This is a review of the Polisport Guppy Mini Baby Seat suitable for children up to 15 kilos / 33 lbs in weight . I’ve also reviewed the Polisport Junior Guppy seat – suitable for children weighing between 22 and 35 kilos which I’ll post in the next week or so.
I am a cycling nerd. I love knowing exactly how late I can leave one place and get to another. I love dashing across town, nipping in and out of traffic. I love whizzing along the inside of a long line of traffic knowing I’ll get to where I’m going in no-time. I love it – and I’m hoping it’s something I can pass on to my kids.
I always had to give-up cycling to work from about 12 weeks pregnant thanks to a really terrible sense of balance and an overwhelming sense of needing to wee. But these days, myself and my (happily) non-pregnant self are back the saddle- as it were, and it’s great.
Last year (yes, shamlesslessly I admit it was last year) I was given two perfect products to review – kiddie bike seats – the Polisport Guppy Mini and Guppy Junior seats . At the time we were mid house move No. 1 so I packed these in my (wonderful) Mother-in-Law’s garage and only rooted them out late this Summer when things had settled down and at last I was figuring out the logistics of three kids, three drop offs and one job.
The Polisport Guppy Mini Baby Seat is the solution to bringing Woodie – now 18 months, into his new crèche in town. Our walk from home is about 15 and 20 minutes along fairly busy streets into the City Centre. Travelling by bike cuts the commute to ten minutes – and has the added thrill of giving the wee man a very exciting start to the day.
I’ve used rear-mounted seats before but for a commute into town I much preferred the idea of the Guppy Mini which positions the baby in front of you but behind the handle bars. The set up feels safe and easy – and the kid certainly enjoys feeling like he’s in charge.
The seat is mounted in a holder which is secured onto the front fixing tube of the bike. Once secure the seat is positioned just above the handle bars but between the cyclist’s arms. Attaching the holder takes about five minutes and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. All of the necessary parts and tools are provided so the set up is painless and fast.
The seatholder has two red buttons on either side which allow the seat to be securely mounted or quickly released as needed. The seat can be detached when not in use and is fast and easy to put in place when needed. This is handy if you park your bike outside and need to keep the seat dry or just safe while not in use. Amazingly, the baby’s weight – even that of my own chunky monkey, doesn’t throw off the balance of steering so the position of the seat makes no real difference to the manoeuverability of the bike itself.
The baby is secured with a five point harness – with a double safety system, and little foot rests and straps to keep their feet in place. The seat is nicely padded and the straps are fully adjustable for fit and comfort.
Cycling with the seat in place inevitably changes your leg position slightly. The very position of seat does kind of make you adopt a slightly-spread eagled position but it’s nothing you can’t get used to (no matter how I write that it sounds dodgy).
All in all, both myself and the mini-reviewer love the Guppy Mini. He frequently brings me his helmet and points out to the garden shouting to be brought out for a spin.
The seat feels safe, is light and is easy to use. I can’t think of an easier way to transport the monkey to crèche so it’s a big thumbs up from us.
Full details on the Polisport Guppy Mini are available on the Polisport webpage- here. Details are also provided on a number of accessories you may like to try. The seat costs about €50 and is available from bricks and mortar shops – or online from retailers including Amazon.co.uk.
I was given a Polisport Guppy Mini Baby Seat for review purposes. I was not paid to write this review and the opinions stated are wholly independent, and my own.