New clip-on handlebar works with your MTB’s child seat

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Small but perfectly formed. The Pro Bar clips onto your handlebar, to give your pre-school passenger, a sense of control. (Photo: Kids Ride Shotgun)
Small but perfectly formed. The Pro Bar clips onto your handlebar, to give your pre-school passenger, a sense of control. (Photo: Kids Ride Shotgun)
  • Riding with mom or dad is a great way to get kids into the mountain bike community.
  • But making the ride adequately comfortable and engaging, isn’t easy. And a compromised experience for your tiny co-rider, can be wildly counterproductive.
  • A Kiwi mountain bike accessory specialist, works to make riding with kids on your bike that much easier.

Riding with kids sounds great in theory but can be terrible in practice. This is especially true when they want to ride along on an adult’s bike instead of their own.

Keeping kids comfortable and safe when co-piloting can be a nightmare when using inappropriate equipment.

With mountain biking popularity and ride frequency at an all-time high, demand has generated a new supply of kids’ specific mountain bike seat mounts. And some of the best stuff, is made by Kids Ride Shotgun.

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The Pro Bar makes your little one feel more part of the ride, when you hit the trails. (Photo: Kids Ride Shotgun)

Getting kids into mountain biking 

From books to bike mount seats, Kids Ride Shotgun are all about limiting your little ones’ device time – and maximizing their healthy state of outdoor mindfulness.

The company was founded by Tom Hayward and Dan Necklen in 2017 and remains true to its adventurous Kiwi roots. Headquartered in Tauranga, New Zealand, Kids Ride Shotgun now has a Pro Bar accessory to work with its range of child bike seats.

Building on the initial success of its top tube mounted seat products, designed to work with an array of mountain and e-bikes, the Pro Bar makes it a joy to take your little one on a ride.

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This is the full Kids Ride Shotgun set-up, with a child seat and Pro Bar. (Photo: Kids Ride Shotgun)

About the half the size of your handlebar

This new mini-handlebar gives your little one their own grips, instead of holding onto the exposed surface of your bike’s handlebar.

Industrial designers at Kids Ride Shotgun shaped the Pro Bar to be an ideal size for a pre-schooler. Where most adult mountain bike handlebars are between 700- and 800mm wide, the Pro Bar is only 355mm. And it features undersized 19mm grips to ensure a comfy fit for little hands.

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Little grips, for little people. The Pro Bar is designed for proportional hand comfort. (Photo: Kids Ride Shotgun)

You don't need any special tools 

The Pro Bar is convenient and easy to fit and remove with a quick-release mechanism. It works with either flat or riser handlebars and stems up to 60mm in width.

A strong marketing incentive for the Pro Bar is helping a child ride along with mom or dad to develop a superior feel for cornering technique. Holding onto their own handlebar grips, make kids feel more engaged during a ride.

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The Pro Bar helps kids learn bike skills and handlebar input theory. By riding along with a parent. (Photo: Kids Ride Shotgun)

Reducing hand strain 

Another benefit of the Pro Bar is preventing hand fatigue. Small hands struggle to grab onto large diameter adult handlebars, triggering discomfort.

The Pro Bar ends are ergonomically shaped for pre-schooler hands and there is a vibration-damping benefit too, thanks to those rubber grips. And as any Cape Epic rider will confess, hand fatigue becomes a thing, when you don’t have the suitable grips to hold onto.

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