What to do when the Kids Outgrow your Cargo Bike

What to do when the Kids Outgrow your Cargo Bike

Do you have a plan for transitioning your kids off your cargo bike but still riding bikes as a family?

Understand the options that are most suitable for your family. Helping you when the kids outgrow your Cargo Bike.

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Transitioning Kids to Riding their own Bike

For years now you may have been riding around as a family on a cargo bike but now the kids are older or your family has grown.  It is a natural phase as your kids outgrow your cargo bike.  So what is the next step? Do you want your child to be more independent or perhaps you’ve decided it’s time for them to be learning more about riding in traffic?

If your child is riding their own bike but it is not yet safe for them to ride in a traffic environment you can provide assistance and safety by attaching them to your bike. Creating a bike to bike connection with your child makes riding in traffic an option – you know where they are and you make all the decisions for them.

Overview: Cargo/E-Cargo Bikes & Towing

This Portland, USA Mom (Emily Finch) is world famous for transporting 6 kids by bike using a Follow Me Tandem to tow one of her kids.  

Cargo Bikes:

Using a Cargo Bike to tow a older child is a great way for your family to increase the independent riding skills of your child while still having the ability to connect them to your bike.  Towing is a great way to teach children about town riding or to ride with multiple kids – some on seats, one being towed.  Towing will easily work for cargos with seats at the front – bucket style. You may need to do a little more investigation with rear seats.

Cargo Bikes have extremely strong frames and are designed to enable carrying and pulling extra weight.  They are usually longer than a standard bike and with a child being towed, become very long so you will need to adapt to this new length.

Bike Tow Frame 

A frame can be used with kids as young as 3yrs so this will give any family with multiple kids good options. A clear path will be needed to the middle of the cargo bike rear wheel for attachment, so check rear platforms & footrests. The Follow Me Tandem has a large range of attachment options so should be able to provide you with a mechanism especially if you have a rear carrier (most Cargo bikes do).

Bike Tow Bar

Any cargo bike that has an extended rack for kids to sit on will not work with a Tow Bar.  The bar won’t be long enough to clear the rear of the bike. So this is only an option for cargo’s with front seats and no rear kids seat being used.

Bike Tow Rope

Usually used for off road riding, not somewhere you will find a cargo bike.  But older kids who can follow instructions and are confident on their bikes can be towed using this method in light traffic or for short distances (best used to assist kids with hill climbing).

Kids riding their own bike on the road with you

As you child or kids outgrow your Cargo Bike you can start to ride with you a child on their own bike in traffic. This is a great idea as you work towards them being independent riders on the road.

Learning to ride safely in traffic can be a challenge and a hard transition for kids. Often the riding of the bike is the easy part it is learning about the traffic, the rules and the decisions to be made to support their safety that is the challenge. It is certainly something that needs to be taught and practised. Riding together on the road, with both of you on your own bike is a great learning opportunity. You can role model good riding behaviour… sticking to a line, signalling changes like turning a corner or moving lanes. You can talk them through your decisions and work with them as the make their own decisions.

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Front Kids Bike Seats – Yepp Mini FAQ

Front Kids Bike Seats – Yepp Mini FAQ

Front Kids Bike Seat – Yepp Mini FAQ

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

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What is a Front Kids Bike Seat?

A Front Kids Bike Seat is a seat suitable for riding with your child early and is positioned in front of you – between you and your handlebars. It is a fully supported and harnessed seat

Why choose a Front Kids Bike Seat?

The main advantage with a front kids bike seat is being able to ride early with your young child. 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.

How does it work?

A front seat clicks onto a mounting bracket/ adaptor that you attaches near and around your handlebar stem.

What riding ability does the rider need to have?

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, stopping, balance and your reach around to the handlebars

The more space you have between you and the handlebar the easier these bike skills will be. This can be acheived If you are tall and ride a large sized frame or ride in an upright riding position. Alternatively if you have a dropper seatpost on your bike you can use this to make these skills a lot easier.

If you do not have a lot of space between you and the handlebars…then a front mount child bike seat may not be the right solution for you.

LEARN MORE AT :  How will it feel to ride with a Front Kids Bike Seat. Front vs Rear Kids Bike Seat – What Should You Choose?

What age can you start riding with a child?

To use a Front Kids Bike Seat your child needs to be able to wear a Bike Helmet correctly , See First Bike Helmet and be able to sit unaided. This seat is recommended from the age of 1 year and up to 17kg in weight. The seat is slightly reclined making it a great option for young children.

What riding environments is the Front Kids Bike Seat best suited to?

When riding with a young child you are best suited to smooth surfaces. You need to feel comfortable about your safety and your childs safety wherever you choose to ride

Where does it attach? Is my bike compatible?

The Front Kids Bike seat clicks into a mounting bracket that attaches to your handlebar stem. This seat comes with 2 different adaptors making it suitable to a wide variety of bikes.

standard mounting bracket/ adaptor that requires 20mm of space…and can be attached to a threaded or threadless stem.

A Mounting bracket/adaptor called an A -Head or compact adaptor provides the ability to mount to a threadless handlebar stem (commonly found on mountain bikes) by removing a 5mm spacer from your stem.

The Mounting brackets are not compatible with carbon handlebar stems

LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Yepp Mini fit my Bike?, 

Will there be a anything permanently attached to my bike

Yes… most riders will choose to have the mounting bracket/adaptor to be permanently attached to your bike so you can easier in a few seconds attach the seat to your bike and be ready to ride with your wee one. However it can be removed if you choose to do so

Can different family members and bikes be used to attach the seat?

It can be great to have the flexibility to quickly change your seat from one bike to another.  This allows different family members and bikes to be used.

The Front Kids Bike seat offers great flexibility for the family:

It  comes with 2 adaptors the A-head and standard adaptor so it can be used on different bikes without any additional purchases as long as the mounting bracket is compatible with that bike.

Alternativley you can purchase additional mounting brackets/ adaptors so your seat can be attached to more than one bike. You just need to ensure that the bike is compatible with attachment requirements.

What about using with an E-Bike?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for riding with a child. If your E-Bike is compatible with attaching the front kids bike seat then using a front bike seat 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.

How big is it and how much storage space do I need at home?

The front kids bike seat is a compact seat.  If it is not attached to your bike then you need to have space to store it at home.

Can I install the Front Kids Bike Seat?

You need to allow yourself a bit of time for the initial set up  to get the mounting bracket/ attached to your bike…once set up it is very easy to attach to the front kids bike seat to your bike when you choose to ride with your child. We successfully set up the Front Kids Bike seat for Mountain Bikes so we are confident you can to.

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

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.

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 size and effect in front of their chest  How this effect your balance and bike handling skills  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 an attachment of an additional bike seat?  

Multiple Children Options: You can attach a rear kids bike seat and also stable towing options : Bike Tow Frame and bike trailers

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Front Kids Bike Seat – for the first time and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with a Front Kids Bike Seat

LEARN MORE AT :  Riding Safely with a Front Kids Bike Seat

Want to understand more about all options to tow kids who ride their own bikes see… Front Kids Bike seat Buying Guide…Riding with Kids what are my options

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Rear Kids Bike Seats – Frame Mount FAQ

Rear Kids Bike Seats – Frame Mount FAQ

Let us help you to answer all the questions you have about the Rear Kids Bike Seats – Carrier Mount and Frame Mount.

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What is a Rear Kids Bike Seat?

A Rear Bike Seat Seat is suitable for riding with your child early, from 1 year of age up to 6 years and is a fully harnessed supported seat. There are also rear seats for older kids 4-10 years.  The seats either attach to a rear carrier mounted to your bike (Carrier Mount Rear Kids Bike Seats)  or directly to the frame of the adult bike with a supplied mounting bracket (Frame Mount Rear Kids Bike Seats). Your child is positioned right behind you on the bike

Why choose a Rear Kids Bike Seat?

The main advantage with a Rear Kids Bike Seat is it offers your family a riding solution for a wide age range 1 through to 6 years or 22kg. Or 4- 10 years for the older child version. With options of a carrier mount or a frame mount there is a solution for most bikes. Your child needs to be able to sit independently and fit a bike helmet to safely use this seat. You will love the experiences you will share with your child on a rear bike seat attached to your bike.

Where does it attach? Is my bike compatible?

A Frame Mount Rear Bike Seat that has a mounting bracket/adaptor that clamps around your seat post tube. No carrier is required for attachment. It can be positioned 

 Learn more at Will a Frame Mount Rear Bike Seat fit my Bike?  

Will there be a anything permanently attached to my bike?

Frame Mount Rear Kids Bike Seat – For ease you will need to have the seat post mounting bracket/adaptor permanently attached to your bike, Though it can be removed if you need to remove it. Tools are required.

What age can you start riding with a child?

This seat is recommended from the age of 1 year up to 22kg in weight.  To use a Rear Seat your child needs to be able to wear a Bike Helmet, see Toddler Helmet and be able to sit unaided. 

What riding ability does the rider need to have?

The position of the rear bike seat with your child behind you creates increased load at the rear of the bike. This load is quite high. The challenges this brings is that the front wheel can lift off the ground, this is more common as your child grows and gets heavier. This can happen when pushing off to start riding, dismounting the bike or climbing a steep hill. It is more likely to happen if you have a small sized bike frame. Though there are ways to minimise this by learning to keep load over the front of the bike during these activities  You will also require more strength and fitness to ride with the increased load/weight this can especially be felt if riding uphill or riding distance.

What riding environments is the Rear Kids Bike Seat best suited to?

When riding with a young child you are best suited to smooth surfaces… bike paths, cycleways, groomed off road tracks. on road if you are comfortable in this environment.  You need to feel comfortable about your safety and your child’s safety wherever you choose to ride.  Rear seats are a very popular choice with on road, in traffic, commuting families.

Can different family members or bikes use one rear seat?

Yes but for

Frame Mount Seats you will need to purchase an additional mounting bracket/adaptor for the second bike to easily switch the seat between bikes.

What about using with an E-Bike?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for riding with a child. Please note  that an e-bike is frequently not compatible with the frame mount rear bike seat due to the diamater of the seat post tube

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 Rear Kids Bike Seat.

How much storage space do I need at home?

The rear kids bike seat can be left attached to your bike.  It is very easy to remove and is a fairly compact and extremely lightweight seat. (Seat dimensions in cm, approximately 30W x 21D x 45H plus the length of the footrests).  We recommend storage on a shelf or hook to avoid any damage while not in use.

Can I install the Rear Kids Bike Seat?

Rear Bike seats are easy to install . We successfully set up Rear Kids Bike Seats so we are confident you can too.

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

If you are wanting to ride with multiple children the rear bike seat offers a good solution as you can have a younger child on a front bike seat or choose a  towing option that attaches to the rear wheel hub of a bike.

You cannot use a rear seat with any towing option that attaches to the adult bike seat post.

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 multiple children? You have added weight. Think about your fitness, strength and ability to balance the bike. Consider where you may 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 placement of a rear seat restrict the attachment of an additional bike seat or towing option?

Multiple Children Options: You can attach a Front Kids Bike Seat and also stable towing options: Bike Tow Frame or a Bike Trailer

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and then for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Rear Kids Bike Seat, for the first time, and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with a Rear Kids Bike Seat.

LEARN MORE AT:  Riding Safely with a Rear Kids Bike Seat

Want to understand more about options for riding with kids attached to your bike?  Please see our stories, support & solutions below…

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

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Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat for E-Bikes FAQ

Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat for E-Bikes FAQ

Let us help you to answer all the questions you have about Mid Mount Seats for E-  Bikes.

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What is a Mid Mount Seat?

A Mid Mount Seat is an unharnessed seat suitable for riding with your child, from 2-3yrs depending on their balance.  It is positioned in front of you – between you and your handlebars. This seat as well as most mid seats attach to the top tube of your bike and requires a down tube for a second point of attachment. With the exception of the Shotgun Pro that comes as a rail and seat …with the rail creating a top tube on your bike.

Why choose a Mid Mount Seat?

Mid mount seats are great for exploring and having fun with your child.  It is a great seat for kids who already ride on a balance bike. These seats achieve the ultimate in interaction with your child seated between your arms sharing the view and experience with you.

What riding ability does the Adult Rider need to have?

The position of the mid mount 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, starting/stopping, balance and the reach to the handlebars. As the adult rider you need to feel capable and confident that you can ride safely with a mid mount seat.

The more space you have between you and the handlebar the easier these bike skills will be. This can be achieved If you ride in an upright position or if you are tall and ride a medium or large frame

If you do not have a lot of space between you and the handlebars… that is you ride in a forward lean position or you have a small bike frame, then a mid mount child bike seat may not be the right solution for you.

What age can you start riding with a child?

This seat is recommended from the age of 2-3 yrs and up to 22kg in weight, approximately 5-7yrs.  To use a Mid Mount Seat your child needs to be able to wear a Bike Helmet, we recommend the The Kids Recreation Helmet and be well balanced with a bit of an adventurous spirit.

What riding environments is the Mid Mount Seat best suited to?

When riding with a young child that is unharnessed you are best to choose off road trails with smooth surfaces e.g bike paths, cycleways, groomed tracks. You need to feel comfortable about your safety and your child’s safety wherever you choose to ride.  As you and your child get used to the riding experience you can ride on more challenging tracks or in light traffic situations.

Where does it attach? Is my bike compatible?

Mid Mount seat -Do Little Biggie are positioned onto your top tube about 20cm back from your handlebars.  To be correctly secured your bike needs to have both a top tube and a down tube.

LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Mid Mount Seat (DoLittle Biggie) for e -bikes Fit my Bike?

This seat can be used with carbon frames.  It can be very difficult to ride with a mid seat on small bike frames if the bike does not put you in a very upright body position. XL frames also don’t work, the distance between the top and bottom tube is too far for the frame of a mid mount seat to attach too.

Will there be a anything permanently attached to my bike?

Yes … the mounting bracket/adaptor and seat usually remain on your bike. It can be removed if you choose to do so, tools are required.

Can different family members or bikes use one Mid Mount Seat?

It can be great to have the flexibility to quickly change your seat from one bike to another.  This allows different members of the family to use the seat on their own bike. This is a simple process with the mid mount seat for mountain bikes – the Shotgun as the whole seat

With the DoLittle you can purchase additional mounting brackets/ adaptors so the seat can be attached to more than one bike. You just need to ensure that any additional bikes are compatible.  The DoLittle is sold with the choice of two different mounting brackets/adaptors – a tall mount or a standard mount.  This may work well for your family if you have different styles of bikes to choose from.

LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Mid Mount Seat (DoLittle Biggie) for e -bikes Fit my Bike?

Using it on your E-Bike?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for riding with a child. This seat the  DoLittle Biggie has been specifically designed for use with the wider frames E-Bikes often have.

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 riding skills you need when riding with a Mid Mount Seat.

How much storage space do I need at home?

Mid mount seats are fairly compact so are easy to store if you choose to detach it from your bike. There are rigid so will not fold up.

Can I install the Mid Mount Seat?

Setting up, attaching/detaching and using these seats is easy. We successfully set up the seat and attached them so we are confident you can too.

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

Having the ability to ride with two children can offer more riding opportunities for your family. 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 the weight of two children.  How will this effect your balance and bike handling skills?  Having two children with you can 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 placement of a mid seat restrict the attachment of any additional bike seat? If you are wanting to ride with multiple children… the mid bike seat offers a good solution as you can have an older child on a rear bike seat (rear seats are not compatible with full suspension MTBs) or choose a towing option.

Multiple Children Options: You can attach a rear kids bike seat or choose towing options: Bike to Bike Towing or Bike Trailers

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and then for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Mid Mount Seat, for the first time, and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with this type of seat.

Want to understand more about options for riding with kids attached to your bike?  Please see our stories, support & solutions below…

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

Support and inspire other riders and families to ride

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 receive a free shipping coupon and go into our seasonal prize draw.

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Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat – Shotgun – FAQ

Mid Mount Kids Bike Seat – Shotgun – FAQ

Let us help you to answer all the questions you have about Mid Mount Seat – The Shotgun

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What is a Mid Mount Seat?

A Mid Mount Seat is an unharnessed seat suitable for riding with your child, from 2-3yrs depending on their balance.  It is positioned in front of you – between you and your handlebars. Mid seats attach to the top tube of your bike and requires a down tube for a second point of attachment. With the exception of the Shotgun Pro that comes as a rail and seat …with the rail creating a top tube on your bike.

Why choose a Mid Mount Seat?

Mid mount seats are great for exploring and having fun with your child.  It is a great seat for kids who already ride on a balance bike. These seats achieve the ultimate in interaction with your child seated between your arms sharing the view and experience with you.

What riding ability does the Adult Rider need to have?

The position of the mid mount 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, starting/stopping, balance and the reach to the handlebars. As the adult rider you need to feel capable and confident that you can ride safely with a mid mount seat.

The more space you have between you and the handlebar the easier these bike skills will be. This can be achieved If you ride in an upright position or if you are tall and ride a medium or large frame

If you do not have a lot of space between you and the handlebars… that is you ride in a forward lean position or you have a small bike frame, then a mid mount child bike seat may not be the right solution for you.

What age can you start riding with a child?

This seat is recommended from the age of 2-3 yrs and up to 22kg in weight, approximately 5-6yrs.  To use a Mid Mount Seat your child needs to be able to wear a Bike Helmet, we recommend the The Kids Recreation Helmet and be well balanced with a bit of an adventurous spirit.

What riding environments is the Mid Mount Seat best suited to?

When riding with a young child that is unharnessed you are best to choose off road trails with smooth surfaces e.g bike paths, cycleways, groomed tracks. You need to feel comfortable about your safety and your child’s safety wherever you choose to ride.  As you and your child get used to the riding experience you can ride on more challenging tracks or in light traffic situations.

Where does it attach? Is my bike compatible?

Mid Mount seats -The Shotgun is positioned onto your top tube about 20cm back from your handlebars.  To be correctly secured your bike needs to have both a top tube and a down tube.

LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Mid Mount Seat (Shotgun) Fit my Bike?

This seat can be used with carbon frames.  It can be very difficult to ride with a mid seat on small bike frames if the bike does not put you in a very upright body position. XL frames also don’t work, the distance between the top and bottom tube is too far for the frame of a mid mount seat to attach too.

Will there be a anything permanently attached to my bike?

No the Shotgun seat … can fully detach from your bike leaving nothing behind.  This is one of the features that makes this seat such a good match to mountain bikes.

Can different family members or bikes use one Mid Mount Seat?

It can be great to have the flexibility to quickly change your seat from one bike to another.  This allows different members of the family to use the seat on their own bike. This is a simple process with the the Shotgun as the whole seat is easily attached and removed when you want to go for a ride with your child.

What about using with an E-Bike?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for riding with a child. This seat does not fit over a wide bike frame as common in e-bikes. There are mid mount solutions for riding on an e-bike. Do Little Biggie or Shotgun pro for e mountain bikes

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 riding skills you need when riding with a Mid Mount Seat.

How much storage space do I need at home?

Mid mount seats are fairly compact so are easy to store if you choose to detach it from your bike. There are rigid so will not fold up.

Can I install the Mid Mount Seat?

Setting up, attaching/detaching and using these seats is easy. We successfully set up the seat and attached them so we are confident you can too.

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

Having the ability to ride with two children can offer more riding opportunities for your family. 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 the weight of two children.  How will this effect your balance and bike handling skills?  Having two children with you can 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 placement of a mid seat restrict the attachment of any additional bike seat? If you are wanting to ride with multiple children… the mid bike seat offers a good solution as you can have an older child on a rear bike seat (rear seats are not compatible with full suspension MTBs) or choose a towing option.

Multiple Children Options: You can attach a rear kids bike seat or choose towing options: Bike to Bike Towing or Bike Trailers

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and then for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Mid Mount Seat, for the first time, and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with this type of seat.

Want to understand more about options for riding with kids attached to your bike?  Please see our stories, support & solutions below…

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

Support and inspire other riders and families to ride

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 receive a free shipping coupon and go into our seasonal prize draw.

goRide supporting women and families to SMILE when you ride

Riding with Multiple Kids, 4yrs+

Riding with Multiple Kids, 4yrs+

To ride bikes as a family with kids 4 years plus is a great experience and will create lots of unique memories.  You just need to understand what will work for this type of multiple child riding.

Helping you to get the right towing solution for your family.

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Family riding is great fun and can be done when your child or children are riding their own bikes from the age of approximately 4yrs or more.  All the options for riding with 4 year+ children are great ones – tow frame, tow bar, tow rope.  They have been designed with assisting children in mind, are durable and strong for years of use.  Each tow is capable of being used with more than one child’s or adults bike. There is also the option of combining these tows with other seats so you can ride with more than one child.

What you need to know to ride a bike with children, 4yrs+…

Riding a bike with more than one child will change the experience you have.  If you need to add the weight of twins or siblings there are some things to be aware of

  • the added weight will change how your bike feels and handles. The balance of your bike will be different.  To be safe & comfortable riding with this weight you will need to practice in a quiet location away from traffic and other riders
  • you will need to commit to a more frequent bike service and maintenance.  For example your brake pads will wear out faster so will need to be replaced more often
  • be prepared to ride on the flat, over easy to manage terrain, or choose to ride an E-Bike for the assistance it gives, or get stronger & fitter to handle the physical demand of hill climbing with added weight

 

The Best Options for Riding a Bike with 4yr+ Twins or Siblings

Ideally when riding as a family with slightly older children they will be able to ride their own bike.  If and when they need assistance you do have the options of bike to bike connections – Tow Frame, Tow Bar or Tow Rope.  Each of these connection systems can be used in a variety of ways;

  • by switching between children – more than one child can be given assistance
  • by switching between adult riders – more than one adult using the one tow
  • having more than one tow system to use – two adults and two tow products

Let us look at how they connect and what additional parts or adaptors you will need to achieve some of these options…

Tow Frame

Use with 2nd Childs Bike: For a tow frame to be attached to a child’s bike that bike needs a Kids Kit which allows the front wheel hub and frame of the kids bike to be connected to the frame.  The Tow Frame comes with one Kids Kit so to use this towing device with a second child’s bike you will need to purchase a second kit.

Use with 2nd Adult Bike: For a tow frame to be attached to an adult bike that bike needs a special rear wheel axel to replace the existing axel.  The Tow Frame comes with a Standard Quick Release Axel but is compatible with a wide range of rear wheel axels and all these axels are sold separately.  To use the Frame with a 2nd adults bike you will need to purchase the appropriate axel and install it.

Compatible with all modern bike frames or styles, including E-Bikes. Exception 29″ wheels.

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Bike Tow Frame & Kids Attachment Kit

Tow Bar

Use with 2nd Childs Bike: For a tow bar to be attached to a child’s bike that bike needs a Kids Kit which allows the front wheel to be lifted at the steering tube of the kids bike. The Tow Bar comes with one Kids Kit so to use this towing device with a second child’s bike you will need to purchase a second kit.

Use with 2nd Adult Bike: For a tow bar to be attached to an adult bike that bike needs a hitch kit for the bar to slide into.  The Tow Bar comes with a one Hitch Kit. To use the Bar with a 2nd adults bike you will need to purchase a second hitch kit and have it installed on the adult bike.

Compatible with most modern bike frames or styles, including E-Bikes. Exception carbon seat posts.

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Bike Tow Bar & Attachment Kits

Tow Rope

Use with 2nd Childs Bike: A tow rope will work with any kids bike.  Their are no special attachment requirements.

Use with 2nd Adult Bike: A tow rope will work with any adult bike.  Their are no special attachment requirements.

Compatible with all modern bike frames or styles, including E-Bikes.

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Seat attachment adult bike – tow rope

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Steering tube attachment trailing bike – tow rope

Combining Tows with Seats for 4yr+ Twins or Siblings

To follow are examples of the best ways to ride a bike with more than one older child when one child is towed and one child is seated.  If you choose to ride with one of these set ups your riding will be more enjoyable and you will not be comprising your safety or comfort.  Their are options for different budgets and different environments so hopefully you can find something that suits.

Towing a Child and adding a Mid or Rear Seat 

Having the weight of two older children on your bike will be challenging so distribute that weight if you can.  Front & rear works well.  Adding E-Bike assistance will remove any barriers to this type of riding.  We really like the tow frame as a stable, secure towing choice allowing you to have a smooth ride with more than one child.

Your options are;

  • Mid seat 2-5/6yrs,
  • Rear seat Maxi 1-6yrs,
  • Rear seat Junior 4-10yrs.

All the towing options allow for adding a second child to your bike.  Be aware that the Tow Bar requires a clear path to your seat post tube so your seated choice has to be a mid seat.  Some seated options will be better matched to certain environments.  This is also true of the towing choices so for example; the rear Junior is a great commuting seat for an older child used with the Tow Frame.  The Mid seats are generally designed for off road trail riding so match well with a Tow Rope.

The Tow Frame works really well with rear seats – Maxi or Junior

Safety Comes First…

Riding with the weight of one or two older children will change the feel of the bike and alters your riding experience but it is still very achievable especially if you have the assistance of E-Bike power. Understanding the changes helps you be prepared making the experience safe, easy and enjoyable right from the beginning. If you are wondering if you can manage, and to help you get prepared, please read our stories which are full of great information and tips.

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