ATTACHING A USED CHILD SEAT
May 16, 2005
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I've got a child's bike seat
that attaches to the back of an adult bike. I'm wondering
how to attach it.
I bought it used, so I'm not sure
that I even have all the parts. It's made by American Recreation
Company, Inc. I couldn't find a model number on it. Please
I have good news and bad news, tho
you might not see it that way.
First the bad news. It looks to
me like American Recreation Company no longer does business,
nor does anyone sell their products commercially. Which
means that you cant find parts or instructions for
that child seat you have.
Because I cant see the seat
you bought and I dont know anything about that particular
product, I cant advise you on how to attach it to
a bike, or even tell you which parts you should have. So
youd have to wing itwhich I dont think
you wanna do when it comes to the safety of the child riding
in that seat.
So if you cant find a local
expert to help you attach the seat you bought, I suggest
you get a new one. Now for the good news: You can find inexpensive,
unused seats on eBay.
Finally, Mr Bike recommends child
seats that attach in front of the adult, not onto the rear
carrying rack. Front-mounted seats (like ones from Bobike
give the bike a lower center of gravity, making the bike
more stable. And a front-mounted seat lets you keep an eye
on the kid.