Ah thank you
We looked at all three options - rear seat, front seat (like wee riders) and trailers. The guy in the store said that rear seats made the bike hard to keep balanced if the child was moving around and leaning to one side.
The wee rider we like the look of, but a friend has one and he said he has to keep his knees out wide to avoid connecting with it. He is quite tall, as is DF so we decided against that.
We ended up with a trailer. It is great! It has straps to keep the kids in and it is big enough for two which is great now we have another on the way. DS loves riding in it. It has a special hitch and stabiliser so that if the bike goes over, then the trailer remains upright. The downsides are that they are quite costly, and they can get quite hot. We got one that has roll up sides and back to allow air to flow through, but on really hot days we won't use it regardless.
We have a trailer and a bike seat (three kids). My 2 year old is useless in the bike seat...he wiggles and squirms and it's a pain to have him on there. Our 4 and 6 year old both sit in it fine (DH rides DD1 to school sometimes, hence her sitting in the seat. She's only a lightweight at 18kg) but it's a bit of a balancing act getting on and off the bike.
I love the trailer. We got ours second hand for $50, it seats two, has adjustable over the shoulder straps plus an extra strap that goes across their lap, they have leg room and room to put a drink and take a toy if we're going on a long ride plus there's room in the back for the nappy bag. It has front, side and back openings to allow air free + full rain cover so if it's cold it's easier to keep them warm (whichever child is in the seat on the back of the bike always complains of being cold) and if we get rained on they stay dry. Also, if I fall off my bike then my two kids won't. It's really easy to ride with it too (a bit hard when going uphill with 2 kids in it...carrying an extra 35kg!) and goes over bumps with ease. It also doesn't affect the balance of my bike at all...no matter what the kids are up to in it. Mine have never tried to get out of it either. I really don't think they could with the way ours is.
I don't like the ones that go on the front personally. I would be worried about what happens if you went over the top of your handlebars, with the extra weight in front there would be an increased risk of that happening. It would inhibit the way I ride too...I ride along a designated bike path (completely separate to the road) for exercise. A fair bit of it is uphill, if I had a kid on the front I wouldn't be able to stand up to make my life easier and gain a bit of speed. I also think they'd obstruct your view...probably not when they're little but at 4 and 6 my kids can both sit in a rear mounted seat but they'd be way too big for a front mounted seat.
It depends on what use you want out of it and what the bike paths are like where you live. Trailers are wider so if you've only got very small paths, or have to ride on the road there's a bit of a risk there. You can get an orange flag of course to make them easier to be seen. Also, if you're riding on rough terrain it could be uncomfortable for the child/ren in the trailer as they are lower to the ground.
Take your bike to a bike shop and try out the different styles and see which one is more comfortable for you.
Excellent ideas thanks girls
I think a seat on the back would be best but maybe I'll try him out on one first in case he moves around
We opted for a seat on the back of my bike for DD! (who is now 4) and a tag along bike for DS who is now 5.5. We have just had another baby so I'm not sure how we are going to do family rides now low. I think we will have to get DS to ride his own bike (which he hates), put DD1 on the tag along and then DD2 on the back of my bike in the seat when she is old enough.
We thought about a seat in the front but thought it might get in the way of our legs when pedalling?
A trailer is also an option for my two girls but DD1 might be getting too old for that??
I've got a seat on the back. It was hard to balance at first, but now I am used to it. I must confess though, I'm not much of a rider. I'm more a nip to the shops, or the park on the bike girl. I don't go on long rides, so I find it pretty easy. Plus I have a basket on the front that I use, so I prefer him at the back.
Pixiemum I say get your 5.5 year old to ride on his own. We're getting our 6 year old to ride on her own and she rides 10km with ease (haven't gone any further than that with her yet).
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