaning to one side suddenly really upsets the balance of the bike. Maybe designs have inproved since then?
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Our boy falls asleep in his rear seat all the time -we've just had to wake him up when we got home this afternoon.

    It doesn't upset the balance, but there's nowhere for his head to rest, so he keeps dropping his head and waking himself up.

    I've just had a thought while typing this though -I may try him with one of those travel pillows that fits around the neck.
     
  6. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    Dormouse......

    The most common in the UK is the Christiana Trike;


    Velorution

    The ultimate though is certainly the Nihola "Big"

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  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Great, aren't they?-

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    The prices on that link are extortionate. They cost nowhere near that much in Holland.

    I really wish that I could be bothered to start importing these. There should be far more of them around.
     
  8. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    One thing I would say....at the risk of preaching to th e converted....make them wear a cycle hat. 10 years ago I spent three weeks pottering around the German islands of Fohr, Sylt and Amrum on an old mtb....with my (then) younger son in a seat on the back...we had a great time...but he had no hat on because I didnt have one and I thought it unlikely we would fall on such a flat island and we weren't dong any distances more than a few km. I was right...we didnt fall.

    When we returned to the uk we continued to plod around...but for some reason I decided we should both wear hats...we took a serious tumble on the high street and both of us landed on the pavement (thankfully)....there was a large mark on his hat afterwards where his head had hit the concrete.
    The strange thing was I recall that he didnt even cry...just looked at me with a confused look on his face as if to say..."you prat!":biggrin:
     
  9. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    To be honest MP, those prices look pretty comparable to Holland; I was pretty taken aback when I realised how much Bakfiets cost.
     
  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I saw the second type in my link with a hub gear, in a pretty expensive shop, for about £300 when I was in Amsterdam in June. Maybe the ticket was wrong.
     
  11. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Not sure what the bottom one is, but the top one is a Bakfiets cargo. It sells for about 1200 gbp in the UK according to the link and they go for about 1400 eur in the shop up the road from me. I'm trying to persuade Mrs Delftse that we really do need one.

    If you want something even more pricey, these look pretty good...

    http://www.triobike.dk/
     
  12. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    I have a trailer I gto from eBay for £60, which I use three days a week for dropping my son off at nursery. I've heard people say that on the flat you should hardly notice a trailer, but I've not found that to be the case with ours - there's a definite drag. Of course, that might be due to it being a bargain basement trailer rather than a better made model. Anyway my son (also 3) loves going it in. I do find it a bit difficult to hear what he's saying to me from back there though.

    I think if you go a bit more expensive, you'll get a lighter trailer (ours is something like 19kg unladen.. ;)), but for short journeys I've not found it a problem (although it does take a while to go uphill!)