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Kids Bike Seats – Match your bike to a seat

By Annette 3 months 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 .

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Check out the bike part terms to help you understand your bike seat match.

STEP THROUGH FRAME – TOWN/CARGO BIKE

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Kids Bike Seat Match 

Front – YES

Mid – NO to top tube mounted, YES if it comes with a bar or adaptor

Rear – YES to carrier mounted. Frame mounting depends on size & free space

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

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.

SQUASHED TRIANGLE FRAME – FITNESS/BIKEPATH/FRONT SUSPENSION MOUNTAIN BIKE

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Kids Bike Seat Match 

Front – YES if medium to large frame

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

Rear – YES to carrier mounted. Frame mounting depends on size & free space

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

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 – a lot of squashed triangle frames have very little space here.

TRIANGLE FRAME – COMMUTE, TOUR BIKES, FRONT SUSPENSION MOUNTAIN BIKES

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Kids Bike Seat Match

Front – YES if medium to large frame

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

Rear – YES to carrier mounted. Frame mounting depends on size & free space

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

This the most versatile style of bike frame.

Be aware that…

Road bikes do have a triangle frame but are not an ideal match to kids bike seat use…watch out for carbon frames which are not compatible with most kids bike seats exception Do Little & Shotgun – mid mounted seats.

CURVED TOP TUBE – FULL SUSPENSION MOUNTAIN BIKES

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Kids Bike Seat Match

Front – YES if medium to large frame and you will need an attachment adaptor

Mid – YES, best option – DoLittle or  Shotgun adjusts to different angle top tubes.  Shotgun has greater width adjustment.

Rear – NO

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

Be aware that…

This may not be an ideal option as 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.

As a guide a small frame is 38-42cm or 15-16 inches to suit the height of a 158-168cm rider.  A medium frame is 53-54cm or 17-18 inches to suit the height of a 168-178cm rider

Measuring frame size. Kids Bike Seats. goRide

Seat tube measurement to determine frame size

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