Family Biking – Carrying Kids

This is part of a Guide to Family Biking. You can learn more about: 

A family with a front-mounted seat for a smaller child, on a longtail bike with space on the back for an older child and cargo space.

Kid-Carrying Options: 

Child Seats

A Child Seat can be added to most standard bikes, most often behind the rider, but sometimes up near the handlebars in front, or in the middle between the handlebars and the rider. These seats have particular age and weight requirements depending upon the type and the way they are secured. See our Child Seat Guide for more!

Child Trailer

Once you get used to pulling a trailer, this can be one of the most versatile additions. Trailers can come in different sizes, and most are set up for one to two kids. Not all trailers are meant for children, so make sure you have the necessary safety equipment. 

Most trailers are also waterproof when you close a few flaps, which is a highly useful feature. 

A trailer capable of securing a baby can be a great way to start. Additionally, many trailers can also be used as a stroller. 

It’s a good idea to try out a trailer first, as they change the way you ride. 

Make sure the trailer attachment works with your bike, and try out other important options to make sure they work for you. Cargo and pet trailers are other options. 

Trailer-Bike

A trailer-bike is towed by your bike but allows a child to pedal (though they don’t always do so!) 

Some are mounted securely to a rear-rack on your bike and are noticeably more steady. 

Most are mounted to your bike’s seat post and need to be securely attached. 

Some also offer a seat with a back and waist-belt for younger riders, or even a double for two kids. 

Options to consider include gears, fenders and the ability to fold. 

Towing Options

Several options exist for towing another bike, either with or without someone riding it. The Bag-and-Drag method secures one tire, and drags the rest of the bike behind – and is only for towing a bike without a rider, you’ll need to find them a seat. There are also mounts to secure a front tire to your bike with attachments, and tow their bike along – an option that could be used to tow either a child on their bike, or just the bike. Finally, you can tow a trailing bike with specially-made tow bungees – but you’ll definitely need the towee to be on board and paying attention for that one!

Okay, let’s go on to the Family Bikes!

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