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WeeRide — Kangaroo Carrier

WeeRide Kangaroo Carrier

It seems that more manufacturers of bike baby seats are incorporating a forward-positioned design.  What many parents seem to want is the ability to keep their kids close by and within eyesight.  The Kangaroo Carrier by WeeRide accomplishes just this.  With this design, the child sits between the rider and the handlebars, positioned in a way which is reminiscent of a Kangaroo mother and her baby joey.  WeeRide says that this forward-mounted position, as opposed to the conventional rear-mounted baby bike seat, provides better weight distribution and an improved center of gravity.  With the Kangaroo Carrier, the rider’s arms surround the child, assuming a natural and comfortable protective position.  Not only does this position give more peace of mind to the driver, but it allows parent and child to experience the ride together.  With rear-mounted seats, the child’s view would be obstructed by the rider’s back.  The WeeRide Kangaroo Carrier can even accommodate a cushioned pedestal for the child to rest his head on when he gets sleepy, which is convenient for longer rides.

It should be noted however, that the WeeRide Kangaroo Carrier is an accessory, requires assembly and must be securely mounted to your bicycle.  The WeeRide website says setup should only take ten minutes.

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

Potential limitations of the WeeRide Kangaroo baby bike seat, and other front-mounted baby bike seats are: there is not a lot of room between a rider and the handlebars, limiting the age/size of child that can be accommodated – they are best for children age 1 to 3; clearly you can only carry one child at a time in a forward-mounted baby bike seat (though you could carry a second on a rear-mounted seat); depending on the seat design it can interfere with your pedaling, as your knees may hit it -  this can be especially uncomfortable for longer rides; the high center of gravity makes tipping an issue, especially when mounting and dismounting (i.e. you always need to keep a hand on the bike); loading and unloading a child can be especially challenging for smaller adults; and remember, while you are riding, if you fall over, the bike seat falls over.  Although a child is in most ways more protected in the front position, it also means that the adult rider may land on top of the child in the event of a spill.  An additional risk of a front-mounted seat is that an item dropped by the child can catch the front spokes, causing a head-first fall – so make sure your child does not carry anything while riding.

At $59.99, the WeeRide Kangaroo Carrier is definitely an item to consider.  Though your kids will outgrow it a lot quicker than a bicycle trailer, such as those made by Burley or Chariot, or a Carrier Bike like the Zigo Leder or Taga Bike, it is a good entry point into family biking.

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Kangaroo Carrier Bike by Winther

Kangaroo Carrier Bike

Kangaroo Carrier Bike

The Kangaroo bike by Winther is yet another Danish carrier bicycle.  The Kangaroo carrier bike seems designed for those with large families.  Winther makes a version for four children, which not many carrier bike companies do.  The Kangaroo carrier bike frame is made of 6061 aluminum, while the front-positioned cabin is made with a sturdy polyethylene base with a nylon hood.  The Winther Kangaroo has 20″ front wheels and a 26″ back wheel.  However, with a hood and seats in the cabin it weighs in at a hefty 42 Kg (92 lbs).  The load capacity, excluding the driver, is 100 Kg.  The wheel track is 86 cm (34″) and total width 90 cm.  We could not find in the Kangaroo website any information about the gearing, hub or braking.  There are only four dealers listed on the Kangaroo website, so they are not easy to find.  The price is not listed, but it is quite high.  One blog entry says it would cost $4,000 to bring one to the U.S.  Despite what appears to be a nice design, other carrier bikes seem better priced.

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Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

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