My first priority this summer is spend a lot of time outdoors with my little guy. Our summer will be full of these opportunities. We will be camping in Yosemite, taking several trips to the Morton Arboretum, many bike rides along Lake Michigan, and lots of park time. To help us live it up this summer I present to you the Kangaroo Carrier from WeeRide.
Right when the weather started to warm up I began daydreaming of long bike rides with my hubby and little one. I pictured our little family biking for a few hours on the weekends, my husband pulling our little one along in a bike trailer while I rode beside it. Our little guy may even fall asleep in it and while my husband and I would continue our ride. I spent hours reading reviews on bike trailers. In my research I found that there are a lot of great bike trailers on the market but my research ultimately led me in a different direction. It led me to the Kangaroo Carrier from WeeRide.
The carrier offered one very important feature that the bike trailers did not, it allowed us to be close to our little one during the bike ride. Unlike with a bike trailer, our little guy would be right up there with us. Luckily for me, a coworker was looking to sell his. Score!
We have now had the WeeRide for more than a few months. We have been using it a few times a week. Sometimes for short rides to the park, others for weekend rides around Chicago. Last weekend, we took our longest bike ride around the Morton Arboretum. What I love most about the WeeRide is how I am able to interact with him as I ride. If I want to talk to him, I just lean in and whisper in his ear. I am able to hear and see how he is reacting during the ride. I learned that he gets scared and lets out a whimper if he feels we are going too fast. When he is having fun, he’ll yell out ‘weeeee!’ Sometimes, when he’s feeling grown up, he’ll grab the handle bars and try to steer (which as he gets stronger I could see becoming an issue).
The start of last Saturday’s bike ride. Our little guy is strapped in, excited and ready to go.
Other aspects of the WeeRide I like are:
- It is stable and secure. The WeeRide securely attaches to both my bike and my hubby’s bike. We have two carrier bars, one for each of our bikes. We can easily remove the kangaroo carrier and transfer it between bikes without worrying about the loss of structural stability.
- Our little guy is very comfortable. Once we buckle him in, he sits in the carrier as if he were sitting in a chair. He’ll looks around. He’ll rest his hands on his knees. He’ll point at things that catch his interest. He’ll point to my husband and yell, “Ba!” (which means dad in Vietnamese). If he gets tired, he could even rest his head on the headrest located between him and the handle bars.
- The leg rests are adjustable. One of the major differences between the WeeRide and other kangaroo carriers I researched was the adjustable leg rests. Thinking long term, it was important that if biking were to become a big part of how we spend our free time, our little guy needed to be comfortable. Some other kangaroo carriers do not offer the same degree of comfort the WeeRide does.
- It fits into my attachment parenting style. I love that I can have my little guy right up there with me. It’s like babywearing while biking. We are in constant communication and I am able to read his cues.
Here we are a little further into our ride. He is looking comfortable and has been having a good time. My mister was able to get him to look at the camera in this shot. I, of course, kept my eyes on the road.
For parents looking into biking with their toddler, I highly recommend a kangaroo carrier. My mister and I are very happy with the WeeRide. Later on down the road, we may eventually get a bike trailer. But, the WeeRide will last us a few more years. The WeeRide website states that the maximum recommended age is 4 years and weight is 40lbs. Great news for us because this means a few more years of ’weeeees’ and ‘woo hoos’ from our little one.
If you would like to see the WeeRide in action, check out my video: We put the ‘Wee’ in WeeRide.
When riding with your kids, you must always have them wear a helmet. For our little guy, he is wearing a Giro helmet in size xsmall. We purchased the helmet from REI. My helmet happens to be on incorrectly. My ponytail was too high for the helmet. A helmet tip to those with long hair: you want a low ponytail when wearing a bike helmet.
*I was not compensated for this review. I purchased and own the Kangaroo Carrier WeeRide. All opinions, ideas, images (except first image of the Kangaroo Carrier WeeRide. That image is from the WeeRide company website), and videos are my own and property of yellowlovesgrey. They cannot be used without my written consent.