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Old 09-23-2013, 12:30 PM
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The iBert Child Bike Seat affixes to the stem of an adult bike and the child faces forward. I saw it online and thought it would be a great thing for my son and I to do when I'm home with him during the day.

I needed a different stem for my bike as the iBert wasn't compatible with the one I had. When I went to my local bike shop the tech basically told me I was going to kill my kid if I used this seat as they call them "baby airbags." He refused to discuss the stem I needed and told me he didn't want my business. He was a real arrogant D-Bag about it too, but that's besides the point.

So, do any of you parents have one and like it, had problems with it, killed your child using it? Just wondering as I am considering returning it now thanks to the D-bag.

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:43 PM
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I tried my friends. I found it cumbersome and awkward. Two more reason's I'm glad I didn't buy it: 1) My son would have out grown it in less then a year. (He is 3.5 now) 2) He wouldn't be able to nap in it. (He always falls asleep when we ride.)

Try this. You will get more use out of it. IMO

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Hooper View Post
The iBert Child Bike Seat affixes to the stem of an adult bike and the child faces forward. I saw it online and thought it would be a great thing for my son and I to do when I'm home with him during the day.

I needed a different stem for my bike as the iBert wasn't compatible with the one I had. When I went to my local bike shop the tech basically told me I was going to kill my kid if I used this seat as they call them "baby airbags." He refused to discuss the stem I needed and told me he didn't want my business. He was a real arrogant D-Bag about it too, but that's besides the point.

So, do any of you parents have one and like it, had problems with it, killed your child using it? Just wondering as I am considering returning it now thanks to the D-bag.

iBert:

http://www.ibertinc.com/
Curious, although I suspect I know the answer.

I bet the tech guy wasn't found of the idea of putting a baby seat anywhere on a bickcycle.....which I am in total 100% agreement with.
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I got one that fits on the back similar to the one from the Amazon link above, but a different brand. I was able to use it for several years before my daughter outgrew it and by then she was riding her own bike. I just found it on the net. It is a Topeak.
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We had an Ibert we used with both our kids (now 6 and 4) and really enjoyed it. Clearly there are risks with all child carriers on bikes, but I feel there are benefits to having the child in front of the rider.

Here are my observations

Pros: 1. better weight distribution and control with the child directly over the pivot point of the bike. 2. easier to load and unload with child in front 3. you can see your child while riding (mine always fell alseep on rides) 4. fresh air and unobstructed view for the child (vs. staring at your back in a backseat carrier or the back tire slinging dirt in a child trailer) 5. when stopped you can turn the handlebars to give a child a direct view of wildlife etc. 6. easy to install/uninstall once mounting stem is secure

Cons: 1. being mounted to the bike stem, a lot of vibration gets transfered to the seat (should avoid bumps and rough roads) 2. not much padding (the optional seat pad is little improvement) 3. the seat bucket doesn't offer much back support, especially as the child grows taller. (didn't matter much with my kids as they preffered to rest on the forward cross bar restraint) 4. the gap between the handlebars and leg compartment is narrow and can complicate sliding the child into the seat with shoes on

Overall, we were very happy with the seat and it was a great way to introduce our kids to the outdoors. People were always inquiring about it when they saw how much the kids enjoyed it. Of all the baby crap we accumulated, there were only a couple things I saved to pass to my closest friends for thier kids, and this was one of them. Obviously any/all saftey precautions should be considered.
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Originally Posted by Southern Style View Post
We had an Ibert we used with both our kids (now 6 and 4) and really enjoyed it. Clearly there are risks with all child carriers on bikes, but I feel there are benefits to having the child in front of the rider.

Here are my observations

Pros: 1. better weight distribution and control with the child directly over the pivot point of the bike. 2. easier to load and unload with child in front 3. you can see your child while riding (mine always fell alseep on rides) 4. fresh air and unobstructed view for the child (vs. staring at your back in a backseat carrier or the back tire slinging dirt in a child trailer) 5. when stopped you can turn the handlebars to give a child a direct view of wildlife etc. 6. easy to install/uninstall once mounting stem is secure

Cons: 1. being mounted to the bike stem, a lot of vibration gets transfered to the seat (should avoid bumps and rough roads) 2. not much padding (the optional seat pad is little improvement) 3. the seat bucket doesn't offer much back support, especially as the child grows taller. (didn't matter much with my kids as they preffered to rest on the forward cross bar restraint) 4. the gap between the handlebars and leg compartment is narrow and can complicate sliding the child into the seat with shoes on

Overall, we were very happy with the seat and it was a great way to introduce our kids to the outdoors. People were always inquiring about it when they saw how much the kids enjoyed it. Of all the baby crap we accumulated, there were only a couple things I saved to pass to my closest friends for thier kids, and this was one of them. Obviously any/all saftey precautions should be considered.
That's a great reply Southern, thanks. I attached the iBert to my bike and tried it out for awhile yesterday before putting my son in it. He really liked it and I liked that he wasn't getting covered in sand like he was in the Burley Bee trailer we had been using. Are there risks? You bet, it's biking after all. But, let's be real, I'm not doing a century bike race with him and we are on a "comfort bike" not a performance bike, this isn't the Xterra off-road series either.

I almost exclusively ride on bike paths where traffic isn't an issue and I searched extensively online for iBert accidents and found nothing. I will be super careful and enjoy my rides with the Lil' Man! Thanks for the input all...!
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