With spring well underway and summer is a promise away, we’re set for adventures ahead. Daniel likes to run, ride and gallop everywhere he goes and he always has a spring in his step. My little tearaway is cheeky, happy and loves exploring. I couldn’t wait to try out the weeride bike seat with him, so he could feel the wind in his hair as we rode along. It comes in a box with three parts: the seat, the headrest and the bicycle bar.
First off I had to somehow attach it to the bike. It can be fitted to any sort of bike, except for ones with racing handlebars. You have to fix the bar fitting onto both the handlebar pole and the pole directly under the saddle for it to work. You then fix the seat and optional head rest to the bar. Sounds easy, right? Well it’s a bit fiddly, but I managed it myself. I think it’s better if one person does it, or two if you want to have an argument. It took me about 20 minutes to get the thing on and understand the instructions. If you accept help, there are videos and tutorials on the weeride website but I was too stubborn for that. The bar comes assembled and you have to undo the screws and bolts using the tools provided so that you can get the thing onto the bike. The good part is you have everything you need inside the box, there’s no other tools you need.
Once it’s on, you can adjust the straps and feet rests to suit your child. It claims you can use it up to age 6, or 18kg. I suspect age 4 would be the maximum due to the height. There’s no set minimum, but they must be able to sit unaided and hold their head up, so about 6 months. Before you go off with your baby, it’s advised to go for a ride with the empty seat, to make sure you can operate the bicycle properly with the seat in position. It is an adjustment, but it’s easy enough, and I preferred having him in sight rather than at the back. I used to have one of the seats on the back with William, and it is a worry when you can’t see them. This allows you to enjoy the ride together. If they do fall asleep during the ride, they can rest their head on the padded head rest. It looks like they’re going to be watching Peppa Pig on iPlayer but I promise it’s not for that.
The seat is nice and padded, and has a black and tan colourway. The straps are padded too and adjust to suit, there was still room to go bigger if we need it. There’s also a strap accross the chest to stop the shoulder straps from slipping. The crotch buckle sat a bit low, but it all fits together nicely. He loved his high vantage point and we had a lovely ride together, despite him looking grumpy in the photos, he was happy, I promise. The good news is that once the bar is in place you can leave it attached, just check the fixings each time you ride. The seat and headrest can be detached with an easy screw twist you can manually adjust (don’t lose it) so you can still ride the bike without it. The foot wells can be adjusted, here in the photo they’re on the lowest setting and he fits in it quite comfortably. Once he grows taller it will be too small. He’s 2 years 4 months and average height. In theory, I don’t see why you couldn’t have another sibling on the back too if you’re feeling brave. Don’t forget the helmets for everyone – I’m aware his is pink, it’s his sister’s helmet, the benefits of being the third child, and he wasn’t complaining.
Disclosure: we were gifted the weeride bike seat for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. Contains affiliate links.