Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat – Buying Guide
A Mid Mount Bike Seat places your child, in a unharnessed seat attached to your top tube between your arms.
Solutions: Do Little, Do Little Biggie, Shotgun, Shotgun Pro
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Why choose a Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat?
What can a Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat offer your family? The main advantage with a Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat is they get to share the ride with you. The view as well as the feel of riding a bike. Leaning the same as you when you lean around a corner. With your child (the load) being close to the middle of the bike there is less disruption to balance and the feel of the riding when compared to riding solo. These seats are unharnessed so are best suited to environments you feel comfortable riding in, you feel in control and are relatively predictable.
If you are wanting to ride with multiple children the mid mount seat allows you to attach rear kids bike seats and all towing options.
Below is a table with the available Mid Mount 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…
Mid Mount Seat: Solutions and Quick Comparison Guide
$220.00, with handlebars $265.00
Bike Compatibility & Attachment Points:
With a few different Mid Mount seats on the market there should be a solution for your bike. The Do Little original and biggie offers a solution for a variety of bikes and styles the shotgun will fit most mountain bikes. Mid Mount Seats attach to the top tube of your bike and the seat is secured around the bottom tube
Mid Mount Kids Seat (Do Little): Will a Do Little fit on your bike?
Mountain Bike Mid Mount Seat: Will a Shotgun seat fit your bike?
Electric Mountain Bike Mid Mount Seat: Will a Shotgun Pro seat fit your bike?
Electric Bike mid mount Seat : Will a Do Little Biggie fit your bike?
How does it feel to ride with a mid mount seat.
Riding with a Mid Mount Seat will feel different to riding solo.
The mid mount seats are unharnessed bike seats. As with all bike seats the feel of riding with a child on a bike seat will be different than riding solo. With the mid mount seat being positioned close to the mid point of the bike the load has less effect on blalnce. However you will have to adjust your riding as having a child positioned in front of you will alter your biking skills.
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When do you want to start riding with your child and how long do you want the seat to be used for?
A Mid Mount Seat is a good solution to riding with confident, balanced children from 2yrs of age. These seats are unharnessed. The maximum weight that a child can be is 22 for the shotgun and 30kg for the Do Little depending on the brand you are using, these weights match to 5-7yr respectively.
To ride with your child on a bike they must be old enough to wear a bike helmet. The smallest bike helmets on the market will fit a 45cm head circumference. We recommend using a very light weight helmet with kids this little – please see our recommendation The Toddler Helmet.
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.
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Mid Mount Seats & E-Bikes.
There are mid mount seats designed to suit E-bikes. The Do Little Biggie and the Shotgun Pro are both seats designed to the variations in bike design of an E-bike.
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? A young child in an unharnessed 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.
The Shotgun mid mount seats with no mounting brackets/adaptors required and easy to attach and remove from your bike can be easily switched between bikes.
The Do Little comes with mounting brackets/adaptors so second brackets/adaptors need to be purchased to make this an easy option for the family
Storage at Home.
All mid mount seats are compact and easy to store at home when 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 mid mount seat restrict the attachment of an additional bike seat or towing solution? A mid seat offers the ability to ride with a second child on a rear bike seat or with a towing solution.
Alternative Options if a Mid Mount Seat is not the right solution for my family.
Your needs will be based around the age of the child, where they are in their biking journey and what riding your family would like to acheive Consider options using our guides
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Guide - Riding with 2 -6 year olds
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Everything we ask for your first bike helmet. Lightweight, good head coverage, adjustable, chin pinch guard. The back of this helmet is flat so toddlers can comfortably lean their head on bike seats
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