good to see you out in the ether.
no less august a figure than your dear brother has successfully connected a piccolo to his long ride
And indeed there are more posts on the topic in the kids and families section of the forums.
As for attaching things to the SnapDeck, you do certainly need to bypass the Snap feature. The premier method of doing so is to use a
high quality metal-buckle cam strap
that wraps under the V-racks and around the deck, preferably placed just in front of either the forward or rear Snap Pieces. This locks the V-racks to the snap pieces in compression while also holding the board down and providing a safety loop around the board (and potentially anything that's attached to it).
Another way would be to make holes in the deck and pass straps through and around each rack separately, as this beautiful double child seat engineer has done with zip ties
. This method also effecitively locks the snap pieces in place. I personally prefer the cam stap method. A fully cinched cam strap prevents any migration rearward since the deck is wider at the front. If the strap is just in front of the snap pieces, the deck can move forward either.
As noted, you can prevent a bare deck from flying off by strapping one FreeLoader buckle to its mate on the opposite FreeLoader and cinching. I WOULD NEVER DEPEND ON THIS METHOD TO SECURE ANYTHING RELATING TO LIVE CARGO, CHILDREN, TAG-A-LONGS ETC.
Now, as for mounting something to the deck, you'd want a pretty big footprint, probably about 6" square with several through-bolts with big washers (not screws), so you could spread out the force.
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