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How to Convert Rear Rack from wide (8"W) to narrower (6.5"W)?

Old 08-07-20, 03:30 AM
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I have a bike with an attached rack and purchased the Thule Yepp child seat and the Easyfit Adapter mount. Unfortunately, I found out my rear bike rack frame is 8" wide and the Thule adapter only works up to 6.7"W (since it squeezes the rack to attach), so I'm trying to figure out how to make it work. Do you know if anyone sells an adapter to make the rack have narrower width mounting points? Or do I need to make an adapter myself, probably by attaching a narrow piece of wood or metal to the existing 8" rack so the rear child carrier Easyfit Adapter can attach? Thouhts?

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I think the correct answer here is to get a new rack.

I doubt very much that anyone would make such a specialized adapter, and the liability exposure in an adapter for a child seat would make such a product commercially non-viable.

Even with an adapter, would the seat fit on a rack that's too wide?
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It is my experience with attachments to racks that it is best to buy the two that pair together as intended. I would be hesitant to put a child on a seat that is on a home brew adapter.
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Thank you for the fast replies. I figured that would be the case, but there are so many products in the marketplace, just thought I would ask.

In terms of liability, it would probably make sense for the child carrier manufacturer to make a product like that (or make it fit wider rear rack frames), since they already have the liability.
If you live in a developing country where you entire family can fit on a bike, they probably wouldn't hesitate. I guess it's whatever you/I feel safe with.

To note, I tried a narrower piece of wood/metal bolted to the wider frame to attach the easyfit carrier and it works, but I wish I could find a rear child seat that would fit my 8"W stock rear rack frame. Oh well. Thank you again for your help!
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