Video: Josh Carlson Has the Best School Run

Jul 31, 2019
by Dan Necklen  
Views: 9,999    Faves: 13    Comments: 0


In pursuit of EWS glory, Giant Factory rider Josh Carlson has implemented a unique family-friendly training programme – which he expects to pay dividends on race day.

Video filmed in Wollongong, Australia by Matt Staggs Visuals.

Josh and Remi
Josh and Remi hanging out.

Shotgun Child Seat
Remi's Shotgun seat setup.

To learn more about the Shotgun child seat, see Kids Ride Shotgun.


49 Comments

  • + 23
 Good for escaping with your buddy from bears attacks
  • + 4
 Someone please put @mikelevy in that seat. I'll pay good money for that. Like $5 CAD, even.
  • + 3
 @rrolly: That honestly seems like a bad idea. I'm game.
  • + 15
 Toe straps? What is this, '97? My two year old needs an SPD option.
  • + 1
 Who was still running toe straps in ‘97? Most of us went SPD by ‘92-93.
  • + 11
 Awesome! Having one of these seats for the kids has opened access to trails/places that just aren't practical to get to with them any other way. Center of gravity is spot on, and makes for really easy and awesome conversation while riding with your little one.

Protip: Save that carbon frame for the love of god and get yourself a macride!
  • + 2
 Disagree with the center of gravity... I have a mac ride and the kids love the experience because they are on the front seta (literally) but it's terrible for the Dad or Mom. There is too much weight on the front and the kid has to support himself against front impact.. it's only ok on mellow trails. It's also limited in the variety of kid-size it can accommodate: your knees will bump into baby buttt every stroke, kid's helmet will hit your nose and you have no room left on the bike. You'll definitely need a loooooong new school bike. To be rowdy on the trails with my younger kids (under 5), I prefer a back carrier. It feels like riding with a backpack, your body absorbs all the shocks, if you crash on your face, your kid is likely to be protected. I'm not restricted, we can jump, ride steep and fast.. It's so comfy for the kids that they even often fall asleep!!
The Wehoo is another capable option with some mods. Kid is well protected. I removed the heavy crankset on mine. The worst option is your typical 2 wheels trailer.. not really singletrack worthy...
  • + 2
 @max2max: When you say back carrier, you mean you are riding with your kid harnessed into one of those hiking backpacks that they sit in? I've been looking at the Macride and really only plan on doing mellow stuff/fitness with the kid. I do not want to jump/rowdy/steep stuff, that's beyond my risk tolerance... once the kid is too big for Macride I think it will be time for strider bike/pump track etc. and then hopefully they can start to pedal, BMX etc.
  • + 5
 +1 MacRide is much easier to install and easier on your bike.

My daughter and I both love it, she's always asking to go mountain biking.
  • + 1
 @max2max: dont know why the neg props, you share my same experience. I have a rear carrier too and my youngest gets bounced around too much on rowdy trails. Backpack the best but I do worry about crashing on to them. Cant see many 5 or 6 year olds weighing 22kg limit on this device either. My 3yr old is too big.
Cool for very smooth trails
  • + 3
 @max2max: Personally, having lower back issues makes putting them in a backpack a non option for me.
But i do disagree about the center of gravity. The truth is, there isn't another device that physically locates the kids weight closer the riders CG (When seated). Maybe it is the BALANCE you don't like, but that's an entirely different thing.
For me, i find adjusting to this means NOT doing a lot of things i would normally do when i ride, but personally this seat wasn't purchased for me. I use it to get them out there, and upfront, feeling the bike move, and moving with it. This is a more meaningful experience of a bike ride in my eyes, then being strapped in for a ride.
  • + 4
 @zion-i: I agree with you, great way to spend quality time together and get kids off screens and onto trails. Mac-ride is a great product too. We have thousands of customers with carbon frames and we have had no issues to date, but appreciate that not everyone will be comfortable with that. Enjoy the trails. Cheers, Dan
  • + 3
 @zion-i: This. For me it's just about time with my son. Each to there own but I have no intention of taking him on anything worse than a blue trail. I don't need to get air or ride ganrly stuff to enjoy time with him.
I also use my shotgun on a carbon frame and no issues if installed correctly.
  • + 8
 Kid is adorable and he seems like a great dad!
  • + 5
 Ha - Awesome! I have a mac-ride that I take my daughter to school on, no trails though, but she loves curb hopping. Wheeleing with kiddos up front is not easy! And my daughters name is Remy also Smile !
  • + 5
 Awesome put me in a good mood to see the little girl so happy. I have no children and these videos strike me a lot. However, I expect further enrichment of dentists
  • + 3
 We do 8miles of single track every week on the Mac Ride with my 2yo, and I think I like that better, as it never contacts the frame anywhere.
  • + 2
 My kid always asks me to ride the trail on our way home. I think it's mostly to get me to take her to the playground that the trail leads to, but singletrack is singletrack. Macride is the way to go though
  • + 3
 My ability to crash spectacularly on even the simplest of trails makes this a no-goer for me. Well, that and the fact I have no kids. But it looks great!
  • + 1
 Your post is exhibit 'A' of natural selection. Wink
  • + 1
 @max2max. I hope your wife isn't a pinkbike user. I loved everything you had to say and it is awesome you are getting rowdy with your kid strapped to your back (but maybe not the safest). If my wife read that, I would get shut down instantly.

Important consideration regardless of what system you use, the goal should be to have fun and not crash with your kids. If you go down and they are caught up in either the bike, or under your weight, they will get hurt. Exposing your kids to trail riding early = Good, exposing your kids to unessesary risk and injury = bad! Know your limits and stay within them.
  • + 1
 Yes. This.
  • + 3
 Thanks for all the comments guys. Stoked to hear so many parents + kids are getting onto the trails together. Cheers, Dan
  • + 4
 Just joined the Rad Dad Club myself. Can't wait to get one of these.
  • + 0
 these seats help me get my 3 year old shredder a little deeper into our trail system, ive rigged up a sturdy backpack to hold his 16'' wheel spawn bike (bars accross my shoulders) for the steep climbs and then i let him rip....50 plus pounds is a sweat but so worth the good times! yeah i gotta check my enthusiasm sometimes to keep it safe...
  • + 4
 I officially want a kid...
  • + 9
 PSA: A kid is not just for Christmas... ;-)
  • + 4
 @davidjpeacock: nope, you gotta save some for the boxing day curry!
  • + 1
 Looks like a great product. I've dismissed all the options that clamp to the steerer tube because I always have my stem slammed on bikes. This should be the most widely compatible option for most bikes.
  • + 2
 I use a co pilot ,got it off Amazon for $45 it's a little heavy but has plenty of protection and my boy loves it
  • + 2
 I said co pilot , but it's a co rider
  • + 3
 That smile on her face brightened my day.
  • + 3
 All right I will admit it..This made me smile this morning..Thanks =)
  • + 1
 I like it but it does remind me of the day my dad bounced my chin off the handlebars of the dirtbike. My mom was thrilled.
  • + 1
 The smile on her face is priceless. Nice seat, wish it has a harness connected to the rider, though.
  • + 1
 I'll challenge you to a father daughter-duro. Only time I can be competitive...
  • + 1
 I can imagine some jack ass, maybe even me, pushing it too fast with a child and eating S*** LOL. Moma won't be happy
  • + 2
 Mac Ride user here, the 2yr old and I think it works a treat!
  • + 2
 I have a mac ride and my 2 year old daughter loves it!
  • + 1
 Rear brake skids are so rad! ...
  • + 1
 I have one of these - my daughter and I love it - "Faster Daddy, faster!"
  • + 1
 That frame-only colourway of the trance is soo damn sick
  • + 2
 #Teamactiondad
  • + 1
 Just purchased 2, can't wait.
  • + 1
 So awesome! Smile ))))
  • - 2
 "Josh Carlson and his daughter Remi find some fun on the way to shool."
I think the author needs to go back to "shool" to learn how to spell 'school'!
  • - 3
 BTW, i don't want to be picky. but it looks more like a kids daycare than a school to me!!

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