Best Child Carrier Bike Seat
Biking should be fun for the entire family, no need to leave the littlest members behind or stop riding until they are older. No babysitter necessary. All you need to turn any ride into a family affair is a great child carrier bike seat.
There are front and rear mounted seats and you will find both on this list. I personally prefer having my child in front of me. It is easier to communicate, I feel they are better protected, and their view is unobstructed. Having the child centered in front of me feels more stable and I feel I have better control when riding.
When it comes to safety, you just can't put a price on it. When the seats on this list were chosen, price wasn't a factor. The deciding factors were safety, ease of use, and quality. When it comes right down to it, this will be a personal choice, buy what feels right for you and your child.
WeeRide Kangaroo Ltd Special Edition Child Carrier Bike Seat
iBert Safe-T Front Mount Child Seat
CoPilot Limo Bicycle Child Seat
Kettler Rodeo Child Bike Carrier
Kettler Teddy Child Carrier Bike Seat
The one thing that has always bugged me about child carrier bike seats is that your child is left staring at your back and if there was something wrong they are behind you. Not to mention if you were hit from behind. The WeeRide Kangaroo Ltd Special Edition, addresses that issue by putting your child right where they belong, cradled between your arms. Your child is centered in front of you where communication is easy, they see what you see, and weight distribution is much safer. This seat is quite comfortable and will fit most bike styles. Your child will be begging to go for a bike ride.
The iBert Safe-T Front Mount Child Seat is another great option for keeping your child in front of you. This seat has your child slightly more toward the front of the bike, rather than centered in front of you between the handlebars and the seat. Your child will have an unobstructed view, be protected by your arms and body, and be easy to communicate with. It attaches to your handlebar stem without tools, has a triple point harness and locking lap bar. Your child will love this seat and enjoy the ride as much as you do.
The Co-Pilot Limo is a rear mounted child carrier seat. It mounts on a rear rack system and is easily removed when you aren't taking your child along for the ride. The padded seat cushion is removable and washable. The Limo has high sides that will help to protect your child in the event of a fall. It has a 40 pound weight limit and is ideal for the rider who doesn't want their child in front of them. It also has a padded overhead restraint bar for added safety while riding.
The Kettler Rodeo is the multi-bike king. This carrier doesn't mount on a rack and is easy to move from one bike to another. Now when your child wants a change of scenery they can switch from one parent to the other. It folds for storage when not in use, no more wondering where to put it after the ride. The foot rests are adjustable to accommodate your child's height and is rated to hold up to 50 pounds, more than any other seat on the list.
The Kettler Teddy is another great option for those parents who want to share the responsibility of carrying the child. This seat is not rack mounted and moves easily from bike to bike. It has adjustable foot rests, like the Rodeo, which allow you to customize to fit your child's height. This seat will also accommodate up to 50 pounds. The only drawback I see to either of the Kettler models is the lack of a lap bar. You may want to take that into consideration if you have a child that startles easily. The lap bar can be just enough to make a child feel more secure.