WeeRide Front Mounted Child Seat – The Best Purchase in My Life!

Front seat or back seat?

If you’re looking for a bicycle child seat, you have essentially two options – front-mounted seat and back-mounted seat.

Both of them have their pros and cons.

The only possible option for me was the front seat.

It wasn’t because I couldn’t fit the back seat on my bike. The best memories of my childhood are related to it. And I wanted to allow my son to have the same experience as well. A bit difficult if the only thing he could see would be my back (in case I would buy back-mounted seat).

Near Victoria Park – Three years old, 94 cm

Which Child Seat for Your Bicycle?

After quite a bit of research, I have chosen the WeeRide Front Mounted Deluxe Child Seat (affiliate link).
I didn’t want to wait for delivery by shopping online, so I went to my local bike shop (on my bike) to pick the seat up. The plan was to mount the seat on the bike and ride home.

How disappointed was I!

That thing was in my way, I was hitting it with knees when pedalling, and it was so awkward to ride with it.

I’ve almost returned the seat to the shop.

Well, I couldn’t do it for two reasons. I was in a hurry to pick up my son from the nursery, and I have thrown away the box by the bike shop.

And that was the strike of luck!

At home, without the time pressure, I had time to think about how to use the seat and how to adjust my bike. Make it as comfortable and safe to use as possible.

When I mounted the seat by the shop, to assure some clearance for my knees, I’ve installed the seat as forward as I could. What I didn’t think of, was to lower my seat to allow the knees to bend.

Before we set off - 4 years old, 103 cm
Before we set off – 4 years old, 103 cm

Safety first! It is essential to have your saddle low enough to be able to stop the bike and use your leg to support the bike standing still safely.
The reason?
The front-mounted bicycle child seat won’t allow you to get in front of your saddle as you may be used to when you stop at the traffic light for example.

When I made these adjustments, there was time for the first ride. I put Timmy in the seat, fastened his seatbelt and set off. Bending the knees was still a bit awkward, but the ride felt much better and also way too safer than on my first ride from the shop.

New version has improved bucket. When I've asked Timmy what is his favourite thing on the seat, he answered "Seat belt"
When I’ve asked Timmy what is his favourite thing on the seat, he answered “Seat belt”. The new version has improved bucket.

Our Experience

That was three years ago. Timmy was just over three years old. Now he is six and going on the ride is still his favourite thing to do. It does allow him to see a lot of things he wouldn’t be able to see by using any other method of transport.

Our rides take about 3-7 hours and are around 15-40 Km long.

We live in East London, and we have five favourite routes. I must say that we are quite lucky as those routes are either on the towpaths by the canals or Themes Path which means avoiding traffic and busy roads.

The only aim we have is to be home before 6 pm.

Functionality over form. 
Spring 2018, Timmy had new trainers, and just when we were about to set off, I've realised they don't fit in the foot cups.
Time for multi-tool!
Functionality over form #1
Spring 2018, Timmy had new trainers, and just when we were about to set off, I’ve realised they don’t fit in the foot cups.
Time for multi-tool!

We usually stop at all playgrounds on the way and spent some time on each of them. I always ask Timmy if he wants to stop at those playgrounds or not. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. I consider this as his time, and as he knows the route we are doing, he sometimes has interests in particular stops and wants to get there without any delays.

New version with feet cut-outs
New version with foot cups cut-outs

We’ve ridden a few thousands of kilometres in this setup. It is still a bit awkward to bend the knees to clear the front-mounted bicycle child seat while pedalling. Especially if we don’t cycle for a while.

It is a tradeoff I am willing to take. The ability to speak with Timmy and give him the best possible experience is for me much more important.

The thing is, I’ve got used to it so much, that after a few kilometres I hardly notice it. Thanks to the gears I have on my bike, not even the steepest hill is a problem (in London mind you).

Our rig in its current form
Our rig in its current form

Front Mounted Child Seat Tips & Tricks

If you are looking for a front-mounted bicycle child seat, my advice is to get the front-mounted one. There are different solutions, and I am sure you can find one which would be suited for you.

I am a big fan of the WeeRide Front Mounted Deluxe Child Seat (affiliate link), and so is Timmy. The seat is safe, comfortable, reliable, and easy to install & de-install.

In Greenwich - 5 years old, 111 cm
In Greenwich – 5 years old, 111 cm

My notes after four years of use and many hundreds of kilometres:

  • I had only one minor issue – the pins holding the foot-cups can slip out, so it is worth to check them now and then (or replace).
  • The strips for securing Timmy’s feet to the foot-cups – I’ve only used them when we started riding. Once he got used to it, I could remove them.
  • I’ve never de-install it by removing just the seat. It is super easy to undo the bolts and remove the whole bar with the seat (my preference). I am using my Bosch Cordless Drill (affiliate link), so it is a matter of a few seconds.
  • I have the older variant of the seat with no holes in front of the foot cups. No factor. I cut them out with my Bosch Multi-Tool (affiliate link). Not pretty, but it works.
  • As Timmy got older and taller, there was an issue with the clearance for his knees. All sorted by installing cheap stem riser (affiliate link).
Stem riser gave us another two years of usage by providing the clearance for Timmy's knees.
Stem riser gave us another two years of usage by providing the clearance for Timmy’s knees.

Conclusion

This year is our last to use the seat. Timmy is six now. He is already old enough to ride his own bike, and I can’t hold him back any longer. With this article, I wanted to share my experience and give some practical advice.

Functionality over form #2
The stem riser is perfect fit.
Functionality over form #2
The stem riser is perfect fit.

Please have a look at the UK Official Distributor photo gallery. There are dozens of photos from the seat owners with the seat fitted on to all sort of different bikes. If you are in a doubt you can fit it on your bike, it should give you an idea.

For Me, By Far, The Best Purchase I’ve Ever Done!

Having a bicycle child seat is only one the starting point. The main one is where you will go – the routes. I’ve put together an article – Cycling With Kids – Routes. My advice on the routes we do, and tips for you when creating your own.

You can have a look at all five main routes we have and get inspired by where we go and what we do.
Around the Isle of Dogs
Bermondsey
Three Farms
Victoria & Markfield Parks
Woolwich

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