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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2012
I bought this particular model about 1 year ago for my now, 4 year old son. We attached it to my hybrid bike which went on flawlessly. I've tried other bike seats in the past and this particular bike appear to be more complicated to install; however, it is very sturdy.

One fall morning, my family and I were on a long bike ride on a paved trail in Kansas City. It was fall, so a lot of the leaves have littered the tracks. We were going down on a somewhat steep hill (pretty fast) when we hit a large hole covered by a pile of wet leaves. We lost control, swerved, and suffered a fairly big crash. I suffered a torn meniscus on my left knee as I tried to stop the bike from falling on its side too strong, thus buckling my leg in. My son was asleep on the bike seat with a helmet on. I had tied an old sweatshirt on the side to give him more cushion room while sleeping.

The bike landed hard on its side, but the bike seat absolutely absorbed the impact away from my child. His helmet was not even touched. He barely noticed, because he was mildly started and instantly went back to sleep comfortably.

If it fits your bike, then I HIGHLY recommend this bike seat for the price. The plastic molding around the seat works very well as a protective feature. I simply cannot see many other seats providing this much protection.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2011
I wanted to leave a review of this seat since our experience was so different from the other reviews. I was able to install the seat by myself in less than 45 minutes with my 2 year old in the way the whole time. I had no problems mounting the frame onto the seat post. Obviously if this carrier is not compatible with your bike frame, it will not work.

The seat itself is great. My daughter is 29lbs and has plenty of room to grow. I'm 5'2 so maybe my height is the reason my feet never hit the foot rests? I am not a bike expert and I don't have an expensive bike, I didn't even check the specifications before buying yet it was very easy to put together. We were cruising around the neighborhood (in her new princess helmet of course) less than an hour after I pulled it out of the box.

The loose screws and bolts are separated into different sealed and labeled compartments for each step of assembly- (i.e. Step 1 use parts in compartment A.) This keeps you from having to sort through dozens of washers and bolts looking for the right one. There are 3 plastic pieces for the seat itself: the bottom that is mounted to the bike, the back of the seat which gets bolted to the bottom, and a cross piece that she can hold onto.

The fabric liner has extra padding on the bottom. There is a 3 point harness that goes over the head and rests on the shoulders and between the legs. An additional harness goes across the waist. After tightening all the harnesses, she was very secure and I could see how this would keep her strapped in should we ever have an unfortunate fall. Overall, I would recommend this seat.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
Well I ordered the other cheaper Bell child carrier for my 26" Schwinn Clairmont Hybrid beach cruiser (its hot pink and yellow with a white seat). That seat did go on but no way was my little girl going to be able to get into it and she is very petite for her age (she's 3 but has 2 year olds who are heavier than she is). The seat just sat too close to my seat on this particular bike. So I ordered this one. The box was a little beat up but the seat was perfectly fine. I had some trouble with the support bars going around the back rack on the bike but we were able to bend them just slightly (trust me if i can bend this you can. I couldn't punch my way out of a wet paper bag. :))and give the back supports a little more space to get around the rack on the back of the bike. After that, it went on smoothly and i was able to ride with my little passenger in about an hour after removing out of the box. Assembly was pretty easy but the few times i had to consult the instructions they weren't very clear, but i was able to figure it out. Let me tell you one thing, this thing is super sturdy. It does not move at all once on the bike and never wobbbles or makes any racket at all. I have on occasion clipped my heel on the foot rests of the seat but i simply moved my feet up a little on the pedals and haven't had any more issues. The seat cushion is pretty comfy and the seat has a 3 point harness for seat belt and a waist seatbelt as well. I think NASCAR drivers would approve of the safety belts. She is still able to move around and look at the scenery and I feel like she is still safe.
Things I like about this bike:
1. Sturdy
2. Safety harness is great and still is comfortable
3. My daughter is tall but slender and she still has plenty of room to grow in the seat. I have even rode one of my friends 10 month old babies around and with a few simple strap adjustments he was secure and he loved it.
4. The child really sits back in the seat and is protected on all sides from injury.
I haven't tried to remove it for a solo ride YET (if i get caught by the little boss i will be in BIG trouble for removing her majesty's seat) but when i am able to sneak away and try it i will update my review with the results. Happy riding!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2015
The solution to everybody's problem with this product is simple. All of the low ratings all refer back to the same issue with this product. During assembly there are 2 bolts that fit into square slots in the seat that are intended to hold them in place while you tighten the nut. Everybody has the same complaint that the bolts begin to strip out the plastic slots in the seat as soon as you start turning the nut which makes it impossible to tighten them all the way. The reason that this is happening is that the nuts have a plastic ring on the inner, top edge that is there to prevent it from unscrewing. That plastic ring is not threaded to the bolt. As you screw the bolt in, it cuts the groove into the plastic. Here is the problem. The plastic ring inside the nut is harder than the plastic off the seat. So when the bolt gets to that point in the nut it stops and starts stripping out the square slot. Since the bolts have rounded tops you can't use a screw drive to hold it straight. So what you have to do is this. BEFORE you put the bolt into the slot in the seat, hold the end with a pair of pliers and screw the nut on down past the plastic ring. Once the nut has been threaded the first time a groove has been cut into the plastic ring and it will now tighten onto the seat without stripping the plastic.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2011
We've had this seat for two years. Here's my experience:

1. Installation. Takes some time, but the instructions are good. It's one of those installations that after you install it, you say to yourself "is that right?". However, I have shaken this seat HARD many times just to make sure it was attached solidly. It is.

2. As for the assertion regarding "Seat can be removed from rack in seconds for solo rides". I guess you can measure a flight from New York to San Fran in seconds, and no, it doesn't take that long to remove the seat. However, this seat has three long small diameter bolts. It's difficult to get the leverage to tighten them down by hand, and just as difficult to remove. Also, the seat cushion adds to the difficult of getting under it to screw the back bolts. Feeding the bolts into the rack can also offer challenges. If you leave the seat on all the time, you'll bypass this challenge.

3. Now the reason we decided to get rid of this seat. We have two child. When I'm riding behind the wife, I often ask her to stop because the seat looks like it's about to come off. Anytime my wife hits a bump, the seat sways a lot. I shake it hard again (see the trend), check the bolts, the rack, etc. The seat is solidly attached, it's not coming off. My guess, because there are no shocks for the seat, anytime the bike shakes, the seat has to give somewhere, and it looks like the seat is going to come off. The wife and I were biking in DC and a cyclists past her and said "is that seat installed correctly".

Even though this seat is attached correctly, I don't trust it because it always looks like it's about to come off. We just bought a Topeak child seat which has shocks on it, so it cushions the ride and doesn't swaying excessively. I'm about to buy another one for my bike. It literally is a seat that takes seconds to mount and unmount. It's twice as much, but I feel more secure using the Topeak seat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2014
I usually never right reviews but I had to vent my frustration with this TERRIBLE product!
After being really excited to buy this for my wife to go along with her new bike I quickly found out how terrible this product is. Almost all the mounted nuts are plastic coated (which makes the nut harder to put on a bolt... meant to keep the nut on tighter). This would be fine if the bolt you thread it on would have something to help hold it. (Allen wrench head, phillips head.. ANYTHING) No it has a rounded bolt head. The bolt has a tapered square that goes through the plastic body and the plastic body has a square hole that the bolt goes through. When you try to even get the plastic coated nut onto the bolt it just strips out the weak plastic hole. There is NO WAY to tighten the nut because you cant keep the bolt from spinning in the now stripped out hole.

The design I would would be much better if the nuts provided didn't have the plastic inner part. This keep you from even being able to hand tighten and snug the nut. You cant even get the nut started on the bolt without the plastic square holes stripping.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 9, 2012
I am not sure why low ratings. Maybe this seat does not fit every bike, but it fits my Diamondback Menona very well, it was wery easy to install, and the harness seems to secure a child quite well. You still should use a child helmet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2014
I chose to purchase this product after checking out my neighbor's similar Bell seat on her mountain bike. I just wrestled with this thing for 2 hours only to find out that there is NO way it will fit my huffy cruiser. Apparently the rod where my bike seat attaches is too wide for the child seat mount. Not only that, but when I tried to mount the seat to the back portion of my bike, the screws were so long that they interfered with the spokes and I wouldn't have been able to pedal anyhow. Lastly, this thing was SO HARD to tighten the nuts and bolts!! That's what I spent most of my 2 hours doing!! I am absolutely dreading taking this apart tomorrow. I'll probably see if Target will take the return with it half assembled and not fitting in the box. So disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
Great product. It takes a little time to install, but once it was on, I've never had to adjust it in 4 years and all parts are in good working order. My daughter LOVES it--we've put a ton of miles on it together. The only reason I've stopped using it is because she's too heavy/big for it now at 4.5 yrs old. No child carrier will universally fit every single bike, so I can't see rating it poorly because it doesn't fit one specific bike of many. I have a 10 year old Raleigh mountain bike with front suspension. I am very tall with gigantic feet, so the only interference was my heels would occasionally nick my daughter's toes if I used toe cages on the pedals---easy fix, I removed my toe cages. You can take the grey seat portion off in about a minute by removing 3 bolts and it leaves you with a nice low profile bike rack that only adds minimal weight. Now I use a trailer bike for my daughter, so I had to completely remove the rack so it wouldn't interfere. As soon as my daughter can ride by herself, i'll put the seat back on for my baby boy to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2014
My wife bought this for me for Father's Day so we could take our daughter on bike rides. As some other reviews noted, the first step is to attach the seat to a bracket with 3 bolts. The bolts have a square block near the threads which locks into place on the seat so you only tighten the nut onto the bolt without needing 2 wrenches. The issue is that the plastic stripped Out2 of the 3 holes. After about 10 minutes and seeing how easily the holes stripped out I decided this was not for us, and returned it.
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