We have previously covered McRide child seat for mountain bikes, but they’re not the only game in town. The Kids Ride Shotgun Seat, brought to you from faraway New Zealand, is another option, and we love this thing.
It’s a comfortable saddle, a set of footpegs and mini handlebars, and that’s it. No harness or anything to hold the children in – they balance completely on their own, a fantastic developmental step towards full-on bike dominance. Your kid will one day smoke you on a trail much faster than you thought if you get them up on one of these as a toddler, I promise.
It is easily attached with a quick release clamp and a bolt that penetrates through the footpegs and the base of the arms of the saddle. These arms grip the top tube and down tube, which can be a problem if you are a tall rider on some XL bikes. My rigid flat bar gravel bike has too much clearance between the top tube and the down tube and the seat doesn’t fit. But it is an XL and a unique construction. Another XL frame I have works easily with the seat. Your mileage may vary is what I’m saying.
The arms are rubber so they can grip carbon without screwing it up, at least in theory, but I only use the seat on my aluminum hardtail, just in case. We drive it on the pavement around town and on fire roads and soft singletrack. Aside from an extra 35 pounds on my handlebars, the only real problem with riding is that I can’t see the patch my front tire is rolling on because her adorable helmeted head is in the way. So rooted sections can get a *little* skew. Really, you just have to pay attention.
At least my daughter has been riding with me since she was 2 years old. I’m pretty sure the seat is for kids 3 and up, but my daughter, like her mom, is a badass and, like her mom, really, really tall. She loves it here. In fact rejects any other method of transport. Makes up songs about it when we’re not around the bike.
You might be thinking: HELL NO DUDE THAT LOOKS FREAKING DANGEROUS!
To be honest, I was scared at first. I rode with one arm around my little girl. Again, she was definitely too young, technically, for this thing, but I was excited. I actually put it away for a few weeks before trying it again. This time I trusted technique and my daughter’s instincts and boom, we were off. There was also a learning curve for her as she was adamant about keeping both of her precious little hands on the handlebars at first, but after a few weeks of daily rides she is waving at people, pulling her feet out of the footholds and kicking. them around feeling the wind, turning around to tickle me, etc.
It’s a huge hit with her.
It is also a huge hit among my city. It’s a very small town and people now recognize us everywhere we go. It’s almost daily that someone comes up to me and says, hello! I see you two riding all the time – looks like so much fun! Even rangers on trails, the same ones I play cat and mouse with on my big boy bike, they smile and wave at us on fire roads.
Anyway, get yours here.