This is the only seat I will ever recommend! By far the best one on the market. It reclines far enough for your baby to nap, has built in shocks, and is suitable for small babies through small children. My son started riding in this seat at 6 months old and he has always measured in the 10th percentile. I can not say enough great things about this seat. I have this installed on my beach cruiser. Worth the price and will fit on almost any bike. It locks on so you don't need to worry about theft. easily comes off with one button, can go from bike to bike with no install as long as you purchase an extra mount, fits on low saddle with adapter (i purchased separately) only seat out there with that option. Reclines at the touch of a button and the harness adjusts with one touch.
My saddle time has tripled since getting this seat, my 2.5 year old loves riding in it.
I own the three major types of child carriers, a front mounted seat, a trailer, and now this rear seat. While all have their benefits, this Ridealong is the most convenient and my son's favorite.
The front mounted one (Yepp Mini) is great but can really only be used on upright cruiser type bikes. While he enjoys riding it, I have to bow my knees outward to accommodate the seat. Though it's great for short rides, it wasn't satisfying my need for speed and exercise. While I don't use it much now, it definitely served its purpose when my son was younger; having him in front was nice to keep an eye on him.
Then we got a trailer (InStep Quick N EZ). This was a step up to get more fitness intensity rides. And I definitely got a workout lugging it around. While I could now use my road and mountain bike for longer and faster rides, it was cumbersome pulling a trailer and I could only use it on paved trails. Also, no matter what time of day we'd ride, he would fall asleep within 10 minutes and I'd have to lay him down flat and unbuckled, which I never felt totally comfortable with. We don't use the trailer much anymore but it is nice to have as it easily converts into a stroller if we'll be out for extended periods of time.
Then we decided to get a rear seat. I chose this seat because it reclines and based on my son's tendency to fall asleep in the trailer, I thought this would be a necessity. However, he has yet to fall asleep during a ride! I think the speed, being off the ground, and the variety of trails now available has been keeping him entertained. As my rides get longer, I'm sure we'll be using the reclining feature. If this isn't important to you, there are many cheaper alternatives.
I also chose this seat because of the color. Most other manufacturers only offer the dull, boring gray. We have the orange one (zinnia). Not only is it one of my son's favorite colors, it offers great visibility.
Another reason for choosing this particular seat is the way it mounts. I have a cyclocross bike with disc brakes and I didn't want to take a gamble with other manufacturers. It seemed it was hit or miss if the chain/seat stay mounted varieties would fit my particular bike. My bike also doesn't have any cables on the seat tube so it made my decision much easier.
There are some very minor issues I have with the bike, none of which warrant anything less than a 5 star rating.
1. I feel the springs could be a tad stiffer. It does allow for a comfortable ride on smooth surfaces, but it can get a little bouncy on anything more aggressive. My son seems to enjoy it, but it alters my handling a bit. There have been times when after a hitting a bump, the seat will reverberate if the frequency matches my cadence. I usually coast until it settles down.
2. Due to the long lever arm of the springs, it does affect handling. Sometimes I feel the seat wagging like a tail. I'd assume the types that use the fender eyelets don't exhibit this as much.
3. When riding solo, you're stuck with the mounting bracket on the seat tube. There's no way around this unless you want to take the whole thing off which is too time consuming. I like how the more conventional rear bike seats transform into a functional rack when not in use. It would be great if Thule came out with accessories that utilized the bracket when the seat is not in use...perhaps a rack, or lock or pump carrier.
4. My biggest gripe was one that I fixed with a minor modification. The corner of the seat that's closest to the child's big toe, the most ventral part of the seat, would make contact with my hamstring on occasion. If the seat is reclined, that portion moves forward even more causing it to dig into my hamstring each stroke. To fix this issue, I drilled a tiny hole in each side, mounted a washer, and ran paracord through with cord locks on either side. I simply cinch the cord so the corners of the seat bow inward enough so it doesn't interfere with my pedaling. See attached picture.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the seat. If you need the reclining option and/or you don't have fender eyelets (and your bike doesn't have cables down the seat tube), the Thule Ridealong is the best option. If you don't think you'll use the reclining feature and if your bike allows for conventional seats, perhaps a cheaper alternative would suffice.
Totally enamored with our new Thule seat! It's an amazing seat, full of functionality and my toddler loves it. I upgraded from the basic Bell rack-mounted seat, and wished I had purchased this originally. My only reason for four stars instead of five is that this year's model included the older-style mounting bracket and moving the seat from one bike to the other requires two people instead of one to get it to release from the bracket. I purchased a second mounting bracket for my husbands bike, which is the newer model, and it's much easier for one person to remove the seat when needed. From what I've read, the seat is identical from the 2016 model to the 2017, the only change was the mounting bracket... The seat fits in either 2016 or 2017 bracket, but the 2017 bracket installs easier and releases the seat easier too. My only other challenge is that my step-through bike seat frame includes a welded brake cable guide which I had to remove with an angle grinder to get the bracket to fit without rotating side-to-side. Overall a great seat, I just wished I'd found a better solution other than an angle-grinder for installing the post bracket.
Overall a GREAT seat, and I am happy with it!
Finally a kid seat where I don't feel like my butt is in my kid's face and I have a big butt! My son is four and he says this is comfy. He can 'do it himself' when it comes time to buckle but it takes adult hands to unbuckle. I love that the seat floats freely off the back of the bike so that the little rider is bouncing lightly, not feeling jolted by the bumps. I will say that it took some getting used to. At first having this seat on the back changed the center of gravity of my ride stability and it felt like each time my kiddo threw his arms or head around my bike was going to jerk into traffic, so I recommend practicing riding with the new seat in a relatively low traffic area until you feel stable on it. It's worth getting used to. It locks up safely so you're not worried about someone snagging the seat and I love the feet clips. My son was afraid to ride until we got this, now he says he feels safe.
When looking for a bike seat we had a few things in mind, we wanted a seat with a good price, lightweight, easy installation and obviously one that our 15 month old son would love. I looked long and hard on Amazon and found the Thule RideAlong Child Bike Seat and boy am I glad we bought it. It's lightweight and fits great on our specialized road bikes.
Our son loves to look around and be close to mom or dad. I knew that we couldn't get one of the attachments that goes behind the bike, we would be trying to calm his tears down the whole ride. This child bike seat is perfect if your kid wants to be big like mom and dad.
I love this seat. It's easy to install and switch from bike to bike if you buy the additional bracket. I feel safe putting my child in it, and she really enjoys it--it's a great way to get a small kid outside on more family adventures, plus the colors are fun. Basically, I would have given this a 5-star review, except for one fairly significant flaw, which is that we had to purchase the low saddle adaptor for my bike. I'm on the shorter side (5' 2") and ride a 15" bike. If you look at the low saddle adaptor on Amazon, the description says it's designed for bikes 13" and smaller. Perhaps that's a typo, but either way, we didn't anticipate spending an additional $40 after already investing ~$240 between the seat itself and the second bracket. At least the good news there is that it's also very easy to swap out the bars if you have bikes of varying heights.
I'm posting this because I am one of the many folks who asked if this will work with a 26" Schwinn Meridian Trike. I was told no. BUT! The answer is yes - with modifications to the basket. Essentially, you can either have a three sided basket, (which is fine if you're toting medium to large size items), Or you can snip the metal on the basket down to snugly fit around the legs of the seat. This is really easy with a pair of snips. Personally, we use the cargo basket for things like backpacks, diaper bags, large water bottles, so a little creative packing is no big deal for us- I'm not at all worried about things falling out, because the legs of the seat act as a barrier for the missing side of the basket.
The seat itself is awesome. It was super easy to install, is really comfy for my 1 year old, and we love the recline feature. (I *do* wish Thule would come out with a snap-on sunshade, though. Please please pretty please?) Overall, I love it and I'm glad we bit the bullet and spent the money on this, and didn't go with a handlebar seat out of fear of modding the basket.
Over my 72 plus years, it seems that the ACL on my right knee is not providing the stability necessary for me to continue to be active playing golf. Since receiving and trying the subject sleeve, I am happy to say that the sleeve has provided the stability I needed. One negative aspect of other sleeves available for purchase involved "rolling" of either the top or bottom of the sleeve. I must say that if positioned properly, this sleeve does not roll. I required the xxl sleeve as indicated by the fitting instructions provided. I will purchase again.
After researching every type of child bike seat and even giving a few a try, we settled on this one. I could not be happier! The frame is sturdy, it's extremely user friendly, and my daughter (10 months) absolutely loves this seat!
The only pitfall with this seat is with regard to the metal piece which connects the actual seat to the Quick Release Bracket. I read numerous reviews indicating that smaller bicycle frames (particularly those for women) needed the low-saddle adapter, which is sold separately (for approximately $35. Thule should consider offering a "standard" or "low saddle" adapter option upon initial purchase.
Very nice bike seat...easy to install, easy to remove and place on the bike...love it!!! I believe it is the Porsche of bike seats!!! My son loves it...it also reclines, has foot straps, and adjustable!!! Nothing but great things to say about it.
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