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How to choose the perfect child’s bike seat

26 Apr 2023
by Cycle Néron

How to choose the perfect child’s bike seat

When it comes to biking with children, safety is top priority. Therefore choosing the correct child bike seat is crucial. With so many options available, it can be a head scratcher to parents in their search. For the occasion, we will shine a light by going over the different types of seats to help you choose the one that fits yours and your child’s needs. 


Front Mounted Seat

Installed at the front of the adult’s bicycle over the top tube and just behind the handlebars, the front mounted child seat is appropriate from babies and toddlers aging from 9 months to 3 years of age. This type of seat allows you to keep an eye on your kid at all times, which is reassuring to any parents. However, it can be cumbersome for the cyclist as it can limit some leg movements. In terms of suitability, this seat is perfect for young kids and toddlers as it doesn’t support as much weight if we compare it to the back mounted child seat. For that, we will explain further over our next point. 

Back Mounted Seat

Being one of the most traditional type of child bike seat, the latter is installed at the back; either on the frame of the seat tube or on the rack. Appropriate for toddlers and kids aging from 9 months to 6 years of age, this seat is more comfortable for the cyclist as the latter doesn't imply a limitation of movements. Furthermore, the back mounted seat is more stable and safer for taller and heavier kids. With the option of permanently fix the seat or to make it detachable, it makes it convenient for your daily commutes and family outings. We strongly recommend the standard Beto Deluxe Back Mounted Seat which which available here and in stores at Cycle Néron. With its adjustable headrest and footrest, this is the perfect choice for a child weighing up to 40 lbs. 

Bike Trailer for Children

Bike trailers are essentially carts designed for kids that is installed at the back of your bike. They are appropriate for kids aging from 6 months to 6 years of age. Not only these trailers are more spacious and comfortable for the young ones, they are also are equipped with padded seats and safety harnesses. In other words, they are a safer choice in case of accident as they’re made of resistant fabric and have seat belts. Of course, when one thinks of a bike trailer for children, the first brand that comes to mind is Thule. Ranging from a single or double trailer, they are perfect if you and your family love the outdoors. If this is the case, then looks for a multisport trailer. In addition to biking, these higher-end trailers can convert to a stroller, jogging stroller, and ski trailer.


To conclude

Choosing the best bike seat for your child depends on several factors. Not only does your kid’s age is a prime factor, but its’ weight and height as well as your personal preference will come in play. The front mounted seat is perfect for younger kids, whereas the back mounted seat is more suitable for older toddlers and kids. If you love spending time in the outdoors with your family, it would be a great idea to invest in a bike trailer as they are more spacious and comfortable. Regardless of the one you end up choosing, ensure the latter is safe and comfortable for you and your kid. If you need assistance, one of our experts is here to assist. Pop by for a visit!

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