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Front bike seats for kids – makes and models
Front bike seats for kids have been popular in the rest of Europe for years, and are making a rapid entry into the UK market. The main makes readily available are Yepp, WeeRide, Polisport and Hamax.
The Yepp Mini is a light and easy to use front seat. It gives your toddler a full view of the road and because it is made out of the same materials as Crocs, they are easy to keep clean (great during those potty training months!)
The Yapp Mini is functional, comfortable and incredibly stylish – coming in a wide range of colours. The best bit is the range of accessories, including a windscreen and the wonderfully cute Miffy Sleep Roll.
The Yepp bike seat line is designed to grow with your kid. Once they grow out of the Mini, Yepp have designed the roomier back seat, the Yepp Maxi.
The Yepp Mini Front Seat is suitable for carrying children on the front of your bike from 9 months up to a maximum weight of 33 lbs (approx 3 years). The manufacturer’s specification is as follows:
- Easily mounted on the bike’s handlebar stem using the adapter supplied. The stem must be made of steel and have a diameter of 0.8 to 1.1 inches (28 mm)
- Quick and simple to snap into place and detach. An additional integrated lock guarantees extra safety and guards against theft
- 5-point harness with easy-to-use buckle and adjustable footrests with straps provide optimal protection
- Soft shoulder pads for added comfort
- Made of flexible but sturdy rubber material, which ensures both safety and comfort for your kid. The material is shock absorbing, antibacterial and easy to clean, and features a high insulation factor and water resistance
- Complies with the most stringent European safety requirements and is certified by the Dutch TNO Institute for applied science research
Where to buy the Thule Yepp Mini
The Yepp Mini front seat is becoming increasingly available throughout the UK, so check to see if your local cycle shop stocks it (they will often help to ensure the seat is correctly fitted to your bike). If they don’t stock it, you can buy online at Wheelies, Tredz and Amazon.
Weeride Safefront and Safefront Delux
Until Yepp burst onto the scene, Weeride were the main manufacturer of front bike seats available in the UK. The Safefront is their front seat offering, which comes in two models – the standard, and the Delux.
- Weeride safefront delux
The Weeride Safefront Child seat has movable enclosed footrests to ensure no dangling legs or feet and a 5 point safety strap. The Safefront is claimed to fit 99% of bikes as long as they are 16” frame or above, but again worth checking with your bike shop. Please note this seat does not fit drop handlebar bicycles.
The Safefront comes either as the standard seat, or the deluxe version, which has additional seat and strap padding, which is useful if you’re going on longer rides.
Fitting takes about 20 minutes, so you may want to speak to your local bike store about this. Once fitted, the seat can be removed in seconds for solo riding.
The Delux was Weeride’s premium front bike child seat before the Safefront was launched. Look out for bargains as retailers sell off their stock to make way for the Safefront.
Hamax Discovery – RRP £70
• Adjustable safety harness and foot supports
• for children older than 9 months and up to 15 kg
• the child seat is mounted to the frame of the bike under the steering rod.
• Easy to mount
Leco Top Tube Seat – (RRP £24.99)
The simplest front bike seat on the market. This is a seat aimed at the older end of the age range, where your child isn’t going to fall asleep and wants to feel close to the action. It’s so easy to get your child up and into and is ideal for short, sharp rides out. It’s also easy to cycle with when the child isn’t in the seat, so good for dropping off at nursery or preschool and continuing your journey. Safety features include a two point belt that fastens around the waist, a tubular back restraint and non-adjustable foot straps.
The best thing about this seat is that you get to cuddle your child as you cycle along – and for this reason the Leco has been a firm favourite of ours. See our blog article about having to give up using the Leco once our son got too big.
This article was first published in August 2012 and updated in January 2016
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