Every summer, we get many questions about the differences between Thule bike seats. Thule offers several bike seats, and all of them have different benefits! Most bike seats come in a frame mount and rack mount version. A frame mount bike seat will attach directly to the frame of the bike with a locking bracket, and a rack mount attaches the bike seat to the bicycle’s luggage rack.
Today, let’s talk about what each bike seat has to offer!
The Thule Ridealong is Thule’s original bike seat. It’s a frame-mounted bike seat that features a padded seat that will help your little one enjoy a comfortable ride! This child bike seat is designed to keep your child safe all through the trip, with protection wings that safeguard your child’s hands when the bike is leaned against the wall, a three-point harness, a built-in reflector and safety light attachment, and other features! This bike seat goes on the back of the bike.
Something we love about the Thule Ridealong is that it has five different reclining options and an adjustable shoulder height, for an awesome trip! Unlike some of the other Thule bike seats, this one does not feature ventilation. It does feature a machine washable padded seat, which is really awesome because it’s comfortable and if the seat gets dirty, it’s really simple to wash!
Thule Ridealong Lite Bike Seat
The Thule Ridealong Lite Bike Seat is similar to the Thule Ridealong, but it’s more affordable, and doesn’t have as many features – it doesn’t recline, it only has three shoulder height options. It features a three point harness, adjustable foot straps and foot rests, and a childproof safety buckle.
The water-repellant padding makes it easy to clean. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a well-priced bike seat from a brand you can trust!
Thule Yepp Maxi Bike Seat
The Thule Yepp Maxi features fabulous ventilation so that the wind can flow through easily. There is a childproof safety buckle to keep your little one secure for the ride, and there’s a built-in reflector and safety light attachment, too.
This bike seat doesn’t feature padding, although it is soft and shock-absorbing, with water-repellant padding.
Thule Yepp Nexxt Maxi
This is the most lightweight bike seat for kids from 1 to 6 years! This rear frame mounted seat sits lower than the Thule Yepp Maxi, has pretty good ventilation, and features a soft dense foam at the bottom to keep your little one comfortable!
There’s a cool child proof magnetic safety buckle to keep your little one secure during the ride. Adjustable foot rests and foot straps make this bike seat super practical. We love the built-in reflector for safety!
Thule Yepp Mini
We love that the Thule Yepp Mini sits at the front of your bike! This is an awesome choice if you’re looking for a bike seat for a very young child. With this seat, you’ll be able to easily keep an eye on your little one at all times! The childproof safety buckle is another safety feature we love, and the adjustable padded 5-point harness will give you the highest level of safety.
This bike seat features a handle bar, adjustable footrests, and even foot straps! The Thule Nexxt Yepp Mini provides excellent ventilation, and comes in bold colors!
Thule Yepp Nexxt Mini
The Thule Yepp Nexxt has a totally different design than the rest of the bike seats! The Thule Yepp Nexxt Mini is super lightweight at 4.2 pounds. To compare, the Thule Yepp Mini weighs 7.7 pounds. This front-mounted seat features washable padding, and an adjustable padded 5-point harness.
There’s also a handle bar for your child to hold onto. You can choose if you want the seat padding to be black like the seat, or if you’d rather it be a contrasting color – choose what you’d like better!
If you’re looking for a bike seat for your little one, you can now see that Thule offers several fabulous options! All their seats are shock-absorbing, strong, and have been tested for safety.
Common Questions We Get About the Thule Bike Seat
Here at Pish Posh Baby, as soon as spring starts, we get plenty of questions about Thule bike seats. Here are just a few of the more common ones!
Q: What age can a child go in a Thule bike seat?
A: These bike seats are designed for ages 9 months – 6 years. A pediatrician should be consulted before used the bike seat for a child under a year.
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