Are you interested in a child bike seat?
We provide you with an overview of the important information on how to find the right bicycle seat for your child.
We also describe useful accessories such as rain protection and mounting the seat on mountain bikes.
You won’t need the child seat for the bike forever. You may find used seats in the classified ads. A good opportunity to save money.
Comfort, price and security
With a child bike seat you and your child become more mobile. Quickly go to town or daycare, no problem. Of course, the manufacturers promise a lot in the brochures and on the website.
Römer Jockey Comfort
It is important that the child seat proves itself in everyday life and has no serious safety deficiencies. The test institutes pay particular attention to this. We have summarized all test results here.
You should pay more attention to comfort and safety than the price. If you use the bike seat every day, even small tastes of use can be annoying all the time. A well thought-out ventilation system in the form of louvers always pays off in summer. This gain in comfort doesn’t even have to be that much more expensive.
|Römer Jockey Relax||Hamax Sleepy|
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Children’s bike seat from which age?
The age of the child doesn’t matter at first. For a secure fit, it is crucial that your child can sit alone. This is often the case at the age of 8 to 12 months; You will be able to assess your child best yourself.
Attachment of the child bike seat at the front or rear?
The common seats can be attached as a front seat on the handlebars or as a rear seat on the luggage rack. Both positions have advantages and disadvantages.
In general, no part of the child bike seat may be attached to a moving part of the bike. So that the feet do not get into the spokes, the seats are extended by a foot section.
Children’s bicycle seat in front
Attaching a child’s bicycle seat to the front of the handlebar (more precisely to the so-called head tube) is allowed up to a maximum of 15 kg (approx. 3 years). The seat must be attached to the frame of the bike. Which makes sense for security reasons.
If the front seat is mounted between the rider and the handlebar, the center of gravity of the bike shifts forward. Her arms reach past the child on the left and right. This makes most children feel very safe. You can also while speak very well with your child during the journey.
However, you buy this with two disadvantages. Because the backrest and neck support of the child seat is much smaller. Children are less well protected in the event of a fall or accident. In addition, in the event of a frontal impact, the weight of the driver can trap the child between the handlebars.
Make sure that your legs are adequately protected. Otherwise the children can injure themselves in the spokes of the front wheel.
Depending on the size of the bike, it can get a little tight when getting on and off, between the saddle and the handlebar.
Disadvantages at a glance
- The wind blows directly into the face of the little ones. Especially on longer journeys there is a risk that the small passengers cool down too much.
- In the event of an accident or a fall, there is also a risk of the heavy driver falling on the child. So children can get caught between frame, handlebar, seat and parent.
The front child seats are absolutely unsuitable for racing bikes. Because the cyclist has to bend too far to grab the handlebar. There is not enough space between a saddle and handlebar for a child seat.
A specialty are bicycle seats that are attached above the front wheel. It has something of a roller coaster ride, because even when cornering, the child seat always points straight towards the frame.
The front of the bicycle frame – with the so-called head tube – can only be loaded to a limited extent. Therefore, child bike seats are only allowed for small children up to a maximum of 15 kg.
From a weight of 15 kilos, attach the rear child bike seat
Children over 15 kg may only be transported at the rear of the bike. These are also the best-selling child seat models in Germany.
The child bike seat is usually attached to the frame and thus hovers over the luggage rack. This provides additional suspension.
An advantage is obvious. The child is protected from the wind by the driver’s body. Even when falling in the direction of travel, the heavier body is an impact protection for the small passengers.
The top models from Römer also offer backrests that can be adjusted and tilted. The child can sleep comfortably in the back seat.
Stiftung Warentest describes the so-called flutter of the frame as a disadvantage. Ladies’ bikes in particular are more susceptible to these vibrations or instabilities because the upper cross strut is missing, which gives the frame of men’s bikes a little more stability.
And then it also depends on the pedal circle or the size of the bike. With smaller bikes, it is quite possible that your heel will hit the footrests of the rear-mounted child bike seat.
Since the children are relatively close to move driver’s seat, you cannot put on a backpack yourself. But there is free space on the handlebars, for example to mount a bicycle basket there.
Child seats for the luggage rack are bought much more often. The The advantages are obvious:
- Children have more freedom of movement
- For small children, you should pay attention to tight-fitting harness belts. Otherwise there is a risk that your child can slip out of the seat due to the freedom of movement.
- Seat shell is larger and increases safety
- Children weighing 15 kg or more may only be transported on the back of the bike.
- The driver’s field of vision is not restricted.
Assemble the child bike seat securely
All seat systems are designed for self-assembly. A clamp is usually mounted on the tube of the frame, into whose holes the seat bracket is inserted.
Fastening Römer child seat
In order to is the Children’s bike seat attached to the bike in a bombproof manner, at the same time offers enough freedom of movement as additional suspension. This means that not every shock hits the child seat.
Everyone has their preferences. Ask friends about experiences with child seats. This saves you the annoying fumbling with belt buckles that do not snap in, or foot buckles that can only be adjusted with difficulty.
Buying a child bike seat is often not enough. There are numerous accessories such as rain protection, covers for the seat springs and bipod bike stands that keep the bike safe even with a child.
And very important is a suitable children’s bike helmet, without which you shouldn’t go on a trip.
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