It’s fun times on the bike with the WeeRide Child Seat! The WeeRide is a classic seat that been around for a while now. It’s hugely popular and also very affordable.
Picking out a child bike seat can be pretty tricky, will it fit my bike? are they hard to bike with? I have found the WeeRide adapt’s to most sizes of bike and it sits nice and central for extra stability.
The WeeRide Kangaroo Toddler Bike Seat
It’s one of the more solid and secure offerings on the market as it uses a dedicated steel mounting bar that supports the seat and takes your child’s weight independent of any brackets, or arms creating leverage over a small clamping surface area.
It will fit straight onto most bikes, while the install is a bit more involved than others, the seat itself removes easily leaving the mounting bar attached on your bike.
The WeeRide uses a 5 point harness for security and I have found the buckle to be very efficient at defeating little hands.
WeeRide Kangaroo Specs:
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
- 2 Year Warranty
- An age range of 1 year up to 39 pounds/18 kgs
- Separate Mounting Bar included with purchase (extras are available separately)
- 5 Point Seatbelt harness
- Foam padding on seat and hand rest area
- Height adjustable footwells and upright child seating position
- 7 pounds / 3.2 Kg total seat weight
- Structural Resin Body
- Included tools for assembly with good, detailed manual
- Will fit most bikes
- Install time of around 15 to 25 mins
WeeRide Kangaroo LTD Version
Another version available is the WeeRide ltd (or also known as the deluxe)
- Thicker and softer padding for increased comfort for children under 18 months old
- Extra padded seatbelt with thick shoulder pads
- Thicker reinforced seat body
- Alternative colors
Installation and Mounting of the WeeRide Kangaroo
Working in the cycle trade, I’ve fitted least 50 of these seats to all sorts of bikes, it’s pretty straightforward but it’s not a simple small bracket like other seats. The steel channel bar attaches around the head tube area of your bike and extends across to your seat post, with a hinged bracket to accommodate the angles of the frame.
Head tube mounting space is needed (the distance between the welded junction and headset cup. I would recommend anything from 5 to 10mm at least.
There are included extra-length screws for bigger diameter head tubes as you can see how the bracket is clamped in two halves.
There is a handy resin protector on the contact areas to prevent paint damage and to give the clamp some grip and to stop it moving around.
There is a slotted hole to give the mounting bar adjustment on different sized frames, and as a rule, I try to seat the bar as level as I can which tilts the seat forward a bit more to give extra knee clearance.
The included instruction manual is actually very good, so have a quick read through before you dive in and you should have no problems, alternatively get someone handy to install it for you while you check their work!
The WeeRide Seat and Your Child’s Comfort
Molded from stiff, structural resin, the seat is very sturdy and when is sat on its mounting beam it’s quite a solid little unit.
With some seats, the flex of mounting brackets bending of seat body taking pressure can be a bit unnerving, but the WeeRide excels and can take a child up to 39 pounds, although the seat is quite compact in size so it really depends on how big your child is.
There is a large front padded area for your kiddie to hang onto, this gives extra support and locks them in and I find this gives them something to hang onto, which helps a lot because the seat’s backrest is pretty low.
I have found it acts almost like a little play area and my sometimes my daughter bring along her favorite toy of the day and it gives her a place to rest it, snacks are another common one, they seem to stay in her hands better.
The WeeRide uses a 5 point harness. I have found the main center buckle to be well childproofed, it’s pretty simple to use but to undo it you really need to it from the back to give the grey tabs pressure to unlock.
Your child would have a pretty hard time trying to get this seatbelt undone.
One issue I have found is the seatbelts are at a fixed height. They come out of the backrest which it’s quite low in itself, you have to take the time to set up the straps well but once that’s done, its good to go, plus there is a bridge to stop the seatbelts sliding off your child’s shoulders.
The foot wells are well sized and they allow your child to sit in a natural, upright position. Another thing which is quite handy is there are no foot straps, they surround for the feet is deep enough to not need them, and well, it makes it easier to get them in and out of the seat!
Riding Comfort And Position For You
Most of the front mounted seats compromise your riding position in some way and the WeeRide is no exception.
As you can see in the picture the back of the seat sits quite close to the tip of the saddle. This may look alarming but in reality, riding the WeeRide is pretty good.
The seat itself is narrow so I have found there isn’t too much adjustment to pedaling style needed. You just seem to kink your knees outwards naturally with this seat while some others I’ve tried, they sit over your knee joint and make contact with the top of your knees which was a bit of a pain.
The central position of the WeeRide adds to your stability, there are no dramatic changes to your steering or stability. Obviously, there is extra weight there but as it’s close to your body and sitting between the wheels it gives a good level of confidence, even if you haven’t been on a bike for a while.
If you use your bike for commuting or other tasks the seat removes quite easily. It’s not quick release as such but its a matter of removing the black thumbwheel, this completely removes the seat including the handrest.
With the iBert Safe-T-Seat removed I have found the bracket can be quite intrusive, the WeeRides bar is almost like another tube sitting on your bike so it’s completely removed from your pedaling area and doesn’t provide any issues with pedaling.
The bracket is designed to stay attached to the bike so if you are keen to swap it between bikes, purchasing an extra bracket would be a good idea.
I’m sure your well aware of the risks of riding your bike with a child and any type of mishap would probably not end too well.
The WeeRide helps to keep your balance on your bike pretty neutral, there a no weird swings or major changes to handling, of course, there is extra weight but that’s something you must learn to become accustomed to.
The very large front padded area helps with jolts and sudden braking, it helps your child support themselves and provides good protection from the handlebars and stem area.
Just make sure you are confident, maybe lower the seat a bit so you can stop while you get used to it and make sure your kiddie has a good quality and well fitting helmet, it’s absolutely essential.
- Remember you are riding for two!
- Make sure your brakes work well and pull you up easily, and your bikes in good working order
- Be steady when you get on and off your bike
- Drop your seat to help with stability
- Make sure their helmet is properly adjusted
WeeRide Kangaroo Seat Pro’s and Con’s
I have found the Weeride to be an extremely reliable seat, there are not too many moving parts and the seat mounting bracket will probably last forever.
- I do like the seatbelts, although a bit trickier to adjust than other seats they work well and hold your child securely, which helps with less seat back height giving less support.
- The large front pad is a great play pad or table for your child, my girl liked to fiddle with cushioning and it gave her something to rest her gadgets on
- Having her sitting right between my arms is great for visibility and interaction, I can point out interesting things (or she can and usually does) and help her with identifying when it’s safe to ride through intersections
- The bottom of the footwell can contact the top of your forks, this varies on different bikes and isn’t really an issue when riding as your handlebars don’t turn the sharp angle needed when moving, also if your bike’s headtube doesn’t protrude enough above the top tube, the WeeRide won’t fit
- The seat sits quite central so saddle to seat clearance is small, but the riding position isn’t impacted too much, your legs seem to adapt quite well and the seat is quite narrow
- The Kangaroo is compact in size so it’s time frame of use is really limited by your child size and not so much their weight.
Overall, the WeeRide is an excellent little seat and it’s right up there with the more expensive offerings.
I have fitted a lot of these to many customers bikes and they have always been very happy, and even seats that are many years old are still going strong.
If you want a very good quality seat that’s is safe easy to ride with, comfy for your child and is easy on the wallet I would highly recommend the WeeRide Kangaroo.
Well there you have it, I hope I have answered any questions you may have had, but if you have any other queries drop me a message below, I would love to help.
Or if you have one of these seats share your experience with me!