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Child TransportEager Beagle
Aug 29, 2002 12:51 AM
With the expected arrival of the Beaglet, I have been considering options for effective offspring/cycling interface hardware.

Has anyone gone around this loop and is thus able to advise on the following issues?

1) At what age can you safely put kids in seats (like the x-bar/rear mount ones)?

2) At what age can you safely put them in trailers (can you put them in there in child seats, or does it turn their brains to milkshake before the age of 5 or something)?

3) At what age is it reasonable to expect them to be able to cope with one of those "Tag-a-Long" bolt-on-the-back 1/2 bikes?

Has anyone got any top tips/products to reccomend?

I know this is all a bit premature timing, but you see these things come up one the used market, and I'm just wondering what's worth picking up now, and what will be useless for years and years.

Many thanks,

EB. (obviously I am alive to the dangers of tender floppy ears getting caught in spokes, so will be fitting a Dremelled-down TT carbon disc wheel to my MTB for safety :-)
re: Child TransportTJeanloz
Aug 29, 2002 7:16 AM
1) Child seats are not safe at any age. The seats that mount on handlebars or a rack on the back are generally considered to be quite dangerous.

2) Trailers can trail a child of any age. They don't really get bounced around all that much, and the good ones have all the requisite harness straps to hold the kid in place.

3) Trail-A-Biking can start at a pretty young age- size is more important than age. If they can sit on the seat, they can ride the trail-a-bike; I'd say 5 or 6 years old is the youngest I've seen.
re: Child TransportColnagoFE
Aug 29, 2002 7:44 AM
1 and 2. Check w/ your pediatrician. It varies by the kid, but a safe bet is at least a year old before either. Trailers are gonna be safer because if you fall they don't. Helmets a good idea for either option though it can be tough to find ones small enough.

3. Probably 5 and up and only for short rides. If you get 10 miles out of town and they decide they are too tired to stay on the trail a bike you have problems.

Pick up what you can now. These things can be expensive, but you can often sell em back after they grow out of them (faster than you think).
As a parent of three (see thread below)PaulCL
Aug 29, 2002 11:30 AM
I agree with TJean....rack carriers are dangerous. I've used them with my kids and gave them away. If you fall, the child gets whip-sawed to the ground. Even with a helmet, they are gonna get really hurt. Accidents happen, we all know that.

The trailers are great - unless the child gets bored and wants out. Of course, that's always a problem. Great sun protection, the child can have juice and snacks while you ride. Probably the best solution.

My three year (almost four)old son loves riding a tag-a-long. If he gets tired, he quits pedalling. Simple. I don't own one, but have borrowed one a few times. Really, he prefers riding his own bike - but he so slow! Maybe if I bought him a titanium pocket rocket with training wheels, he would go a lot faster.
Tks (nm).Eager Beagle
Sep 3, 2002 12:29 AM