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Bike seats for kids

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi!

This summer my boy was big enough to sit on a bike... 1 year 3 months.

So I decided to upgrade my bike with an extra seat for him...

I didn't like plastic China-crap sold here in stores so I came up with this:P240711_15.03_[01].jpg

Pros: Extra weight in front helps to climg steeper places.

The boy sees where we go and sort of participates :)

Position between my knees and hands feels safe

 

Cons: No sleeping for both of you!

 

Warning: Kid has to be capable of holding his weight!

 

Costs - 2$ for metal loops which hold the chair and pedals.

post #2 of 12

Hoping that is just a joke.  When he unexpectedly grabs the handlebar or brake and you both go flying over the bars, I hope you spent more than $2 on his body armor and helmet.

post #3 of 12

so not a good idea, and I do not think you are joking.

 

but hey noone should stop you I hope, and you can win a Darwin Award.by taking your genes out of the pool.

post #4 of 12

Darwin Award? A bit harsh.  Nice way to get out, but I would be a little circumspect with the rides I'd take on; eg I wouldn't take too much air as kid up front upsets the balance --> front wheel landings generally are not good.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Taxman, thanks :)

I wouldn't take the air at all with a kid onboard:D. It doesn't matter what kind of seat I use.

For general purpose riding it works fine.

BTW... I prefer not to be fastened to the bike in case of crash.

 

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

I didn't post this thread just because it was a hairy idea... I used it all summer without any problems - mostly forest paths.

 

A quick solution when you don't want to buy a seat for some reason.

 

post #7 of 12


 

That's one of the few bikes you can do that on without collapsing, crumpling, or cutting into the top tube.  

 

I can see where the previous posters would have a really averse reaction, especially since there is nothing for upper-body stabilization other than the handlebars.

 

 

Count me in the "solution is needed but this one is not it" camp.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by irafar View Post

I didn't post this thread just because it was a hairy idea... I used it all summer without any problems - mostly forest paths.

 

A quick solution when you don't want to buy a seat for some reason.

 



 

post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by irafar View Post

I didn't post this thread just because it was a hairy idea... I used it all summer without any problems - mostly forest paths.

 

A quick solution when you don't want to buy a seat for some reason.

 



Should not be a problem as long as you don't have an accident (or not have to stop suddenly). nonono2.gif

 

With that said, a trailer is the way to go. Infinetly safer than the standard child seat and the kid can snooze while you pedal.

 

post #9 of 12

Child carriers very similar to yours are widely used in places where bicycles are widely used. If I had a small child, I'd use something like that. I gave a kit like that to my brother when his kids were small and he used it. I'm a bit embarrassed by my fellow Americans' horrified reactions. 

 

"With that said, a trailer is the way to go."

 

When I posted a picture here on EpicSki of a child in a trailer behind an ordinary bicycle, there were comments regarding the child's welfare and suggestions of parental neglect. th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #10 of 12

Thread hijack, but sort of on topic; seeing as common sense has deserted most societies due to the shrill rantings of the vocal few, parenting has degenerated into wrapping your kids up in cotton wool and the when fully grown, releasing them into the World as clueless individuals with and overblown sense of entitlement.

 

When I was growing up we had bikes without brakes, billy carts, skate boards, big hills, fire crackers and bb guns. What didn’t maim or kill us mostly made us smarter and stronger. Go for it Irafar.

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Upper body stabilization was necessary for first ride. I didn't know what to expect and it was all new for the kid... But kids improve very fast. His ability to hold balance got better with every time.

 


Edited by irafar - 11/4/11 at 12:58am
post #12 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Taxman View Post

Thread hijack, but sort of on topic; seeing as common sense has deserted most societies due to the shrill rantings of the vocal few, parenting has degenerated into wrapping your kids up in cotton wool and the when fully grown, releasing them into the World as clueless individuals with and overblown sense of entitlement.

 

When I was growing up we had bikes without brakes, billy carts, skate boards, big hills, fire crackers and bb guns. What didn’t maim or kill us mostly made us smarter and stronger. Go for it Irafar.



Well, I agree with you.  That being said, some of the stuff we did was kinda stupid, but no one got (too) hurt.  For example, I broke my nose riding a bike where we used a ten penny nail as the front axle. The wheel came off descending a hill.  And on my aunt's ranch, we rode on the hood of the jeep when heading out to fix fence or do other chores.  The jeep had a front tow bar that you could hang onto (at least side to side; it would lever down going forward).  I did once get pitched in front of the jeep -- fortunately, the tow bar levered the jeep to a stop before it rolled over me.

 

Mike

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