Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Xtracycle: DIY Child Seat

My first project was to make a new snapdeck and attach a child seat to it for my eldest. As I spec'd out wood for this project I found the scratch and dent section on Xtracycle's website and scored a scratched and dented snapdeck for half price. Perfect for drilling holes into! 

After dremeling the legs and springs off a Topeak child seat, I attached it to the snapdeck using 5, 1/4" bolts with large washers for stability. Now, when I'm taking the little one to school I put her snapdeck with the seat on and when I'm going to work or running errands I put the regular one on, easy peasie. As a precautionary measure when I have her seat on the xtracycle I strap the bars together in the front and back to make sure they tight and secure against the snapdeck. 

When she's older I will move the seat back for my youngest, put a pad on the snapdeck and add a hadelbar for my oldest.


reverend dick said...

Nicely done!

SaddleAmericana said...

I always love seeing bike rigs geared up to haul kids—it means somebody's raising the next generation right! And this is a particularly beautiful set up (seeing how I'm particularly keen on Surlys and Brooks saddles)!

Unknown said...

Is that wood platform anchored to cargo platform or do you attach the car seat /wood base directly to bike frame?
Thanks Matt

Unknown said...

Also, did you dremel the metal cargo rack that came with bike seat and leave that Attached to bike seat for increased strength or are 5 bolts thru plastic strong enough?