Kids seat - front or rear - opinions?


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A friend just asked me about the relative merits of child seats and whether it is better/safer to get one that fits behind the rider or one that fits on the top tube.
I figured it'd be easier to ride with the behind one but the top tube option would be better for keeping an eye on the passenger. However, as I have no actual experience of either scenario I thought I'd ask here for your experiences.


crappy member
South West
I would say that behind is the best place for weight distribution and safety.

I have a Hamax Kiss seat (that goes behind the rider) and it works perfectly.


Chandler's Ford
Never used a top tube one, wouldn't work on a drop bar bike.
Used to have rear one, very similar to the Co-Pilot Taxi model. Very safe. Even the most inquisitive little hands cannot undo those straps!

My oldest one used to go to sleep quite happily in it.... even better than a car journey.

And even the youngest has now graduated to "stoker" on the tandem.... :girl:
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