If your child is not yet old enough to ride a bicycle, he can still enjoy a leisurely ride with you on your touring bicycle with the installation of a child bike seat. Most child bike seats can accommodate a child from 9 months to 6 years old. Most child seats are made from sturdy moulded plastic with a metal framework and are mounted solidly to the bicycle's frame. A safety strap holds your child firmly in place while in motion.
Attach the mounting bracket to the plastic seat. Do this by sliding the two arms of the bracket into the mounting holes on the underside of the seat. Slide the position of the bracket's mounting plate to the centre position. This can be changed later to adjust the seat to accommodate your child if desired.
Secure the mounting plate and bracket to the frame with the thumb wheel and locking nut provided, depending on your make and model of child seat. Tighten the locking nut with an adjustable wrench in a clockwise direction, as this keeps the thumb wheel from coming loose.
Attach the mounting block, which the child seat mounting bracket attaches to, to the vertical frame member on your bicycle that is located in front of the rear wheel. Do this by tightening the mounting bolts and nuts finger-tight so that the final vertical adjustment of the child's seat can be accomplished.
Position the child seat over the rear bicycle wheel facing forward. Line up the two arms of the mounting bracket to the two mounting holes in the mounting block attached to the bicycle frame. Lower the seat until the two arms are fully seated in the mounting block. Slide the mounting block up or down on the bike's vertical frame member to adjust the height of the seat.
Tighten the two nuts on the mounting block with an adjustable wrench in a clockwise direction. Pull up on the seat to make sure it is firmly fastened to the bicycle.
Attach the foot rest straps and safety belt to the child seat. This step will vary with different child seats. Consult your owner's guide for information about your particular seat.
Always secure your child in the child seat with the safety belt or harness, otherwise your child could fall from the bicycle and be injured.
Tips and warnings
- Always secure your child in the child seat with the safety belt or harness, otherwise your child could fall from the bicycle and be injured.