07 August 2008

Jillian's Custom Child's Bicycle Seat

I started this blog to be the repository of all the cycle chic I wanted to remember. With permission I'm reprinting the Custom Childseat post in its entirety from Jillian's blog - I don't ever want to lose this inspiration!

My green experiment has been on hold for the most part as far as the cycling aspect goes because I had no seat to transport Ellie. And frankly, I just couldn't justify spending over a hundred dollars for one of the ghastly seats that are available to me here. So, I paid 30 for one of those ghastly seats. You gotta love craigslist.
standard bicycle seat

What I got for that amount was the Copilot Limo seat which retails for around $130. Saved quite a bit there. Which left me some room to purchase the items to personalize it. I know, I know, those of you who may read this trying to figure out how to do it are like, GET ON WITH IT ALREADY! So here's what I did.

First I took off the seat padding and any straps that were removable. Then I taped off the remaining harness with duct tape. The rack that comes with the seat was originally black and I couldn't have that on my pretty white bike, so I spray painted it a high gloss white. The dentist in Jeremy came out and he was all you know the spectrum of white is huge so it may not match. But to me, white next to pretty white is better than black on white. So as that was drying I spray painted the body of the seat lime green. I chose green for a couple of reasons. 1. I thought it would be highly visible in the event of our imminent death by truck squashing. 2. If we ever have a son I can just change out the fabric on the seat cover and it will work for him also.

custom child's bicycle seat
custom child's bicycle seat
custom child's bicycle seat
At first I left the handlebar red but after some time the contrast between the green really got to me and I spray painted it green too. As all of that was drying I made a very basic pattern for the seat cover by tracing it onto a piece of scrap fabric I had left over from my bicycle basket liner. When I cut the pattern out I left about a two inch margin. Then I simply hot glued the fabric margin to the opposite side of the seat cushion. It is important to note that if I had a sewing machine or a drop of patience I could have made a much better cushion cover that could be easily removed and washed as needed. Well, that's the plan but for now I needed immediate gratification and there's nothing better than a glue gun for that.

When that was finished I slipped the straps from the harness through it and attached it to the seat with the Velcro that came with it. I also added a couple of self adhesive Velcro strips to the edges to make it a little more secure. The I took some coordinating hot pink fabric and hot glued it around the arm rest and added a Velcro strip to it and I was done. Jeremy had to file the rack down slightly for it to fit my bike, but when it was all said and done I had only spent a total of $41.
$30 Child seat
$8 two cans of spray paint
$3 one yard of hot pink fabric from the clearance rack.

custom child's bicycle seat
custom child's bicycle seat
custom child's bicycle seat
custom child's bicycle seat

So, now that it is all done and on my bike I can honestly say that I am happier with it than I would have been with the bobike seat of my dreams. Because I created it. It is one of a kind and I'm proud of myself. For not accepting something that I wasn't happy with and being resourceful. Now I just have to pray that I don't kill us both.


burrito said...

uh - WOW. That's awesome. I love people who take boring stuff and make it awesome.

jj said...

that is so cool! i am in awe!
(and you will love biking with the girlie on the seat, and she will love it too - my boys fight over who gets to ride in the bobike)

SunnyS said...

Beautiful!! SO colorful...love it.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks lovely . your very talented.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thank you so much. I too have a cruiser, a pretty pink one, and am researching child seats and the colors available because, icky, ill colored bike racks and seats just won't do for me. So, thank you so much for the idea, I'll definitely be doing this.