Let us help you to answer all the questions you have about the Front Seat called the Thule Nexxt Mini.

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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, from 1yrs.  It is positioned in front of you – between you and your handlebars. A front seat clicks onto a mounting bracket/adaptor that you attach onto or just below your handlebar stem. It is a fully 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.

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, 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 front bike seat.

What riding ability does the Adult 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 ride in an upright position or if you are tall and ride a large sized 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 front mount child bike seat may not the right solution for you.

What age can you start riding with a child?

This seat is recommended from the age of 1 year and up to 17kg in weight.  To use a Front Seat your child needs to be able to wear a Bike Helmet, see Toddler Helmet and be able to sit unaided. 

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 e.g bike paths, cycleways, groomed off road tracks. You need to feel comfortable about your safety and your child’s safety wherever you choose to ride.

Where does it attach? Is my bike compatible?

The seat clicks down onto an adaptor that is clamped around or just below your handlebar stem.

To attach the mounting bracket/adaptor you require 20mm of space on or under your handlebar stem. Not all bikes have this space. LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Front Kids Bike Seat (Thule Nexxt Mini) Fit my Bike?

It is not compatible with carbon handlebar stems.  It can be very difficult to ride with a front seat on small bike frames if the bike does not put you in a very upright position.

Will there be a anything permanently attached to my bike?

Yes… most riders will choose the mounting bracket/adaptor to be permanently attached to your bike so you can easily, in a few seconds, attach the seat to your bike. However it can be removed if you choose to do so, tools are required.

Can different family members or bikes use one Front 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.  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.

LEARN MORE AT :  Will a Front Kids Bike Seat (Thule Nexxt Mini) Fit on your Bike?

 

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 the attachment requirements then yes it 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 riding skills you need when riding with a Front Kids Bike Seat.

How much storage space do I need at home?

The front kids bike seat can be left attached to your bike.  It is very easy to remove and is a fairly compact seat. (Seat dimensions in cm, approximately 25W x 20D x40H 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 Front Kids Bike Seat?

Setting up the seat is easy.  It takes a little more time to attach the mounting bracket/adaptor.  Once set up it is very easy to attach the seat to the adaptor when you choose to ride with your child. We successfully set up the seat and attached the adaptor so we are confident you can too.

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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 front seat restrict an attachment of an additional bike seat? 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.

Multiple Children Options: You can attach a rear kids bike seat or stable towing options: Bike Tow Frame 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 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 this type of seat.

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

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