|Wish I'd known how to properly fit a helmet, back then!|
Pros for the Topeak Co-Pilot II:
- It got us out of the car.
- It enabled me to share my love of cycling with my child.
- It enabled us to experience the world from the same vantage point.
- It is sturdy.
- It secures and protects the passenger.
- It was awkward for me to mount and dismount my bike with this carrier. I found I would strike the seat with my foot, occassionally. My bike has a top tube. I think these types of seats lend themselves to be easier mounted from step-through or mixte framed bikes.
- It was awkard to add/remove my child from the seat in wide open spaces. Since my kid was behind me, I had to get off the bike before I was able to unstrap her. This was best accomplished by leaning the bike against a wall or fence. In wide open spaces, such as parks and fields, I would ask friendly looking strangers to hold my bike for me while I loaded or unloaded my daughter.
- As you may see in the picture, above, the neck strap was uncomortable and my little girl would pull it from her neck. I recommend adding a pad.
- It was difficult carrying supplies. This seat precludes the use of rear panniers. I carried goods in a backpack or in a messenger bag. The bag would strike the seat and was uncomfortable. I recommend installing a front rack and/or a basket for hauling goods with this type of seat.
Here's a link on how to properly fit a helmet to a child's head: