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post #1 of 17 Old 09-29-2009, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Passenger Hand Holds

Are the grip looking extensions off the luggage rack truly passenger hand holds??? I want to take my 8 year old for a ride. Being a fairly big guy, she would have difficulty wrapping her arms around me. I am debating if she would be better off using the hand holds??? Any thoughts?? Thanks.
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-29-2009, 08:52 AM
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Same size, same age kid here. I am planning to make a belt with 2 adjustable grips. Just like these guys. http://www.buddybelt.com/ Unfortunately they are out of business.

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I wouldn't trust an 8 year old with the "hand-holds" on the luggage rack. They aren't in the right place to hold on to the bike when accelerating. Nothing to keep a young one from flipping off the back.

I take my 9 year-old son to various activities fairly regularly on my bike. He holds on around my waist. I also have a Bestem top case which acts as a back rest so he couldn't possibly slide off the back. Of course, I ride more cautiously with a young passenger.

If you are a "big guy", maybe you could have your 8 year old hold on to your belt at the sides?

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A topcase will increase their security - can't fall off the back.
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I remember riding w/ my dad.

1) Wish I had a backrest of some sort so I didn't always feel like I was gunna fall off.

2) be easier if he had one of those belt things w/ the handle on it so you don't have to lean in close.

And be prepared for the kid to lean waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much into turns. I know I did! For real little ones though, also have to make sure they don't fall asleep on long trips and fall off.

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Will her feet reach the passenger pegs? If not, I wouldn't have her ride yet.

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+1 on the top case.
British version of the Buddybelt: http://www.motrax.co.uk/index.php?se...=GO&mod=search
motrax site refers to cyclegear.com as US distributor but this product does not come up on cyclegear's website... ???

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For real little ones though, also have to make sure they don't fall asleep on long trips and fall off.
I've witnessed this one first hand, not even a mile from home none the less.

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My daughter uses the hand grips. I do have a givi box and backrest pad w/ amoto adjustable plate so i can move it fwd so she is close to me.
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You can find belts with handles on Ebay, try various search words, that is where I bought mine... I actuall mount it backwards too, so the handles are sort of in front of me. Allows my 7 (soon to be 8) year old son to wrap his hands around me a bit more.

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