We have been keen to start heading out on family bike rides for a while now, but the cycling bug hasn’t been caught by Sebby yet and he chooses a scooter over a bike anytime.
I have been looking at bike seats, trailers and trail gator’s for a while now and one that really stood out for me was the Urban Iki rear seat which is suitable for children aged 3-6 years.
Urban Iki fuses design from the Netherlands with technology from Japan to bring you a seat that gives you the freedom to get out and explore with your child and the first thing that struck me was how lightweight it is.
The seat takes some minor assembly before attaching to the bike and I will admit there was some confusion over the instructions. Thankfully there is a handy QR code in the manual which shows you simple assembly videos which are much easier to follow.
You are provided with all the tools you need to attach the seat to the bike and it’s the bike frame that takes the weight of the seat and your passenger, with the main attachment bolted to the frame under the saddle.
The seat support then bolts in and sits over the back wheel, to hold the bike seat.
Once the initial parts are attached, it takes no more than 5 minutes to attach the Urban Iki seat. The Click & Go system makes it possible to take the seat on and off in seconds, after opening the safety loc, so it’s easy to remove if you want to go for a ride without taking a passenger along the way.
The Urban Iki Rear seat has a 5 point-safety belt with a buckle that has been designed for easy use, so you can unbuckle your child with one hand and the foot restraints can be adjusted to fit each individual child.
The seat come in a variety of colours to choose from and you can mix and match the waterproof seat pad, foot straps and shoulder straps if you want to.
I used to cycle a lot with Isaac and Eliza in bike seats as babies / toddlers, but this is the first time Sebby has been in one and he wasn’t convinced at first and proceeded to cling onto the back of my top until he realised he wasn’t going to fall out.
Once he relaxed, he thoroughly enjoyed our bike ride and wanted to race Isaac and Eliza at every opportunity, pretending to be in a Mario Kart race and throwing imaginary shells at them.
We managed a respectable 4 miles for our first bike ride with the kids and I didn’t find the seat and Sebastian too heavy, even when we were cycling off-road.
The bike seat is perfect for us as it is simple to remove when Hubby and I want to go cycling when the kids are at school and because it is a lightweight plastic, it is easy to keep clean.
I am hoping that going on regular bike rides will not only help us keep fit, but will also encourage Sebby to want to ride his own bike.
Do you go cycling with the family?