Looking for a way to share the fun and excitement of riding bikes with your child at an early age? Then a front-mounted Ride Along Bike Seat might be what you’re looking for. If you’re like us, then you probably can’t wait to get out on the bike with the kids and see the sights. With a front-mounted ride along bike seat, children as young as 9 months old can ride on a bike with you. Of course, check with your pediatrician, and make sure you adhere to state laws when it comes to riding with children on a bike.
So why do we love front-mounted “ride along” seats so much?! To take an excerpt from one of our brands, Mac Ride - “With a front-mounted seat... we love that our kids can talk to us and share in the experience of the ride. With your child on the bike with you, they can point out things that interest them and ask questions. Another big benefit is that being on the bike itself is helping them to learn the mechanics of riding a bike and how it feels to lean and turn.” If you’ve been considering a bike seat for your child we’ll answer all your questions and more below!
Aside from the obvious, one is on the front of the bike and the other is on the rear of the bike, there are a few reasons why we prefer a front-mounted bike seat:
There are a number of different seats out there, but they really fall into two main categories, which are a strap-in style bucket seat, and a sit-on-top ride along seat. The strap-in bucket seat, like the Thule Yepp Mini, safely and securely holds your child, and even gives them a set of handlebars to hold. The second category of bike seats is the sit-on-top bike seat, like the Mac Ride seat, which allows older riders to sit on their own bike seat, just in front of yours while they hold your handlebars and have their feet strapped into the seat.
We’ve personally tested and ridden with A LOT of kids bike seats ourselves and with our friends. We quickly narrowed in on the best seats by considering mounting style, ease of assembly, adjustability, weight, features, safety, and of course fun. As we’ve mentioned we’re fans of the front-mounted seats so that quickly removed any rear-seat options. Next was mounting style and ease of repeated assembly, meaning how quickly and easily can you repeatedly take the seat on and off the bike (trust us, you will do this a lot). The Mac Ride Bike Seat and Thule Next Yepp Mini quickly landed themselves at the top of our winners list. If you have any questions about bike ride along seats, feel free to contact a Bambino Gear Expert.
Each child develops at their own pace, so we like to use other developmental markers to guide parents to answer the question, “when can you ride with your child on a bike?”
We feel that “Age recommendations” are not all that accurate - You’ve probably found this to be true when purchasing kids clothing, we certainly have. Since our son was 6 months old, he has been consistently wearing clothes that are 2-3 sizes beyond his “suggested age range”. On the flip size, his little sister who is 7 months old is still swimming in what is supposed to be 6 month clothing!
Because of this we don’t really like to use age as an indicator when it comes to readiness to ride a bike, or bike or helmet sizing. We will always reference actual weights and measurements of your child to get the most accurate assessment.
That said, as an example, our son was on a bike with us at 9 months old (as approved by our pediatrician), but with our daughter we fully expect that she will not be able to ride with us until around 12 months. If you need help determining if you and your child are ready to ride bikes together contact a Bambino Gear Expert to give your guidance, but remember they are always going to recommend you consult your pediatrician for the final say!
Making sure your child is not too small or too tall for the Mac Ride Bike Seat is a simple process and only requires a couple tools to get the right measurement.
Simple as that! Check out our size guides to find the appropriate inseam range for your child.