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Thule RideAlong Mini Front Childseat

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Product Description

Features:

  • The Thule RideAlong Mini front childseat allows your child to see the world in a whole new way. Its intuitive design makes it safe and easy to get out there and enjoy the ride.
  • Adjustable padded 5-point harness gives maximum comfort and a safe, custom fit.
  • Single-hand adjustable foot straps and foot rests are easy to use and adjust as your child grows.
  • Universal quick release bracket, fitting both quill and aheadset stems, allows seat to mount or dismount from bike in seconds.
  • A safety indicator is integrated into the quick release bracket to show when the seat is correctly mounted.,/li>
  • Childproof safety buckle with large buttons for easy use when wearing gloves.
  • Soft handle bar for the child to place the hands on during the ride.
  • Detachable, water-repellent padding is machine washable and reversible, offering two color options.
  • Lock the seat to the bike with the Thule One-Key System (lock included).
  • Designed and tested for children from 1 to 3 years old and up to 15 kg in weight.
  • Meets stringent safety standards (DIN EN 14344) and TÃV approved.
  • Covered by Thule's 5 year warranty.

Thule RideAlong Mini Front Childseat Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.3
out of 5
4.33
Build Quality
5.00
Performance
4
Value For Money
4.00

Customer Reviews (1)

4
Need to check stem height carefully

Although I had to send this product back because it didn't fit my bike, I've given it a high rating because it is very well made. The quality of construction is excellent, as with all Thule products, and the design of the seat is well thought out. The plastic is thick and durable, and the curled lip at the edges reinforces the strength of the seat structure. The seat padding is removable for washing, and is also reversible for colour choice. The straps are also excellent, being made out of backpack type material and including an adjusting tab on the front which makes changes to strap length on the fly pretty easy. The clip to secure the 5 point harness has a positive mechanism and has a safety feature to stop small hands from being able to release it. The foot beds are also adjustable up and down to suit different leg lengths without the requirement for tools, and the leg holding parts of the seat inspire confidence since they cup your child's legs keeping them well protected. The seat can be removed easily from the bike, and has a locking mechanism that you can also match up to other Thule locks you might have (roofracks, bike carriers etc.). If I had a criticism of the design, it would be that the seat is quite reclined when attached to the stem of the bike. This angles the seat back towards your chest/stomach, so depending on the size and design of your bike frame, you may find that the seat (or your kids head) intrudes upon your space. Other seats like this one (Yepp, Bobike etc) also recline a little, but not as much as this one. It wouldn't be a problem on a comfort style bike since that is inherently more upright, but if you have a mountain bike less than a size large, then you might have issues. I am 6 foot, and have a large frame, and it was ok. Having said all of this, I had to send it back simply because the adapter supplied clamps around your stem riser and requires around 25mm of space (because it is approx 25mm thick). I only have 20mm of spacers under my stem which I could remove, so with the seat fitted there was not enough room to get my stem back on the riser properly. Annoying really, because it if had fitted, I would have kept it. It's worth nothing that other seat manufacturers produce an Ahead specific adapter for their products which only requires around 4mm of stem riser space, so one of these might be more suitable for you if you have the same restriction I had. If not then this seat is a good option.

Although I had to send this product back because it didn't fit my bike, I've given it a high rating because it is very well made. The quality of construction is excellent, as with all Thule products, and the design of the seat is well thought out. The plastic is thick and durable, and the curled lip at the edges reinforces the strength of the seat structure. The seat padding is removable for washing, and is also reversible for colour choice. The straps are also excellent, being made out of backpack type material and including an adjusting tab on the front which makes changes to strap length on the fly pretty easy. The clip to secure the 5 point harness has a positive mechanism and has a safety feature to stop small hands from being able to release it. The foot beds are also adjustable up and down to suit different leg lengths without the requirement for tools, and the leg holding parts of the seat inspire confidence since they cup your child's legs keeping them well protected. The seat can be removed easily from the bike, and has a locking mechanism that you can also match up to other Thule locks you might have (roofracks, bike carriers etc.). If I had a criticism of the design, it would be that the seat is quite reclined when attached to the stem of the bike. This angles the seat back towards your chest/stomach, so depending on the size and design of your bike frame, you may find that the seat (or your kids head) intrudes upon your space. Other seats like this one (Yepp, Bobike etc) also recline a little, but not as much as this one. It wouldn't be a problem on a comfort style bike since that is inherently more upright, but if you have a mountain bike less than a size large, then you might have issues. I am 6 foot, and have a large frame, and it was ok. Having said all of this, I had to send it back simply because the adapter supplied clamps around your stem riser and requires around 25mm of space (because it is approx 25mm thick). I only have 20mm of spacers under my stem which I could remove, so with the seat fitted there was not enough room to get my stem back on the riser properly. Annoying really, because it if had fitted, I would have kept it. It's worth nothing that other seat manufacturers produce an Ahead specific adapter for their products which only requires around 4mm of stem riser space, so one of these might be more suitable for you if you have the same restriction I had. If not then this seat is a good option.

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4.3 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5

Fixed Childseats Guide

What are fixed-position childseats?

Fixed position childseats are ideal for introducing small children to cycling. Suitable from around 9 months, or when the child is able to sit without support, they give your child a birds' eye view of their surroundings and keep them reassuringly close at hand. A fixed position childseat is upright, but not so uncomfortable that it won’t encourage a little nap during the ride!

Who needs a fixed-position childseat?

Parents/guardians/friends who want  to incorporate cycling into their leisure time. There’s no need for a babysitter as you can take a child with you and the extra weight is great for building up muscle. Take your child on adventures, visits or even to and from school or nursery.

What are the choices?

There are a range of childseats available, with various features and in a choice of styles and colours. Look for a seat which will be easy to use – it can be quite a task balancing a bike and trying to get a squirming toddler in place and secure. For that reason, a one hand release mechanism is a good move. Feet stirrups also mean you won’t get kicked in the back while you’re riding!

What should I buy with it?

A helmet is an important piece of safety kit for your passenger. Rain ponchos are easily portable, so they are great in the event of a downpour. An additional mount means you can swap the seat between bikes with the minimum of fuss.

Anything else?

Remember that the child isn’t exercising, and can easily get cold. Make sure they are wrapped up warm and don’t make too long a day of it – small children can get bored easily so don’t overdo it and ride a sportive complete with child and seat as we witnessed recently. 

See our Cycling with children guide for more.

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If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

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