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  • Sean Mackin
    DT, I will broach this one with caution since it stirred up quite the discussion back when I first posted my set up. Anyway. For my kids (3 have ridden with me
    Message 1 of 11 , Mar 28, 2013
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      DT,

        I will broach this one with caution since it stirred up quite the discussion back when I first posted my set up. Anyway. For my kids (3 have ridden with me safely in different configurations) I put together a simple stoker set up similar to what you can buy from xtracycle but way cheaper. First on the shopping list is a seat post shim from 27.2 to 28.6, you can find them on eBay for $3-$5. This will allow you to use a standard 1 1/8" bike stem as a stoker stem. Next find a nice long stem with decent rise, I currently have 135mm. Again, eBay is a good place to start but Nashbar and Jensen usually get stuck with the long ones, so they are usually pretty cheap on close out. Couple that with and old riser handlebar cut down to size. The next part of my set up is the pad and belt. I took and old stadium seat cushion and trimmed it into a nice short pad to sit on. I made a cover out of an old sweatshirt. The seat belt I use is a generic web strap with quick release from REI. I have about 6 of them with me all the time anyway. They are great for securing loads. Especially precious ones like a little one. With the belt, pad and stoker they are secure and comfortable. For fun we have added a foot pad for little feet and buddy pegs for longer legs. Those too can be found under "fork standers" in the bmx section. Those are clamp on foot pegs. I have the flip up odyssey brand on mine. I will send you a bunch of pictures if you would like. 

        Currently my 4 year old and I have been doing weekly mountain bike adventures with this set up. We stick mostly to fire roads and very tame single track. It is super fun!

        As for tire pressures experiment and see what works best. I have dabbled down in the 20's but usually run low 30's for good compromise between traction, comfort and rolling resistance.

        Have fun and get those kids out on a bike 

      Sean 

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      On Mar 27, 2013, at 8:29 PM, Don Thompson <donthompsonjr@...> wrote:

       

      Hi Radicals,

      I'm continuing to upgrade my cargo bike, and am wondering some could offer a few suggestions.

      1)  Does anyone have plans for a child seat of any sort or a recommendation for something to strap a 3+ year old in to? I have a hooptie ordered, but since my guy isn't 4 for a while, I think having something for him to sit in would be good (and don't want to order a hooptie and the pea pod, a little too pricey).  I figure the hooptie will last for a lot longer.

      2)  I have Big Apple tires, size 2.35, and they're great!  What PSI do others recommend riding on? 

      3)  Does anyone have a favorite rear fender they like?

      Thanks,

      DT

    • Sean Mackin
      If you want to email me I have an extra set of planet bike fenders. They work great for me. They are quiet and solid. S Sent from my iPad
      Message 2 of 11 , Mar 28, 2013
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        If you want to email me I have an extra set of planet bike fenders. They work great for me. They are quiet and solid.

        S

        Sent from my iPad

        On Mar 27, 2013, at 8:29 PM, Don Thompson <donthompsonjr@...> wrote:

         

        Hi Radicals,

        I'm continuing to upgrade my cargo bike, and am wondering some could offer a few suggestions.

        1)  Does anyone have plans for a child seat of any sort or a recommendation for something to strap a 3+ year old in to? I have a hooptie ordered, but since my guy isn't 4 for a while, I think having something for him to sit in would be good (and don't want to order a hooptie and the pea pod, a little too pricey).  I figure the hooptie will last for a lot longer.

        2)  I have Big Apple tires, size 2.35, and they're great!  What PSI do others recommend riding on? 

        3)  Does anyone have a favorite rear fender they like?

        Thanks,

        DT

      • Brian Livelsberger
        Planet fenders working well for me too. Sean, I like you foot peg ideas, I d love to see pics of your kid setup, I don t have any strap currently for my 5yo
        Message 3 of 11 , Mar 29, 2013
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          Planet fenders working well for me too.

          Sean, I like you foot peg ideas, I'd love to see pics of your kid setup, I don't have any strap currently for my 5yo and am curious what you've done.

          Brian.


          On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM, Sean Mackin <gear.head@...> wrote:
           

          If you want to email me I have an extra set of planet bike fenders. They work great for me. They are quiet and solid.

          S

          Sent from my iPad

          On Mar 27, 2013, at 8:29 PM, Don Thompson <donthompsonjr@...> wrote:

           

          Hi Radicals,

          I'm continuing to upgrade my cargo bike, and am wondering some could offer a few suggestions.

          1)  Does anyone have plans for a child seat of any sort or a recommendation for something to strap a 3+ year old in to? I have a hooptie ordered, but since my guy isn't 4 for a while, I think having something for him to sit in would be good (and don't want to order a hooptie and the pea pod, a little too pricey).  I figure the hooptie will last for a lot longer.

          2)  I have Big Apple tires, size 2.35, and they're great!  What PSI do others recommend riding on? 

          3)  Does anyone have a favorite rear fender they like?

          Thanks,

          DT


        • Jim Fulmer
          I butchered a topeak child seat and bolted it to a snap deck I got off the scratch and dent section of the xtracycle website. It was very easy and works very
          Message 4 of 11 , Mar 29, 2013
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            I butchered a topeak child seat and bolted it to a snap deck I got off the scratch and dent section of the xtracycle website. It was very easy and works very well

            http://cyclejerk.blogspot.com/2012/04/xtracycle-diy-child-seat.html
          • Nikki Rosenberg
            I did something using a milk crate with leg holes cut out of it ( http://nicollesoriginals.blogspot.com/2012/12/xtracycle-two-2-child-seat-from-milk.html). I
            Message 5 of 11 , Mar 29, 2013
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              I did something using a milk crate with leg holes cut out of it (http://nicollesoriginals.blogspot.com/2012/12/xtracycle-two-2-child-seat-from-milk.html). I originally had my 18 mo old in the crate and 4.5 year old using it as a back rest with a webbed seat belt with a buckle attaching to it. Then I decided toddler needed a higher back rest and bought the Yepp and moved the crate forward for the older guy. It is getting a little narrow, though, and we are making him a wooden seat to replace the crate. It is almost ready -- just wood on the bottom and back and wooden arm rests. We painted a design and will bolt it to the deck and use the same seat belt he has been using. Nikki

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              http://nicollesoriginals.blogspot.com/

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            • Sean Mackin
              Brian,   Sorry for the delay. Attached is some assorted pictures with the pegs up and down as well as the stoker stem set up and seat. I put her old foot rest
              Message 6 of 11 , Apr 3, 2013
              Brian,

                Sorry for the delay. Attached is some assorted pictures with the pegs up and down as well as the stoker stem set up and seat. I put her old foot rest in place for you to get an idea what she used before her feet reached the pegs. The strap is a generic one from REI. They sell them in a wide variety of sizes and configuration. This one is about 3' long with a quick release buckle. She rarely wears it now.

              Thanks,
              Sean

              --- On Fri, 3/29/13, Brian Livelsberger <livelsbe@...> wrote:

              From: Brian Livelsberger <livelsbe@...>
              Subject: Re: [rootsradicals] plans for kid seat and a few more questions
              To: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:21 AM

               

              Planet fenders working well for me too.

              Sean, I like you foot peg ideas, I'd love to see pics of your kid setup, I don't have any strap currently for my 5yo and am curious what you've done.

              Brian.


              On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM, Sean Mackin <gear.head@...> wrote:
               

              If you want to email me I have an extra set of planet bike fenders. They work great for me. They are quiet and solid.

              S

              Sent from my iPad

              On Mar 27, 2013, at 8:29 PM, Don Thompson <donthompsonjr@...> wrote:

               

              Hi Radicals,

              I'm continuing to upgrade my cargo bike, and am wondering some could offer a few suggestions.

              1)  Does anyone have plans for a child seat of any sort or a recommendation for something to strap a 3+ year old in to? I have a hooptie ordered, but since my guy isn't 4 for a while, I think having something for him to sit in would be good (and don't want to order a hooptie and the pea pod, a little too pricey).  I figure the hooptie will last for a lot longer.

              2)  I have Big Apple tires, size 2.35, and they're great!  What PSI do others recommend riding on? 

              3)  Does anyone have a favorite rear fender they like?

              Thanks,

              DT


            • Steve Fuller
              ... Sean, Where did you source those foot rests from? I wouldn t mind having a set for the occasional adult passenger on mine. Steve
              Message 7 of 11 , Apr 6, 2013
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                On Apr 4, 2013, at 12:22 AM, Sean Mackin <gear.head@...> wrote:

                 

                Brian,

                  Sorry for the delay. Attached is some assorted pictures with the pegs up and down as well as the stoker stem set up and seat. I put her old foot rest in place for you to get an idea what she used before her feet reached the pegs. The strap is a generic one from REI. They sell them in a wide variety of sizes and configuration. This one is about 3' long with a quick release buckle. She rarely wears it now.

                Thanks,
                Sean

                --- On Fri, 3/29/13, Brian Livelsberger <livelsbe@...> wrote:



                Sean,

                Where did you source those foot rests from? I wouldn't mind having a set for the occasional adult passenger on mine.

                Steve
              • gear.head@verizon.net
                The ones I used are by Odessey. If you look on Ebay search fork standers . You will need to make a small shim. I used a strip of plastic cut from a plastic
                Message 8 of 11 , Apr 6, 2013
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                  The ones I used are by Odessey. If you look on Ebay search "fork standers". You will need to make a small shim. I used a strip of plastic cut from a plastic bottle. My wife finds them comfortable too.

                  Sean
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                  From: Steve Fuller <sfuller@...>
                  Sender: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com
                  Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2013 07:30:59 -0500
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                  Subject: Re: [rootsradicals] plans for kid seat and a few more questions

                   


                  On Apr 4, 2013, at 12:22 AM, Sean Mackin <gear.head@...> wrote:

                   

                  Brian,

                    Sorry for the delay. Attached is some assorted pictures with the pegs up and down as well as the stoker stem set up and seat. I put her old foot rest in place for you to get an idea what she used before her feet reached the pegs. The strap is a generic one from REI. They sell them in a wide variety of sizes and configuration. This one is about 3' long with a quick release buckle. She rarely wears it now.

                  Thanks,
                  Sean

                  --- On Fri, 3/29/13, Brian Livelsberger <livelsbe@...> wrote:



                  Sean,

                  Where did you source those foot rests from? I wouldn't mind having a set for the occasional adult passenger on mine.

                  Steve
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