Bike child seats and trailers

Choose the best child seat or bicycle trailer for taking your toddler for a ride.
 
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02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test.

What to buy
Brand Price
Child seats
Weeride Kangaroo Baby Carrier $180
Rosebank Deluxe Child Safety Seat HS2002 $99
Trailers
Chariot Cougar 2 $1530
Croozer 535 $743
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

PRODUCTPERFORMANCEFEATURESSPECIFICATIONS
Brand / model (in rank order)Overall score (%)Performance score (%)Ease of
use score
(%)
Harness compliant
with stroller
standard
TypeNumber
of
children
Maximum
load
(kg)
Weight
( kg )
Dimensions
(cm, H x W x D)*
Price
($)
CHILD SEATS
Weeride Kangaroo Baby Carrier
www.weeride.com.au
77 81 73 centre mount seat 1 18 2.7 43 x 26 x 44 180
Repco Child Safety Seat R92600
www.pacbrands.com.au
69 69 69 rear mount seat 1 18 3.5 96 x 40 x 42 118
67 65 68 rear mount seat 1 22 3.5 75 x 43 x 60 179
Topeak Baby Seat - caliper brake
www.cassons.com.au
67 70 64 rear mount seat 1 18 4.2 102 x 41 x 48 220
Rosebank Deluxe Child Safety Seat HS2002 (A)
www.rosebankhelmets.com.au
66 74 58 rear mount seat 1 22 3.4 97 x 40 x 43 99
Cyclops 170/10250
www.hunterleisure.com.au
64 65 62 rear mount seat 1 22 1.9 72 x 33 x 57 73
Beto BSC001DB
www.bicorp.com.au
57 61 53 rear mount seat 1 18 3.2 95 x 35 x 38 135
TRAILERS
Chariot Cougar 2
www.morrisstanley.com
85 91 79 axle mounted trailer 2 45 12.6 86 x 82 x 142 1530
83 91 74 axle mounted trailer 2 45 14.9 84 x 88 x 149 743
Pacific Steel Kiddie Trailer PSKT
03 5248 2208
80 81 79 axle mounted trailer 2 36 14.5 84 x 97 x 135 359
Cyclops Master Cycle Explorer
www.hunterleisure.com.au
79 90 67 axle mounted trailer 2 45 9.4 75 x 78 x 135 149

Using the table

Overall score This is made up of:

  • Performance: 50%
  • Ease of use: 50%

Performance score This is made up of:

  • Riding / starting / stopping on level ground: 40%
  • Rider mounting / dismounting the bike: 20%
  • Riding / starting / stopping going uphill: 10%
  • Riding / starting / stopping going downhill: 10%
  • Manoeuvrability: 10%
  • Off-road handling: 10%

Ease of use score This is made up of:

  • Loading / unloading a child into the seat or trailer: 50%
  • Connecting / disconnecting the seat or trailer to the fitting: 30%
  • Assembly: 10%
  • Installing the bike fitting: 10%

Price Recommended or average retail, as of May 2009.

Table notes

* Maximum dimensions when in use, rounded up to the next cm.

(A) Harness is not compliant with stroller standard, but the seat met all key requirements of the standard for child carrier seats.

How we test

Safety – child seats Our tester assesses the child seats against key clauses from the Australian standard for child carrier seats for pedal bicycles, AS/NZS 4287:1995, including dimensions, labels and instructions, construction and preventing access to the bike’s wheels. As this standard is quite old, he also assesses the harnesses against mandatory requirements from the more up-to-date stroller standard, AS/NZS 2088:2000.

Safety – trailers As there is no Australian standard for bicycle trailers, he assesses the trailers against relevant clauses from the stroller standard, looking at the harnesses and folding mechanism and checking for any finger traps and sharp edges.

Performance The seats and trailers are attached to a bicycle as per their instructions, a dummy child is strapped in and an experienced cyclist then rides the bike around a fixed course. The rider assesses the bike’s handling while starting, riding and stopping on a level path and up and down hills, and also manoeuvrability and off-road handling (bumpy terrain). Mounting and dismounting the bike with the seat or trailer attached is also assessed; in the case of the seats, this is assessed by both a male and a female rider, as males and females often mount bikes differently.

Ease of use Our tester assesses ease of assembly, installing the bike fitting (the rack or mounting to which the seat or trailer connects), connecting/disconnecting the seat or trailer to the fitting, and loading/unloading a child.

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