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Old 02-07-17, 07:14 PM
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DIY kid seat

My wife went out for a few hours the other day and as tends to happen with dads like me, I wanted to do something fun with the kid. I ended up strapping a kid's lawn chair to my Trek Transport and she loved it. I'd post a picture, but it looks pretty scary and makes me look somewhat irresponsible. (We only rode around the grass like that).

Anyway, the next day I went to Lowe's and got some PVC, cement, and used a new lawn chair. An hour or so of cutting, bolting, and gluing later I had this. It's super sturdy -- I can pick the whole bike up with it and nothing moves at all. We rode a few miles and she loved it. I'm pretty happy with it.



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Old 02-07-17, 07:31 PM
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Cute kid. I bet she would really love a Burley bike trailer. I gave mine away. It outlasted 3 kids. You can probably find one used.
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Old 02-07-17, 08:38 PM
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love your ingenuity & that bike's rack is very cool. how does the rig stack up to current safety standards? I don't see any straps. how would you feel if your Angel got hurt due to some aspect lacking proper design. hate to be harsh, but we're talking about a most precious responsibility :-)
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Thanks. I added a strap so that it's compliant with the state's Vehicle and Traffic law, although I question the utility of strap in actually making it safer in the event of an accident. In the couple of accidents I have had on bikes over the past 38 years, I have yet to have one where I wished that I was strapped to the bike.

It was not designed to replicate a typical child bike seat, but rather something like the Yuba Monkey Bars. I ride slow on protected paths or side streets and although that can't prevent a car from plowing into us, a kid's bike seat won't help then either. The cargo bike is a super stable platform and she loves it. I have yet to see a child portaging option that doesn't involve some degree of risk and certainly don't see this option as being more risky than a typical bike seat. I could just take her for car rides, I suppose... less fun for both of us though.

I had a trailer. She didn't like it and neither do I. I certainly don't feel it's any safer in traffic, even with that orange flag. We ended up not using it and so it sits in the basement.
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Thanks. I added a strap so that it's compliant with the state's Vehicle and Traffic law, although I question the utility of strap in actually making it safer in the event of an accident. In the couple of accidents I have had on bikes over the past 38 years, I have yet to have one where I wished that I was strapped to the bike
I hear ya, me too. recently had to dump my bike while I hopped off when it broke thru some ice & I lost control
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It was not designed to replicate a typical child bike seat, but rather something like the Yuba Monkey Bars
ahhhh - gotcha!
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I could just take her for car rides, I suppose...
used to take my son for rides to get him to have his nap. Wifey also got her nap. but no nap for Pops :/ have fun, may God bless
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The main advantage of a trailer is it stays up if the bike falls, so the risk of head injury is less.

My dad used to put me on his bike sitting sideways on the top tube. No one even had a helmet. Somehow I survived.
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