I am not a big fan of the bolt-on kid seats on bikes. I know that lots of people, all over the world, use them and have good safe family fun, but they really just scare me. Maybe if I didn’t have such a propensity for crashing, I would feel different.
I always preferred selling trailers to the people who wanted to take toddlers along. I know that some are pretty expensive, but I always thought the extra cost would be worth it. I’ve seen someone flip a Burley trailer on its side, only to have the 4 year-old inside call out, “Do it again, Daddy!”
I once got a bit of a reprimand, from Scott, for down-selling the seats a little too much. A lady had come in to look at kid seats, and trailers, and she was leaning toward purchasing the bolt-on seat. She asked me what I thought.
“Well,” I said, “I would get the trailer. I am not comfortable with carrying a kid on the back of the bike.”
“But, I would put a helmet on him,” she said.
“Try this,” said. “Put his helmet on him…”
“Yeah,” she said.
“Strap him into his high-chair…”
“Mmm-hmmm,” she nodded.
“Then push the chair over.”
She gave a little gasp, and went wide-eyed. Scott, who had overheard the conversation came scurrying over, all apologetic that I had scared her, telling me that I was getting too graphic, etc.
The lady bought a trailer, though.