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    ...carp..car..carp... LionsHeart's Avatar
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    Bell Baby Carrier

    Does anyone know about the Bell Classic Bicycle Child Carrier? Online I can purchase it for under $50. But Child's safety is KEY! for under $50 is this a trust worthy piece of equipment?

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    Is your child only worth $50?
    Why not buy it from a bike shop and make sure it is installed CORRECTLY?
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon

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    Doesn't this equipment have to pass safety tests like care seats, etc? (Maybe not; I don't know so I am asking.)

    If that is the case, then dollar amount doesn't mean anything. It's all about correct installation and reasonable use of the product.

    If you fall over and spin around with a $50 seat or a $1000 seat, I don't think that is going to make much difference unless the $1000 seat has an injury-proof bubble around it.

    When we cycle with our kids, we take a risk. That is part of cycling with our kids. I don't thin k dollar amount can change that.

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    Here is a review of it I found on Target. Forgive me for not editing it.....

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    May 23, 2009
    3 stars
    need to adapt it
    Reviewer: Sleepless in Seattle (Seattle, WA) See all my reviews
    The problem with the seat fitting a bike is that you MUST have a large bolt under your bike seat to move the seat up and down. This large bolt is what the bike seat attaches to. My 10-speed lightweight bike has a small bolt like most bikes these days. I took my bike to a shop and he used a different bolt that he provided to attach the seat to the forks below my bike seat. So it did work out, but we had to improvise. After one ride, I'm satisfied with it. Seems sturdy and I plan to check the bolts for tightness periodically.
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    1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    April 22, 2009
    2 stars
    not the best
    Reviewer: naguifan (frankfort, in, usa) See all my reviews
    You have to have just the right bike for this to work. The old bike I have makes it very uncomfortable for me to ride while my 3 year old is back there. Her feet are constantly in the way of the gears if she doesn't keep them in the feet holes or she is able to kick me. This is very amusing to a 3 year old so, yes, she keeps doing it. I think the trailer is probably a better way to go. The only thing good is that it wasn't insanely expensive.
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    3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    February 23, 2009
    5 stars
    great simple seat
    Reviewer: Monika See all my reviews
    I've been very satisfied with this seat. Got an old bike so no fitting problem. Instructions can seem bit complicated but it's not too bad. My almost 3 year old loves to sit in it and we both enjoy our ride.
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    7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:
    August 12, 2008
    3 stars
    Information about fitting your bike
    Reviewer: Miles See all my reviews
    This seems to be a fine baby seat that should be sufficient for most people and their bikes. Before I bought it, I had read that it may not fit on mountain bikes with a rear suspension. But I wanted to add that it will not fit on bikes with over-sized tubes either. Specifically, I got my wife a Trek Pure Sport Lowstep, and the lower support clamps were not designed to fit around its over-sized rear fork tubes. This is just a hint, since there doesn't seem to be any published list of which seats fit which bikes!
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    8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:
    July 19, 2008
    5 stars
    Perfect Bike Seat for 2 year old
    Reviewer: Rebecca J. Brown (Appleton, WI) See all my reviews

    I bought this bike seat for our 2 year old- looking for something cheap and simple. My husband had no problem putting on my bike- it fit perfectly (I don't have a new bike). The 3 straps (2 across chest and 1 across waist) secures him in tightly. I am completely satisfied with this bike seat. I don't have to sit forward on my bike seat and there is plenty of room for my son's legs. My son is super tall and is 30 lbs- no problem fitting in the seat.
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    4 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    July 2, 2008
    1 stars
    Returning it!
    Reviewer: Sarah Puetz See all my reviews

    My daughter was so excited to use this seat....it did not fit properly onto my bike. I have a new Schwinn Womans hybrid bike. I practically sat on the handlebar of the seat after mounting it on to my bike. Also the hardware that attached the seat to my bike got in the way of my chain when switching gears. I also had to buy different screws because the ones that were provided were too big to go through the hole on my bike. Bad bike seat, I am returning it this week.
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    8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:
    June 30, 2008
    1 stars
    Compatibility Issues
    Reviewer: Chad R. Dugas "buff dad" (Buffalo, NY) See all my reviews

    Be sure that you have read all the specs on this carrier prior to purchasing. The 2 big issues are:
    1. CANNOT be used with rear suspension Mountain Bikes.
    2. Must use 8MM bolt for attached to Mountain Bike seat post.
    I returned my Mountain Bike because it had rear suspension, but then the next bike I bought would not accept the 8MM bolt through the seat post bracket. If you have a quick release for your seat you will not be able to use the 8MM bolt that is supplied with this carrier. I ended up using the quick release that came with my bike, but I am VERY cautious when riding with my son. I just can't believe all the things that they don't advertise for these carriers. BEWARE!!
    So far the quick release has held up to my son's weight and our travels, but I don't plan on using this carrier to the maximum weight because of the bolt issue.
    I never thought that buying the bike before the carrier would be such a BIG deal.
    By the way......extremely difficult to assemble. Takes a lot of patience!
    Good luck with your decisions, hope this helps!
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    4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    March 29, 2008
    4 stars
    Fine for the price
    Reviewer: Bay State Mom "Amy" (Massachusetts) See all my reviews
    Mounted to a women's hybrid bike. A little tricky to install. I had to buy a new bolt, since the one included had a diameter too large for my bike seat. The bolt that came with my bike seat was too short for all of the baby seat attachments. After it all worked out my son and I love it.
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    8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    September 25, 2007
    5 stars
    Great Child Carrier Seat
    Reviewer: Way "Bill" (Bill) See all my reviews
    Very cost effective solution. It fits my 26in bike well. My 3-year old kid loves to rid on my bike.
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    12 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:
    September 21, 2007
    1 stars
    Does Not Work On Women's Bike
    Reviewer: Dad See all my reviews
    Ended up returning this product because the seat does not fit on a women's bike. The problem is that the seat bracket you attach the baby seat too is a couple inches lower on a women's bike than it is on a men's bike. This causes the baby seat to be too low and close to bike seat, my wife ended up kicking our son's feet when she tried to pedal the bike with him in the seat.
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    Why buy 10 cheap bikes when one nice one will last longer!

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    ...carp..car..carp... LionsHeart's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Is your child only worth $50?
    Why not buy it from a bike shop and make sure it is installed CORRECTLY?
    hah. No. i dont have one. and i am 22 and broke. a child is priceless.

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