We are planning on buying bikes for DH & I.. We have a one year old and we looking for feedback from other parents who take their children on bike rides- which do you prefer a child seat connected to the bike, or a bike trailer? Why?
ALSO where did you buy a helmet for your child in smaller sizes?
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16-11-2014 20:07 #1
Bike trailer vs bike seat?
17-11-2014 05:15 #2Senior Member
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Hands down a trailer. You have a space to put a nappy bag, you can protect them from the elements, they are closer to the ground so if you have an accident they are far less likely to be injured, and it's far more stable. With a seat I feel like I spend the whole time just trying to balance the bike so I can't ride fast because it's too wobbly (not as big a problem when they're young and light weight...but the heavier they get the harder it gets). And if they decide to play aeroplanes the whole bike wobbles. It is also a balancing act getting on and off. I haven't used a seat where the kid sits on the front...they may be better, but I really think trailers are just the best. I had no issues carrying them along and they would take a toy to play with, food and drink and would be entertained for the ride.
We got our baby helmet from a bike shop.
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17-11-2014 06:34 #3
I prefer the seat behind me. I do a lot of trail riding so a trailer wouldn't work for me. I think if I did road or path riding then a trailer might be good- especially if the child falls asleep! You get used to balancing the extra weight. I also got the helmet from the bike shop.
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17-11-2014 06:36 #4
We have the wee rider on DH's bike we got that and a small helmet for DD from a bike shop. The wee rider sits at the front of the bike. It's great and DD loves it. This leaves space on the back ofDH's bike for a milk crate to put all our beach bags/backpack etc depending on where we are off too.
I like the fact that it's at the front of the bike so DH is there in case anything did happen. DD loves being at the front and can see everything and chat away plus it's got this little arm rest thingy that she can lean on.
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17-11-2014 20:40 #5
Thanks for the replies, that's really helpful & I think we will probably go a trailer
18-11-2014 06:21 #6
Soooooooooo much wind resistance with the trailer.
Just a thought, I had the seat always on, but also used the trailer sometimes. If ds wasn't in the seat I could put my bag there, but for short trips in good weather is just put him in the seat.
18-11-2014 06:59 #7
We used to have a trailer for ds. I found it really hard to get going with it attached. It was terribly heavy and weighed down the bike a lot.
I also felt I was constantly checking behind me to see he was ok. And being a shorty his feet didn't touch the ground all that well and he found it hard to sit straight.
There was a lot of room for things. But also with no moulded seat for ds he slid all around and had nothing to hold onto for support.
If I has my time over.. I would go for the seat on the front of my bike.
Also we could just about never take the trailer anywhere further than home without two cars. By the time we load two bikes into the car, there was no space for the trailer as well.
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