Front Kids Bike Seat – Buying Guide

A Front Bike Seat places your child, in a harnessed seat on your bike, between your chest and the handlebars.

Solutions: Thule Nexxt Mini, Urban Iki & Windscreen option

Supporting you to get the right kids bike seat solution… so you can smile when you ride.

tow rope

Why choose a Front Kids Bike Seat?

What can a Front Kids Bike Seat offer your family? The main advantage with a Front Kids Bike Seat is being able to ride early with a very young child securely harnessed to a seat. The slightly reclined seat is suitable from 1 year of age. These seats achieve the ultimate in interaction with your child seated between your arms sharing the view and experience with you.

The position of the Front Bike Seat with your child between you and the handlebars (in front of your chest) can make some of the skills of riding a little more challenging… like mounting the bike, stopping & starting, balance and your reach to the handlebars. As the adult rider you need to feel capable and confident that you can ride safely with a seat in this position.

If you are wanting to ride with multiple children the front bike seat offers a good solution as you can have an older child on a rear bike seat or choose a stable towing option.

 

Below is a table with the available Front Seat solutions and a quick comparison guide. As well as more detailed information about factors to consider to understand the right solution for your family.

If you think a front kids bike seat could be a good solution for your family, to open up your riding opportunities and experiences, then please read on…

Front Kids Bike Seat: Solutions and Quick Comparison Guide

Front Seat Option
Age Range
Weight Range
Features
Best Suited for
Riding with Multiple Children
Cost
SHOP
Front Kids Bike Seat (Thule Nexxt Mini)
Suitable for kids 1-3 yrs. Great if you want to ride early with your child
Suitable for child up to 17kg
Attaches to the handlebar stem - requires 20mm of space. The most compact, lightweight front seat on the market, very secure attachment and safe harness.
Smooth surfaces when riding early with your child. Ride where you feel comfortable and safe. Great match to an upright body position (town, crusier, step through style bikes).
The front position provides options for using with rear seats and stable towing solutions.

$239.00

Mountain Bike Front Seat (Urban Iki)
Suitable for kids 1-3 yrs. Great if you want to ride early with your child
Suitable for child up to 15kg
Attaches below a threadless handlebar stem - requires 5mm space. Uses a special attachment called the MTB/ATB Adaptor designed for use with mountain bikes.
Smooth, easy surfaces when riding early with your child. Riders that are tall and ride a medium or larger sized bike frame (less upright when mounted on a mountain bike than the Thule Nexxt Mini).
The front position provides options for using with rear seats and stable towing solutions

$245.00

Front Seat & Windscreen (Urban Iki)
Suitable for kids 1-3 yrs. Great for riding throughout the year with your child. Blocks cold airflow.
Suitable for child up to 15kg
Attaches to a handlebar stem - requires 20mm space. Windscreen attaches to front of adaptor.
Smooth, easy surfaces when riding early with your child. Riders that are tall and ride a medium or larger sized bike frame (less upright when mounted on a mountain bike than the Thule Nexxt Mini).
The front position provides options for using with rear seats and stable towing solutions

$268.00

Age of Your Child.

There is a reason front seats only work for a short age range.  The weight these seats can take is restricted to 15-17kg.  A front seat is a great option when buying for a very young toddler (anywhere from 9mths+) as you will get lots of use out of one.  If your young one is heavy or large for their age you will get less use.  If you are buying for a 2+yr old this type of seat is probably not the best option in terms of value for money.  However, if you plan to expand your family buying a front seat that can then be used by a younger sibling is a great investment.

Bike Compatibility & Attachment Points:

A front bike seat attaches to or just below your handlebar stem and requires space for you to successfully do this.  Not all bikes will work with front seats so you need to do some research to determine whether your bike is a good match;

Front Kids Bike Seat (Thule Nexxt Mini) Attachment to: handlebar stem, requires at least 20mm of space. Compatible with both a Threaded & Threadless Stem if space can be created.  Best used with threaded stems. Learn more at Will a Thule Nexxt Mini Front Seat fit my Bike?

Mountain Bike Front Seat (Urban Iki Mini) Attachment: just below horizontal handlebar stem, requires at least 5mm of space.  For use with Threadless Stem, rings or spacers need to be removed. Learn more at Will a Front Seat for Mountain Bikes Fit my Bike?

Front Seat & Windscreen (Urban Iki Mini) Attachment to: handlebar stem, requires at least 20mm of space. Compatible with both a Threaded & Threadless Stem if space can be created.  Best used with threaded stems. Learn more at Will a Front Seat & Windscreen fit my Bike?

If you have a SMALL FRAME please see our story – The Best Seat Solutions for Small Bike Frames

How does it feel to ride with a Front Kids Bike Seat.

Riding with a Kids Bike Seat will feel different compared to riding solo

The position of the front bike seat with your child between you and the handlebars (in front of your chest) can make some of the skills of riding a little more challenging… like mounting a bike, stopping & starting, balance and your reach to the handlebars. It is important to understand the changes so you feel capable and confident that you can ride safely with a front bike seat.

When do you want to start riding with your child and how long do you want the seat to be used for?

Front Seats are suitable from approximately 1 years of age, through to 2 and a half, to 3 years old.  Your child must be able to sit upright unassisted and will need to wear a bike helmet. The seat is slightly reclined making it a great option for young children. To get the most out of your Front Seat it is best suited to families that want to ride early and often.

Where do you want to ride?

When riding with young children it is recommended to predominantly ride on smooth surfaces. Where you can ride is influenced by your comfort and confidence when riding with your young child.

Where are you comfortable and confident to ride: In Traffic, bike paths, easy trails and possible multiday.

Front Seats & E-Bikes.

If your E-Bike is compatible with the attachment requirements for a front seat then using one with an E-Bike is a suitable option.

As always be aware of your safety. E-Bikes give you the ability to travel at a much faster speed than you would achieve under your own power.  What does this mean when riding with a young child?  E-Bikes are generally heavier than standard bikes so please consider how this may effect the skills that can be a little more challenging when riding with a Front Kids Bike Seat.

Switching Between Bikes.

It can be great to have the flexibility for your child to be attached to more than one bike. This allows different family members and bikes to be used.

When you buy a Front Bike Seat you can choose to purchase a second adaptor so you can attach the seat to more than one bike.  Both the bikes you want to use will need to meet the same attachment criteria.  The Front Seat for Mountain Bikes comes with the special MTB Adaptor as well as a Standard Adaptor meaning without adding to your purchase you have two adaptors – one for a mountain bike with 5mm of mounting space and one that requires 20mm of space to mount.

All Front Bike Seats are easily attached and removed from the adaptor (mounting bracket).

Storage at Home.

Front seats can be easily removed from your bike and are reasonably compact, so can be easily stored at home while not in use.

Riding with Multiple Children.

Having the ability to ride with two children can offer more riding opportunities. There are two main things to consider when riding with more than one child…

Can the adult rider ride safely with the added challenge of weight and how this will effect balance?  Having two children with you will be challenging.  Think about your fitness, strength and the places you want to ride.  You should be a skilled rider to consider doing this.  An E-Bike will help enormously with your enjoyment of riding with two children.

How does the set up of the front seat restrict the attachment of an additional bike seat or towing solution? A front seat offers the ability to ride with a second child on a rear bike seat or with a stable towing solution attached to your bike. Eg. The Follow Me Tandem 

 

Alternative Options – if a Front Seat is not the right solution for your family.

If your bike is not suitable to attach a Front Seat to, or you would prefer a seat that will give you an attached solution that will allow you to ride with your child for a greater age range 1-6yrs, then we suggest looking through the Rear Kids Bike Seat Buying Guide

Riding stories, support & solutions that will make you & your family SMILE.

Want more from your riding?

Be supported to Ride as a Family,and/or receive Seasonal Inspiration. So you can SMILE when you ride.

All new members are automatically entered into our Seasonal Prize Draw.

SMILE when you ride

Support & Inspire other riders and families 

Share your riding outings, adventures and experiences on our quick and easy question and answer forms. Join us in helping others ride bikes. 

All entries are automatically entered into our Seasonal Prize Draw.

Women

Padded Bike Underwear

Pants for Biking

Tops for Biking

 Jackets & Over Trousers for Biking

Riding Clothing for Larger Sizes

 Warmth Accessories

Bike Saddles

Bike Helmets

Mountain Bike Helmets

Bike Gloves

Protective Padding

Bike Bells

Hydration

Handlebar Grips

Kids & Youth

Padded Bike Underwear

Bike Helmets

Mountain Bike Helmets

Riding Clothing

Jackets for Biking/Outdoors

Protective Padding

Bike Gloves

Bike Lights

Bike Bells

Handlebar Grips

Bike Saddle

Bike Locks

Hydration

Family 

Ride with a baby/ 1 year old

Ride with a 2-6 year old

Ride with a  4 + year old - on their own bike

Full Range Kids Bike Seats - Attached or Towed

Create a Family Biking Holiday

Ride More Places with Kids

Men

Padded Bike Underwear

Bike Helmets

Mountain Bike Helmets

Bike Saddles

Bike Tops,Jackets & Over Trousers

Bike Gloves

Protective Padding

Handlebar Grips

Bike Bell

Smile when you ride

Successfully Ride an E-Bike

Heavy Riders - Enjoy Biking

Be Comfortable on your Bike Seat

Riding in Cooler Weather

Riding in Wet Conditions

Be Visible on the Bike

Enjoy a Biking Holiday

'Fun Up' the Kids Bike/Biking

goUnders- Padded Bike Underwear

Women, Mens, Youth & Kids

SHOP goUnders.

Smile when you ride

Be Comfortable on your Bike Seat

Beginner to Fitness Bikers

Get Started - Ride with a baby

Heavy Riders - Enjoy Biking

Riding in Cooler Weather

Riding in Wet Conditions

Be Visible on the Bike

'Fun Up' the Kids Bike/Biking

Clothing & Bags

Padded Bike Pants & Underwear

Pants & Shorts for Biking

Bike Tops

Bike Jackets

Over Trousers for Biking

Headbands & Neck Warmers for Biking

Bags, Baskets & Panniers for Biking

Rider Safety & Protection

Bike Helmets

Mountain Bike Helmets

Bike Gloves

Protective Padding

Bike Lights

Bike Bells

First Aid & Personal Care

Hydration

Bike Tow Ropes

Bike Parts & Care

Bike Saddles

Handlebar Grips

Bike Locks

Bike Carriers

Bike & Chain Cleaning

Bike Tools & Tool Kits to Carry

Kids Bike Seats & Bikes

Rear Kids Bike Seats

Mid Kids Bike Seats

Front Kids Bike Seats

Towing Kids who ride their own Bike

Bike Trailers for Kids

Kids Balance Bikes

HIRE Kids Bike Seats

goUnders- Padded Bike Underwear

Women, Mens, Youth & Kids

SHOP goUnders.

Bike Path Riding

Bike path Riding Guide

Beginner to Fitness

Commuting

Multi-Day

With Kids of all ages

Kids Riding Bikepaths

Multi-Day with Kids

Ride more Bikepaths

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Guide

Women Beginner to Intermediate

Men Beginner to Intermediate

Multi-Day

With Kids of all ages

Kids Mountain Biking

Multi-Day with Kids

Ride more Mountain Bike Trails

Riding in Traffic

Be Visible in Traffic

With kids of all ages

Kids Riding in Traffic

E - Biking

E-Biking Guide

E-Biking in Traffic

E-Biking on Bikepaths

E-Biking on MTB Trails

A Biking Holiday

Multi-Day Riding

Multi-Day on Bike Paths

Multi-Day on MTB Trails

Multi-Day with Kids on Bike Paths

Multi-Day with Kids on MTB Trails

A Biking Holiday

Family Biking Holiday

Ride more Multi-Day Rides

Family Riding

Family Riding Guide

On Bikepaths with Kids

MTB with Kids

In Traffic with Kids

Full Range Kids Bike Seats - Attached or Towed

Family Biking Holiday

Ride More Places with Kids

Kids Attached or Towed Buying Guides

Rear Kids Bike Seat

Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat

Front Kids Bike Seat 

Towing Kids who ride their own bikes

Kids Bike Trailers

Kids & Youth Buying Guides

Kids Bike Helmets

Kids Riding Clothing

Kids Padded Bike Pants

Kids Padded Protection

Kids Handlebar Grips 

Kids Balance Bike

Comfort on the Bike Buying Guides 

Womens Bike Saddle

Mens Bike Saddle

Padded Bike Pants

Bike Jackets

Carrying Gear 

Handlebar Grip

Hydration

Rider Safety Buying Guides

Bike Helmet

Mountain Bike Helmet

Protective Padding

Be Visible 

Bike Glove

Bike Light 

Mountain Bike Light

First Aid & Personal Care 

Gear & Care for Bikes Buying Guides

Bike Carriers

Bike Cleaning

Bike Locks

Chain Cleaning and Lube

goUnders- Padded Bike Underwear

Women, Mens, Youth & Kids

SHOP goUnders.

Women & Families Learning

Comfort on your Bike Seat

Clothing for Biking

Family Biking

Improve your Riding

Carrying Gear

Care for 'you'

Care for your Bike

Ride More Places

Ride more Bikepaths

Ride more NZ Cycle Trails

Ride more Mountain Bike Trails

Ride more Multi-Day Rides

Ride more Places with Kids

Riding Gear

Bike Helmets

Bike Saddles

Padded Bike Underwear & Pants

Bike Gloves

Bike Jackets

Protective Padding

Bike Locks

Bike Lights

Bike Tools to Carry

Handlebar Grips

Bike and Chain Cleaning

Kids Bike Seats

Kids Bike Trailer

Towing kids who ride their own bike

Rear Kids Bike Seats

Mid Mount Kids Bike Seats

Front Kids Bike Seats

Types of Riding

Bikepath Riding

Family Riding

E-Bike Riding

goUnders- Padded Bike Underwear

Women, Mens, Youth & Kids

SHOP goUnders.