Periodically we barrow a bit of content from the blogosphere. This is a post from Tiny Helmets Big Bikes about how to install a sunshade on the Peanut Shell from Yuba rindin’ momma, Elle B.
I wish I could take all the credit for this idea but, alas, I stole it from another blog. Since I couldn’t get my first attempt at sun protection to work, I scrapped that idea and stumbled upon a different version. After looking for the covers at REI and finding them out of stock, I searched the Great Internet to find them on sale at Rocky Mountain Trail for just $15 a piece. The blog had only shown them on a PeaPod (similar to a Peanut Shell) so I knew that Big Brother’s seat was going to be a cinch but I took a gamble at trying to rig one for Little Brother’s and bought two, just in case. Litte Brother was the one I worried about most as he is up front and more exposed to the elements. We had started using the Yepp Windshield again since I found a stick (yes, a stick) in the little guy’s eye.
It turned out to be incredibly simple for both seats to become covered. I tried out the Yepp’s cover this morning by zip tying the back poles to the seat and then tucking it over the windshield. We rode around like that all day without much of a problem. I was worried that it would impair my vision of the road in front but it didn’t. When I got home this evening, I secured the front pegs with some stick on outdoor velcro and it was good to go. The back poles will slide in and out easily for quick mounting and dismounting of the wee one.
The Peanut Shell’s cover followed the same instructions as Everyday Adventure‘s. I drilled in two 1/4″ holes at the top of the seat and two more along the sides of the cross bar. My grommets were too loose so I used electrical tape to secure them. I didn’t want the poles in the front of the bar because my big guy already gets stuck getting in and out from under it and I didn’t want them poking him in the legs. I can’t wait to give them both a go tomorrow. The weather is heating up and I think this will make them both more comfortable and willing to ride longer distances in less than perfect weather. Also, if I need extra protection from the rain or sun, I now have a support to add on the stroller shades/rain covers as needed.
Upon inspecting both child seat options, it was clear that the designers were focused on the child’s safety. Both seats fit children up to 48 lbs (22kg) and featured a five point harness system to secure the wee one to the bike, as well as foot straps to hold the child’s feet in. In my opinion as a Dad I like that the Peanut Shell is a much safer seat. The following are the reasons why I consider the Peanut Shell a safer and more comfortable seat for the little ones:
• More of a protective shell. Which means more head support when the child falls asleep (the head stays up-right). And very importantly complete shoulder protection. If the bike were to tip over the child is much more protected in the Peanut Shell.
• The cross-bar, kids like holding on to it and it is also an added safety feature.
• More padding in the seat.
• A lower of center of gravity, which means riding the bike is easier and safer.
The manufacturers of both child seats claim they are a breeze to install. Watching the installation videos for each seat, neither seems particularly daunting, but the Yepp install does seem like it would require a bit more dexterity.
Ease of Use
The Yepp Maxi has a neat feature where with the press of a button the seat can be removed, leaving behind the mounting clamp. Apparently it is designed this way to facilitate swapping the seat between bikes. I understand that it can be easy to remove from the structure, but then what can one carry on the metal structure when the seat is removed. Passengers can’t seat on top of the rack nor it is really possible to carry cargo.
The Peanut Shell requires about one minute of time and a 10mm torque wrench to completely remove it from the bike. There is no mounting plate or bracket left behind, meaning the entire utility deck is left clear for other cargo or passengers. It takes only about two minutes to reinstall. With practice and the right tool it is extremely easy.
|Peanut Shell Child Seat||Yepp Maxi Child Seat|
|Price||$169||$180 for seat + $40 for mounting bracket|
|Capacity||up to 48 lbs (22kg)||up to 48 lbs (22kg)|
|Straps||5 point harness||5 point harness|
|Install time||~15 min (first install)||~20 min|
|In a nutshell|
Lindsey of the You Ain’t Got Jack blog is a pretty crafty lady. She has figured out how to provide sun, wind, rain, snow and sleet protection to a child sitting in a Peanut Shell. The coolest part about it, is that the sun shield snaps off and snaps right onto a foldable stroller. The best part about it, is that the whole solution costs less that $20!