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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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Old 08-01-18, 04:15 AM
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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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Old 08-09-18, 07:59 PM
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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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Old 08-16-18, 03:30 AM
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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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Old 08-18-18, 10:29 AM
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And...

[FWIW] Topeak Child seat rack combination is made to allow easily removing
the kiddy seat when not required..

https://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/child-carrier
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Old 08-18-18, 10:58 AM
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I've seen several people who were very happy carrying kids on a cargo bike.

How old is your daughter?

I wonder if there would be an age difference. I think of kids in child seats as being young. 2 years old? While those on cargo bikes a bit older... 3 to 5?

At some point you'll have to decide what is next. Something like a WeeHo, or some kind of pedal trailer? Even if the kid doesn't provide a lot of power, every little bit counts.

Or, get the kid onto her own bike as soon as possible.

Anyway, thinking about what is coming next may help you choose what you wish to do now.
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Old 10-08-18, 12:11 PM
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I use a Thule Ride Along child seat. It works great from when my kid was 9 months to now which is 2.5 years old. The restraining belts made me feel at ease but now she's at the point where she likes to move around and dance in her seat. With that, the bike starts to feel top heavy. I don't trust her to sit on her own on a cargo seat. I went out and bought a Burley trailer and she's been loving it. More room and she can have her dinosaurs and snacks back there with her.
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Old 10-12-18, 12:15 PM
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My wife used a regular bike child seat when our youngest son was <2 and the older two (3/4) were in a bike trailer. All she had was a typical women's hybrid bike and a single kickstand. I think some of this is going to be about weight with my wife weighing enough (don't tell I said that) to overcome the added weight of the child seat riding high on the bike. Up until our daughter was 6ish, I had her on a Yepp Maxi on my longtail and as long as she was ahead of the rear axle, I had no issues even if she was leaning over or moving around. Again I have the weight (I'm just inside the range to be considered a Clydesdale) to overcome her weight moving around. For someone more on the petite side, a lower center of gravity setup would be more ideal. Bikes like the more modern longtails using 20" tires or bakfiets style bikes.
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Old 02-07-19, 04:06 PM
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I just used a basic road bike and had the Topeak Seat as mentioned above. My kids where able to comfortably ride in the seat at about 10 months. The seat is fairly simple to put on and take off if you'd rather ride without it. My kids seemed pretty comfortable and often fell asleep. I felt that it adjusted well to a growing child and secured them rather well. I didn't have issue with being the only adult loading and unloading.
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