Summer is very much here, and what better way is there to soak up some rays than cycling? Take your little one along for the ride with our baby cycling kit list

Front-mounted child seats

These seats attach to the handlebar stem and the child sits in front of you with their legs under the handlebars. These seats are best for children under three as the position can be a bit of a squeeze when they get bigger.

The child is in a secure position and in full view between your arms – good for parent and child, as you don’t have to twist round to check on them and they feel more secure.
Great view for the child – being up front they can see what’s going on – and a great introduction to the joys of cycling.
Easy to attach to most bikes.

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Bobike Maxi Rear Seat £46.03, athleteshop.co.uk | WeeRide Safefront Childseat £99.99, cyclesurgery.com

Rear-mounted child seats

This is the most common type of child seat and attaches to either the rear rack or has a mounting bracket that clamps onto your seat tube and the seat clicks into the bracket.

Higher maximum weight and more space than a front seat, meaning your growing child can use it for longer.
Easy to get hold of and reasonably priced.
Adjustable feet holders to cater for your growing child.

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Boxer Shuttle from £1,950, boxercycles.com | Pashley Wicker Basket £42, pashley.co.uk

Cargo Bikes

Cargo bikes are commonplace in Holland and Denmark and are gradually growing in popularity in the UK. They are essentially a large Dutch-style bike with a cargo box attached at the front.

For two to three kids and lots of shopping.
Kids are upfront in a fun, sociable and secure position with a good view.
Easy for everyday use as there’s nothing to attach, you simply get on and go.

Helmets

For you and your child a comfy, secure helmet is a must but there’s no need to sacrifice on style. Check out the selection on the opposite page for a burst of colour and fun.

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Sawako Furuno Ladies’ Helmet £68, cyclechic.co.uk | Kiddimoto Dotty Helmet £26.99, kiddimoto.co.uk

Panniers/Baskets

Invariably if you are taking your child from A to B you will need to be carting some stuff around with you too.

Reflective

If cycling in the evenings, invest in reflectives to ensure you’re visible to other road users.

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The Girls’ Bicycle Handbook by Caz Nicklin (£14.99, Quercus) | Bundlebean Go Elephant £29.99, bundlebean.com | Hamax Child Bike Seat Rain Poncho £29.99, halfords.com

5Worried about getting back in the seat with a little one? CycleChic founder Caz Nicklin shares her insider tips for peddling with your baby this summer here

And check out Caz’s website and online shop: cyclechic.co.uk 

 

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