As a child growing up in London I wasn’t much of a cyclist. In fact I remember my cousins (who lived up North) laughing at me trying to ride a bike (with my silly posh accent) and falling into a bush age 9.
No, my love of cycling developed later in life, when at the grand old age of 21, I moved to The Netherlands. Those that have visited The Netherlands will know the Dutch like to cycle, a lot! It was pretty much bike or die and I took a crash course (yes literally) in advanced cycling that first year. I’ll tell you a story of how I managed to get a key shaped bruise on my bottom if you ask nicely!
In no time I was a pro cyclist, joining the Dutch in cycling rain or shine, with shopping bags attached to my handle bars and an umbrella in my hand. It was no surprise then when Littlelish was born, that she was on a bike as soon as she could sit up. We cycled everywhere together, there was something very soothing about just grabbing the bike and heading on out of town for a cycle in the countryside. It was a little window of peace in my mummy days and I loved it.
Fast forward 7 years and we are now living in the UK. Cycling is a slightly different affair here, we have hills for a start! With a lack of bike lanes, I find myself not grabbing the bike as often as I would like. But we do like to head out to the park or beautiful Rutland water for a spot of family cycling. Littlelish has been cycling since she was about 5 and is really quite a natural, it must be those Dutch roots. We all agree that getting out on the bike is a great family activity which brings us a lot of happiness.
So when Wee ride got in touch asking if we’d like to try out one of their specially designed bike seats, The Kangaroo, for Babylish, we agreed it was time for her to join us on our family cycling adventures.
To trial the seat, we waited for a lovely warm day (which we’ve had a few of lately – lucky us!) and headed to the local park for a cycle by the river and an ice-cream treat in the park cafe at the end. It was so lovely to be out together on the bikes that we made a pact that it would be a regular weekend activity now we had the perfect seat for Babylish.
The Kangaroo is suitable for children from the age of 1 (it’s actually even possible for 6 month olds to use if they can sit up but officially it’s from 1 year old) up to 4 years old. The really unique thing about the Kangaroo is that although it looks like it is front mounted it is actually, centre mounted on the cross bar. This makes all the difference in both stability and safety with front mounted seats putting all the child’s weight on the handlebars making steering more difficult. Front mounted seats can mean your child gets thrown around, and most importantly, they can be unsafe if you need to stop quickly.
With the kangaroo I never once had the feeling I was unbalanced or unstable. Babylish was seated comfortably within my arms as we rode. Rather than just seeing a very close up view of my back, we could cycle together and enjoy the scenery. She was thrilled with her position in front of the family parade, pointing out things (like 473 dogs – she loves dogs!) having a little snuggle with my arm and occasionally putting her head down on the headrest for a little rest.
The seat will attach to a ladies or mens bike and pretty much every model. We attached the bar to my bike and it took us (well my very lovely helper) around 20 minutes. The instructions were very thorough and we had all the parts and tools we needed in the box to compete the job. The bar fit securely onto the bike and the seat attaches on to it, this means the seat can be removed instantly if you want to ride your bike alone. You can also buy an extra bar to attach to another bike to change the seat over between bikes / parents if needed.
I felt very secure fastening Babylish in the seat. The belt is a 5 point safety strap which requires you to push and hold in two places to undo. There is also an extra loop joining the belts at the top so little Houdinis like mine can’t wriggle their arms free. There are adjustable footrests which hold the Childs feet in place whilst you are cycling (unbelievably she didn’t complain at this so it must have felt comfortable).
Comfort for baby
Soft plush velvety cushioned fabric covers the seat which feels so comfortable. It’s like a mini cycling throne! At the front of the seat there is a little headrest for the child if they are feeling tired or sleepy.
Comfort for mum
Honestly this seat is fabulous when you are cycling. There is no strange weight where it shouldn’t be making you feel unstable or wobbly. I also didn’t need to adjust my cycling position at all to accommodate the seat or Babylish which was perfect.
Kangaroo vs rear bike seat
For me there are several advantages to cycling with a baby bike seat on the front of your bike, firstly its easier to get on the bike, you can just swing your leg round the back. It also means I can see her and touch her if I need to when cycling, this make me feel more secure and I’m guessing it’s the same for her too. I also find it easier to put her into the seat and hold the bike still with the weight being in the centre of the bike.
Both Babylish and I are thrilled with the Kangaroo, despite her looking a bit grumpy for the camera – she isn’t a fan of the paparazzi poor kid! It really is the ultimate baby bike seat and I can see why it is the number one best seller in the UK and USA. We hope to venture out on lots of adventures and are heading to Rutland water this weekend for some more family cycling fun.
Thank you to the fab team at WeeRide, firstly for making such an awesome seat and secondly for collaborating with Lish Concepts. We received the Kangaroo seat free of charge but can honestly put our hands on our hearts and say it is fabulous!