I, like many other parents looking at a product like this, am absolutely determined to keep my child safe while riding. But, I also understand that keeping your child safe is not limited to just the seat, but how comfortable the rider is while using the seat or whether or not the seat causes other problems, such as impeding vision or forcing you to ride in a position you normally wouldn't to accommodate poor design/placement of the seat. There are many elements that can influence accidents.
Also, I took a lot of time contemplating whether or not I wanted my child to be in front of me (stem-mounted bike seat) or behind me (fender or one of those taxi-style ones). Ultimately, this is a personal decision because every style has it's advantages and disadvantages. I settled with fender style because of my following thoughts:
(1) I don't like the idea of the taxi style that's behind the bike in its own little cart because I kept imagining a scenario where I'm crossing an intersection and someone clips the taxi that my child is in because they didn't see it
(2) I didn't like the idea of the stem-mount style that's in front of you because you have to arch your body in an awkward way to reach over the seat or spread your hands farther apart to reach the handle bars. In fact, some of them required that you had wide style handlebars to accommodate them properly.
With that, I settled on a fender style because I liked that I could still reach back with one hand and my daughter is at the same level as my seat. She's closer to me and it doesn't interfere with the riding dynamics. Doing some research, I fell in love with the Thule.
Why? Well, for starts it's protection aspects are excellent. High walls to protect arms and legs in a fall, adjustable feet as my baby grows, great harnesses and it looks great. Also, I like this style as opposed to a true fender mount because it's easier to swap the seat between my bike and my wife's for whoever would like to carry her. All I had to do was purchase a second Quick Release bracket that I live installed on both bikes at all times and all I have to do is detach the seat from one bike and move it to the other. Also, because the seat is sitting on suspension bars, the ride quality is a little smoother for my daughter when we're on level forgiving terrain.
Did I mention that this seat also reclines? That's important on those rides where your child gets sleepy and it's nap time. Seats that don't recline will often leave your child with a severe bobbing head, especially if they are wearing a helmet in addition to being in the seat. Being able to recline I can angle her some so that she can sleep more comfortably. You can also slide the seat forward or backward to suit your preferences.
My wife and I love this seat. It was an excellent decision, especially for those who want to swap between bikes. It was easy to install and fit on both of our very different bike frames. Check Thule first to make sure your bike will work properly, some styles may not. We have a men and women's fitness bikes and they fit both frames fine.
Cadeirinha de Bebê para Bicicleta RideAlong Thule (9m+) Thule RideAlong é uma cadeirinha de criança para bicicleta com design e segurança que torna fácil suas rotas habituais ou aventuras em família. Características - Fácil inclinação até 20 graus ajustável apenas com uma mão. - Apoio do pé com fácil ajuste. Apenas com uma mão. Fitas inteligentes que permitem flexibilidade de ajuste quando a criança cresce. - Fivela segura de ajuste rápido com botões grandes, que proporciona conforto e segurança as crianças. - Dispositivo lateral que protege a mão da criança quando a bicicleta é encostada em uma parede. - Refletores para melhor visibilidade. - Acolchoamento do assento em duas cores resistente a agua. Pode utilizar maquina para lavar. Especificações: Testado e aprovado às rigorosas normas de segurança DIN EN 14344 e TÜV Peso: 5kg Projetado e testado para crianças de 9 meses a 6 anos. Até 22 kg. Consulte um pediatra para crianças com menos de 1 ano. Ideal para bicicletas com quadros redondos com 27,2-40 mm e oval máximo 40x55 mm. Suporte de instalação rápida e universal com fecho de segurança que permite a instalação em segundos. Assento de plástico com acolchoamento em material resistente a agua. Garantia: 5 anos Itens inclusos: 1 cadeirinha, 1 assento acolchoado em duas cores (Cinza e Laranja) e 1 sistema de instalação para bicicleta. Acessórios (Vendido Separadamente) Suporte extra para uma segunda bicicleta Adaptador para utilizar em bicicletas com o selim baixo. Acolchoamento extra Light Grey / Orange Acolchoamento extra Dark Grey / Purple