I finally got around to doing something I’d been meaning to do for months – get a child seat so I can take Toddler Dan with me on the bike. What finally prompted me to get it was necessity; it seems with the various schedules for Mrs Dan, Baby Dan II and Toddler Dan I was going to need a way to get Toddler Dan to her oh-so-middle-class-structured-playgroup thing without using the car.

I had been mulling whether to get the custom kiddie seat that fits on the back of the Radish, or one that goes on the front. The one on the front had more appeal, but they can get in the way of pedalling; indeed one bike shop I went in to ask about them told me they had stopped selling them as everyone was bringing them back because they couldn’t ride the bike with them.

But the Xtracycle one seemed rather expensive, and it was going to take ages to come, and then I saw a BoBike seat in the window of the bike shop around the corner, so I bought it. I fitted it to the bike, and we were ready for our first ride!

Toddler Dan seemed quite content to be put in the seat, and happily fiddled with the lights and the bell as we set off. I had promised her we would be going to the park, but we made a detour first to post some letters.
‘Are you enjoying the ride?’ I asked her once we had been going a few minutes.
She took the whole thing in her stride, didn’t mention anything about the bike but pointed forward and said ‘Park! Go to park!’. Clearly she was quite comfortable with the whole bike thing, except for the fact that it wasn’t getting to the promised destination fast enough.

And once we got home, she excitedly told Mrs Dan about the slide, and the swings, and going to the park, but didn’t even mention the bike. Hey ho; I am very keen that people start seeing bikes as normal and not noteworthy, rather than exotic and strange, so I suppose I should be applauding the matter-of-fact attitude of Toddler Dan. But I secretly wished she had perhaps been a little more excited about her first ride…

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Comment by DamianM on October 8, 2011 at 9:34pm

Love it love it!


I had so much fun riding around Sydney with Miles when he was little. There is so much cool stuff for kids that is just an epic pain in the arse to do by car or even public transport. Parks, wandering around darling harbour, watching trains and boats , on the bike it was great, just ride up and say "hey, look!". 


I like the look of the BoBikes too, especially when the kids are smaller. I imagine they'd get a little unwieldy as the kids get heavier but it's great to be able to see if they're ok and interact a bit more up in front.  

Comment by Colin on October 9, 2011 at 12:13pm

Nice one.

And you can still buy the seat for the back of the Radish for Toddler Dan when Baby Dan is old enough to go in the Bo-Bike.

Comment by Michael S. (Boxhead) on October 10, 2011 at 9:55pm

Nice one Dan.

And still room on the back for 3 or 4 more.

Comment by sydneyCommuter on October 11, 2011 at 2:29pm

Shame that toddler Dan didn't smile for the photo but that's the way they tend to be.

They are so adaptable though.  No fuss about travelling on a bike.  Nice start.

Comment by Jay on October 11, 2011 at 2:43pm
At what age have people got their kids on bikes? I have a 7-week old son at home and I can't wait until he's old enough for a bike ride of some fashion. I've even been considering getting a Gazelle Cabby or similar dutch-style box bike.
Comment by Colin on October 12, 2011 at 2:12pm
I remember reading about this issue discussed in the light of what people do in the countries where cycling is a mainstream form of transport - they tend to wait till their babies are about 7-9 months old.

And that's what I did, putting my baby in a Bullitt (same sort of thing as a Cabby). It worked fine - in fact it was a lot of fun and very practical. I've used a BoBike as well, and it worked well enough, but definitely required more concentration and care, especially when loading/unloading the baby. Not only are those sorts of falls more likely with a BoBike style seat, the baby would be falling from a much greater height than from a Bullitt/Cabby.

But the BoBike style seats are a LOT cheaper, don't take up as much space as a box bike, and you can take them on a plane, and in a car etc.
Comment by Alan Todd on October 12, 2011 at 5:25pm
Great photo Dan - quite made my day.  I remember back in 1980 when my first "child seat" was a back pack.  It worked ok up to age three.


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