I think it would be fair to say that The Oliver’s on a whole enjoy getting on their bikes but with baby Jacob being on a bike had been one of the near impossible family things that could be done.
We have a rear child bike seat and if I am honest we had hated it. Having such a little tot on the back and being unable to see them while riding and your bottoms or should I say Ollies bottom was mere inches from the child’s face had put me off them. I also struggled to be able to ride with Joshua on the back of my bike as it seemed to weight the bike totally differently making it immensely hard work to have him on the back.
A little while ago I had the pleasure in discovering a new style of bike seat, the WeeRide Kangaroo and I was intrigued.
The WeeRide Kangaroo is positioned onto the bike with a main metal bar that fits under the seat on one end and then attached to handle bar end (although not to the bit that turns) and then the seat is attached to that being positioned in front of the handle bars.
When it arrived I was initially worried it would be hard work to fit but even the most uneducated in bike maintenance (like me) found it really easy to assemble thanks to its instructions. The whole fitting process took about 10 minutes and if you want to take the seat off at any point then you only need to undo one screw and you can leave the bar in situ without having to take it off to use the bike without the seat.
Once fitted if I am honest I thought there was no way it would fit Jacob as he is mega chunky but it states it for use up to till age 4 so we followed the instructions to fitting him in and I can see how it would work till 4.
I think in my head I have envisaged the seat being one that he sat in, this one has more of a feel of him sitting on it and being part of the whole experience.
Jacob certainly looked like he was enjoying it and it made for a much more enjoyable family experience to have him part of the journey instead of him feeling like an add on. He was able to interact with Ollie and Ollie could easily see and hear him not to mention the balance of his body weight being spread over the length of the bike meant it was a far easier ride for Ollie as he didn’t feel he was dragging Jacobs weight behind him.
He did not that he did have angle his knees out just a couple of degrees while riding so he didn’t clunk them on the seat as his cross bar is not the longest s o even on the more forward setting he needed to point his knees out literally just a few degree but now he has been doing this a while he says he doesn’t notice it anymore.
Thank you WeeRide for giving us back our family’s bike adventures.
Disclaimer: We were sent this seat for the purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.