New answers tagged child-seat
To expand the options that PeteH listed Follow Me Tandem is pretty cool solution. The English part of the website doesn't work but you can Google for your local vendors or do a Google translate of the site. Check out the English flyer. Regular tandem with child stoker kit. This store has several photos of small kids on with a seat back very young ...
There do exist child seats that support higher weights, for example this one: http://www.yepp.nl/uk/Collection/Yepp-Junior. I rembember this style of seats to be very common in The Netherlands for kids up to ages of 8 or so (although they often also cycle on their own). This does require a bike with a rear rack that actually supports that weight too, and I ...
Even if you decide to buy the seat now, presumably there'd be an issue as she grows? And by the sounds of things, it won't be long before she passes the upper limit. So I'd look at other options, which as I see it, are: a trailer one of those things where they're sitting on their own saddle, over their own wheel, but are actually being towed by you (I ...
No problem at all. Single speed bikes with coaster brakes are very common in the Netherlands and a lot of them have child seats in some form or another. I use one myself and while one does feel the extra weight, especially on the odd incline, it's still very much ridable.
The fixed-gear generation having aged into parenthood, one sees such bikes commonly enough in Brooklyn. I just used a singlespeed for a short loaded tour because my touring bike is broken. It was fine.
It is unlikely that a four year old will slow you down much on a single speed. Just make sure you've got a well maintained front and rear brake. On the other hand, if you're thinking about making a purchase, consider the advantages of a bike that has a few gears, maybe seven or ten, etc, if you anticipate tackling a hill every now and then.
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