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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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Attaching child trailer with motor in the way

There are trailers where the boom/drawbar attaches to the bike's seatpost. These normally exit the chassis in the middle rather than at the side. One variation on that attaches to a ball on the ...
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What bike should I buy if I want to fit a child seat and live in area with a lot of hills?

Product recommendations are usually off-topic here, as the availability of products depends on the region, so I'll define some guidelines and give some examples. Generally speaking, what I commonly ...
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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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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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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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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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Options for a bigger child?

According to cyclinguk.org Guide to tag-a-longs There comes the point in every cycling parent’s life when a child grows too big for the bike seat or trailer, but can’t manage longer rides yet. This ...
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What bike should I buy if I want to fit a child seat and live in area with a lot of hills?

I liked a rear seat, and after the toddler size one (Hamax Siesta), I fitted a bigger one for another couple of years. I fitted mine to a hybrid with a wide range of gears (3x8, nearly as low at the ...
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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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Are flip saddle posts available

Answering for completeness: Such saddles are available but only as spares for E-bikes, from the bike manufacturers. They aren't necessarily compatible with a normal saddle as they use unusual ...
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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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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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