How to choose a safety seat How to pick the best safety seat for your family and how to use it correctly

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Safety is first and foremost when looking for the best safety bicycle seat.There are plenty of child seats available out there and finding the right one for your child can be quite overwhelming. To make things easier for you, here are some important tips you need to keep in mind before purchasing one for your daily adventures.
Not all child bike seats can fit all bicycle types, so knowing which kind of bike seat is appropriate for your ride is a mandatory task. Depending on where you want to ride, the style of bike, and the age/weight of your child determine the options you have in terms of seat types.

Front seat
Also referred to as a mini seat
  • In a front seat, the child sits between your arms, has a splendid view and is vivible to you at all times. You can add a windscreen for extra comfort and protection.
  • In a front mounted seat, you are closer to your child, you can chat with each other and you can cehck-up on your child while riding.
  • Early age introduction to the cycling lifestyle.
  • Best view of the path or trail ahead.
  • Suitable for children upto 15 kg / 93 cm / 9 months to 3 years (weight is always leading)

Rear seat
Also referred to as a maxi seat
  • Rear-mounted bike seats are very common and for good reason. Often the first born child moves to the back when a baby brother of sister takes the front seat.
  • They fit on nearly every bicycle and they accomodate a wide range of ages / weights.
  • High level of comfort and protection for the toddlers.
  • Accomodate the use of a helmet, due to the ergonomic shape of the backrest of the seat.
  • Generally, they have a body wrapping design - with comfortable back and side support, leg and feet protection and a safety harness.
  • All rear seats are bigger than the front mounted ones and offer more adjustable so that the seat can be adjusted to the growth of your child.
  • All rear seats can be moved backwards and forwards into several positions to optimize the fit of your child and the bicycle.
  • Easy to use safety belts that offer a lot of adjustment options.
  • Adjustbale footrests so that you can ensure that the feet are securely restrained and that the knee is bent in an egonomic way.
  • Compatible with a wide range of frames and carriers.
  • Suitable for children upto 22 kg / 1.10 m / 1-6 years (weight is always leading)

Junior seat
  • Offers support children from approximately 6 to 10 years old, upto 35 kg, that are old enough to sit independently on the back of your bike but cannot quite offer longer distances by themselves.
  • Provides the opportunity to still enjoy riding along with their parents.
  • Standard wheel protection to prevent the feet getting caught in the spokes and retractable footrests are always included.
  • Suitable for children upto 35 kg / minimum height 110 cm / recommended age 6 years or older.

Your bicycle
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Bobike offers various models of satey seats to match all the bicycles on the market, due to the multiple mounting systems available. You have different models of seats to choose from, depending on how you want to install the seat on the bicycle and what kind of extra features you are looking for.
  • Mini seat for headtube mount
  • Maxi seat for frame mount
  • Maxi seat for carrier mount
  • Maxi seat for MIK HD mount
  • Junior seat for Carrier mount

Mini seat for headtube mount
Fits roundhead tubes needs 35 mm / 1,38” space available
Ø 22-32 mm / 0,87-1,26 ”
MTB 1-1/8 ”

Maxi seat for frame mount
Fits round seat tubes with a diameter between 28-40 mm and is suitable for 26" and 28" bicycles.

Maxi seat for carrier mount
Complies with the ISO 11243 standard.
Load capacity of the rear rack or carrier needs to be at least 27 kg / 59,5 lbs.
Width of the carrier is between 120 - 175 mm / 4.72 - 6.89 inch.
The outside tubes of the carrier are round and have a diameter between Ø10 – 16 mm / 0.39 – 0.63 inch.

Maxi seat for MIK-HD carrier
Complies with the ISO 11243 standard
Load capacity of the rear rack or carrier needs to be at least 27 kg / 59,5 lbs.
Only compatible with MIK HD carriers

Junior for carrier (new)
Load capacity of the rear rack or carrier needs to be at least 35 kg / 77,16 lbs

Tips - How to safely ride with your child(ren)
When we are traveling, we believe that we get the most out of that experience when we are not worried either about our safety or the quality of the products we use. Safety and quality need to be there, and our work reflects it. Enjoy your bike ride by being 100% sure that you´ve followed all our instructions given in the user manual.
Below, a resume to remember to everyone that uses a bibcyle safety seat, even if they use it for so many years! If you are totally committed to riding safely read here the full safety instructions rules.
(Note: these tips do not exclude the integral reading of your user´s manual)

1- Make sure to read and follow the user´s manual
For each seat, model-developed tonnes of hours are dedicated to creating the user´s manual so that you have all the information you need to safely assemble your seat and safe place and secure your child before taking off.  Make sure to read it integrally!

2- How to Place the Child on the seat
To safely place the child on the seat you must place the bicycle on flat and solid ground for maximum bicycle stability. Even if your bicycle offers robust quick stands, you must always hold the bicycle, while placing/ removing the child. You must carry your child in your lap and safely place him on the seat. Sometimes your older kids are so used to using the seat that they may feel confident enough to seat by themselves, but a quick reminder: It´s forbidden for the child to climb alone on the bicycle or use the footrests to reach the seat. Your kid can be injured!

3- Never leave the child alone on the seat
Never leave the children alone in the seat, it is something we always make sure people understand because the extra weight of the child on the bicycle increases the risk of it becoming off balance, falling, and getting injured!

4- Make sure that you understand that Bobike Safety seats are not compatible with:
When we say that our safety seats are not compatible with these vehicles, we mean it! So please don´t be creative to try to fit them into these options. It´s not allowed and it´s not safe!

5- This seat is not for off-road sports:
This child seat is not suitable for use during sporting activities, or in extreme conditions as per example: enduro, hard mountain biking, big road holes, jumps, and off-road trails.

6- Make sure to always ride with a helmet
Make sure that children wear a suitable helmet that complies with EN 1078 while riding in the seat.

If you have any doubts, we are always happy to help, just contact us so we can help you through the assembly or clarify any doubt that you may have!

All our seats within the scope of EN14344 are TUV and GS mark approved.

Enjoy... They grow up in the blink of an eye and there is nothing better than the time we spend in their company.

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