Biking with a baby in the city
May 23, 2010 8:06 PM Subscribe
What's the best set-up for biking with a toddler in the city?
posted by sandor to sports, hobbies, & recreation (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Now that summer's here and my son is about a year old, I'd like to start biking around Chicago with him. I've been biking in the city for years, and I feel really comfortable doing so. But I'm not sure what precautions to take and what equipment to invest in for biking with baby. The two things I mainly wonder about:
1. Trailer or jumpseat? I've heard the latter is rougher on their little necks, and less safe in a crash, but the thought of riding city streets with that low-riding trailer behind me, where cars can't see it, scares me to death. (In case it's relevant, my son is roughly 24 lbs.)
2. Do I need to get a new bike? I have a road bike now, with dropped bars, and my position is mostly crouched over. That style seems incongruous with biking around with a toddler, and I'm wondering if I should invest in something more cruise-y.