Everything you need to cycle with children

Want to get riding with your kids? Here are a few things to think about...

Everything you need to cycle with children

Getting out and about with your kids is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent, but there are a few choices to make before you get started. Are they starting on a balance bike, or straight to a pedal bike? Which helmet shoud you buy? Or are they small enough that a bike seat is a better option, or even a Thule Chariot? Just as with a lot of things, the choices can seem almost overwhelming at first, so here we talk you through some of your options and explain what everything means. 

Oh, and dont forget to respect the lockdown rules when it comes to riding your bike. If we all work together then everyone can stay safe. 

Both Ridgeback and Saracen make excellent kid's bikes that are built to last

Get a kid's bike

If your child is old enough, then a kid's bike might be the best choice as it gets you both pedalling and gives you the freedom to ride where you want. 

Ridgeback Bikes have a comprehensive range of kid's bikes, all the way from the Scoot - a balance bike for anyone too young to pedal - all the way up to the Dimension 26 which is a bike perfect for riders who are almost ready to graduate to an adult size. 

All the Ridgeback youth range are made from quality materials and designed to be hard wearing because they know that kids aren’t going to be spending hours with their bikes in a workstand - they’re going to be ridden and ridden a lot!

If you’re after something a little different, or have a budding mountain biker on your hands, then Saracen Bikes have a kids range ready for any future Danny Harts out there. Taking the name of their super popular Mantra range for adults, the Mantra kids bikes go from the 1.6 to the 2.6 and are ready for kids from just four years old all the way up to early teenagers. 

Urban Iki's child seats are stylish, safe and sensibly priced

Use a child seat

Another great way to get around with kids is using a dedicate child seat attached to your own bike. Urban Iki are a brand that combines Japanese engineering with stylish Dutch design to make child seats that really stand out but won’t break the bank. 

The front seat is suitable for kids between 9 months and 3 years with a weight range of 9-13kg. Featuring a 5-point harness to make sure your child is secure, the seats have adjustable foot rests and straps and a soft, rubber, water-repellent cushion so you can use them even if the weather’s bad. 

The rear seats come in two varieties: one that attaches to a rear rack and one that mounts directly to the bike frame. These have a slightly higher 22kg upper weight limit and are ready for children up to six years old but feature all the same safety functions as the front seats and the whole range has been independently safety tested to conform to all European regulations.  

The Thule Chariot Cross is one of the very smartest bits of kit available if you want to be active with kids

Thule Chariot

The Chariot is pretty much the most luxurious cycling-based way for a child to travel. Converting seamlessly from a bike trailer to a stroller to a jogging buggy (Oh, and it has a skiing configuration too - we’re not kidding) using the Thule VersaWing system, the Chariot really is one thing to do it all. 

Attaching to the rear dropouts of your bike, the Chariot comes in single for the Chariot Lite and single or double for the Chariot Cross, meaning up to two kids can travel along behind you as you ride around. The whole thing folds down small enough to travel with easily, and uses Thule’s Click n Store system to transport the parts you need to convert from one setting to another as well as featuring cargo space for anything else you want to take with you. 

For really young children, your can get the Thule Infant Sling that converts the Chariot to be ready for children between 1-10months old, so it really is ready for kids of all ages. 

Seriously, the Chariot has to been seen to be believed. You won’t appreciate how many things one stroller can do until you’ve tried one of these. 

Lazer kids' helmets

A helmet is probably the most important cycling accessory for children, whether they’re riding their own bike or just a passenger. Lazer know how important your child’s safety is and that’s why their helmet range caters for kids of all ages while maintaining a super high safety standard. 

But they also get that kids want a helmet that’s a bit fun too, so all their kid's lids come in a variety of colours and styles making sure there’s something for everyone. Want a helmet that looks like a shark? They have you covered. Or one that has racing cars on? No problem. 

Plus four of the childrens’ models (P’Nut, Nut’z, Lil’ Gekko and Gekko) come with an option to add MIPS - the Multi-directional Impact Protection System - that’s been proven to improve safety by reducing rotational forces from certain impacts. 

Madison Clothing kid’s clothing

The official clothing brand of the Madison Saracen Factory Team, Madison Clothing have a range of kit for kids as young as four that want to ride their bikes. 

Specifically tailored to the demands of bike riding, this kit takes all the brand’s know-how from making kit for professional riders and adds in the hard-wearing element that kids kit needs to make for a comprehensive range that both gets the job done and looks good too. 

There’s everything from padded shorts to Winter gloves, waterproof jackets to Summer jerseys and even kids mitts for anyone who wants to emulate the riders they see on TV. 

You can see the full range on the Madison Clothing website and, of course, it’s all available to buy right here on Freewheel.