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Carrying your child by bike – what’s the best option?

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Carrying your child by bike

Each parent who’s a biker may wonder about the appropriate moment to start carrying their child by bike. Well, as long as you have the right equipment, cycling with your child is a fast and extremely convenient way of getting around. There are three primary options for travelling with your child by bike: rear-mounted child bike seats, front-mounted child bike seats and bike trailers.

Rear-mounted child bike seats
These are the bike seats that are being used the most by parents who desire to bike around with their child. They fit over the back wheel and will usually have a high back and raised sides, leg guards and a harness.
Pros: Younger children are well supported if they care to sleep while you're cycling. Also, you can use the seat to carry shopping when you don’t have your child with you.
Cons: Carrying extra weight on the back of the bike may create a problem with stability and also you can’t see what your child is doing while you're cycling.

Front-mounted bike seats
With this type of seat, your child sits in front of you and you place your arms around the seat to hold the handlebars. Because your arms have to go around the seat and your vision of the road needs to be clear, front-mounted seats are more compact than rear-mounted seats.
Pros: You have closer contact with your child and your child is always visible to you.
Cons: Seats that are attached to the handlebars in any way may affect the bike's maneuverability and aren’t recommended.

Bike trailers
With these trailers, you tow your child behind you in an enclosed ‘carriage’. They have two bicycle-type wheels and a long hitching arm that fastens to your bike. Your child is seated and strapped in inside the zipped, weatherproof and ventilated compartment – which also has fabric or plastic windows so the kids can look outside. Of course, any trailer should have a tall pennant and rear lighting so that it is clearly seen on the road.
Pros: Spacious inside, comfortable seating, storage places for toys, and feels more stable than a bike seat.
Cons: You won’t have the same physical closeness to your child as you would with a bike seat, can tip over especially when turning abruptly or going over bumps, can be quite expensive.

Safety tips while cycling with a child

  • It's not recommended that you take a baby who can't support his or her own head on a bike – as until this time he or she won’t be able to wear a cycling helmet. Ideally, your baby should also be able to sit well and unaided.
  • Wearing a cycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85% and the risk of brain injury by almost 90%. You and your child should always wear one when on a bike.
  • Baby bike seats tend to be designed for use by babies from about six months of age. Whichever design you're interested in, check with the bike retailer that your bike is suitable for use with a child seat or trailer, as not all bike designs are appropriate.
  • Make sure your seat has footrests in order to prevent your child's feet becoming caught in the spokes of the wheel.

Do you like carrying your child with you while cycling? Which option do you think is best? Share with us in the comments below.


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