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Child Carrier Seats - help with xmas present(11 posts)

Child Carrier Seats - help with xmas presentnewhouse
Dec 13, 2003 10:55 AM
anyone know what to look for? which one is the best? will they work on any bike? my sister wants one for christmas to use on an older rigid MTB. thanks!
Bad idea, IMHOThe Walrus
Dec 13, 2003 12:14 PM
In any kind of accident, the child is going to take a pretty substantial beating, helmet or no helmet, strapped-in or not. That's a long way to the ground for any kid small enough to be riding in one. Better (albeit more expensive) to get a trailer--safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable for the child.
Agree, if you love her get a trailer. nmMB1
Dec 13, 2003 5:23 PM
re: Child Carrier Seats - help with xmas presentwily in pacifica
Dec 13, 2003 6:44 PM
For a long time I thought a trailer was the only way to go with my girls. Had a double Burley and it worked great and you really only feel it going up hill. I too was worried about a fall for a kid in a seat on a rack.

But when was the last time you actually fell off your bike? And when you are riding with your kid you will be riding much more conservatively.

After the Burley we got the Rhode Gear Limo when my first girl stated riding on the tandem with me and Girl #2 went in the Limo. Then we got the Triplet and Mom joined Girl #1 and me with Girl #2 still in the limo. So I have experience with both a trailer and the Limo on a tandem and a triplet.

Three months ago Girl #3 came along so I am already loking forward to riding with Girls 1 & 2 on the triplet with #3 in the Limo and saving u for the S&S Quad.

Sure there are inhearent dangers to both but I don't think one is that much more dangerous then the other unless you have a problem staying on two wheels. Then get the trailer. When was the last time you heard of any child getting hurt in either. If wither was that dangerous they would no longer be in business.

Willy in Pacifica
LMFAOthe bull
Dec 13, 2003 7:16 PM
Sorry, if I saw you on the road on that "Thing", I would laugh my ass off! If you could make it a double decker then the one in the back could pedal too! How fast are those cranks that are the size of the kids legs spinning and what are they doing to her knees?
LMFAOwily in pacifica
Dec 14, 2003 11:19 AM
The kids cranks go the same speed as the rest of the cranks. That picture is 2 years old, the little one is now four and she has her own kid kit. She threw mom off the bike so she rides with me and her big sister. 20 miles is no problem as long as we take a break half way. Usually for a snack. The 6 year old will ride 40 miles at a time.

As for their knees, legs, etc. they are just fine. I know quite a few parents who brought their kids up on tandem riding with no ill effects. Believe me, after a 20-40 mile bike ride I am pooped and the girls want to keep going. We are not spinning that fast just out for a nice liesurly bit of riding. And yes most folks who see us do get a big kick out of it and we get plenty of smiles per mile.

Willy in Pacifica
re:Ever heard the term "Baby Launcher" (nm)teoteoteo
Dec 14, 2003 2:52 PM
re:Ever heard the term "Baby Launcher" (nm)wily in pacifica
Dec 14, 2003 4:21 PM
Whats your Point? Have you ever used either a trailer or a kid seat? Do you have any kids at all?

The origianl post was asking for advise regarding taking a small child along for a bike ride and that is what I, and others, have done.

Believe me when I tell you all parents think seriously about taking their kids for a ride in either a bike seat or a trailer and whould not do so if it was too dangerous. These items are not made so parents can continue to ride their 200-300 miles per week while training for the next century. They are made to have fun with the whole family and allow the family to get out of the house for some nice exercise and fresh air.
Wily is rightdesertmd
Dec 14, 2003 8:12 PM
Cars are way more dangerous for kids than bikes. Wily is right here, and besides his kids will hopefully learn the value and fun of regular exercise and avoid becoming blobs (like many American kids).
I have this oneDougSloan
Dec 14, 2003 11:34 AM
I have this one from Performance:

It works great. I used it on our tandem, then my Milano. My 18 month old started in it around 10 months. I put a helmet on him. He falls asleep about half the time.

I bought a trailer first, but he hated it. Don't know what it was, but he screamed. Maybe didn't like being down that low.

My wife "approved" the seat but not the trailer. Said she thought the kid was vulnerable back there down low. I would think the trailer would be safer in a roll over, but I'm just extra careful. Note that the carrier was on a tandem built like a freight train with wide tires and the Milano, also long wheelbase and with wide tires.

You are mostly in charge of safety, based upon where and how you ride. I also use a mirror to see behind, both him and cars.

We have a Rhode Gear model, although it really wasn't longdjg
Dec 15, 2003 8:34 AM
before my daughter's legs got too long for it--or at least long enough that it became an issue. It was a pretty short-lived utility in our case. She really enjoyed the trailer for quite a bit more time than the seat, although her enjoyment was contingent on the length of the ride and other factors--let's say that 40 minutes was never quite enough for her but an hour was generally plenty. We got a trail-a-bike when she was just about 5 and that has gone over real well, although it too has its limitations. Just about time to plunk the little twins in the trailer--should be quite a production.