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Old 03-11-09, 11:38 AM   #1
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Handle Bar-Mounted Baby Seat?

Yesterday I was surprised to see a mom cyclist (riding in the wrong direction) with an infant in a seat mounted on her handle bars. Is that where kids ride these days?

Back when I was little, I rode in a seat behind the rider, over the rear wheel. Intuitively, this seems like a much safer place. The rider doesn't have the distraction of the toddler in front. Moreover, it's easier to steer a bike with the weight in the back.

Am I missing something?
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When my family was living in japan my mom would tote us two kids on the bike, me on the rear rack and my sister in a handlebar basket-like child seat that looked a lot like those child seats on the grocery carts. Lots of other moms did the same thing. It's not unheard of, but probably not the safest thing to do.
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I would think the caboose is the way to go (I've never ridden with any of these products).

But are they safe going down hills? Seems that could be a problem, especially if you have to stop.
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I would think the caboose is the way to go (I've never ridden with any of these products).

But are they safe going down hills? Seems that could be a problem, especially if you have to stop.
I haul some big loads with my Flatbed trailer; I've never had it jackknife or flip.
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I've seen a couple versions of them on the internet - but never anyone using them. All I've seen is the backseat version or the kiddie trailer.
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Yesterday I was surprised to see a mom cyclist (riding in the wrong direction) with an infant in a seat mounted on her handle bars. Is that where kids ride these days?

Back when I was little, I rode in a seat behind the rider, over the rear wheel. Intuitively, this seems like a much safer place. The rider doesn't have the distraction of the toddler in front. Moreover, it's easier to steer a bike with the weight in the back.

Am I missing something?
That's a death machine. It's already bad enough that some parents mount their babies to the bike.
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Yesterday I was surprised to see a mom cyclist (riding in the wrong direction) with an infant in a seat mounted on her handle bars. Is that where kids ride these days?

Back when I was little, I rode in a seat behind the rider, over the rear wheel. Intuitively, this seems like a much safer place. The rider doesn't have the distraction of the toddler in front. Moreover, it's easier to steer a bike with the weight in the back.


Am I missing something?
you've never been to the netherlands, have you?
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That's a death machine. It's already bad enough that some parents mount their babies to the bike.
I'm protective like that too.
Less than two and a half or greater than 80 years old, humans should be should be transported in tanks, or Volvos or in container loads of airbags or something.
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One kid at my daughter's daycare commutes in an ibert. It looks a lot safer than the oldschool frontseat, a pillow on the toptube. My 4 yr old rides in solitary splendor in a 2 seat trailer since her big bro claims to have outgrown his side of it 2 yrs ago.
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you've never been to the netherlands, have you?
What he says...although the pannier mounted seats are more favored these days.

My mother used one as well, but it seems that generally the legs are tucked under the handlebars, preventing any unwanted lift-off.

But yeah, it seems dangerous, for exactly the reasons you list.
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Porteur rack and a cargo net. Quick setup and secure mounting; that kid ain't going nowhere.
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