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HAMAX Child seat holder

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In both cases, however, we were able to get the Caress centered by moving the bike’s saddle forward on its rails or by moving the saddle higher. But upon doing so, the Caress became too close to the saddle to allow the seat to recline fully.

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If you’re in the market for a rear mounted bike seat, the Hamax Caress is a great option. In fact, it offers features we don’t see on most bike seats. Shoulder straps can be raised or lowered to fit children of different sizes or grow with the child. A five-point harness helps keep them more secure if their shoulders slip out of the straps. WeeRideSimilar to every other rear child seat we’ve tested, the Hamax Caress definitely affects the handling of the bike. Some of this is dependent on the size of the child, as the rider won’t feel the affects of a smaller child as much as a bigger one, but physics being what it is, one way or another, you’ll know you have some weight behind you. The padding is removable and can be hand washed, and is also bacteria and weather resistant. That said, we’re not sure how the felt-like material would hold up to the sweat, grime, and exposure to the elements in a daily-use situation. This is one area where we feel the Thule Yepp Maxi bests the Caress, as the Maxi’s rubber seating material can be easily hosed off without issue. Bike seats for children can put a lot of extra stress on a bike’s frame. The seats are not light themselves and adding a 20kg child to the load, which is held somewhere that a bike frame isn’t designed for, could cause a problem for a performance bike – we wouldn’t recommend bolting a child seat to your best road bike. Hamax lists the Caress as suitable for children up to 48.5 lbs., although they don’t give an age associated with that size. We would feel very comfortable putting a 12-month old in this seat, and our two-year old fit like a glove.

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Like anything else, rear mounted seats offer advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include the ability to fit bigger kids (up to 48.5 lbs. for the Caress), a more comfortable riding position for the parent (because the child isn’t impeding your legs or your view), and usually an easier install process. For the very youngest children (say 6-12 months old), a trailer is often the way to go for comfort and safety. Once a child can hold their head up and handle some gentle jostling (the type experienced on a smooth, paved trail), they can move to a front-mounted seat like the Hamax Observer, which will accommodate children up to 33 lbs. When they’ve outgrown that style seat, it’s time to move to a shotgun seat, or a rear mounted seat like the Hamax Caress. The ability to operate the adjustable 5-point harness and adjustable foot straps with just one hand is really nice, as it allows the parent to strap the child in with one hand while holding the bike up with another, something our Thule Yepp Maxi doesn’t offer. Our two-year old daughter currently has an opinion on everything, and where she used to demand “orange seat,” meaning a ride in the Thule Yepp Maxi, she began requesting the “white seat” after just a few test rides around our neighborhood.Many child seat designs can’t be used with a carbon frame. A step-through frame may not have the rigidity to handle the extra weight and you may not be able to use a front-mounted seat with it. Mudguards are a handy addition to stop your child from being sprayed with water from the wheels. Side protection from the wheels may be necessary to prevent your child from accidentally getting a hand or foot in them when riding, although most kids’ bike seats are designed to help prevent this from happening.

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What disadvantages does a rear seat present? They affect the handling of the bike in a way that having the child in front of the rider doesn’t, they make it more difficult to talk to your child, and they aren’t compatible with every bike on the market. Final Thoughts

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An aluminium road bike might work, but a hybrid bike is likely to be a better option. A hardtail mountain bike is also a possibility, although the sprung rear triangle of a full-suspension mountain bike is likely to make a rear seat awkward to fit. According to Hamax, their seats are TUV & ASTM safety certified, and phthalate-free. Fairly Comfortable….Even When Napping As with adult riders, a helmet is highly recommended. The best kids’ bike helmets will fit comfortably and securely, and will protect them if you do have an accident while out riding. While simple in concept, with two of the bikes we tested the Caress with, we had challenges getting within 10 cm of the rear axle. With both bikes (Specialized Ariel hybrid and Priority Bicycles Large frame) the saddles of the bikes got in the way, preventing the Hamax Caress from moving forward enough on the mounting rails.

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