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    Molokai_Man is offline Junior Member
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    Default External car carrier for KB's?

    I have two small children and do not want to transport my kettlebells inside the car (imagine if the car rolled in an accident and those kettle bells flying around inside the car).

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of (or has constructed) some like a hitch-based external carrier that can both carry and lock down the KB's. THere are generic hitch carriers that are more like trays that could be made to work in a pinch, but I was hoping someone might have seen what I'm looking for.

    Thanks in advance, Tom

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    I am guessing that you do not have a trunk.

    What you could do is run a chain through the handles and tie it to the seat post where it bolts to the floor. A bicycle lock (other that a rigid kryptonite style) would work fine. That way if you roll the car the chain would keep them secured to the seat.

    A seat belt might work as well to secure them if you had an empty seat.

    That seams a lot easier than getting a trailer.

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    Do you have an unused seatbelt in your car to put through the handles of the kettlebells? It really is that simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyTwoFoot View Post
    Do you have an unused seatbelt in your car to put through the handles of the kettlebells? It really is that simple.
    It is simple....simply useless. In a head on crash, the bell will snap the seat belts. Too much force is going to be on one part of the bell and it is a projectile.



    I either do one of two things:
    * Put them in the truck.
    * Wedge it, if possible, between the seat and the back seat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faizalenu View Post
    It is simple....simply useless. In a head on crash, the bell will snap the seat belts. Too much force is going to be on one part of the bell and it is a projectile.



    I either do one of two things:
    * Put them in the truck.
    * Wedge it, if possible, between the seat and the back seat.
    I don't know...after 10years in EMS I have never seen a seatbelt snap. Not to say it can't happen but unlikely, IMO. In a roll over type accident you would not want the bells loose in the vehicle. I buckle mine in when I transport. In the end i guess there is always a risk.
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    I think seatbelts are more designed for an even distrubution of load across hips and then diagonally across the shoulder, Rather than a centralised point load. Although I think a seatbelt strap is good for 600kg maybe even more the buckle im not sure about.
    But we take another walk down what if avenue.

    There have been a lot of kettlebell portability posts recently. whats going on over there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KB/KM View Post
    I don't know...after 10years in EMS I have never seen a seatbelt snap. Not to say it can't happen but unlikely, IMO. In a roll over type accident you would not want the bells loose in the vehicle. I buckle mine in when I transport. In the end i guess there is always a risk.
    there is a difference between a person (low density/stationary/high friction) and a bell (high density, moving, low friction). Two different situations, two different levels of physics. I also have a feeling that you could injure someone in the seat just because the bell is moving. If you roll the car over that bell is hitting someone if they are also in the back seat. I am worried about a 1" point of contact more than anything...
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    Quote Originally Posted by faizalenu View Post
    there is a difference between a person (low density/stationary/high friction) and a bell (high density, moving, low friction). Two different situations, two different levels of physics. I also have a feeling that you could injure someone in the seat just because the bell is moving. If you roll the car over that bell is hitting someone if they are also in the back seat. I am worried about a 1" point of contact more than anything...
    Please don't miss understand...I know where you coming from. There is always a risk, unfortunately it's the same risk as driving home from the grocery store and having a bag of canned goods on your seat. In the end something is better than nothing, and I don't have the ideal answer. I do like the topic in regards to making people think about safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KB/KM View Post
    Please don't miss understand...I know where you coming from. There is always a risk, unfortunately it's the same risk as driving home from the grocery store and having a bag of canned goods on your seat. In the end something is better than nothing, and I don't have the ideal answer. I do like the topic in regards to making people think about safety.
    Agreed....there is risk with everything. Personally I prefer, in order:
    Avoidance (e.g., put them in the trunk)
    Wedging where they don't have room to move
    Consolidation (e.g., big things move slower than little things....straps small bells to big bells to slow them down)
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    Loose in the trunk presents its own risks, of course. I've had cars where I know that in an accident, the bell would easily blow through the rear seat wall. Best transport would involve tying down the bells in the trunk.

    Or shipping them.
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