Cycling is my favorite sport. And doing it as a family only makes it better. If you are like me, the most important thing to you is keeping your children safe when you take them riding.
There haven’t been a lot of crash studies on the safety of children’s bike seats. This makes it more challenging for a parent to choose the best bike seat for their kids.
Because of that, I’ve done quite a bit of research on bike seats for children to come up with some of the safest options. My knowledge of the bike industry did come in handy on this project, and I’m quite pleased with what I came up with.
My favorite Children’s Bike Seat
WeeRide Kangaroo Child Bike Seat
I really like how much comfortable bike seat with extra plastic is used to help make the child feel secure and create extra cushion and protection in the event of a crash.
Children should always wear a helmet when on a bike!
Children under 1 should not be in a bike seat
Children over 5 are too big to safely ride in a bike seat
Rear Mount Bike Seats
Not the Safest Bike Seats
These are the bike seats that people have been using for a long time. Heck, I remember my dad having one on his bike.
The downside with these seats is that the parent cannot see the child, and there is greater risk that they can drop something in the tire and cause an accident.
However, they’ve been in use for a long time. And their safety has improved significantly through the years.
Make sure you child wears a helmet
Front/Mid Bike Seats for Children
A safer option
I like these kid bike seats because they align better with the natural balance of the bike. Additionally, you can slip the child in after you’ve mounted the bike.
One of my biggest complaints with the rear mount seats is that the child is strapped in the bike while the adult gets ready to mount. A rear-weighted bicycle is in a very precarious position.
With these seats, the adult can get on first, and then add the kid, making for a more secure bike ride.
Additionally, the child sits lower than the adult, so that in the event of a crash, the adult can better shield the child with their body.
Child’s Bike Seat Vs. Bike Trailer?
Bike trailers are safer. They are lower to the ground so the dangers from falling are less. They do not tip over — even if the bike falls. And they are more comfortable for the child to sit in.
I realize they may not work for every family, but they are by far the safest in my opinion.