I started looking around for a bike seat when my daughter was 6 months old, of course, she was too young but I was interested to see what different options there were. Having good experiences with the WeeRide Kangaroo, that was one of a few on my short list.
I remember seeing the iBert on a website, I’d never seen one before but it looked completely different and since we have a girl, the bright pink was the ticket.
Its been in use for a year and a half now so I thought a bit of a review was in order. The seat’s simple, comfy and excellent quality, so far so good.
Originally started in a garage by Kelly Eissinger and her husband, the seats quickly grew in popularity and while they are shipped all around the world, they are still made in the U.S.A.
The iBert Safe-T-Seat
The iBert takes a unique approach to carrying a child, not just in the way it functions but it looks pretty wild and it definitely gets a lot of attention if we’re out on the cycle trails. Maybe because it’s bright pink as well!
A large molded one-piece body attaches to an industrial looking bracket with minimal fuss, and it’s really quick to install on a bike.
I reckon this seat will be passed down to my daughter’s kids, once she grows out of it. It’s a joy to use good quality equipment, oh and if you not keen on pink there are more colors too.
iBert Safe-T-Seat Specs
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
- 2 Year Limited Warranty
- Age Range of 1 to 4 Years
- A maximum recommended weight of 38 pounds
- Mounting Bracket Fits 1 and 1/8 threadless headsets and threaded headsets
- 3 Point safety harness with childproof buckle
- Hinged bar opens and closes easily when buckling up your child
- Very strong aluminum mounting bracket
- Stiff Resin plastic body
- Multiple colors available Red, Pink, and Green with U.V stabilizers added to prevent fading
- Fully enclosed adjustable leg supports with toe straps
- Made in the U.S.A
- Install time of 10 mins
Installing and Mounting the iBert
The way the iBert mounts to your bike is about as straightforward and simple as it gets, there are no fiddly clamps, special locks or spacers to play around with, just a two-piece bracket.
Two screws hold the aluminum arm which acts as the support and attachment for the seat. The front clasp is thick steel with the screws going directly to the arm.
The seat slides on and off pretty easily and is locked into place by a steel clip, I have seen these used on various machines so there no worries about safety there.
There is a small amount of play between the arm and what it slides into, this is just to give the metal on metal joint space for when you slide the seat on, otherwise, it would just bind and make things difficult. This is perfectly normal and once your child’s in it you don’t notice it.
There is a very large aluminum plate riveted to the bottom of the seat, it holds the bracket arm area and gives the plastic seat a decent base where your child sits and helps to stiffen the body of the seat.
Removing the seat takes a matter of seconds, the downside is it leaves the arm sticking straight out towards you which is not ideal.
Your Kids Comfort
When you look at the seating position of the iBert it’s almost like the child is riding in a car with an elbow on the door.
I like the enclosed leg supports, they let you kiddie sit naturally, and a lot of the time I don’t end up using the leg straps. There are sliding cups which move up and down and are held in by screws with a wingnut. Not quick release but still, no tools needed to adjust lengths.
Since your child’s legs are resting in the molded channels they tend to sit better and it looks comfier in general for them, and the shape and wrap around design really holds their body firm and lets them sit in a relaxed position.
The padding of the iBert is pretty minimal, one on the back, one on the seat bottom area and another on the mini steering wheel. It’s not overly thick but on the other hand, the way the seat bottom is molded, there are no pressure points and it’s almost like the child’s weight is spread over their legs as well since they are not sitting bolt upright.
I really like the imitation steering wheel, as well as giving protection from the handlebar area, your toddler can pretend they are turning the bike. My girl loves to turn the wheel in the direction I lean the bike towards and I tell her she’s doing the steering.
All the edges of the iBert are rounded off to give a soft edge for little hands and elbows, also stiffing up the body of the seat and my girl’s elbows seem to rest just nicely on them if she hasn’t got hold of the steering wheel.
The iBert uses a 3 point harness, it works well but its pretty minimal and you have to run the buckle high to give better support for the shoulder straps which helps to stop it riding falling their shoulders, I’ve found this can be tricky if your child is wearing a thick or puffy jacket.
Riding Comfort and Position for you
When I was shopping around for a seat, I was pretty keen to get one that didn’t impact my leg clearance too much.
I have found the iBert to be very good with this issue, another thing I tried to do when installing it was to set it up on the steerer tube as high as it would go, it just touches the tips of my knees which isn’t too much of a problem
The seat height and where my daughter sits still gives me plenty of space, I’m around 5/8” riding a large framed bike and this is a good fit. If you are your shorter it shouldn’t be a problem, the seat rides pretty far forward so you should still have leg room.
As the seat sits almost above the front wheel, having a suspension fork on your bike would be a real bonus, there isn’t a lot of flex or give in the seat bracket so a fork can really help with going up or down curbs or an unexpected pothole.
Having the whole seat turning with the bars gives the steering a nice weight to it, once you get used to it you can pretty much forget the seats on and I’ve found sharp turns and general maneuverability very good.
If I was comparing the iBert to the WeeRide on a comfort basis, the iBert has the edge just because it gives you a bit more leg room.
The main thing I found with the iBert was the change in steering weight. As the seat mounts to your steerer tube, the seat moves with the handlebars, it may take a couple of rides to get used to it but it ends up feeling pretty natural.
Your child sits well away from the front wheel and is protected from them stem area in case of a sudden stop.
One thing I have found is since the seat sits close to the handlebars, she can reach over and fiddle with the brakes and gears, she cant pull the brakes on but she has figured out how the gears work, I just try to occupy her in other ways while she’s sitting in it and usually there are enough other things going on anyway, fitting a bike bell is a great distraction!
The hinged lap bar gives good security and makes it far easier to get your child in and out. Be sure to steady the bike when you do as the weight of the seat can swing the handlebars pretty quick if you’re not sitting on the bike.
I have found it easiest to hold the front wheel between my legs while I buckle her in, this way my hands are free to hold her and the bike steady.
The low back height may be a problem for some children, if you have a sleepy child there’s not really enough support and if they fall asleep they can tend to lose their seatbelts off their shoulders. Proper setup of the seatbelts is really crucial with this seat.
That bracket, yes it’s right there when the seat’s removed. If you contact that it may not end well, be aware!
iBert Pros and Cons
The iBert is not without its quirks overall it’s a been a great addition to the bike stable.
- A high-quality seat that’s well made with a strong bracket, it will give many years of service.
- Quick mounting time, adapts to different types of headsets without needing to buy separate adaptors.
- Good knee and rider clearance, the front seat position gives good interaction.
- An inbuilt steering wheel which is attached to the hinged lap bar.
- With the seat removed the mounting bracket can be dangerous, I would recommend fitting this to a bike you don’t need to remove the seat a lot.
- Low backrest lack’s support and can affect the seat belts efficiency, proper belt setup is crucial.
- Seat pads don’t remove easily so can be tricky to wash.
Having ridden with the iBert for going on a year and a half, it’s been a great seat and it was money well spent. It’s really well made and I appreciate the sturdy clamp setup, it feels really safe and secure.
When we’re done with it, either someone else will use it or stored away it will be back out on duty maybe for my daughter’s kids.
Another bonus is it’s made in the U.S.A and by choosing it you’ll be supporting a home soil business.
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