Child Carriers

If your son or daughter is too young to enjoy their first riding experience, using a child seat or child trailer is a great way to get them used to what great recreation cycling is.  Child carriers not only let you take your child with you, but it lets you keep them safe.  All of our child carriers come with some sort of child restraining device, whether it be a seat belt or a seat bar. As always, children and parents should ALWAYS wear a helmet for maximum protection.

You have a few options when it comes to taking your kids with you for a ride…

Child Seat

This is the traditional child’s seat you’ve seen on bikes for years.  A plastic seat attaches to the back of the bike and carries the child along right behind the adult rider.  However, unlike those old child seats, theTopeak BabySitter, our best selling baby carrier, offers a suspension system for a smooth ride, adjustable heel cups, a padded seat and lap bar, and a five-point harness system to keep baby safe.  Best of all?  When not in use, the baby seat is easily removed via a quick-release system, leaving only a sleek, versatile aluminum rear rack.  No need to haul around that wind-catching seat when you’re out for a joyride of your own!  Additionally, extra racks can be purchased so the seat can quickly and easily be moved from one bike to another.

Trailers

Need to carry more than one child?  Looking for an even safer way to take your kids along for their first bike experiences?  A pull-behind trailer may be right for you.

Child trailers consist of a metal frame with protective nylon fabric walls and floor riding on two 20 inch bicycle wheels.  The children sit in comfortable hammock-like seats (with five-point safety harnesses, of course.)  The trailer has two canopy/windshields: a mesh one to allow airflow while protecting from possible flying debris on hot days, and a clear plastic one to keep the kids warm and dry on cooler or wet days.  There is also a cargo area behind the seats to stash blankets, snacks, or any other supplies you might need.  Child trailers can carry two children with a combined weight of 100 lbs., compared with the single child and max weight of 45 lbs. on a traditional baby seat.

The most important benefit of child trailers is safety.  Since the trailer is low to the ground, and attached to the bike at the rear axle, it will not negatively affect the balance of the bike.  That is in sharp contrast to a traditional baby seat, where the weight of the child and seat are high on the bike, well above the bike’s center of gravity, making the bike unsteady and hard to balance.  Along those same lines, because the trailer uses a freely-rotating mounting device, the trailer is not affected if the adult cyclist takes a spill.  With the traditional baby seat, if you fall, your baby falls with you.

Trail-A-Bike

What if you child is ready to leave the child carrier for a 2-wheeler, but can’t keep up with adult riders in the family?  A Trail-A-Bike is a great way to help your aspiring cyclist along while building pedaling and balancing skills.

‘What’s a Trail-A-Bike?’ you may be asking.  A Trail-A-Bike is a sort of partial bicycle that mounts to an adult bike’s seat tube.  It has a seat, handlebars, cranks, and rear wheel. Instead of a fork and front wheel, there is a long arm that attaches to the adult bike.  This forms a sort of tandem bicycle, with the child riding along behind the adult bike.  The adult bike holds the Trail-A-Bike and child upright, allowing the child to practice pedaling and learn balance while being pulled along at the speed of the group.

The Trail-A-Bike is equipped with a freewheel and does not have brakes, so the adult controls the stopping, and nothing bad happens if the child decides to take a break from pedaling.  All Trail-A-Bike models fold up for easy storage.