There are a huge amount of options when it comes to riding with your children from a very young age. This story gives you a quick overview of all the products that can be currently found in the NZ market. We have split them into two sections. Attached to the adult bike and Towed by the adult bike.
There are three places a kids bike seat can be attached to an adults bike…
- Front Mount Seats – often called Minis
- Mid Mount Seats – often have no harness
- Rear Mount Seats – often called Maxis for 1-6yr olds or Juniors for 4-10yr olds
There is quite a variation in towing solutions in terms of the age or ability of your child…
- Bike to Bike Connectors – Kids Riding Their Own Bike – Tow Rope, Tow Bar, Tow Frame
- Trailing Half Bikes – standard or reclined seat
- Enclosed Bike Trailers – recreation, off road, multi sport – single or double seat
Front Mount Seats 1-3yr Olds
This seat sits right behind the handlebars so the child is in between your arms. Kids love this as they can see where they are going. This seat provides the best interaction between you and your child as they are right in front of you and you can see what they are doing.
It’s also a good multi child option as it leaves the back of the bike for more children – if your riding is up to it!!
Best Bike Match = town/cargo bikes. Any type of step through bike frame that puts the adult rider in an upright body position. Will work with other types of medium to large frames. Read more about this in our Buying Guide, link below.
Max weight is 17kg, generally children 1 to 3yrs, child must be able to sit unsupported to be put in this seat, height up to 110cm. The limiting factor to beginning to ride witha child under 1yr of age is the helmet. The smallest helmet on the market has a 45cm head circumference.
The biggest issue is space… Do you think you will be able to reach your handlebars around this seat?