This is a review of the Polisport Junior Guppy seat – suitable for children weighing between 22 and 35 kilo. I’ve also reviewed the Polisport Guppy Mini Baby Seat suitable for children up to 15 kilos / 33 lbs in weight which you can read here.
The step-up to three kids brought with it a new car, new house, no pelvic floor and less cycling. With two toddlers we’d trekked around with one kid on each bike strapped into rear mounted seats but as they got taller it was trickier to wedge them into the kiddie seats. Then with three bambinos the balance tipped – literally, ad by last Summer we were due a bit of a re-think about how we’d manage our much-loved bikes.
I’m not sure at what stage you can really let a kid cycle on their own while you follow behind but I can safely say my 6-year old brainiac is nowhere near ready, so for us bike seats were the only solution. The opportunity to do this Polisport review came at a very handy time so! Spidey was doing his ill-fated stint at Summer Camp . I was bringing him into work for an hour in the morning before nipping down the (heavily trafficked) Quays to bring him to camp, before dashing back to the office to resume my ‘day job’. The bike was essential in missing a minimal amount of time on the trip and the Junior Guppy bikeseat made it all possible.
The seat itself is quick and easily to fix – even when working under ridiculous time pressure and with three little pairs of hands trying to ‘help’. The seat comes assembled and is simply mounted on a rear carrier and fixed in place by turning easily adjustable knob. An additional safety belt then secures it to the frame.
Two foot rests are mounted on the frame for the little one’s feet. One plastic disk on each side prevents the little
shagger darling from putting the feet in the spokes – a problem I’d encountered with our last seats. These footrests are easily tucked away when not in use and can also be adjusted for longer legs. The seat has its own adjustable safety belt so the child feels secure and comfortable – and you have no fear of losing them! There’s a small reflector on the back of the seat too.
When fixed to the bike the seat is not easily removed.- an advantage where you can park relatively safely but perhaps something of a draw back if your bike parking is less than secure and you’d prefer to bring your seat with you. This didn’t bother me though as our office bike parking is off-street, but know my husband’s arrangements would be less suitable.
Even though he’s a tall 6-year-old, getting Spidey on and off the seat still requires a bit of balancing work as he can’t climb up into the seat himself. I generally lean the bike up against a wall or railing and lift him in place, and do the reverse to get him off. It’s a little bit of a pain – but fairly standard stuff for a kiddie seat in my experience.
The Junior Guppy is lightweight – much more so than our last seats, and a cool design. The seat is ergonomic and comfy and – even with an older child on-board, surprisingly easy to cycle when fully loaded. The hard plastic is easily wiped dry of rain – a plus in our soggy climate. Ours came in white and dark grey, but there is also an all-grey version available. Spidey is very comfortable in it and hopefully it’ll see us through until he’s allowed to cycle on his own.
The Junior Guppy has proven a big success for us and will no doubt get plenty of road testing from the three monkeys in our house. We’d give it a big thumbs up!
Full details on the Polisport Junior Guppy are available on the Polisport webpage- here. 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 Junior Guppy Seat for review purposes. I was not paid to write this review and the opinions stated are wholly independent, and my own.