Re: Child carrying advice please
> pas wrote:
>> here's how they do it in some countries. We built one like this
>> ourselves for around town, it's actually much more stable than over
>> the back wheel as the CG doesn't change a whole lot and the kid is
>> inside your arms.
> I've never liked this kind of arrangement as it places the child at
> some risk in the case of an emergency or sudden stop. At least the
> example you show has a rigid back that should help prevent the adult
> crushing into the child. the worst are those clamp on saddles that go
> on the top tube with two foot supports attached to the down tube.
> However I don't like the idea of the child being flung forward onto
> the handlebar clutter or worse, which even with strapping is possible
> with some arrangements. At least if they are on the back they have a
> soft back to knock into.
> John B
trust me, it's much more stable than the baby on the back of the bike.
After all, three million third world cyclists building them at home can't be
wrong!! The one we built had a little seat on the top tube, foot rest and
no back the kid just held onto the handlebars. I don't know about trails but
it was great for the bike path
The rear tyre thing is just - bad. You have to remember to compensate for
the weight of the kid everytime you stop. The kids' weight, and you could be
riding with an extra 30# back there, will really throw you off even if you
have to swerve. If you are really worried about "risk of emergency stop"
or a kid being flung around, perhaps you should not take your baby out at
all... there's going to be risk no matter what.