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Old 04-16-20, 04:42 PM
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Kids touring setup

Hi, I cannot seem to find a lot of info regarding a touring setup for a 7 year old. Are there any bikes that have seat stay mounts for a rack, say in a 20 inch wheel size. Or are there any racks I can put over a small wheel that have some hardware that deals with no seat stay mounts. Even if I get around the seat stay mount issue most racks are too big for the bike. Any suggestions.
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Old 04-17-20, 07:00 AM
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Islabikes worked for us. Very well made, including models with optional racks.
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This is the setup I used on my wife's small frame bike. It is made by Problem Solver and fits on most seat posts. There are some smaller rear racks made. I found one to put on our 4'11 tall daughter's 42 cm frame bike. This is the rack I used o my daughter's biek: https://www.bikegallery.com/product/...k-367232-1.htm

Seatpost clamp__ https://problemsolversbike.com/produ...seatpost_clamp


This little guy can't be too much older than seven. He was touring with his mom in Denmark. He does nered to learn some pannier organization skills I think his panniers are the same size Ortliebs that I use.


This setup is pretty common in Europe. Look at the hitch on the back of mom's bike holding her daughter's bike's front wheel. This allows her to tow the young lady when needed, and allows her daughter to ride when it is appropriate.

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Originally Posted by Rocky Mushman View Post
Hi, I cannot seem to find a lot of info regarding a touring setup for a 7 year old. Are there any bikes that have seat stay mounts for a rack, say in a 20 inch wheel size. Or are there any racks I can put over a small wheel that have some hardware that deals with no seat stay mounts. Even if I get around the seat stay mount issue most racks are too big for the bike. Any suggestions.
Hi Rocky Mushman...If you have a bike for the 7 year old already you might be able to retrofit an existing rack on it. There are clamps that go around the seatstay that would allow you to attach it...I can't speak for their durability...maybe someone has an idea and could comment...
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Old 04-19-20, 09:07 PM
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Great thanks for all these fantastic options .
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If the kid has enough seat post showing you can do a seatpost mounted beam rack. Topeak and rock Bros both make ones that can have integrated top bag with smaller panniers. They have a 25lb limit but if the bike weighs 25lb and the rack even weights 15 you're approaching 80-90% of a 7yo's body weight. I put the rack and bag on my 9yo's bike which had 24" wheels, we decided it was too much to ask a 7yo to ride 40-50 mi in a day and carry his own stuff. It got to be a bit much for the 9yo though she had just turned 9.
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this trek small rear rack has extra long attachment rods that work well with very small frames and those with sloping toptubes and very low mounting points.
Could be of a help if you go that seatpost attachment part dirction.

https://www.primeauvelo.com/en/backr...SABEgK2__D_BwE

This rack is aimed at xs adult frames (I bought one for my wifes XS frame) and I believe 24in wheeled bikes, so it very welll still be too big for a 20in bike.

I'd be inclined to just go with a handlebar bag so they can have some snacks and a jacket or something, to feel "adventury", but to carry all their stuff yourself, to keep the weight to a minimum on their bike.
Making things easier is always better for keeping the activity fun, just like being very realistic and conservative on distances, breaks, snacks, drinking, fun stops etc.
Its all about forming a positive attitude to an activity, so that they continue doing it and have fun at the same time.
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This setup is pretty common in Europe. Look at the hitch on the back of mom's bike holding her daughter's bike's front wheel. This allows her to tow the young lady when needed, and allows her daughter to ride when it is appropriate.
I have one of those Follow-Me tandem setups. Not cheap, but I like it and just about everyone who sees it asks me where I got it. Was riding with my son last year and a policeman pulled up beside us and stopped us to ask about it. Now that my son is riding solo, I'm hoping to get away from using it as 30+ pounds of bike + adapter and 60 lbs of 5 year old son is a lot to pull up hills.
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I've got a Surly Big Dummy that I'm hoping to take my son camping with. Current events a pushing that idea into the future, but the ability for me to haul all family's luggage, will be a good talking point for future family trips.
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