Bicycle Mechanics - Best bike for a child seat
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Just wondering if there is one type of bike which is better then the others for fixing a child seat onto.
ie. mountain bike,racer or hybrid
09-23-03, 07:48 AM
I haven't seen one on a racer, and I doubt they'll have the rack mounts you need. I'd look for either an MTB, a hybrid or tourer that has proper bottom and top rack mounts.
L J Horton
09-23-03, 07:51 AM
Avoid those with a monotube from the seat tube to the seat stays. Child seats can be rigged to work, but a lot of extra work. Seat stays that go all the way to the seat tube are easier to work with and most child carriers are designed for that kind of frame set up.
09-23-03, 08:40 AM
If this is a rear carrier child seat, look for a frame with long chainstays to keep the weight within the wheelbase and stop the bike tipping back. You need carrier eyelets on the seat-stays, pref ones that are level with the luggage rack, to maintain good triangulation.
You will need some low gears and stable steering geometry.
A touring bike is ideal, so are some hybrid bikes. Some old school ridgid MTBs were good, but are hard to find.
09-23-03, 02:03 PM
Get a Trailer !!!!
Childs seats are very dangerous because they make the bike unstable and if your ever "go- down"/fall- over, given the distance the child will fall, even if you are completely stopped, is sure to cause injury. In many cases the injury is very serious and has been crippling or fatal as well. Few shops I've dealt with or worked for will sell them.
Yes, child trailers are expensive but the re-sale value is super and people are always "out-growing" them, check the usual sources for used ones.
09-23-03, 02:15 PM
I agree with Pat. Pulling a trailer is the way to go.
09-23-03, 02:55 PM
There are pros and cons to the bike seat vs trailer, as it depends on the roads you are using, wind, etc. I have both and generally prefer the trailer because I find it hard to pack everything needed in front panniers (only) when I have the child behind. Besides, Sophie now weights 35-40 lb, so she is at the upper limit for a seat.
There are (only) a few circumstances where I preferred the bike seat: in tight downtown traffic, and in snow because the added weight gives added traction (and I don't plow 3 tracks).
As to the best bike for a seat, it is a non-suspended bike with long chainstays and eyelets to hold a rear rack. Touring bikes, hybrids and some MTBs are the best bikes for the job, with the following characteristics:
- beefy rear end (large-diametre chainstays and seatstays), so it's rigid;
- low gears, because the bike will be heavier, slower on hills and you can't stand on pedals.
As for the bike seat, the Rhode Gear Limo used to be (is?) the best around as it is fairly rigid (still, a 35 lb child makes it wobbly) and uses the Blackburn EX-1 rack (a steady one).
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