Learn how to attach your Thule Maxi to your carrier
The Thule Maxi is a rear mount kids bike seat (mounted to a rear carrier on your bike). It attaches to your carrier by clamping around the outside edges of the carrier frame.
For more information on whether a rear bike seat is suitable for your bike see Will the Maxi fit your bike?
Your Thule Maxi has arrived…
The fun part, unpack your box. Remove the packaging.
Identify the following contents.
The Thule Maxi arrives fully assembled
Instruction booklet & locking keys…photo coming soon
Attaching your Thule Maxi
With an open clamp simply place the kids seat over the rear carrier and turn the large screw at the back of the seat until the clamp is fully tightened onto the carrier.
To secure the seat to the bike use the key to now lock your seat to your bike.
To secure the seat to the bike place the safety strap around the seat post of your bike. Thread the end back into the catch and pull tight.
Foot rest adjustment: The Thule Maxi foot rests are easily adjusted by opening the clip at the back of the foot rests and sliding them up or down – dependant on the length of your childs legs. There are set grooves that they slide into and out of so once you have it set at a good height, simply close the clip to secure it.
Shoulder strap adjustment: Once your child is in the seat close the shoulder harness and adjust the straps for a firm, secure fit. Take your time and practice opening and closing this 5 point harness system. You need to push the slider down and move it to release the magnets.
Video of footrest and should strap adjustment coming…
The Thule Maxi is suitable for carrying children up to a maximum weight of 22kg (about 6yrs) and meets European standard EN 14344. Do not use the seat if your child can’t sit upright or is younger than 9 months. It is against the law in New Zealand to carry a child on a bike if they are not wearing a helmet.
Test Ride & Safety
Always choose a safe protected environment when testing out your seat for the first time.
First Time Use
Having the weight of a child on your bike can change the handling of the bike – cornering and pushing off to start to ride. You may need to practice in a safe environment for the first time without your child to see if your steering is affected by the seat. Then, again in a safe environment, add the weight of your child. You are now riding with a passenger on your bike so you need to ride within your limits and be aware that your bike will handle differently. You may need to brake earlier and corner at a slower speed. A rear mounted child bike seat places weight to the rear of your bike.
Test that the seat is firmly attached to the carrier – you should not be able to move the seat in an upward direction.
Clip you child into the harness. Make sure it is not too tight. You want firm but comfortable. Check for loose clothing, shoelaces or straps hanging down or into moving parts of the bike.
Locking your seat: You have the ability to lock your bike seat to your bike so that it is secure when you are not with it. The key hole is found at the back of the seat next to the blue knob. It disables the knob so that the seat can not be removed from your bike.