Bike child seats and trailers

Choose the best child seat or bicycle trailer for taking your toddler for a ride.
 
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03.Product profiles

Profiles - what to buy

Child seats

Weeride Kangaroo Baby Carrier

Weeride kangerooPrice$180

Good points

  • Child is within view of adult rider at all times.
  • Very to easy to mount the bike with seat in place.
  • No assembly required for the seat.
  • Very easy to connect and disconnect seat to bike.
  • Harness meets stroller standard requirements.

Bad points

  • Doesn’t comply with Australian standard for child seats for bicycles, due to centre mounting, method of attaching to bike and seat dimensions.
  • Small seat.
  • Seat is secured to mounting frame by only one screw.

Rosebank Deluxe Child Safety Seat HS2002

Rosebank HS2002We also recommend the Rosebank since it’s the only seat that meets all key requirements of the standard for child carrier seats.
Price $99

Good points

  • Can accommodate a larger child.
  • Rigid cross bar.
  • Secure four-point bike attachment.
  • Has a waist strap.
  • Second-cheapest unit tested.

Bad points

  • May be difficult to mount bike with seat in place.
  • Harness is awkward to use and is not compliant with the stroller standard.

 

Trailers

Chariot Cougar 2

Chariot cougar 202Price $1530

Good points

  • Five-point harness that meets the stroller standard.
  • Can carry two children.
  • Very to easy to mount bike with trailer in place.
  • Excellent bike handling.
  • Very easy to load and unload a child.
  • Can convert to a stroller, and other conversion kits are also available.
  • Certified to the American standard for bicycle trailers ASTM F1975-02 (we didn’t test this).

Bad points

  • Very expensive.

Croozer 535

Croozer 535Price $743

Good points

  • Five-point harness that meets the stroller standard.
  • Can carry two children.
  • Very to easy to mount bike with trailer in place.
  • Excellent bike handling.
  • Can convert to a stroller.

Bad points

  • Too wide to fit through an average doorway.
  • Second-most expensive unit tested.

 

Profiles - the rest

The other child seats are worth considering, but have some drawbacks compared with the recommended models. None of their harnesses meets the stroller standard requirements, and none meets all the key requirements of the Australian standard for child seats for bicycles. The Cyclops distributor disagreed with our assessment, stating they have certification for their seat against AS/NZS 4287:1995.

Child seats

Repco Child Safety Seat R92600

repco child safety seat R92600Price $118

Good points

  • Can accommodate a larger child.
  • Rigid cross bar.
  • Secure four-point bike attachment.

Bad points

  • May be difficult to mount the bike with seat in place.
  • Front end felt light going uphill.
  • No waist strap.  

OKBaby Ergon

OK baby ergonPrice $179

Good points

  • Very easy to connect and disconnect seat to bike.
  • Can accommodate a larger child.

Bad points

  • May be difficult to mount the bike with seat in place.
  • Front end felt light going uphill.
  • Awkward to strap child.
  • No waist strap.
  • Only two-point attachment to bike.

Topeak Baby Seat - caliper brake

Topeak baby seatPrice $220

Good points

  • Can accommodate a larger child.
  • Rigid cross bar.
  • Secure four-point bike attachment.
  • Almost no assembly required.

Bad points

  • May be difficult to mount the bike with seat in place.
  • Awkward to strap child.
  • No waist strap.

Cyclops 170/10250

Cyclops 170/10250Price $73

Good points

  • Secure four-point bike attachment.
  • Rigid cross bar.
  • Cheapest unit tested.

Bad points

  • Small seat.
  • May be difficult to mount the bike with seat in place.
  • Front end felt light going uphill.
  • Not easy to connect and disconnect seat to bike.
  • No waist strap.

Beto BSC001DB

Beto BSC001DBPrice $180

Good points

  • Secure four-point bike attachment.

Bad points

  • May be difficult to mount bike with seat in place.
  • Front end felt very light going uphill.
  • Inadequate assembly instructions.
  • Awkward to strap child.
  • No waist strap.

Trailers

The Pacific and Cyclops trailers are worth considering if you’re on a budget, as they’re significantly cheaper than the recommended models. Both perform well, and the Pacific is easy to use; the Cyclops a little less so, as its safety strap is difficult to undo and the harness can be awkward to use.

However, as their harnesses don’t meet the full stroller standard requirements, we don’t think they’re as safe as the Chariot and Croozer. The Cyclops distributor disagreed with our test method, stating their trailer is certified as meeting the American standard ASTM F1975 – 2002.

Pacific Steel Kiddie Trailer PSKT

Pacific steel kiddie trailer PSKTPrice $359

Good points

  • Can carry two children.
  • Very to easy to mount bike with trailer in place.
  • Easy to load and unload child
  • Very Good bike handling rating.

Bad points

  • Widest trailer.
  • Unpleasant pulsing felt under acceleration or going uphill.
  • Waist strap not connected to harness.

Cyclops Master Cycle Explorer

Cyclops master cycle explorerPrice $149

Good points

  • Can carry two children.
  • Very to easy to mount bike with trailer in place.
  • Excellent bike handling rating.
  • Cheapest trailer tested.

Bad points

  • Waist strap not connected to harness.
 

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