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How to Attach a Mini

By Annette 2 years agoNo Comments

Learn how to attach a Mini to your bike

The Thule & Yepp Mini’s are front mount kids bike seats (meaning your child and the bike seat are between you and the handlebars).  They attach to your handlebar stem by one of 2 adaptors

  1. Standard Adaptor sold as part of both the Thule Mini and Yepp Mini & A-Head Adaptor Combo
  2. A-Head Adaptor comes with every Yepp Mini & A-Head Combo 

For more information on which adaptor to use on your bike see Will the Mini  fit your bike?

Yuba Mundo & Yepp Mini. goRide

Which Mini are you attaching?  Choose either the THULE or the YEPP

Your Thule Mini has arrived…

The fun part, unpack the box . Remove the plastic and identify the following contents.

Thule Mini Nexxt seat & locking keys

Magnetic buckle for harness system

Handlebar

Footrests

Allen Keys and Standard Adaptor

All parts including instructions

All the tools/equipment you will need are supplied with the Thule Mini

Prepare the Thule Mini seat

1. Gather the Thule Mini Seat, the buckle, the foot rests & handlebar attachment.

2. Slot the buckle into place on the handlebar.

3. Slide the childs handlebar attachment down into place with the loop extending away from the seat.

4. Slot the footrests up into place.

5. Secure these fittings in place by inserting the screws and tighten with the Star Wrench.

Prepare your handlebar stem 

If you have brought a Thule Mini you will have a quill or threaded stem and be using a standard adaptor.  

If you have brought a Yepp Mini & A-Head Adaptor Combo you will have a threadless stem and be using an A-Head adaptor.  NOTE: the Yepp/A-Head combination is the only option for use on a threadless stem.

Find out more about stems in Will a Mini fit on your bike?

Your Yepp Mini has arrived.  Unwrap and identify the following parts…

Please note: every Mini comes with a standard adaptor but goRide chooses to sell the Yepp Mini with an A-Head adaptor for use on modern sport style bikes (mountain/trail bikes).  This means you probably will not need the standard adaptor (unless you have a second bike) as we recommend the Thule Mini for use with a standard adaptor.

The Yepp Mini Seat

Handlebar attachment for the Yepp Mini Seat

The foot rests for the Yepp Mini Seat

Mini instructions, screws and locking keys.

A-Head adaptor, U-Clamp, screws & instructions

Standard Adaptor not needed for attachment to a threadless stem

TOOLS/EQUIPMENT you will need…

  1. The allen keys you need to assemble the Yepp Mini are supplied with it
  2. To attach an A-Head adaptor to your bike you will need an adjustable spanner

Prepare the Yepp Mini seat

1. Gather the Yepp mini Seat, the foot rests & handlebar attachment.

2.Slot the footrests up into place.

3. Slide the childs handlebar attachment down into place with the loop facing away from the seat.

4. Secure these two fittings in place by inserting the screws and tighten with the Allen Key.  This can be a bit fiddly so we recommend laying the Mini on it’s side.

Prepare your handlebar stem   

If you have brought a Yepp Mini & A-Head Adaptor Combo you will have a threadless stem and be using an A-Head adaptor.  NOTE: the Yepp/A-Head combination is the only option for use on a threadless stem.

If you have brought a Thule Mini you will have a quill or threaded stem and be using a standard adaptor.

Find out more about stems in Will a Mini fit on your bike?

Which stem are you preparing? Choose either QUILL (THREADED) or THREADLESS

PREPARE YOUR QUILL STEM

Use an Allen key to loosen the nut in the top of the stem.  You can now adjust the height of your stem to suit your adaptor.  Standard adaptor minimum space – 21mm or more.  A-Head adaptor minimum space – 5mm or more.

Important: Most handlebar stems have a “minimum insertion or maximum extension” mark that shows how high they may safely be set. If you can see this mark, the stem is too high meaning you need more of the stem down in the tube. If your stem doesn’t have such a mark, a good rule of thumb is that there should be at least 2 inches/5 cm of stem inside the tube.

Our video is currently being updated.  It will appear here soon…

Quill or Threaded stem ideal for attaching a Thule Mini to.

PREPARE YOUR THREADLESS STEM

You need to remove your handlebars. Do this by unscrewing the stem screw (single screw that goes down into the top of the stem) and the handlebar clamp (screws on the sides). Finally, remove spacers if you need to.

Choose your adaptor…  Standard (Thule Mini) or A-Head (Yepp Mini)?

Please note that the Yepp Mini comes with both these adaptors.  It is the only seat that can be mounted onto a threadless stem using an A-Head adaptor.

Attach the Standard Adaptor to the handlebar stem of your bike

Take the long screws out of this adaptor.  This piece now has to be attached to the exposed handlebar stem on your bike.  It works like a large clamp – one piece on each side of the circular stem and is held in place by the two large screws.

Attach the Thule Mini or the Yepp Mini seat onto the Standard Adaptor

Find the key so you can ‘unlock’ the seat.  To attach the seat you need to;

Thule Mini – pull the blue handle while pushing the seat down onto the adaptor

Yepp Mini – press the red button and slide the grey handle at the same time.  Push the seat down onto the adaptor while releasing the handle until you hear it CLICK.

For security reasons the seat can now be locked into place using the key.  It won’t lock if the seat is not on properly so if you have any problems turning the key make sure the seat is clicked into place.  To take the seat off this set of instructions needs to be followed in reverse.

Slimfit adaptor rectangle goRide

Learn more about the space needed to attach a Standard Adaptor HERE

Attach the A-Head adaptor to the handlebar stem of your bike

  1. Place the plate of the adaptor down onto the exposed stem then put your handlebars back onto the stem (you only need 5mm to securely attach the adaptor).  Be careful not to twist your cables as you do this.
  2. Now place the U shaped bracket over your handlebar stem and down through the plate holes.  This bracket is held in place by nylon bolts that will not screw or unscrew by hand. This means that they shouldn’t undo with the vibrations that riding a bike can cause.  Use an adjustable spanner to tighten.  This is a slow fiddly process so be patient and remember you only have to do it once.  The two washers go on first, with the sprung washer (smaller, has a gap) closest to the bolt.
  3. The second set of nuts can now be placed over the end of the screws to protect you or your child.

Attach the Yepp Mini seat onto the A-Head Adaptor

Turn your seat upside down and find the key so you can ‘unlock’ the seat.  To attach the seat you need to press the red button and slide the grey handle at the same time.  Push the seat down while releasing the handle until you hear it CLICK.  For security reasons the seat can now be locked into place using the key.  It won’t lock if the seat is not on properly so if you have any problems turning the key make sure the seat is clicked into place.  To take the seat off this set of instructions needs to be followed in reverse.

height handlebar stem A head goRide

Learn more about the space needed for an A-Head adaptor HERE

Safety 

BOTH the Thule & Yepp Minis are suitable for carrying children up to a maximum weight of 15kg (about 3yrs) and meet European standard EN 14344.  Do not use the seat if your child can’t sit upright or is younger than 9 months.  It is against the law in New Zealand to carry a child on a bike if they are not wearing a helmet. You must never leave your toddler unattended in the seat.
First Time Use

Test that the seat is firmly attached to the adpator – You should not be able to move the seat in an upward direction without holding in the button and grey handle.

The initial adjustment of the harness and the footrest is ideally a 2 person job. With your bike being held in place/supported pop your child into the seat and then adjust the seat to fit YOUR child. 

Footrest, shoulder strap & harness adjustment

Foot rest adjustment:  Both the Thule Mini & Yepp Mini foot rests are easily adjusted by opening the clip at the back of the foot rests and sliding them up or down – dependant on the length of your childs legs.  There are set grooves in the Yepp footrests that they slide into and out of.  The Thule can be adjusted to any height so once you have it set at a good height, simply close the clip to secure it.

Shoulder strap adjustment:     Once your child is in the seat close the shoulder harness and adjust the straps for a firm, secure fit.  Take your time and practice opening and closing the 5 point harness system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thule Mini Harness:  You need to push down and slide the lever across for the magnets to release

Yepp Mini Harness: You need to push both halves in and press from the sides at the same time.

Test Ride

When a front seat is attached to your bike it will take up space.  Space you’ll be used to having to get on & off your bike and to stand in when stationery.  Depending on the size of your bike you may not be able to use this space any more.  So when coming to a stop you may have to remain seated on your bike saddle (seat).  To get on and off you may have to swing your leg over the rear wheel.

Having the weight of a child on your bike can change the handling of the bike – cornering and pushing off to start to ride.  You may need to practice in a safe environment for the first time without your child to see if your steering is affected by the seat.  Then, again in a safe environment, add the weight of your child. You are now riding with a passenger on your bike so you need to ride within your limits and be aware that your bike will handle differently. You may need to brake earlier and corner at a slower speed. The added weight is sitting entirely over your front wheel making the front of your bike heavier.

Everyday Use

Please take 30 seconds before every ride to do a safety check of your bike. Is my bike safe to goRide?

Test that the seat is firmly attached to the adaptor – you should not be able to move the seat in an upward direction without holding in the button and grey handle.

Clip your child into the harness. Make sure it’s not too tight.  You want firm but comfortable. Check for loose clothing, shoelaces or straps hanging down or into moving parts of the bike.

Locking your seat: You have the ability to lock your bike seat to your bike so that it is safe when you are not with it. The key hole is found under the seat and disables the red button, grey handle so that the seat can not slide off the adaptor. 

Find out more, make your Kids Bike Seat solution a success…

…so you and your family can SMILE when you goRide

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