CHILD SEATS: FRONT OR BACK?
August 4, 2006
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I want to take my 2-and-a-half-year-old
biking with me. Which seat is safer: the new front seats,
or the seats that will sit him behind me? Thanx.
Last time I checked I dont
have kids, but I've talked about this with folks who do.
First, lemme say that Ive
seen two kinds of front-mounted seats: ones that mount onto
top tubes and ones that mount onto handlebars.
Some parents like having their kids
in front because not only can they talk with their kids
while riding, the kids can see lots more than their parents
backside. Also, some parents find that a top tube-mounted
seat makes a bike easier to balance than a rear-mounted
seat, when a parent is either riding or getting on and off
the bike. Disadvantages: Some seats (and parent heights)
cause parents to hit their knees on the seat.
Parents who like rear-mounted seats
like that most brands have high enough backs that kids can
rest their heads, especially if they fall asleep. (Front-mounted
seats I've seen dont have this feature.) Also, some
rear seats use quick-release mounts that very easily attach
to and detach from a rear carrying rack, a feature that
many parents want.
Also, a rear child seat sends a
message to motorists that they should take extra carewhat
one parent I know calls the "Oh my god there's a kid
on that bike" safety factor.