Friday, July 3, 2009

The Bobike Mini

The Hubby requested that I share some photos of the Bobike mini that we use four our daughter Miss S. We have had this seat for her since she was about 19 months and she is now 37 months. She is just over the recommended weight limit and it is time to get her a bigger seat (either that or a cargo bike, can anyone say Nihola?). I have been told by many people that she is big for her age. Anyway she just loves the seat and we love having her up front where we can talk with her and share the fun.

Here is the seat without the kiddo on the Amsterdam.
Bobike Mini on the Biomega

Here is the seat with kiddo.
Bobike at age 3

This is how she fit into it 1 year/4 inches/4lbs ago with the seat on the Electra Townie.
Bobike at age 2

13 comments:

  1. I love your blog! and I would love your opinion... Do you think the Bobike would work on the GFisher Simple City 3M? Or is it best to stick with a more upright "comfort" style frame? Thanks!

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  2. @Amy, The Hubby has put the Bobike Mini on his cannondale road bike and managed it. I think that the more upright the ride is the better though just for comfort and visibility around the kid. I prefer riding with the seat on the Townie because it is roomier but it works on the Biomega Amsterdam but I do bump my knees The Hubby looked at the specs and thinks it should b fine, the mount that we use is for a quill stem which the Gfisher has. But he wants me to tell you that he doesn't know if Bobike makes a mount for threadless stems just incase you are shopping for a bike that is Bobike Mini compatible.

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  3. Found your blog and have a question. Any safety issues with the Bobike mini? As far as not having a shell of the chair behind the kid's head? My bike shop said they wouldn't carry it because of the safety issue.

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  4. Hi. I am not sure what kind of safety issue he could mean. I have not had any reason to test the safety and they are quite a popular seat in Europe. Their site says "Approved to safety standard EN14344". There is a Site
    site that sort of explains the rating. I don't personally think that riding a bike is dangerous and the seat is no more dangerous than the seat I sit on so I am not too worrie about it. The child in the seat should be able to hold her head up steadily before riding in it though. I am mostly concerned with making sure that I ride safely. Also it just feels safer having her in between my arms. And having her between the wheels rather than behind them makes the bike's center of gravity easier to manage.

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  5. To Amy Herbst, I saw your comment above. I used the bobike Mini on my GF SimpleCity and it worked great...until someone stole the bike. I was cruising the internet looking for a place that sells the mounting piece when I came upon this site. I still have the seat but the mounting piece was on the bike so need a new one. I LOVE the bobike mini. My son loves it too.

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  6. To Amy above, I used the bobike mini on my GF SimpleCity and it worked great....until someone stole the bike. I was surfing the internet looking for a new mounting bracket for the bobike and came across this site. I love my bobike and so does my son. I lived in Amsterdam for several years and this seat was very popular. I agree with Cosmo regarding safety. It is more important that you ride safely than anything else. And having my son between my arms feels safe to me. I imagine the local bike shop wanted to sell you the child carrier they had in stock.

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  7. As the person in the photos I can assure everyone reading this that the Bobike mini is the safest seat around for a child under 30 pounds.

    There are a lot of reasons for this but the main one is because you will ride your bike the same way you would without the little passenger. And the little passenger will learn to lean into the turns instead of out of the turns. This combined with the fact that your center of gravity will be between the wheels will keep you from having an accident.

    Most accidents with kids in tow are because the weight over the back wheel combined with the kid leaning suddenly and unexpectedly the wrong way causes the back wheel to slide out of control. When this happens the bike and kid are whipped potentially causing injury.

    If you feel you must have a high back seat behind the cyclist please have a bike with a longer wheel base to prevent the situation listed above.

    feel free to ask me for further clarification if needed.

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  8. Liam - I don't know where you are living now but you should try contacting Clever Cycles in Portland, OR or Flying Pigeon LA, here in LA. We bought our seat at Clever Cycle and Josef is ordering some of these seats.

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  9. Thanks for the great info! I have a Simple City bike, and I've been having lots of trouble finding a rear-mount child seat that will fit over the fender properly. I'm a little concerned that my knees will bump against the seat, but now I might just try to buy one of these. I'm desperate to get my little one on my bike with me!

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  10. Shisomama, If the bike is a proper fit for you knee bumping probably won't be too much of an issue. At most it will take a bit of adjustment to get used to. I love the seat and am trying to accept her being way too big for this seat. I love having her up front so much.

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  11. Cosmo - thanks for referring me to clever cycles. I called them and they had a mounting bracket in stock. Excellent. Summer is on its way and I need to get my son back on the bike.

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  12. Hi! Thanks so much for your blog post about the BoBike child seat. I'm looking for an LA-based retailer that carries them and can't find anyone except for The Flying Pigeon (but they don't have the Maxi Tour) model that I'm looking for. Can you share with me where you bought yours? We don't want to buy online because we want to put our baby in it first to test that she likes it. Thanks in advance! EM

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  13. I actually bought my mini from ebay while I was living in Oregon. I bought my bobike jr from Josef at Flying Pigeon. Can he not get the Tour for you?

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