A few months ago, I was looking and researching a child bike seat for our 16 month old son so we could enjoy the falls days in the south. After a couple days of hunting the web, I ended up purchasing the iBert Safe-T-Seat. There were a few challenging moments when we first tried putting Griffin in the seat but since then we have enjoyed plenty of miles cruising around the neighborhood.
Why the iBert?
The iBert mounts in front of you! I liked the idea of Griffin sitting in front of me so we could interact (talk, point things out, etc) easier. With rear mounted child bike seat’s the child has to look off to the right or left in order to see anything plus communication is tougher especially for little ones that don’t have a large selection of words yet. The game-breaker for all of this is whether I would be able to mount it to my bike and still be able to ride it.
I really don’t think it can get much easier than this. The mounting bracket (stinger) easily attaches to the stem/steering tube of the bike using the included Allen wrench. Just line-up the stringer bracket with your top tube so that the seat will be perpendicular to the handlebars.
Next you slide the mounting bracket under the seat onto the stinger bracket. Pop in the included pin to lock the seat into place and you are ready to go.
I would recommend using a bike without a tight cockpit area so that you minimize the chance of bumping the bike seat with your knees or looking very bowlegged while riding, neither a good idea. I used my older Trek mountain bike and the iBert worked great with my long-legged body.
The iBert comes with a three point harness and a lap bar that holds the little one in place.
There is a bit of a trick with the harness so that the child will be more securely strapped in. Note, this may not always be needed and is dependent on how the strap was initially installed during manufacturing.
The key is to be able to move the sliding harness guide up and down the harness. If the length adjusting lock is too close to the sliding harness guide, you won’t be able to place the sliding harness guide into a position to more securely hold your child in place.
What did I do?
Rotate the harness until the length adjusting lock is positioned near the back of the seat. This will allow the sliding harness guide to “snug-up” the harness once the child is in the seat. Here are a couple pictures to show what I did.
Griffin currently (~26 pounds) sits comfortably in the iBert child seat. It would have been nice to have some type of cushioning in the seat for the bumper and back area but Griffin doesn’t seam to mind. Maybe it is just old age that creates those desires. I did put a little hand towel down the center of the seat to provide a little bit more comfort, at least in my head.
Placing an additional 20-40 pounds at the front or rear of your bike does require some additional attention during two main riding times – starting and stopping. Once you get moving, let the fun begin.
I have been really happy with the iBert and more importantly Griffin has enjoyed riding all around the neighborhood as well. Good times!
Posted on 07 Oct 2008
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