- Kids learn a lot about riding as passengers which is why front-mounted seats are better.
- This kids seat works on a diversity of frame types, regardless of their geometry.
- And there is a cute little handlebar too, for them to grip and practice steering.
Kids and bikes create both opportunity and frustration for parents. The desire to initiate your little one into riding might be strong, but what to do when they want to ride along, on your bike?
For those parents who value the joint mindfulness of a beachfront ride or cycle lane cruise with their toddler, there is a great new kids seat option in South Africa. Produced by Shotgun it mounts to your bike’s top tube, with some clever ergonomic and industrial design features. A front-mounted kids seat offers significant advantages over the rear-mounted option regarding weight distribution.
They also work on a dual-suspension mountain bike, whereas a rear seat is only applicable to hardtail or rigid bikes.
Looking ahead and learning as you ride
Having your toddler onboard in a Shotgun seat also places them with a great field of vision, instead of simply staring into your lower back, whilst facilitating ease of communication too. Technically the Shotgun seat offers a generous amount of adjustability.
It uses quick release handles with ample leverage to fasten and loosen the attachment mechanisms. With adjustability in various directions, the Shotgun seat can be made to fit on a range of bikes, no matter their front triangle geometry or tube angles. Rated for a rider weight of up to 22kg, Shotgun’s kids seat is appropriate for two- to five-year old riders. The Shotgun uses rubber footpegs with adjustable over straps to provide secure footing for a kid seated on it and there is also a mini handlebar.
A good front-mounted kids seat if of no use, if your little one is trying to grip onto an exposed carbon or aluminium handlebar, which is transferring all the terrain shock to their hands. Shotgun’s kids handlebar is 250mm wide and does not interfere with your grip or riding position, but gives junior a wonderfully appropriate handgrip to brace against and feel like part of the ride. With the combination of front-mounted seat and handlebars, these Shotgun cycling accessories give little riders a more immersive experience when going for a ride with parents, as passengers.
They can better feel the angle and leverage you use to steer, whilst observing the associated terrain and features that require awareness and caution. The Shotgun kids seat is priced at R2900 and its handlebar is R720.