Re: [rootsradicals] Peapod alternative
- I second this recommendation of the Bobike Mini--My daughter had ridden around in one for the last year and I (and she) couldn't be happier with it. I'm pretty bummed that she's approaching the weight limit. Not only does she like being up front and right in the action, it lets us talk to each other more easily, and I think it actually improves the bike's handling.
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- On Jan 4, 2008, at 5:17 AM, awade1975 wrote:
> Incidentally, I have a bobike mini on my stem and a maxi (peapod) andreminds me, i've been meaning to post this...
> take both kids on the X, with neither child riding on the deck
> routinely yet. I am waiting for the seat pad they were showing at
here's how to make your own padded snapdeck:
(photos of my completed snapdeck are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/philipdiaz/sets/72157603637587385/
1) go to http://www.xtracycle.com/snap-piece-p-101.html and order four
snap piece hooks
2) go to a fabric store that carries upholstery fabric; buy 1/2 a yard
of marine vinyl in whatever color you like (i chose bright red), and a
piece of 2" thick upholstery foam that is at least as big as your
3) get a piece of 3/8" plywood (birch ply works well); trace the
snapdeck outline onto it along with the placement of the holes
4) cut out your new snapdeck with a jigsaw or bandsaw; drill the four
holes for the snap pieces (same diameter as the bolt); don't worry
about sanding the sides - they will be covered by the vinyl
5) give one side of the plywood a couple layers of varnish to make it
weather resistant (doesn't matter which side); this is the side that
will be facing the rear wheel
6) install the four snap pieces on the finished side of the plywood
with a hex wrench - check your original snapdeck for proper
orientation; be careful not to bend the point on the snap piece "nail"
when installing them - the nail should go straight in as you tighten
the hex bolt
7) cut out the foam to fit the snapdeck; it doesn't have to look good,
but make it fit closely; i put the foam down on a cutting mat,
squished it down with the new snapdeck, and then cut around the deck
with an x-acto knife
8) glue the foam to the snapdeck just enough so it doesn't move
around; a hot glue gun works well for this
9) put the vinyl face-down on a table, then set your padded snapdeck
on top, foam-side down so you're looking at the bottom
10) use a staple gun to tack the vinyl on the underside of the deck
(the side facing you); work your way around the deck, pulling the
vinyl slightly to tighten it around the foam; don't pull too tightly
or the foam will get compressed too much; fold the vinyl over itself
to keep the sides looking good; if you don't like how it's going, you
can always pull out some staples and re-do it
11) after it's stapled all around, take a utility knife or x-acto and
cut around the bottom of the snapdeck to take off the excess vinyl
12) snap it on your xtracycle and go! your passenger's hiney will
- --- In email@example.com, Philip.X.Diaz <st_indigo@...> wrote:
> here's how to make your own padded snapdeck:http://www.flickr.com/photos/philipdiaz/sets/72157603637587385/
> (photos of my completed snapdeck are at
> )That's pretty sweet. But why wouldn't you extend the vinyl all the
> 1) go to http://www.xtracycle.com/snap-piece-p-101.html and order four
> snap piece hooks
> 11) after it's stapled all around, take a utility knife or x-acto and
> cut around the bottom of the snapdeck to take off the excess vinyl
way across to meet itself at the other side? Wouldn't you get some
protection of the wood from the vinyl? I suppose it would trap
moisture... but doesn't the current implementation hold some moisture
between the vinyl and the board bottom and edge?
- On Jan 4, 2008, at 6:35 PM, jparks781 wrote:
> That's pretty sweet. But why wouldn't you extend the vinyl all thei suppose you could wrap the whole thing in vinyl, but then you'd have
> way across to meet itself at the other side? Wouldn't you get some
> protection of the wood from the vinyl? I suppose it would trap
> moisture... but doesn't the current implementation hold some moisture
> between the vinyl and the board bottom and edge?
trouble getting the vinyl around the snap pieces. as it is now, some
moisture gets under the edge of the vinyl, but it dries out.
FYI, i never did get around to varnishing the underside of my
snapdeck, but it still looks good after 11 months. keep in mind
though that i live in California, so your milage may vary.
- This seat is made in Japan by OKG. I do not know if it is available
outside Japan. It has two hooks that go over the handlebars. Max
weight is 15kg. It works great and only about $30 US.