Rated for children up to 33lbs the Mini attaches to a stem mounted bracket. If your child is young, I highly recommend the Mini over rear seats. With your child nestled between your arms in front of your, you’re able to interact much more with your child as you’re riding and the child has a much better view. If your child falls asleep, you’ll know immediately. If your child needs to be tickled, she’ll be within tickling distance. These considerations are important, and they all add up to a much more enjoyable experience for parent and child.
Present stock is black seat with black pad.
The Mini+ now ships with a universal bracket that fits quill stems and threadless steerers. The bracket mounts on the steerer tube of threadless bikes and replaces 20mm of headset spacers. Many stock bicycles come with inexplicably short steerer tubes and may not have 20mm of headset spacers to replace, so be sure to measure yours before ordering.
The Mini attaches and detaches from the bike in seven seconds. I timed it. I actually tried to do it slowly. That seven seconds is round-trip. I took it off one bike and put it on another. If you’d like to use the Mini on more than one bike, it’s as simple as attaching an extra bracket to the other bike(s) you’d like to use the seat on and transferring the Mini as needed. My wife and I keep a bracket on both of our bikes so that whoever needs to haul Silas around can quickly put the Mini on their bike.
The only drawback to the Mini isn’t a problem with the seat, but the frame geometry of most bicycles in the US. Even though few riders actually race the market monomania for sport bicycles means that most bicycles have frame geometry that doesn’t differ too much from that of a race bike. Crucially, the seat tube is rarely a slack as the practical bicycles of Europe that the designers of the Mini had in mind.
On some bicycles it will be hard to eliminate the Mini’s interference with the rider’s knees. On others, there won’t be a problem. Here are a few guidelines.
- The Mini will not work on most road/race bicycles with drop bars
- The Mini will work on many 29er mountain bikes, because of their long top tube.
- The Mini will work on many 26″ mountain bikes, especially if it can be mounted high.
- The Mini will work on many hybrid bicycles
- The Mini will work on many beach cruisers
- The Mini will work on all “Foot Forward” bikes–Townies, etc.
- The Mini will work on all European style city bikes with an upright riding position
The more upright your bike, the better the Mini will work on your bike. The longer your effective top tube length, the better the Mini will work on your bike. As always, if you’re not sure, contact us for guidance. Unfortunately, over the phone or email I can’t make any guarantees on bicycles that are close call, but I’ll do my best.
If you’d like to take some measurements, the back of the Mini (at the bottom) extends 23cm from the back of the stem when mounted. If your knees clear the back of your stem with 23mm to spare, you’ll be fine. When I first mounted the Mini on a 26″ mountain bike frame, I had to bow my knees slightly to avoid hitting the bike of the seat. Fortunately, the bike used a quill stem, and by purchasing this absurdly long quill stem, I was able to move the Mini up and eliminate the knee strike.