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Can anyone recommend a bike seat for my son for short leisure bike rides.

I'm a little overwhelmed by the range available; I've seen ones that go on the crossbar, behind the adult seat and I'm not sure which is best.

Any opinions would be greatly received.

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  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,140 Forumite
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    How old is he?

    What sort of bike do you have?

    Have you gone into a specialist bike shop with your bike and asked for advice on the best sort for that bike?

    Note I know nothing at all about bike seats but that's where I'd start!
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  • shiny76
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    danielley wrote: »
    Can anyone recommend a bike seat for my son for short leisure bike rides.

    I'm a little overwhelmed by the range available; I've seen ones that go on the crossbar, behind the adult seat and I'm not sure which is best.

    Any opinions would be greatly received.
    We have a crossbar version (the Weeride Kangeroo).

    I chose that over one that goes behind the adult seat as it is more socialable and gives the child a better view (rather than a close up of my backside!). I'm able to chat to my son on our daily commute to and from nursery. It also has a head rest in case he nods off (only happened once).

    He seems to love it.

    I also invested in a polisport windscreen to protect him from the wind and the rain (I can PM you a link to a video I made which prompted this).

    We've been using it with him from 9 months old and the box/guidance says he should be able to use it up until the age of 4 - or whenever his knees start to interfere with steering the bike (although his feet are starting to get to big for the footwells already - he's 2.5 yrs old).

    Some people would argue that the crossbar versions offer less protection if you were to have an accident as the child may be the first to hit any obstacles or the floor.

    Another disadvantage is they aren't convenient to keep taking on and off. So it's a permanent fixture on my bike. The Yepp Mini bike seat (the rest of the range appear to be rear mounted) might offer a quick release version and look (haven't looked in depth) as though they mitigate the knees interfering with the steering.

    I hope that helps!
  • shiny76
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    Also in terms of helmets, if you're getting one:

    We've tried ones traditional cycling helmets with adjustable strap at the back and the more skateboard version (as they looked to cover more of his head). I'd recommend the adjustable strap version so that it stays in the correct position - our son has a habit of pushing his upwards/backwards, which isn't ideal!
  • shiny76
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    This link may be useful: http://www.cyclinguk.org/guide/guide-to-child-bike-seats

    Although I found a bike stand didn't help. It was awkward to balance (risk to child) and added to the overall weight!
  • AndyBSG
    AndyBSG Posts: 986 Forumite
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    OP has already asked the same question here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5468437
  • Bobcrowther
    Bobcrowther Posts: 198 Forumite
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    Don't sear toddlers, they're far better cooked in the oven.
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