I'm Glen Dobson - a father, an engineer, an outdoor enthusiast, the Co-Founder of Ride More Innovations, and the creator of Mac Ride.
Glen working on the Mac Ride prototype
My Co-Founder and partner, Ashley, and I started our business to bring Mac Ride to the market, so other families could enjoy the seat as we did with our two children Savannah and Mackinley.
Our family, camping at Rathtrevor
There are a vast number of commuter seats for children on the market and many of them are excellent for getting around the streets. But we wanted to create a seat that was also suitable for the trails. The solution was to build a saddle that enables a child to benefit from the suspension already built into modern mountain bikes. We threw away the notion of a clunky moulded seat with shoulder straps, which helps conduct the bumps of a trail through to the child on board. We allowed the child to sit as the rider sits, upright and independent, sharing the handlebars, so the rider and child can truly adventure as a team.
A more interactive, connected riding experience
Strong. Sleek. Interactive. Fun.
I grew up "mucking about" in the Scottish highlands. My childhood forest and beach experiences set me up for a happy and exciting journey of outdoor adventure (thanks Mum and Dad!).
Glen as a wee lad in Port Appin
Showing off with a few tricks at Megavalanche in France
Spring dip in the Banff area
Post shred in Whistler
Riding is not the safest activity on planet earth. But when set against the chaos of traffic and the bubblewrap boredom of an overprotected childhood, we think Mac Ride strikes a balance. We think kids should be exposed to the power of their bodies and the risks of the outdoors. Then they can learn about good choices, while building confidence and resilience.
You can take your children pretty much anywhere on Mac Ride. Watch them fall in love with fresh air. Let them stand on the Mac Ride stirrups and lean in to their turns with you. Check out their grins when they come home covered in mud, a little bit stronger, a little bit wiser.
Savvy's on her own bike now, leading the charge. And Mac is hot on her heels. Now, it's the children from our happy and wonderful Mac Ride Community that can tell the Mac Ride story better than we can.