Bobike maxi city
Who says your child has to outgrow their baby bike seat anytime soon? Nearly the entire line of bicycle seats by Bobike can accommodate children from 9 months to 6 years old. The Bobike maxi City and Bobike maxi Tour, for example, both have adjustable/extendable footrests and belt systems designed to adapt easily to your child’s growth. Believe it or not, one particular model, the Bobike junior, claims to accommodate children up to 10 years old! We are a bit skeptical, however, about the safety of carrying such a grown child on your bicycle.
Even though most of the Bobike line is designed to be mounted to the back of your bike, the Bobike mini+ is quite similar to the WeeRide Kangaroo Carrier in its conception and positioning at the front of the bike. While the Bobike mini+ lacks the standard cushioned pedestal of the Kangaroo Carrier, you can purchase one as an accessory, along with a few other interesting add-ons. One of the Bobike mini+’s feature accessories is the super cool windscreen, which should prove to be both practical and amusing for your child. Another great thing about the Bobike line is its originality when it comes to custom colors and patterns. The cushioning for the Bobike mini+, for instance, has 27 eye-popping designs to choose from.
Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System
For all the great qualities of the Bobike brand, we cannot help but remain biased about rear-mounted child seats. Like any other child seat, there is always the risk of becoming top-heavy and easily tipping over with your child on board. Nevertheless, there are plenty of parents who do not mind this type of design, and for those parents we recommend considering the Bobike bicycle seats for all your child-toting needs.
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
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.