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The BodySpace Child Saddle™
Product Overview
Fitting & Usage
Safety Testing
Product Safety
General Warnings
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Always use the best quality cycle helmet you can afford
Always keep your arms around your child in your body space, their feet anchored by the straps and your hands partly over theirs to secure their grip to the handlebars
Safety first - focus on keeping the child within your centre of gravity
Maximum child weight: 28 kgs
Child height: 0.8-1.4m (depending on cycle frame size)
Age range: 2-6 years (younger children must be competent walkers with a good grip)
Safety testing
The product has been safety tested by SGS, and their product design improvements have been included in the design and use of the product
There are no EN or British Standards for a product as this, although relevant clauses were used from BSEN 14344:2004, BSEN 14765: 2005, BSEN 14764:2005, and EN71, have been considered within the design
Our approved manufacturer is ISO 9001 certified
Product safety (important to understand before use)
The responsible adult must be a competent off road cyclist
This product is primarily designed to be used off road
To avoid 'shaken baby' syndrome, very young children should not be ridden on rough surfaces as this may cause undue vibrations
Ensure the child has bent knees and or changes position to relax when travelling over rougher terrain
The extermities of your child are at risk of catching a chill so ensure they are covered adequately and check frequently they are not getting cold
Do not ride for extended periods of time
Do not ride on very rough terrain or down very steep slopes
Considering the additional weight of the child, always ride well within your cycling competence.
Check bike brakes and fastenings thoroughly before departure
We recommend the product is only used on a full suspension mountain bikes. If an unsuspended bike is used, compensate for vibration of the child by riding on smoother surfaces only
To protect you and the child in the event of a fall, ensure that the child wears a full suit, approved cycle helmet, cycle gloves, and their feet are adequately restrained in the stirrups, tight enough to secure their feet, yet loose enough to free their feet in the unlikely event of a fall
Over hold the child's hands on the handle bars, and ensure that the brake levers and gear change clusters are adjusted to ensure that when the brakes are full on there is plenty of clearance for their fingers
Ensure the child's position is as rearward and central as possible within your bodyspace, so that handle bar movement is not impeded, and the child's feet are away from the front wheel.
Ensure that the handle bars turn freely through at least 60 degrees from the straight ahead position, without tight spots stiffness or slackness in the bearings when correctly adjusted
The top of the child saddle should be set the same height as the handlebar stem. For smaller children the seat should be further forwards so that they are almost sitting upright, whereas larger children can be set more rearwards leaning forwards with arms slightly bent rather than fully outstretched
Ensure that the child's body, restraint system and clothing are clear of any moving part of the seat or cycle, and recheck as the child grows
Check that no part of the system could become entrapped in any moving part when the product is used without the child on the saddle
Always use the footstraps
Ensure that there are no sharp objects that could injure a child, for example frayed cables
Check that the seat is not hot when the child sits due to direct exposure to the sun
Check before after and intermittently during the ride that the product is securely attached to the bicycle frame using standard tools
Check whether there are any laws specific to the carrying of children on saddles attached to cycles that apply in the country in which the saddle is used
Only carry children that are able to sit unaided for the duration of the ride
Check from time to time that the childs weight does not exceed the maximum of the saddle
Set the height of the foot stirrups and the angle of the arm so that the feet are in line with the front down tube, or along the line from the headset to the pedal crank, so that they childs feet are completely clear from the front wheel when the suspension is compressed
Keep all small components away from children during the assembly process, and ensure that all components are tightened before you ride out
Do not overtighten or force fixings which could damage or weaken your cycle frame
To prevent the child sliding off the seat, secure the stirrups as soon as the child is positioned on the saddle
To create the safety net for your child, while you are riding ensure that your hands are on theirs on the handlebars and arms are around the childs body at all times.Only use the product when installed as illustrated, and if the product is damaged in anyway do not use
Do not use the product if the rider is injured or not fully fit
Our approved manufacturer is ISO 9001 certified
General Warnings
Do not modify the product or attach additional luggage to the product
The cycle may behave differently with the child in the saddle in relation to braking, steering and balance
Never leave the child in the saddle uncradled
Movability of the the handlebar may be reduced by the saddle
Change the type of handlebar when the angle is reduced on either side to less than 45 degrees
Allow additional braking distances to allow for adverse weather and additional weight
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