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I LOVE my Strida, but have noticed that the only way to transport kids with it is in a trailer, which seems to defeat the purpose of a compact bike.

I've seen a crazy expensive Brompton bar attachment that becomes an extra kid seat in front of your seat (Here's a thorough review of it: http://documentally.com/2011/08/20/a-child-seat-for-a-brompton-folding-bike-review/) but it doesn't seem to be available any more.

Any other options that combine any folding bike with a child seat?

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When it comes to children and bicycles I'm guessing you can't have your cake and eat it too. –  hillsons Oct 17 '12 at 19:30
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Well, if the Brompton bar attachment thing or something like it were available to buy somewhere, you certainly could. I've seen a custom job on a Strida but nothing commercially available on that front. –  spongefile Oct 17 '12 at 19:35
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What about a backpack? Probably not the best idea. Depends how fast you plan on going. Might get child services called on you. (mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Packs/ChildCarriers/Carriers/PRD~4011-890/…) –  Kibbee Oct 17 '12 at 19:37
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I would not recommend a backpack. I have 20+ years climbing mountains while carrying 25+kgs over seriously rugged terrain I do not consider carrying my child in a back pack on a bike safe... –  mattnz Oct 17 '12 at 20:20
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@Kibbe "child services called on you..." not any more than with a ShelBroCo Carrababy: sheldonbrown.com/carrababy.html –  heltonbiker Oct 17 '12 at 20:59
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In my opinion, this should NOT be done.

Bicycles are very versatile, and one can not only use a single all-purpose bike for many purposes, but also to have/design specialty bikes, as it is the case of a Strida. And, by the way, is the case with a lot of child-carrying specific bikes and/or equipment.

But, as it seems to me, a Strida is a SPECIALTY BIKE NOT SUITABLE TO CARRY CHILDREN! It has its purpose (portability and compactness), and this purpose is not compatible with child-carrying, unfortunately.

My suggestion would be to increase your fleet, just in case you really WANT to carry your child on a bicycle, which by the way is an EXCELENT EXPERIENCE with no age limit! (only size/weight limit)

Hope this helps, and I didn't mean to be rude or disappointing, but concerned with the child's comfort and safety.

(by the way, transporting kids ALWAYS defeats the purpose of compactness, whatever "compactness" might mean...)

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Clarification: I'm not limiting myself to child-carrying options on the Strida. I'm willing to sell that and get another folding bike. (I have reasons for needing a folding bike specifically, but they're irrelevant to the question) A different speciality folding bike could be suited to carry children, depending on its design. I'm asking whether people have encountered such options, not whether they are likely to exist or should exist. :) –  spongefile Oct 19 '12 at 14:51
    
What immediately comes to mind is BikeFriday, they have some interesting tandems (besides other models): bikefriday.com/bicycles/tandem –  heltonbiker Oct 19 '12 at 16:56
    
That's certainly an interesting option for when the kids are bigger! –  spongefile Oct 22 '12 at 12:49
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