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Old 07-29-18, 11:14 AM
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Child seat: regular bike vs. Yuba/Xtracycle

My daughter is getting close to the age where she can safely ride in a child seat on a bike. I'm deciding between putting a rear child seat on a regular bike (something like a Yepp Maxi) or springing for a longtail cargo bike like a Yuba Mundo or an Xtracycle, also with a Yepp. It seems the longtails are much more stable for loading/unloading with just one adult, which would be really handy. What are people's experiences with using a child seat on a regular bike? Is it preferable to have two adults? Part of the use case would be picking up from daycare after work, so I can't always count on a second adult being available to help.
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Most people here, where cycling with babies is very common, use a normal sturdy step through or top tube upright bike, with a double kick stand and a device to stop the front wheel from swinging while on the stand, with a front seat which is nicer for both the child and the parent. I guess stability is more about weight distribution, trail, swept handlebars and the leverage of the upright posture than about wheelbase. Due to the nature of cycling here any bike significantly longer than the majority is a bit impractical, but I've never understood why anyone with less than four children or other specific cargo would want to ride an extra long bike.

Nothing wrong with help, but I believe you should be able to load and unload by yourself, which isn't that hard.
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B'twin/Ursus has an extra wide stance double leg stand. I used it before and it is very stable.

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Originally Posted by capthindsight View Post
Is it preferable to have two adults? Part of the use case would be picking up from daycare after work, so I can't always count on a second adult being available to help.
It's okay with 1 adult, nothing too difficult.
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