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Why can't a child bike seat be mounted on a carbon frame?

Carbon tubes tend to be very strong at withstanding forces in the direction they are designed for, but weak at resisting other forces (such as clamping forces compressing the tube), hence why bolts ...
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What type of bike I should buy if I need to ride with a toddler

A 3-year-old affects the bike's balance and handling, so you want something quite forgiving. Suspension will make you work really hard with the extra weight bouncing around over the back wheel (even ...
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What type of bike I should buy if I need to ride with a toddler

After @ChrisH's thorough answer (+1) I thought I'd give an experience report. When my kids were small, I used a general purpose touring frame for this job. It has more relaxed geometry than a road ...
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Max weight of child, for rear bike seats - why is it always (seemingly) 22kg?

While Criggie's answer explains the reasoning behind the limit, the reason why the official limit is almost always exactly 22kg is simple: that's the standard. The 22kg limit comes from the European ...
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What type of bike I should buy if I need to ride with a toddler

Depending on your budget and family enlargement plans, what you can also consider is to buy narrow, 2-wheel cargo bike like below. It's easy to ride, like traditional bike and can be seen as multi-...
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Carrying a child and balance bike on my bike

My daughter still goes in a Hamax siesta at nearly 3. It's seatpost mounted and we swap it between bikes. The seat is rated to 22kg (which from the growth charts should take 99% of children up to age ...
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Ways to hear kid on back seat

Never going to work well with the child behind you, especially if there is traffic noise around. Consider putting the child in front of you on a frame mounted seat, still might be hard to hear, but ...
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Ways to hear kid on back seat

There's no good way to hear a rear-seat passenger if the ambient noise volume is high. You can agree on signals like "poke twice means stop" and then talk more once halted. I always ...
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Any way to transport kids on a folding bike?

If you go with one of the bigger, more solid folding bikes you can use a standard child seat. With most smaller-folding bikes you'll run into weight limits even if you can get one to fit - they're ...
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Are handlebar-mounted child seats illegal in Germany?

Front-mounted child seats are not illegal in Germany but face stronger restrictions than seats mounted in the back. Good sources and discussions (in German): http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/...
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Max weight of child, for rear bike seats - why is it always (seemingly) 22kg?

To summarise the comments 22 kilos is about 50 pounds, which is slightly above the "recommended maximum one-person lift" weight of 15-20 kilos. The "average" child who weighs 22 kilos is big enough ...
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Child sleeping in bike trailer

I hacked the seat in our burley trailer to recline by decoupling the seat top from the frame tube it ran through (required disassembling the trailer), and suspending the seat top instead from some ...
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Baby seat for stoker's seat post on tandem

I don't know of a child seat which replaces the seat-post and I think it's unlikely that it exists as a product as this would be such an unusual case. The normal Hamax seats which attach to the seat ...
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Ways to hear kid on back seat

It's difficult. I had rear seats from 8 months to 7 years. With traffic around, a conversation is essentially impossible. My routine rides with my daughter were shorter than yours, though on holiday ...
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Ways to hear kid on back seat

In these days it is possible to buy bicycle helmets with Bluetooth intercom like this just I do not know if any child helmet is equipped with them. Who knows, the smallest size on minimal setting may ...
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Single speed bike with child seat?

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 ...
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Child bike seat usage when approaching max weight

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, ...
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Milian Pere - Brompton child seat - installation instructions

Assuming your son will be sitting on a saddle then you need a saddle with a metal clip that interfaces between the rails of the saddle and the post. They are adjustable so the seat can be almost any ...
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Why do rear pannier racks have a raised "nose"?

I think you are correct that it’s only to prevent items from sliding forward and falling off or colliding with your legs/hips. This is only really important if you use the spring loaded clamp. A lot ...
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Why do rear pannier racks have a raised "nose"?

Pesonally I'd replace the rack. When using a Hamax Siesta child seat I fitted a Tortec Velocity Hybrid rack. In your specific case though, given that there's a cross-brace at the bottom of the ...
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Why do rear pannier racks have a raised "nose"?

Thank you all for your responses. I'll show you what I've done but let me just mention that I put the Solution mark on Criggie's because it seems to address my considerations best - but all responses ...
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Child seat: how to protect my child's face from rain and wind?

Hamax certainly make a dedicated cover, though when I had a Hamax seat I used a cover from another brand (Raleigh I think). Both keep the child's face uncovered. My worry with that design is that with ...
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Child seat: how to protect my child's face from rain and wind?

If you go to a hardware supply in the personal protective equipment area there is a clear face shield that goes around the top of the head and pivots up. I suggest attaching that to the kids helmet. ...
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Ways to hear kid on back seat

Unless the place is really not good for stopping, just stop immediately, put a foot on the ground, turn around and sort the things out. There are not many problems you can solve while still riding ...
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Ways to hear kid on back seat

Registered just to place this answer: It might be a bit weird, but how about a funnel? You take a funnel, add a rigid hose (like a pvc hose) to it which is aimed at your ear. If you find a way to ...
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What type of bike I should buy if I need to ride with a toddler

I'd also recommend a cargo bike but instead of the "Dutch" style that krzyski mentions, there's also the "stretch" style. This particular model has an electric hub motor for additional oomph. The ...
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At what age/stage should my child be at before I start using a child seat?

As others stated, for sitting in a bicycle seat the child should be able to hold their head (9~12mo). But in a Bakfiets (e.g. Babboe) you may transport even newborns in a Maxi-Cosi, with much care of ...
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Single speed bike with child seat?

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 ...
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Is it safe to put child seat on drivers seat post?

I would strongly recommend against it. I have a similarly designed seat from Yepp, and the amount of force exerted on the frame is substantial. Seat posts can shear, and would result in a bad time for ...
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Removing cushion from Aldi Bikemate Boodie seat

posting an update to this as I’ve just found myself asking the same question. Use a flat head screwdriver to lift each end of the clip holding the loop at the bottom of the seat cushion (highlighted ...
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