- trying a 7 month old on a bike
I hate to say this but you do appear to be rushing things, I ve got two kids fwiw and I do sympathise slightly however if its advice you really want and not the go ahead from sme cyber mates the please use a bit of common and wait a couple of years, you will greatly reduce the risks and therefore you and the little un will enjoy it more, chances are you will scare the kid bmping along on a bike. If you do go ahead then expect a bit of strange looks on the trail.Posted 4 years ago
We’re off to dalbeattie in a few weeks and were hoping to hire a buggy so we could get out on a green somewhere, but they don’t hire for babies under 1. Does anyone have a crossbar seat I could borrow and try with him? He can hold his head up well now so we’re just going to start experimenting with how best to get him on a bike – plus my Mrs would like to come up to see the 7stanes too instead of just waving me off for the day.
Ooh – and a helmetPosted 4 years agoboxelderSubscriber
I’ll be slated for this, but for a little un like that put them in a chest mounted carrier, like you might for walking. You’re less likely to fall off as it won’t affect the balance of the bike. There are some lovely trails at the end of the woods nearer to Dalbeattie. Also walk/bike the trails between Rockcliffe and Kippford – lovely views.Posted 4 years ago
I agree…too young for that kind of thing. holding their own head js fine when not moving around but it is totally different on a bike with direction and speed changes frequently.Posted 4 years ago
I took my 2 month old for a spin round our village in a papous…she was strapped to my chest and slept all the way through the half hour pedal, but she was comfy and in a familiar position that didn’t move much…familiar is a loose term given she was lnlg 2 months old but I’d be tramping the streets with her like that for weeks before. no hills, no main roads and only roundabouts on a housing sstate so I deemed it perfectly safe…saying that, I wouldn’t have taken her offroad and the speed aas very low so ghere was no sudden change of speed.
I’d wait before taking an adventure offrod, but that is my personal view.
have a good holiday, whatever you decide!aracerSubscriber
I took mine in a trailer when they were about that old – but like JY says they were strapped into a car seat attached to the trailer. Far too young for anything else. Are you getting the message yet?
Everybody’s perception of risk is different, but riding with a baby in a chest carrier is madness IMHO – the chances of something happening might be low, but they’re far from non-existent, and the potential consequences are very high. I’ll point out that in general I’m far from being the sort of parent to wrap my kids in cotton wool (I built my son a jump ramp for his bike for his 5th birthday!)Posted 4 years ago
My son went into a baby seat on our touring tandem (Topeak Babysitter) at three months. At five months he sat through a cylosportive and at seven months he sat there for the 700+km of the semaine fédérale. He slept most of the time.
The consequences of a crash when strapped into a baby seat are low, we tested this by dropping the tandem with him in the seat, he was completely unscathed, not even upset (though mum had a minor flap).Posted 4 years agoTooTallMember
He can hold his head up well now so we’re just going to start experimenting
and if you put a helmet on him, you’ll double the weight of his head, thus the above statement will be worthless.
Plenty time. Assume risk for yourself, but it is selfish to be doing this with a wee bairn.
As for Edukator’s advice – not something any responsible cyclist / parent I know would do.Posted 4 years ago
As for Edukator’s advice – not something any responsible cyclist / parent I know would do.
Do elaborate, Too Tall. I think you are perhaps a bit young to have kids of your own so as you are unlikely to have tried it I’m intrigued as to why you think transporting children on bicycles is irresponsible. Visit Holland and you’ll find lots of babies moving around on bikes and yet they grow up into fine, healthy adults.Posted 4 years agoTroutWrestlerMember
From about 1 month our wee lad was out in the trailer. We used a standard cheapo trailer from eBay with a cradle for his Maxicosi Cabriofix infant car seat. The seat locked into place and the cradle was isolated via vibration isolating mounts. He notched many miles, mainly asleep. We rolled it once clipping a tree-stump. He woke up.
At about one year he moved onto a Bobike Mini, which he absolutely loves. It is important for your little one to be able to hold their head up and for more off-road stuff, to be able to anticipate bumps. I always say “Bumps” and our wee lad is ready. We’ve ridden widely, including Caddon Bank.
Number 2 arrived on Tuesday, and will be out in the trailer soon. A secure seat in a trailer with the vibration isolating maounts and soft tyres must be more comfy than his pram.Posted 4 years agocrankboyMember
Break an egg into a jar with out breaking the yolk put the lid on the jar . The yolk is your babies brain if you can ride with the jar on the bike without the yolk breaking then your under child under one maybe ok. I counted down to 12 months before crankbrat got to be in the child seat on the bike.Posted 4 years ago
Ive had mine in babyseats and trailers before they were one, and they were all fine.
But maybe im reckless – I did actually go over the handlebars when I was 8 months pregnant with my second. Thankfully he was fine and walking around 10 months so i really had no problem with him being in a seat on my bike.
He is now 20 and seems fine, and he actually thinks its cool that he had his first bike accident before he was born – definitely an experience I wouldnt recomend though!Posted 4 years agoWillHMember
I took my son to daycare in a front-mounted seat from 7 1/2 months. 7km on quiet roads and off-road cycle lanes (concrete/asphalt). Back then I’d slow right down to walking pace for things like dropped kerbs, even a 1″ kerb face causes a reasonable bump. But then my son is a bit of a monster physically (99th percentile height & weight) and very, err, robust, for want of a better word.
There can be a world of difference physically between kids at that age. Some will be pulling themselves up on furniture, some will not even have rolled over yet. Most will be somewhere in-between. So while it may be generally unsuitable to put a kid in a bike seat that early, for some kids it is fine. Having said that, off-road is a whole different beast, even the small but constant wobbling from fire roads could be very tiring for a big head on a small neck.Posted 4 years agoTooTallMember
Too Tall. I think you are perhaps a bit young to have kids of your own so as you are unlikely to have tried it I’m intrigued as to why you think transporting children on bicycles is irresponsible.
Shows what you think then. Wrong on a couple of counts. I don’t think transporting children on bikes is irresponsible – I think putting children in safety equipment that is not designed for them to be pretty irresponsible. I also think that intentionlly dropping a child whilst attached to that safety equipment to prove your point to be something worthy of Mrs E kicking you hard in the plums.Posted 4 years ago
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