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Do you want to know more about child seats?

Child seats are a very useful and common accessory that allow you to carry your child on your bicycle in a comfortable and safe way.

Babies can ride with you from eight months old, in a special chair attached to the bike. Of course, your child must be able to sit up independently. They can ride in the chair until weighing about 25 kg.

Before carrying your child on the bike you can test and practice riding with the seat, by placing a weight similar to that of your child in the seat and going for a cycle to see how you adapt to the new sense of balance. In this way, you will feel safer and avoid unnecessary risks with your child on the bike.

We mustn’t ever forget to use a helmet either, both your child and yourself. This should be compact, resistant, with ventilation openings and as light as possible so that the child feels comfortable. You have to make sure that it fits their head perfectly and that it is worn at all times.

When you travel by bike with your child on board it is also convenient to make stops every so often.

Which child seat to choose.

Not all child seats are compatible with all bikes, so before buying, you must be well informed. They must include a harness to fasten your child in at all times. If they are not properly secured by the straps, braking can destabilize them. In addition, it must have a footrest and side protection, to prevent the trousers, shoes or laces of your child from getting caught in the spokes of the wheel.

There are three types of child seats:

- Seats that are placed in the rear luggage rack of the bike are bulkier and have a higher backrest. This allows children to be very comfortable and to be able to lie down and sleep if they fall asleep while you are cycling. They are also easy to carry on your bike and stop the wind from blowing in your child’s face, being placed behind. They also tend to be able to hold a greater load than the rest of chairs, about 25 kg approximately.

- Seats that are fixed to the central bar of the bicycle frame are the most stable, according to their manufacturers, because in the centre of the bike is the centre of gravity and it is more difficult to be unbalanced by the weight. The strongest ones usually support up to 22 kg, although it depends on the manufacturer.

- Seats that are attached to the handlebars of the bicycle allow the adult to control their child at all times. They are usually used especially with babies of younger age. These child seats can usually carry children of up to 3 years of age maximum, or a maximum weight of approximately 15 kg, although it depends on the manufacturer.

Finally, remember that the child seat should be checked and tightened every time it is used because due to the movements of the child and the ground it can loosen slowly and end up weakening the material.


Opinions featured in Cycling Child Seats

Polisport Joy 29" Child Bike Seat Blue Yellow
Great for toddlers
Super seat for toddlers. Really easy to assemble and looks sturdy (used daily for a month now). My kid loves it, the adjustable foot rest is great and the extra space provided for the helmet is wonderful. I don't use the "bag" at the back of the seat as I have no idea what would fit there without being ejected on bumpy roads.Real;ly happy with this seat!
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Bellelli Multifix Child Bike Seat Anchoring System
Perfectly fit for purpose
Excellent gravity and easy to fit.
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Polisport Koolah 29" Child Bike Seat Brown Green
Great quality
Yes would recommend to everyone with a small frame bike
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Thule Yepp Maxi Seatpost Child Bike Seat Black
Solid and well made
Very safe and good quality item.. highly recommended!
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Polisport Boodie QST Rear Frame Mounted Baby Carrier Dark Grey Green
Easy to install and good quality for money
Lighter than I thought it would be but just a sturdy and durable as expected. Brilliant product for money, have recommended to my Freinds
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Polisport Boodie QST Rear Frame Mounted Baby Carrier Black Red
Excellent seat
Excellent seat at an amazing price and way lower than anywhere local. All parts arrived and assembly was quick and easy to follow instructions. My little one loves being in the seat and it's very light too so don't really notice the extra weight on the back.
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Polisport Boodie QST Rear Frame Mounted Baby Carrier Black Red
Great value for money
I have only used it a couple of times so far but so far so good. It was quick and easy to install on my bike and the quick release mechanism makes storage easy. My 18 month old seems very happy in it, I look forward to getting plenty of use out of it.
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Bellelli Pepe Standard Child Rear Bike Seat Grey Orange
Very decent quality
High-quality product., delivery was standard as promised. Loved it
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Polisport Boodie QST Rear Frame Mounted Baby Carrier Dark Grey Green
Took a while to fit, but worth the money.
I was weary at first buying from here, but I received my order within 3 days! Much quicker than expected. My dad fitted the seat, which took a little bit of time. We did get the seat in quickly, but we have to take it back off again as it was sat against the seat, so we had to remove the seat entirely to get the correct position. All in all my little one is secure and comfortable. The harness is easily adjusted, although I do wish it had come with some soft padding, (I will just by for the straps) Good sturdy seat and good value for money.
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Polisport Groovy RS Reclining Child Bike Seat Black Dark Grey
Excellent quality
The recline feature is fantastic. Great value for money.
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Polisport Koolah CFS Rack Mount Rear Child Bike Seat Dark Grey Grey
Brilliant quality
Easy to fit onto a seat holder pannier. Child is comfortable in seat for long journeys.
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Polisport Groovy RS Reclining Child Bike Seat Black Dark Grey
As advertised.
The item is as described apart from it should be stated the item will not fit a bike with suspension.
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