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Kids Bike Seats – Match your bike to a seat

By Annette 2 years agoNo Comments

Bikes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  Meaning you should be able to find your perfect bike which is nice, right?  But what happens when the bike needs to be perfect for more than just YOU?  Riding with toddlers on your bike is awesome fun for everyone involved so how can you make it happen with relative ease…

We’ve put together this guide, Kids Bike Seats – Match your bike to a seat, to explain bike frames and which kind of kids bike seats work with them.  So if you have a bike already look through the list to find your match so you can discover which seats work well with it.  Maybe you’ll have to make a slight adjustment to get the outcome you want.  If you don’t have a bike and want to start riding with your munchkin, this should help you with your bike buying process.  To have more of an idea of what the Kids Bike Seats options are read this story .

Frame size is often really important in determining whether a child bike seat is compatible with your bike or not.  If you don’t know what size frame you have scroll to the bottom of the story to learn how to measure your frame.

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Check out the bike part terms to help you understand parts on your bike involved with kids bike seats

FRONT MOUNT

Age of child 1 – 3 yrs

WP Forms - Front Child Bike Seat

MID MOUNT

Age of child 2 to 6 yrs

WP Forms - mid child bike seat

REAR MOUNT

Age of child 2 to 6 yrs

WP forms- Rear Child Bike Seat

TOWED BY THE BIKE

Age of child 2 to 9 yrs

WP Forms -Kids Bike seat towed with kid

STEP THROUGH FRAME – No top tube or double down (two sloping tubes close together)

Step through bike frame. Solution Finder.goRide
Kids Bike Seat Match 

Front – YES, height or space on the handlebar stem is common with this type of frame.  Learn more here

Mid – YES but the seat needs an adaptor (Do Little has a “retro” adaptor), learn more here

Rear – YES to carrier mounted. Frame mounting depends on size & free space, learn more here

Towed – YES, if the bike has a good gear range to help you with weight &/or hills

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Be aware that…

Big sweeping handlebars give you lots of room so are ideal for front child seats.  With the added weight of a child make sure you have gears and use them especially for starting off at lights/intersections.

TRIANGLE FRAME Straight top tube

Triangle frame - straight top tube. Solution Finder. goRide
Kids Bike Seat Match 

Front – YES if medium to large frame.  You may need an attachment adaptor, learn more here

Mid – YES to top tube mounted, medium to large frame

Rear – YES to carrier mounted. Frame mounting depends on size & free space, learn more here

Towed – YES, if the bike has a good gear range to help you with weight &/or hills

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Be aware that…

Front & mid child seats need space between your chest and the handlebars. Medium to large frames should give enough space but check.  For a rear bike seat that attaches to the frame via the seatpost you will need space on the seat tube.  Road bikes do have a triangle frame but are not an ideal match to kids bike seat use…watch out for carbon frames on any type of bike which are not compatible with most kids bike seats exception Do Little & Shotgun – mid mounted seats.

TRIANGLE FRAME – Curved top tube

Traingle frame - curved top tube. Solution Finder. goRide 2
Kids Bike Seat Match

Front – YES if medium to large frame and you will need an attachment adaptor for mountain bikes, learn more here

Mid – YES, DoLittle or  Shotgun adjusts to different angle top tubes.  Shotgun has greater width adjustment – learn more here.

Rear – NO if your bike is a full suspension mountain bike

Towed – YES, if the bike has a good gear range to help you with weight &/or hills (most mountain bikes do)

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This may not be an ideal option if your curved frame is a mountain bike.  Leaving bike seat attachments on mountain bikes can be an issue if you’re still using the bike for mountain biking.  The Shotgun mid mount seat is completely removed in less than 30secs! Rear seats do not work with full suspension.  Carbon frames are not compatible with most kids bike seats, exception the Do Little & Shotgun – mid mounted seats.

Measuring Frame Size

Unfortunately for short women using a child bike seat can be difficult due to the small/x-small bike frame size that you ride.  To measure your frame size follow the instructions below.

  1. To measure the size of your bike frame place your tape measure between the centre of the crank, up to the top of your seat tube (do not measure any of your seat post).  See photo below for guidance.

 

A medium frame is 43-46cm or 17-18 inches to suit the height of a 168-178cm rider.

A small frame is 38-41cm or 15-16 inches to suit the height of a 158-168cm rider.

An x-small frame is 33-36 cm or 13-14 inches to suit the height of a 148-158cm rider. 

Measuring frame size. Kids Bike Seats. goRide

Seat tube measurement to determine frame size

Thanks for reading. Used together our stories, resources & products support you to achieve and develop as a rider.

Related Resources:

Will a Yepp Mini Fit on Your Bike? – Front

Will a Yepp Maxi Fit on Your Bike? – Rear

Kids Bike Seat Buying Guide

Kids Bike Seat Shop Page

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