Little Wing is a new kids seat for family MTB rides

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Doug Bird and his daughter, riding trails with the Little Wing. (Photo: Little Wing)
Doug Bird and his daughter, riding trails with the Little Wing. (Photo: Little Wing)
  • Mountain biking with preschoolers is a great idea. In theory.
  • But getting kids in the 2- to 5-year-old age range comfortable on an adult bike with a parent, can become annoyingly complicated.
  • Little Wing is a South African designed kids seat. For parents who want to bond with their preschooler, when mountain biking.

Riding with mom or dad on a 'big' bike, is a great bonding opportunity for cycling families.

Parents regularly fielding requests from their prescooler(s) to come along on a ride, as a passenger, now have a new option.

Doug Bird is a Cape Town mountain biker who grew frustrated with the lack of a domestic kids seat, for his daughter to join him on rides.

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Kids love riding on adult mountain bikes. (Photo: Little Wing)

More family time outside

Inspired by the rejuvenated sense of entrepreneurship, pivoting and design onshoring triggered by the pandemic, Doug decided to create the Little Wing.

The result a South African kids mountain bike seat, for family trail rides. "I am passionate about local products and wanted to create something South African that would enable parents to have a great time with their kids outdoors."

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There is no clamping contact with the frame. (Photo: Little Wing)

Thoroughly tested

Former Xterra World Champion and trail builder, Conrad Stoltz, has been an early adopter.

"Sharing my lifelong passion of riding bikes in cool places with my three kids is so rewarding. The Little Wing system has enabled me to share the passion effortlessly with my kids, aged 2, 4 and 6."

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An ergonomic seat, shaped for preschoolers. (Photo: Little Wing)

It plays nice with your carbon mountain bike

Although the Little Wing positions your preschooler between parent and handlebar, it doesn’t attach to the bike frame. 

Not having contact with the frame is important as some mountain bikes have unique tube profiles, which can make finding a secure clamping surface challenging.

Having no contact with the frame also reduces the risk of frame rub and paint damage. Or even worse: overclamping. A potentially ruinous issue with carbon-fibre frames, which can crack when subjected to overzealously tightened clamps.

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The Little Wing works with e-bikes and dropper seatposts. (Photo: Little Wing)

Made to be comfy for kids

The Little Wing has an attachment design that joins the platform rail to a mountain bike’s seatpost and stem spacers.

Securing it into place is delightfully easy and the Little Wing has a weight passenger weight rating of 22kg – which should be entirely adequate for most kids between 2- and 5-years of age. 

Once seated, kids have grippy and adjustable stirrups to put their feet into, while hands grab onto the handlebar.

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More weekends spent out on the trail, instead of watching Frozen at home. (Photo: Little Wing)

Your kids learn - as you ride

If you want to show your kids a more adult riding point of view, the Little Wing is a terrific enabler on that local commute to an ice cream venue this summer – or exploring some trails.

A lot of childhood riding development is visual. And having your preschooler mounted on their own seat just behind the handlebars gives them a great view of the trail, when you are riding along.

Perched on the Little Wing, your little one will be subconsciously absorbing the principles of anticipation, braking, leaning and bike control as they ride with you.

Available for pre-order, deliveries are scheduled for January. And price? That will be R3650.

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