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I have a 17 mo "sturdy" boy. He weighs around 27 lbs. I can't decide what kind of bike seat or trailer to get.<br>
I like the idea of the Wee Ride seat that has the child in front of the rider. But does that make it really hard to ride the bike?<br>
Do the rear seats make balancing impossible?<br>
What about trailers? They make me nervous because DS will be so far from me.<br>
I like the idea of the front seat too because he'll have a way better view.<br>
Can anyone with experience help me out??!
 

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ok, I think I've narrowed it down to either the front-mounted seat or a trailer.<br>
Any experiences to share?
 

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We have all 3 (I live in the Netherlands--it might as well be a national requirement <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
It depends on what you want to use it for. If you want it for fitness, I would go with the trailer--they create more drag and you get much more of a workout. If you want to use one for getting around, I would get a seat--it's easier to get around town, it's easier to just get on the bike and get going, it's lighter and has less drag, it takes up less room in storage.<br><br>
I have a front riding seat on one bike and a back riding seat on another. They both took me a bit to get used to (maybe 2 or 3 rides). For now, I prefer the front seat--DD is 26 months and 27 lbs., and it's still manageable to have her up there (it doesn't effect my stearing yet). She likes it better than the back seat, and we can talk and interact more easily. I think I'll probably move her to the back seat in a few more months.<br><br>
They both have safety issues. In the seat, if you fall, he falls (and hopefully everyone is wearing helmets). With the trailer, there's a chance of being swiped by a car.<br><br>
Personally, I prefer the seats--they're easier for me to get around with, it feels safer to me (I don't like her back there at ground level), I like being able to interact with her and for her to see things at my level.<br><br>
The one thing I haven't tried is a Chariot trailer--they're super expensive, but you can get a side car option--it might be less drag and easier to interact like that.<br><br>
Anyway, hope that helps!
 

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I have a baby trailer that I got at Target for under $100 and I love it! So does DD who is 18mos and 25lbs. It will hold two kids up to 100lbs and folds flat for storage if needed. It can also convert to a stroller. We do all of our riding on paved walking/biking trails and I hardly know that I am pulling it. There is also a small bit of trunk space where you could pack a blanket and a picnic.<br><br><a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=br_1_2/601-7293335-8890512?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&asin=B00006JHVN" target="_blank">http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B00006JHVN</a><br><br>
We found it on sale for about $70
 

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I got a WeeRide front-mounted bike seat, and I could not ride with it. There was no place for my body to go when stopped, or mounting or dismounting. I've seen people with them, but I don't know how they make it work. I wish it could, because I'd love to use it! Anyway, my boy's too big for it now.<br><br>
I got a Burley D'Lite, and I love it, but I do sort of wish I'd got the Solo. It works pretty well, though, and we can fit lots of groceries in it. I bought a stroller attachment (handle and front wheel) which was a <i>complete</i> waste of money, because the thing is just too big to use as a stroller. The Burley is expensive, but they hold their resale value well.
 

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I recently bought a trailer but have not used it yet because I am now freaked out about safety. I opted for the trailer because the safety statistics that I found indicated the trailer was safer than a seat. I think the worrisome aspect about a child seat on the bike is that with the extra weight up high, the center of gravity changes compounded with the potential of the child shifting around seems so dangerous. Concerns about the front seat specifically are that the child may become too tall to be up front before reaching max weight which may be something to think about since you have a big boy.<br><br>
As you pointed out, the trailer places the child really far away which worries me too. Even with a flag, I have concerns that the trailer will not be observed and I also worry that I will not calculate accurately between those poles at intersections on paved trails.<br><br>
This probably did not help at all, and I too would be interested in other people's input on this topic.
 

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I have and love a front-mounted seat. I feel that trailers are far too bumpy a ride for a little one (although I have heard that there is one on the market that has suspension, I think it's pretty expensive).<br><br>
The front-mount seat keeps her balanced in the middle of the bike where she gets fewer jolts (vs. sitting over the rear axle), has the least effect on bike-handling for me and keeps her in physical contact with me which I love.<br><br>
I actually have this seat: <a href="http://www.bike-tutor.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bike-tutor.com/</a> -- the shipping for it stinks since it's a European product, but I really, really like it.<br><br>
There is a pretty good article about bike-safety with little ones here: <a href="http://www.helmets.org/little1s.htm" target="_blank">http://www.helmets.org/little1s.htm</a> that looks at your alternatives for taking your toddler along for the ride <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've used a seat behind my seat for DD1, and a trailer, I LOVE my trailer. If DD1 shifted around in her seat then it threw my bike off balance, I almost lost it a few times, very hard to bike that way. The only time that I know my trailer is back there is when I am going uphill, then I really feel it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have a <a href="http://www.wicycle.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wicycle.com/</a> trailer, DD1 calls it her boat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I got the stroller attachment and use that frequently as well.
 

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I gotta say that I really like my trailer- I forgot to mention in my earlier post that my trailer has an anti-tip feature. I was getting ready to go one day and bumped the bike, DD was in the trailer, it stayed firmly on the ground while the bike went over sideways. I ride bike trails and can hear DD and talk to her just fine with her in the trailer.
 

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I just bought my trailer last week and was waffling between the front-seat and the trailer. In the end, I decided that I liked the freedom to use it in light traffic as a means of commuting and prefered to have the trailer for that. I love it! I was worried that I wouldn't be able to hear him or that he would be isolated back there, but he talks to me the whole time and is always asking for "biygh biygh!" The only thing we've found that he doesn't like are the speed bumps in the park (but I don't like them either!!). hth.
 

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Yes, I try to give Sprogly a warning about the speed bumps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I commute part of the way by bike: take Sprogly to daycare in the trailer, leave the trailer at daycare, ride to the train, put the bike in a locker and take the train. It works well. It's very easy to ride the bike with the trailer.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes right-handed">: I'm so glad you asked this--DH finally talked me into getting a bike, and now we're going to be taking DD out.<br><br>
A question regarding helmets: do you guys insist your DC wear a helmet when in the trailer? I'm kind of a freak about her having to wear one, but the thing is, she's still too little for a youth helmet. She's got a huge noggin for her age, but it is still about 1" too small for the smallest helmet REI had.
 

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I keep Sprogly in a helmet on general principle, but in a trailer I don't think it's necessary. It's mostly that I want him to make the association between bikes and helmets.
 

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I have the wee ride and love it! My girl LOVES it too! I have no problems riding with it at all.. I put my seat low so I can touch the ground when were stopped. And I do kind of have to throw my leg over when getting on and off.. esp since I have a bad on the back to hold our things. There are pics of us using it on myspace, link below..
 

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I just wanted to say that it IS very important for them to have a helmet on, even if they are in a trailer. If they are on the road or in traffic at all, they must have a helmet.<br><br>
As someone mentioned earlier, there are risks with the trailers, and helmets are life-saving devices.<br><br>
Just thought to also mention that a child should not ride in a bike trailer until at least 1 year of age.<br><br>
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I ordered the wee-ride and before I actually got it, I was really getting worried that I would not be able to ride the bike with the seat in there, as a pp mentioned.<br><br>
I am 6'0 tall and have a 35 inch inseam, so my legs are very long. I was concerned about my knees hitting the wee-ride, and not being able to pedal very well.<br><br>
We have a cruiser bike, and when we got the seat, we held it up to the bike and it seemed like I may have been right. It didn't seem like there was enough distance between the seat of the bicycle and the handlebars, But, thankfully, my dh wanted to mount it before we sent it back and I'm so glad we did!!!!!!<br><br>
I took it for a spin, and although my legs have to straddle the seat a BIT, it's not a big deal AT ALL and does not affect my pedaling. I do not hit my knees on the wee-ride and my dd LOVES it, I mean LOVES it!<br><br>
We go for long rides everyday that the weather permits and I love having her close to me. I am an avid babywearer and think that this is the closest thing to babywearing I have experienced. We are looking out at the world from the same point of view and it is just so cool. She makes noises and points at the new things she notices as we ride! It is really so much fun! I highly recommend it.<br><br>
PS-In my research for a seat that gave more clearnace for my legs, I found the I-bert safe-t-seat. It allows much more clearance for your legs, if anyone is looking for a more comfortable ride on a smaller bike.
 

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I use a trailer because if when riding over the street car tracks/railroad tracks and my bike goes down, my kid is safe in the trailer... this was big for me because this has happened to me too many times and it is hard to avoid the tracks, esp. when damp or wet from rain...<br><br>
Plus, they seem to have more room ...<br><br>
Although I'm thinking of a wee ride, they seem really fun and better than looking at my bum...
 
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