How to Carry (and How NOT to Carry) Passengers on the GSD

How to Carry (and How NOT to Carry) Passengers on the GSD

This article refers to GSD Gen 1 bikes

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We love the fact that many GSD riders are carrying passengers on a daily basis, often replacing a car. In this document, we list four recommended passenger-carrying solutions, as well as three methods that you should avoid.

Recommending Means Testing

If you've been with us long enough, chances are you already know we only recommend something after we've done a lot of testing. And by "testing", we mean more than just checking if something fits.

Before we recommended frame-mounted trailers, for example, we partnered with EFBE Prüftechnik GmbH, one of Europe's leading bicycle test laboratories, to test the GSD frame according to EN15918, a European standard for trailer safety.

GSD frame undergoing a fatigue test at an EFBE lab

Solutions We Recommend

If you are relatively new to the GSD and looking for solutions to carry passengers, here's a summary of what we recommend:

Please keep in mind that all passengers need leg protection and foot support. Check our complete list of passenger seating accessories here.

3 Ways NOT to Carry Passengers

Riders with more than two kids are often looking for ways to carry everyone at the same time. We get it. But when it comes to transporting the people you love the most, we want you to err on the side of caution—and that's why we do not recommend the following methods.

1. Handlepost-Mounted Seats

The biggest NOPE. The Physis is a folding handlepost, and it's one of the features that makes the GSD compact enough to fit inside a car or stored in small spaces.

Why Not: This substantially changes the amount and direction of force on the handlepost. It has never been tested. It also negatively impacts steering dynamics.

Handlepost-mounted seat

2. Seatpost-Mounted Seats

The Telescopic Seatpost allows the GSD to fit riders of different heights, and also contributes to its compact size for storage.

Why Not: This also changes the amount and direction of force on the seatpost, and has never been tested.

Seatpost-mounted seat

3. Frame-Mounted Seats

The GSD frame is designed to handle a maximum gross vehicle weight of 200 kg. But as burly as it is, the frame is not indestructible—and we do not recommend riders to push the frame beyond design and manufacturing limits.

Why Not: Metal clamps stress the frame in ways it was not designed to be stressed and can result in permanent damage. Such mounting systems have never been tested. In addition, we question whether this bike accessory has passed any relevant safety tests.

Frame-mounted seat

What If I Need to Carry 3 Kids?

The GSD was designed to be a useful, versatile bike that helps you get stuff done, but we purposely limited its length to that of a regular bike so there are space limitations. So if you have to carry three kids, we recommend getting a trailer or a second kid-hauling bike. Or take a look at some of the bigger e-cargo bikes like those offered by Xtracycle.