MR BIKE'S PANEL OF PARENTS REVIEWS THE IBERT SAFE-T-SEAT
Published November 29, 2007
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The seat was very easy to install
and seemed to easily fit different styles of stems and handlebars.
While bike handling was not adversely affected, I found
my knees hit the back of the seat. This is probably because
the child's weight is behind the axis of the head tube,
which actually helps center the bars.
The straps and buckles are a bit
hokey-pants for my taste. They tended to slip away from
the child's shoulders. I'd like to see the back of the seat
come up higher to help keep the child in position and put
the strap mountings higher on her back.
My general assessment is that if
you want a seat in front, this one is fine. It did not badly
affect the bikes' handling or balance. It was extremely
easy to install which is a big plus.
I didn't feel like my arms were
too stretched out to reach around the seat. The seat did,
however, interfere with my knees. Because of this I definitely
would not want to use it as my everyday bike seat or for
a long ride. But for short distances I think it is a decent
My daughter likes to fall asleep
in the seat. With this seat there is nothing to catch her
head when it flops. That alone is a reason not to use it.
It would be better if the back were higher.
I am very happy with seat we have,
a Topeak. It quick-releases from a rear rack so my husband
can drop our daughter off at daycare, leave the seat at
home, and I can grab it to pick her up.
Installation: Very easy. Seems
flexible enough to fit a variety of bike types.
Durability: There isn't much to
the seat. The latch for the plastic swing-arm needs redesign.
It seems like it will be the first thing to break and seems
an insecure part of the harness system. The seat's body
could use some water drain holes near the feet.
Fit: The age/size range of the seat
is pretty limited, and my 3-year-old had trouble squeezing
her feet under the handlebar. The kids seemed to like the
reclining posture. Compared to my top-tube mounted seat
the safe-T-seat gives much better head support when the
kid gets sleepy.
Safety: The minimal 3-point harness
was not easily adjusted and hard to get over the kids' heads
with bike helmets on. From a purely visual aspect the safe-T-seat
appears less safe than seats with 5-point harnesses. We
didn't crash to test this.
Usability: Compared to my top-tube
mounted seat the safe-T-seat had better knee clearance,
making it much easier for me to ride. On the downside, the
seat's weight on the steering column required more steering
strength and concentration. Also, when I parked my bike,
the up-front load made it hard for my kickstand to support
Enjoyability: My son and daughter
both enjoyed riding and reclining in the seat. It would
be nice to have something for them to play with beyond my
grips and bell.