How to carry a child plus luggage?

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by CanucksTraveller, 2 Aug 2012.

  1. CanucksTraveller

    CanucksTraveller Macho Business Donkey Wrestler

    Hitchin, Herts
    I wasn't sure whether to put this in Family or Touring, it's kind of both.

    I normally commute to work on a hybrid, but being a commuter bike it's set up a bit more like a tourer than a hybrid, it has full mudguards and a rear rack (Tortec Tour) with a couple of altura panniers for to carry shopping and work clothing, documents etc.
    My little girl has just reached one year old last month and I'd like to take her out on the bike and still carry a pannier or two for the shopping, or the baby change stuff and whatever else, but my options at my local bike shop appear to be non-starters. They have a range of child seats, but the shop assistant assures me they certainly won't fit on the bike while I have my rear rack fitted (I doubt this one, but a physical guestimate at the shop was inconclusive). They further say that I can't use panniers as the little one's feet go where the panniers are supposed to go. (This one seems to carry more weight, pardon the pun).
    They basically said it's either:
    1) Lose the rear rack, and fit a seat. They say there is no such thing as child seat plus panniers.
    2) Fit a trailer, although even that might not fit over a rear rack. (I'm not sure about whether that would be true).

    They suggested I ask on my local friendly cycle forum for ideas, and I've not been here for a while, so here I am.

    Are they talking shite? Or is there a way to carry a little one plus a couple of shopping bags?

    To be honest I'd rather avoid the trailer if possible as her view will be rubbish at best.
  2. OP

    CanucksTraveller Macho Business Donkey Wrestler

    Hitchin, Herts
    I'm loathe to buy another set of panniers, but I'd never heard of a Weeride, let alone seen one.
    I really like the look of them, so thanks for the idea, it looks great. I'll look into one some more. Cheers!
  3. Andy_R

    Andy_R Hard of hearing..I said Herd of Herring..oh FFS..

    County Durham
    Front panniers?
  4. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    That Weeride looks fantastic! It must be amazing fun for the little one, and much better for conversation. Is there a version for eighteen year olds?
  5. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    I had a weeride or something similar when the kids were small. They still remember going out with me on it :smile:
  6. User482

    User482 Guest

    A trailer works fine with a rear rack & panniers - it's what I use.
  7. Sara_H

    Sara_H Guru

    A neighbour of mine has a rear seat and a front rack and panniers.
  8. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Just get one of these and pile it all in!
    jackhandy likes this.
  9. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Trailer. Even sigle seat trailers have plenty of room round back for carrying bages etc, and a 2 seater for little more cost gives you a vast capacity.
  10. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    [QUOTE 1964599, member: 45"]A Hamax Plus seat will work with the specific Hamax panniers.

    I have a Hamax Siesta seat (recliner-note they are ridiculously cehap in Decathlon - £45).

    They have small holes in the back of the seat for putting the straps through. Some of these are redundant. It is possible to thread straps through these and have a small bag hanging off the back of the seat. I had a kiddies cool box at the back.

    It's also possible to fit a small saddle bag too. No bigger than a small Topeak Aero wedge though.

    Another option is to have some bags/panniers located towards the front of the bag. A detuer triangle bag is something else I used.
  11. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    Actually, I reckon it would be possible to still use side panniers on the rear with a child seat.

    It'll probably be a bit of a faff first time round setting up.
  12. RWright

    RWright Veteran

    North Carolina
    7743370238_76f25944a9_z.jpg I remembered having seen this child seat when I was looking for bicycle reviews and thinking it looked like a cool idea. Not sure how old the kid is but looks pretty young to me. I think it is called a Yepp mini. All the kid needs is some mini riding glasses :laugh:
  13. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    Put the kid in the panniers ?
  14. trampyjoe

    trampyjoe Senior Member

    South Shropshire
    Trailer + pannier (with a weekly shop and none of the shopping was put in the seat compartment of the trailer!):
  15. On the first warm day this July, I saw a kid/baby on front seat heading towards on Tavistock Place, in morning peak. I don't think I have ever seen anyone as happy: they were moving at speed, and he was rocking from side to side having the time of his life.
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