Kids simply love to go fast, regardless of where or why. Cycling is a great opportunity to give them the fun they deserve. Before they grow into cycling age, you can give them a taste of it either via a baby seat or a chariot towed behind your bike. We made a test to find out which category the kids love the most.
Rear-mounted baby seat
Imagine having a view of adult-sized buttocks from up close for hours – this is exactly what kids are obliged to watch when you choose the rear-mounted seat. Not only the kids have a limited view and have to turn their head around to see but also this solution gives you the worst bike control of all as the weight is pushed to the rear, making the bike unbalanced and difficult to steer. Attaching the same kind of seat to the top frame tube enables the kid to sit in front of you and keep balance while holding onto your handlebars. This way, you can have the little human safely and steadily under control and can engage them very easily.
Front-mounted baby seat
Even though your little one has seen the Cars 2 movie for a hundred times, he/she knows well that cycling in the front offers much more spectacular views than TV. The perfect lookout makes the front seat their best choice, however, the kids swallow flies and bugs right away from the air. They also face the worst possible dangers because, in the case of an accident, the kid is first to hit the ground. Also, with older types of front seats, some kids have tendencies to stick their legs right into the spokes, resulting in an inevitable crash and fractures to their tibia. Therefore, always make sure their legs are appropriately fastened.
The Chariot seems like the most comfortable option. That’s true but all the dirt and smear from the road will fly directly into it as you pedal. When riding in the city, it’s hard to estimate the width of the vehicle and you can potentially hit the curb or other obstacles and vehicles. In traffic, keeping the kid at a bigger distance might turn the ride into a nightmare.