The Guardian’s Peter Walker recently posted an excellent video of bike carriers in action. I wanted to share the video here and roundup some of the options mentioned that are available to cyclists.
You can wait until your kids are old enough to hop on their own little tyke bike, or you can start earlier with some seriously cool carriers now on the market. The carriers run the gamut from front and rear-attached seats to trailers, inexpensive to downright pricey and utilitarian or sleek.
Which carrier will be the best for carting around your little ones?
This front mounted child safety seat is not only adorable, but it’s suitable for kids from 9 months to 4 years so you can take your tyke out as soon as he can sit up on his own. The WeeRide comes with a handy little lectern if the warm London sun gets to be too much and a nap is in order, plus a 5-point safety harness and adjustable foot rests to keep this cargo safe.
Unlike traditional child cycle seats this one gives kids a great view of the scenery—not just your back—so they can get used to how the world looks from the seat of a bicycle. Unfortunately it could be more comfortable for the cyclists as your arms and legs have to jut out more than normal, but it does keep your arms around the little one so they feel safe.
If you enjoy long distance rides and want to share that love with the kiddies, the Hamax rear mounted child cycle seat has a cushioned seat and back rest along with a shoulder harness and foot restraints. This seat is ideal for kids between the ages of 4 to 5 years and some options even recline for a brief respite from the overwhelming scenery.
One thing you should know is that putting the Hamax seat on your bike will require a few moments of adjustment to the additional weight, but experienced cyclists will acclimate easily. The view may not be the greatest for your child, but you’ll be comfortable and you won’t need a babysitter!
Whether you have twins or you simply want to take your kids on a leisurely bike ride through the city, you’ll need a carrier with space and the Burley Trailer has it in spades. Even those with just one child will find the Burley offers additional storage space without increasing the load the bicycle has to bear.
Great for children up to 6 years old, the Burley Trailer comes with safety harnesses for two and a mesh cover so keep kids dry in the rain and cool in the hot summer sun. Get accustomed to carting this trailer someplace safe because you’ll need to get used to tugging something on the back of your cycle.
The Nihola cargo bike is like an updated version of the basic red wagon. This lightweight carrier attaches to the front of the bike, allowing you to cart around two kids up to 100kg on the bench seat and even fit a baby carrier in the front. In terms of rider and cyclist comfort, this carrier does it. The kids get a great view of the scenery and the cyclist is comfortable with the carrier out of their cycle zone.
Hase Pino (Half Recumbent)
This carrier allows you to put your kid up front and put them in charge of half the cycling job. They cycle in front in a recumbent position so you can see the road ahead and you steer and cycle in the back. Use the recumbent seat to teach children aged 3 and up how to cycle until they’re ready for a cycle of their very own.
Take a look at these bikes in action and see if any of them piques your interest!