Thule RideAlong child bike seat review
Max supported weight
Parent comfort
Assembly
Backrest / head rest
Safety
4.6Overall Score

The Thule RideAlong child bike seat is a rear-mounted children bicycle carrier, and the bigger version of the Thule RideAlong mini. When biking with kids, the children bike seat is a frequent option. Rear-mounted children bike seats offer the possibility to carry heavier children. This bike seats have a longer useful life.

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Thule RideAlong child bike seat

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Overview

Swedish made, the Thule RideAlong is designed for kids up to 6 years old,with a maximum weight of 48.5 lbs (22 kg). The minimum age for children bike seats is a little under 1 year old (around 9 months), just as long as children are able to sit while holding their heads up (whilst wearing a helmet!).

The polypropylene encasing is covered with reversible, detachable padding. It is waterproof, washable, and comes in elegant vibrant colors. It meets stringent safety standards.

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Installation / compatibility

This seat is not mounted over the rack, but attaches to the seat post. It is compatible with most bike frames. According to Thule, the RideAlong, it fits most mountain bikes with a 26″-29″ wheel size and road bikes using the 700c standard with a round (27.2-40mm diameter) or oval (40x55mm max) seat tube.

Smaller framed bikes may need the Thule RideAlong Low Saddle Adapter. Also, quick release brackets can be purchased to transfer the seat in between bikes easily.

 

Thule RideAlong Low Saddle adapter

Low saddle adapter

Is it safe for kids?

The Thule RideAlong has a good backrest height, allowing kids to be really safe. It has a heightadjustable padded harness, with a childproof lock that needs to be undone with both hands. For those tiny escape artists out there. The footrests height can be easily regulated, and they come with straps.

This rear-mounted version, as opposed to the front-mounted mini, allows for 5 different reclining options. One-hand tilt function of up to 20°. It also integrates protection wings that safeguard child’s hands.

The padding is reversible, and washable. It can also be purchased separately as a replacement.

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Is it comfortable for adults to ride with?

The seat position can be adjusted and slid further back to accommodate to the parent’s comfort, so the pedalling won’t be obstructed. The built-in reflector and safety light attachment point helps with increased visibility.

Its quick release bracket allows the seat to mount and dismount from the bike in seconds. It also doubles as a theft-preventing lock, coming with a set of two keys.

Thule RideAlong quick release bracket

 

Thule RideAlong child bike seat:

To keep in mind

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Pros:

  • Heavier weight limit and adjustable harness height make it less likely to be outgrown.
  • Reclining seat.
  • Washable comfortable padding.
  • Theft-preventing lock.
  • Easy to remove.
  • Suitable for most bikes.
  • Safe and sturdy.
  • More leg room.
  • Hand protection.
  • Good backrest height.

Cons:

  • Reduced view for the kid.
  • Appears bulky, when used by smaller kids.
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