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How to Attach a DoLittle Child Bike Seat

By Annette 1 year agoNo Comments

Learn how to attach your Do Little to your bike.

The Do Little is a mid mount kids bike seat (mounted to top tube of your bike). It attaches to your top tube by one of 2 fittings:

Standard Fitting (comes with the Do Little)

Retro Fitting (comes with the Do Little)

For more information on which fitting to use on your bike see Will the Do Little fit your bike?

doLittle mid mount kids bike seat. goRide

Your Do Little has arrived…

Unpack your Do Little and identify the following contents.

Do Little contents sack goRide

Do Little sack.

Do Little frame, the standard fitting and 3 bolt sets ( 1 x short, 2 x long)

Do Little Fitting Instruction sheet

Allen Key –  bike tool to tighten bolts

Retro rider fitting and metal clamp

Spare velcro and 2 spare bolts

2 x packing strip

Tools/Equipment you will need…

Standard Fitting – All the tools you need (an Allen Key) are supplied with the Do Little seat

Retro Fitting – you will need the Allen Key supplied and also a flat head screwdriver  (not supplied).

Prepare your Do Little for attachment to your bike

Remove the bolt sets ( 1 x short 2 x long) and standard fitting from the Do Little frame.

Choose your fitting – Standard or Retro

Attach the standard fitting to the top tube of your bike frame

  • 18-22cm back from the handlebars
  • Watch that the velcro does not clamp any cables – thread it under them.
Standard fitting top tube doLittle goRide

Attach the Do Little frame to the standard fitting

  • Slide the Do Little seat down over the top tube and onto the standard fitting.
  • Insert the short bolt into either hole 1 or 2 (this will depend on the slope of your tube).  The short bolt set has 2 parts and is inserted from each side of the hole, joining in the middle when tightened.  Loosely tighten.
  •  Insert one of the long bolt sets into hole 3, above the bottom tube.  Tighten loosely (as you did with the short bolt set)
  • Insert the other long bolt set into hole 4 .  below your bottom tube. Tighten loosely (as you did with the short bolt set)
  • Position the seat so it is horizontal
  • Once you have determined the position of the Do Little seat frame it is recommended that you place the padding on your bottom/down tube to protect the frame.  To do this you will have to remove the long bolt set from hole 4, place the pads, then re-insert the bolt set moving the frame back into position.
  • Tighten each bolt set using the Allen Key provided until the seat is securely fitted.  Be careful not to over tighten the long bolts and damage the shape of your down tube.

Test that the seat is adequately fastened by applying weight/pressure – it should not move

Attach the retro fitting to the top tube of your bike frame

  • 18-22cm back from the handlebars
  • Watch that the velcro does not clamp any cables – thread it under them.
  • Completely unscrew and pull apart the top tube metal clamp
  • To secure the retro fitting – fit the top tube metal clamp around the outside of the velcro with the clamp screw  positioned underneath the bike top tube. Tighten using a screwdriver.
Do Little attached with retro fitting. goRide

Attach the Do Little frame to the retro fitting

(The video to the right is for the standard fitting but at this stage what you do is exactly the same for the retro fitting so watching the video will help!)

  • Slide the Do Little seat down over the top tube and onto the retro fitting.
  • Insert the short bolt into either hole 1 or 2 (this will depend on the slope of your tube).  The short bolt set has 2 parts and is inserted from each side of the hole, joining in the middle when tightened.  Loosely tighten.
  •  Insert one of the long bolt sets into hole 3, above the bottom tube.  Tighten loosely (as you did with the short bolt set)
  • Insert the other long bolt set into hole 4 .  below your bottom tube. Tighten loosely (as you did with the short bolt set)
  • Position the seat so it is horizontal
  • Once you have determined the position of the Do Little seat frame it is recommended that you place the padding on your bottom/down tube to protect the frame.  To do this you will have to remove the long bolt set from hole 4, place the pads, then re-insert the bolt set moving the frame back into position.
  • Tighten each bolt set using the Allen Key provided until the seat is securely fitted.  Be careful not to over tighten the long bolts and damage the shape of your down tube.

Test that the seat is adequately fastened by applying weight/pressure – it should not move

Do Little Bike seat bolt inserts goRide V1
The Do Little is suitable for carrying children up to a maximum weight of 28kg (about 7yrs) and meets standard AS3990 (steelwork).  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.

For smaller children, lift them on while you are astride the bike.  For older children, hold the bike steady while they climb up then position yourself on the bike.

It’s really important that your child wears closed in shoes EVERYTIME they ride with you.  Also be aware of loose clothing, shoelaces or straps hanging down from your child onto or into moving parts of the bike

Once they have placed their feet in the stirrups check you have good clearance between their feet and your front wheel by turning the handlebars to either side.

Where you want your child to place their hands – before the first ride have a talk with them about this and why it’s important they do what you ask.  Get them to hold the handlebars right in the middle – either side of the stem

People often ask us about their knees and whether they will have to pedal in a crazy way.  The answer is that most of the population will not have a problem with this.  The seat is 14cm at it’s widest point.  Your pedals are set at a greater distance apart than this.  So you will never hit the seat.  If you choose to ride with an older child who is bigger than the seat you may have to slightly adjust your knee action.  If your top tube is sloping and you have to place the seat further back than recommended you may have issues with this.

You may want to lower your seat at first as you adjust to riding with a child between your arms, this is only natural.  Try to return your seat to its normal height as soon as you feel comfortable.  This will allow you to maintain your natural pedalling style, improves your power and also increases the gap between you and a larger older child. When you have a passenger you must ride within your capabilities and consider the effect of extra weight e.g. brake earlier to stop.  Also always factoring in that your child is not secured to the bike, if they start to move around this will effect your balance and steering.

Although intended for off road use the Do Little is allowed to be used on public roads in New Zealand.  If you choose to do so, please consider the dangers of riding in traffic.

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