MiniBrake: to make cycling safer for kids all over the world!

MiniBrake is a remote controlled bike brake system, a tool that enables parents to protect their kids on the road.
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When your kids ride their bikes, have you ever felt that they are only a few inches away from danger and they won’t even notice it until it’s too late? And even if you tried, you won’t be able to protect them?

We have developed MiniBrake, the remote controlled bike brake system to tackle just this problem. The product consists of two parts: a remote controller and a small brake attached to the rear of the bike. Using the MiniBrake is as simple as it gets: when you sense that your kid is in danger, you just press the controller and your child’s bike comes to a safe and smooth stop.

And we know your first question: no, your kid will not fall over when the brake is applied! We've specifically designed the brake to avoid that even if your child is going fast. The brake is applied to the rear wheel, not the front and the brake is applied by putting pressure on that wheel, so it comes to a firm, but safe and smooth stop! Check out the MiniBrake in action:


Throughout the development and testing phases, we have consulted with moms, dads and their kids to make MiniBrake the perfect child safety product. We strongly believe that MiniBrake will help you protect your kid!

Children aged 2-5 are learning new skills extremely fast. However, sometimes they are quicker in learning how to ride the bike than they are in perceiving dangerous situations. Or even if they notice a threat, they are not skilled enough to avoid accidents and stop safely. Thus, parents often feel that while riding the bike is super fun, they must protect their children at all times.

Each day there are hundreds of bike accidents related to cycling kids. Sometimes kids are unable to avoid a collision, and there is numerous safety equipment which aims to solve this problem.

Some resourceful parents take child safety just a little bit too far. :)


Helmets, elbow- and knee protectors are extremely useful, but they can only mitigate the effect of a collision – in contrast, MiniBrake is used to avoid bike accidents.

MiniBrake is a unique solution that actively prevents accidents. With the help of a simple remote controller, parents can intervene and stop their kids in order to avoid bike accidents.

Ensuring maximum safety

You can never face a situation when you expect the MiniBrake to be available and it is not functioning.

  • when switching on the product, it automatically tests itself for right operation
  • when the batteries run down, the product automatically stops the bicycle
  • when reaching the 50 meter / 164 feet range, the product automatically stops the bicycle
  • also, as an extra safety measure, when anything blocks the signal between the remote controller and the bike, the brake is automatically applied.
  • A moving bike is safely and smoothly stopped approximately within 0,5 metres / 20 inches. 

Easy to install and use

  • The product automatically switches off when the bike is not in use to avoid batteries running out of power due to an unswitched button.
  • We know how kids like to run wild, so we made MiniBrake drop- and dustproof.
  • After the brake is applied, it's only another press of a button to release the brake and let your kid continue his or her ride.
  • The product contains a „black box”, which logs all braking events.

Please note that...

  • MiniBrake is suggested from the age of 2, till a maximum weight of 35 kilograms / 77 pounds.
  • MiniBrake does not replace parental care and prudence!


After 2 years of development, prototyping, and testing, we are almost ready to bring MiniBrake to market. We need your help and contribution to finish the product line and produce the first series of MiniBrake.

MiniBrake is compatible with a wide variety of bicycles. Here we provide you a list of bicycles that MiniBrake is compatible with. We will continuously update this list with new bikes throughout the campaign.

If you don’t find your kid’s bike in the list, please, send us a web link of the bike or a photo (taken from a side position) and the size of the wheel to support@minibrake.com. We will shortly examine your case and get back to you soon!

B’twin New Run Ride (12-inch); Kawasaki BX2 (12-inch); New Run Ride Boys’ Bicycle (12-inch); New Run Ride Girls’ Bicycle (12-inch); Schwinn Venus (12-inch); Diamondback Girls Lil Della Cruz Cruiser Bike (12-inch); Dynacraft Magna Gravel Blaster (12-inch); Hello Kitty Girl's Bike (12-inch); Kawasaki KX12 Girls' Bike (12-inch); Schwinn Balance Bike (12-inch)

B’twin Birdy Fly Velo (14-inch); B’twin Titooo (14-inch); Hello Kitty Shinny (14-inch); Dynacraft Tony Hawk Boys Bike – 360 (14-inch); Dynacraft Boy's Hot Wheels Bike (14-inch); Huffy Jake and the Neverland (14-inch); Pinkalicious Girls' Bike (14-inch)

Cop Trooper (16-inch); Jack Pirabike bike (16-inch); Liloo Princesse bicycle (16-inch); Monster Truck bicycle (16-inch); Princess Kids’ bicycle (16-inch); Schwinn Venus (16-inch); Wendy Pony (16-inch); Bikestar Kids Children Bicycle Classic (16-inch); Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Mini Viper Kid's BMX Bike (16-inch); Diego Bicycle (16-inch); Dora Bicycle (16-inch); Firmstrong Mini Bella Girls Beach Cruiser Bicycle (16-inch); Go Glider Balance Training Bike (Large) (16-inch); Huffy Bicycle Company Ironman 3 Bike (16-inch); Huffy Bicycle Company Ultimate Spiderman Bike (16-inch); Huffy Boy's Pro Thunder Bike (16-inch); Huffy Disney Cars Bike with Training Wheels (16-inch); Huffy Girl's Disney Princess Bike, Jewel Pink-Pink (16-inch); Power Rangers Boys Mega Force Bike (16-inch); Titan Girl's Flower Princess BMX Bike, Pink, (16-inch)

Mistigirl 3 Children’s bicycle (20-inch); Single One Children’s bicycle (20-inch);  Spot Deal Children’s bicycle (20-inch)

And many more... The list is updated continuously.


General FAQ

Won’t my kid fall over when the brake stops the bike?!

This is the most common question and it is no wonder that You’ve raised it as well :) Our engineers designed the brake to avoid that even if your child is going fast. First, the brake is applied to the rear wheel, not the front, second, the brake is applied by putting pressure on that wheel, and not by suddenly blocking them.

What is the recommended age for using MiniBrake?

MiniBrake was developed for children who are still learning to ride a bike. We believe that MiniBrake is most helpful for children aged 2-5, but can be used as long as You deem it necessary for your child’s safety.

What happens when the battery dies?

We designed MiniBrake to ensure total safety: in case the battery dies, the brake automatically stops to avoid any situation in which the parent would be unable to stop the bike.

How else do you ensure that MiniBrake always works?

A built-in feature of the device is that the remote controller and the brake attached to the bike are constantly signaling to each other – in case the signal is interrupted, the brake automatically stops the bike. For example, if the bike is out of range or a concrete wall blocks the signal, the brake stops the bike.

How can I check whether MiniBrake works properly or not?

Once you turn on the remote controller and the brake attached to the bike, the device automatically runs a check – if both parts are working properly, a LED light indicates that MiniBrake is ready to go. If either parts are not ready for use, the brake automatically stops the bike. Nevertheless, if you don’t have a spare battery at the moment, you just raise the brake shoe manually and your kid is ready to go – but make sure to replace the battery for the next ride in order for your kid to ride safely.

Shouldn’t my kid learn to be careful on the road instead of me stepping in to “save the day”?

Of course he/she should! We completely agree that kids must learn to be self-reliant and sometimes it’s necessary for kids to learn from their own mistakes. Thus, MiniBrake does not aim to replace teaching kids how to be careful on the road. However, there are always situations in which you do not want to teach your kid a lesson – you just want to intervene and avoid an accident.

How can I equip my kid’s bike with MiniBrake?

You can attach MiniBrake to your kid’s bike with the use of only an Allen key by following the installation guide/manual – it is easy to install even at your home and only takes a couple of minutes. You can adjust the MiniBrake to suit bikes with different frame sizes. Thus, even if you buy a new bike for your kid or you just want raise the seat, you will be able to adjust the brake.

Technical FAQ

How does it work?

MiniBrake is a remote controlled safety device that consists of two parts: a remote controller in the parent’s hand, and a small brake attached to the rear end of the bicycle. When you sense that your child is in danger, you just press the remote controller and your kid’s bike comes to a safe and smooth stop.

Is it safe?

A moving bike is safely and smoothly stopped approximately within 0,5 metres / 20 inches. To achieve this safe and smooth halt, the brake is applied to the rear wheel, not the front, and it is applied by putting pressure on the wheel, and not by suddenly blocking them. After your kid’s bike is stopped, you can press the remote controller again which lifts the brake shoe and let’s your child continue its ride.

Automatic?

To ensure complete safety, we have developed our product to automatically stop the bike in case any problem occurs. For example, if the battery dies, the bike is out of range, or a concrete wall blocks the signal between the remote controller and the brake, the brake automatically stops the bike.

Range?

MiniBrake has a range of 50 meters / 164 feet: if your kid goes beyond that, the bike is automatically stopped.

Waterproof?

Rain or drought, your child is safe – MiniBrake is both drop- and dust-proof.

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