What do I need to install a Hooptie on my bike?
What do I need to install a Hooptie on my Bike?
The Hooptie LT2 is a game-changing accessory when it comes to carrying kids on your Xtracycle, offering stability and security for children sitting on the deck, as well as added protection for children in child seats mounted to the rear deck.
Here's how to figure out what you need to install one on your bike.
Step 1: Do you have an Xtracycle bike or bolt-on kit?
All of our kid-carrying accessories, including the Hooptie LT2, are designed specifically to work on Xtracycle longtail cargo bikes, including the EdgeRunner, Stoker, Radish, Cargo Joe, Cargo Node and any bicycle converted using the FreeRadical or Leap conversion kit. We also have a Hooptie designed specifically for the RFA Utility.
If you need a new bike and passenger carrying will be one of the primary purposes of the bike, it's hard to beat the EdgerRunner or the EdgerRunner Electric. Both the EdgeRunner (Swoop and Classic) and the Stoker come with everything you need to mount the Hooptie. The RFA when assembled in the Utility mode (mid-tail) has a Hooptie RFA designed specifically for it.
If you have a standard bike that you would like to convert into a longtail cargo bike, you need a bolt-on kit. The Leap bolt-on kit can be used to convert any bike that meets these compatibility requirements into a cargo bike.
While not an Xtracycle bike, the LT2 Hooptie can work on a Surly Big Dummy as well. It will not work on a Surly Big Fat Dummy. For more info on installing a Hooptie on a Big Dummy, please refer to the article devoted to this topic, found here. The remainder of this article will be about installing a Hooptie on Xtracycle bikes and kits specifically.
The Hooptie will not fit on any other brand cargo bike or regular bike. You must have an Xtracycle Cargo Bike, Xtracycle Bolt-On Kit or a Surly Big Dummy.
Step 2: Which deck does your Xtracycle have?
Determine which deck your Xtracycle has:
- SnapDeck (wooden, attached to racks with plastic SnapHooks)
- Older FlightDeck LT1 or FlightDeck LT1 v.2 (1/2" or thicker, black HDPE plastic, attached to racks with metal SuperHooks)
- FlightDeck LT2 (thin, black HDPE plastic, bolted directly to LT2 V-Racks)
Need more help in ID-ing your deck? Check out our deck ID guide found here.
Bikes with SnapDecks (deck ID guide here)
If you have a bike with the SnapDeck, you'll need to replace the SnapDeck with the FlightDeck LT1 v.2, mounted with a set of metal SuperHooks. If you are also installing only the Hooptie, you will need 1 set of SuperHooks for a total of 4 SuperHooks. If you are also installing a Yepp seat with the Hooptie, you will need 2 sets of SuperHooks for a total of 8 SuperHooks (this increases the security of the attachment since there will be the extra pull of the Yepp seat on the deck). To secure the V-racks to your frame, you will also need a set of RackLocks. The Hooptie LT2 can then bolt in using the Hooptie Retrofit Kit. So if your Xtracycle has a SnapDeck, you will need: FlightDeck LT1 v.2, SuperHooks (Hooptie only = 1 set, Hooptie + Yepp seat = 2 sets), RackLocks, Hooptie LT2, Hooptie Retrofit Kit.
Why is installing a Hooptie or child seat on a SnapDeck not recommended? The SnapDeck literally just snaps onto the vertical racks. While this is secure enough for children or adults simply sitting on top of the deck, when you add the Hooptie, it is possible that a passenger could push or pull on the Hooptie rail and cause the deck to snap off as easily as it snaps on. This is why installing a Hooptie or child seat on a SnapDeck is highly discouraged. This issue is easily resolved by replacing the SnapDeck with a more secure FlightDeck and SuperHook combo.
Bikes with LT1 version 1 FlightDeck (deck ID guide here) or...
with LT1 version 2 FlightDeck (deck ID guide here)
If your bike already has a FlightDeck LT1 (either the version 1 or the version 2), the Hooptie LT2 can bolt in using the Hooptie Retrofit Kit. If you intend to also install a Yepp seat, count the number of silver SuperHooks securing the deck to your V-racks. If you only have 4 hooks, you will need one additional set of SuperHooks for a total of 8 SuperHooks. This increases the security of the attachment since there will be the extra pull of the Yepp seat on the deck. If you intend to only install a Hooptie, you'll be good to go with 4 SuperHooks. To secure the V-racks to your frame, you will also need a set of RackLocks. So you will need: Hooptie LT2, Hooptie Retrofit Kit, RackLocks. Optional (if also installing a Yepp seat): additional SuperHooks.
Bikes with LT2 FlightDeck (deck ID guide here)
If you have a bike with the newest deck, the LT2 FlightDeck, the Hooptie LT2 has everything you need to mount it on your bike so you are good to go! The Hooptie will not bolt onto the deck but bolts onto the LT2 V-racks, with the bolt simply going through the LT2 FlightDeck (instead of structurally relying on the deck).
Step 3: Install and Enjoy!
Once you have all of the items that you need, you can install the Hooptie LT2 by following the installation instructions, or by taking your bike to the nearest Xtracycle Dealer.
What about the Hooptie LT1?
The first generation Hooptie LT1 is no longer available. The Hooptie LT1 was designed to work with the 1/2" or greater plastic FlightDeck LT1. If you have both of these items and are looking to install them, instructions can be found here. The Hooptie LT1 is not compatible with the SnapDeck, nor the FlightDeck LT2 found on 2015 and newer bikes.
Still have some questions about your deck or the Hooptie? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure you have all the info you need to get your ride all set up.