WHICH FRONT-MOUNTED CHILD SEAT SEEMS BEST?
November 17, 2007
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Front-mounting child seats are
not that common here in the U.S. I've been researching and
so far I've found the BoBike, the Bike Tutor, the iBert,
the Wee Ride, the OK Baby Orion and also one made by Hamax.
I need help, man! Which is safest?
I've heard that the ones that attach to the steering tube
are not the greatest, but MOST attach to the steering tube.
Since many of these are not available in the U.S., I can't
just go to my local bike shop and try them out.
The Wee Ride attaches to the steering
tube, and also to the seat post. The Bike Tutor attaches
to the top tube, which seems cool. Are you familiar with
any of these or other front-mounting products? Do you know
of any UK consumer review Web sites?
I think you need help less than
you do. You've got a comprehensive list of products (to
which I'd add the Companion Carrier, about which I've written
and you seem to know why foreigners prefer front-mounted
So what about the relative advantages
of different types? Some prefer handlebar-mounted cuz such
seats interfere less with the rider's legs. Others prefer
top-tube mounted cuz such seats affect steering less. Both
of these effects depend on the layout of the bike's frameso
you can really tell only by taking the product for a ride
on your bike.
Another potential problem: If your
child passenger drops an object that falls into the front
wheel, the wheel might seize and cause the bike to flip.
You can prevent that by letting your passenger carry nothing.
Like I sez, you gotta try seats
to find what works best for your bike. I suggest buying
from a dealer or manufacturer that lets you return the product
within 30 days. And test-ride it first with something other
than your child, but that weighs as muchlike a bunch
of books. (Or someone else's child.) (Just kidding.)
And no matter what seat you choose,
check that it meets the predominant U.S. safety standard,
Finally, the nice but capital-adverse
folks at iBert
asked me to review their product, which they call the safe-T-seat.
I passed it to my peripatetic panel of parent patrons; their
reviews, which might inform your choice, appear here.
Oh, yeah: If the Brits have any seat-review sites, the pikeys
have skived me.