We’ve recently started bike riding as a family. We often take walks with the boys in our Phil & Ted double stroller but after a fun adventure in Chicago last summer, we wanted to start bike riding too. In Chicago we rented bikes with a tag-along for Quinn and a child seat for Elliot. As soon as we came home we started researching both products. We lucked out and found a tag-along bike for Quinn almost immediately on craigslist. Elliot’s child seat was a tougher find, most child bike seats only have a 40-lb weight limit.
Kettler Teddy Bike Seat Review
I was delighted to review the Kettler Teddy Bike Seat because it’s he only one I found that will hold a child over 40-lbs, it has a 50-lb weight limit. Elliot is almost 4 has just hit 40 lbs, so the other child bike seats wouldn’t work for us.
Let’s start with the only negative aspect of our experience, the installation. And I didn’t actually install it, so really it’s only Peter’s negative experience ;-). The seat comes with limited instructions and took a good 2 hours to put together and install on my bike. He’s a fairly handy guy so it could possibly take a novice much longer. Do not expect to pull it out of a box and be ready to ride in 5 minutes. That being said, the quality of the bike seat is really nice and good things are worth waiting for, or in this case working on.
I love that the seat is both sturdy and comfortable with adjustable head and foot rests. It’s definitely a seat that can grow with a child, I only wish we had been using it earlier! I am very happy to know that the foot straps, spoke guards and 3-points harness keep Elliot very safe and secure in the seat.
The Kettler Teddy Bike Seat also has 2 secure storage compartments. A dial turns to “lock” the storage compartments closed while biking but are easy enough for the kids to open and grab a drink when we stop for a break.
Other feature & details:
- Three piece injection molded resin body
- KETTLER® natural suspension system
- No luggage rack required
- All tools for installation included
- Not for use with rear suspension bikes.
I anticipate many more family bike riding adventures around Tucson!
Disclosure: We were provided a bike seat for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.