Introduction: Balance Bike

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Full article with more pictures - How do balance bike yourself.

Disassemble my balance bike to win the seat and took photos at the same time for this statement.

So, we need a sheet 12 mm sanded plywood, a set of bolts and studs piece (you can rod) by 6 mm, slice fanerku 4-5mm seating foam of 50 mm and a piece of leather / fabric upholstery seat (I had a sofa fabric) , and of 12 "wheels from the children's bike, but it is better as any wheel from the carriage, because I turned balance bike 4 kg, and from 2.5 - wheel ... like from strollers, would weigh about 3 kg just ...

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1. Cut plywood parts Balance bike.

First, it turns out that something like rough wooden socks and then this. (After skin, etc.)

The size of the longest piece (sides) - 600 mm. Other details of begovela - proportionally. At the bottom is a link to a photo in a higher resolution, if you wish, you can print, put the net and transfer the drawing on the plywood.

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2. Eat through the deepening of the steering wheel for about 1/3 of the studs.

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3. Eat through the slot in the bottom of the pressure pad on the remaining 2/3 of the studs.

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4. Making the wheel.

First he cut the wheel in the form of an arc. The inner radius, I took more than double the distance to the seat, as his hands are growing out of the spine, and of the arms that have a width of about 25 cm.


Then cut in the steering wheel 2 rectangular groove. Next, cut a wide pad with the letter "P", it cuts through the slot on the 2/3 pins and glue into the slots steering.



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5. Cut the pin along the length of the groove on the steering fork, apply the pad, drill holes and fasten the bottom trim.

Attention! Do not forget to put the pin 2 large washers to reduce friction when you turn the steering wheel.

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6. The same is repeated for the already glued steering.

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7. Steering fork is almost ready.

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8. Begin to collect the back.

First the depth of the grooves in the half pins, mounting the steering wheel. You can make a 1/3 of the way to not hang out later.

Then grind the outer corners so they do not interfere with the rotation of the steering wheel.They can be rounded, not cut like mine. Center of curvature should be steering rod, that is the groove where it would be.

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9. If you're like I took from the children's bicycle wheel, it must remove the sprocket and brake lever. So too heavy piece of iron ...

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10. Drill holes for the rear wheel and gently, by hand, fasten the nut. Immediately cut off the protruding part of the axis of the wheel and rounds out the cut file.

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11. We put in the back of the assembled wheel, drill holes, and the contracted half bolts.

Attention! Pull is not very much, no need to strive to make of 12mm plywood arc rather you selling plywood for the bolts.

Just to forget that, on the heels should be 2 large washers to reduce friction. One above and one below.

The holes should be placed far enough away from the steering wheel, the bolts do not interfere with his turn! As can be seen with me, I made that first did not think ... Because two extra holes ..

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12. Begin to mount the front wheel.

Overturn balance bike upside down and cut out the two slots on the plug to the wheel axle.

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13. Scrollsaw 2 arcs of plywood to attach the front wheel. (Can be fixed, and the like iron things.

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14. Puts a thin drill bit and drill a hole the length of the screw. Otherwise the arc burst into layers of plywood.

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15. Screws fasten the arch to the steering fork. Strongly not addictive, because it can break the arc. No screwdriver is twisted, and pens!

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16. Balance bike without seat ready!

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17. Making the seat. I have it collected, sfotkat forgot, so I will explain in my fingers.

First, cut out the pin under the seat. necessary to ensure that the upper arc is strictly perpendicular to the plane of plywood, it will attach a platform for priests :) By the way, does not necessarily make the pin so long as I have, I just did the "room for growth." And that long, it looks like the device of a horse)))

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Then cut out the area for the priests of the 3-layer 4mm plywood. And it is necessary to first look at what direction it bends better!

The shape should be a campaign for an elongated egg. The narrow part - before.

On the axis of drill sites 2.3 holes countersunk screws. (According to reams under the cap)

Then apply, or rather pushes the pin pad to sit and outline the areas on the pin.

Drilling a thin drill holes for screws on the target point. They need to do in the middle of the thickness of the plywood and make holes along the layers of plywood. If you do not make the holes, then screwed plywood crack.

Spread the glue joint and fasten plywood platform to the terminal screws. I took the 2 screws of 3.5 mm.

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18. Once fastened glued the foam.

First, stick it on the floor glue gun.

Then cut it along the contour area with reserves of 2 cm

Bend the edges and glue them as well to the bottom of the seat.

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19. Next, skin-tight fabric.

Pin together and wrap one end of the first seats as before, then stretch the fabric along the seat and fastened the other end.

The edges are wrapped and stitched so that only more accurately))):

After this contract the side of the seat and fastened them together.

Drill a small hole 2 mm in diameter at the base of the seat and pulled them through the sides of fabric together.

After the holes added a drop of glue point to were transformed everything, if where the thread breaks.

The photo shows only six holes, in fact there are about 10, from the beginning to the end of the seat.

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20. Fasten seat to Balance bike.

Of course it is necessary to measure the child.

The seat should be raised at the front and the back, so it does not slid forward when pushing off the ground underfoot. This is the main difference from a bike. That is the lowest point of the site is to be in the middle.

Just try to put on top of the seat and put the child. Let him try to be like, then drill a hole already.And it will be like me)))

The seat height should be somewhere in the 3-4 cm less than the length of the inside of the legs. Then you can pick up.

Pin is sitting at a large angle to the child will grow up not only raise the seat, but was pushed away from the steering wheel.

First, I attached it too far from the steering wheel, he was uncomfortable, sitting on the front edge of the seat.

Fasten seat to begovelu 2 ways.

One way is to insert and pull bolts.

2nd option: pull the bolts on the air.

First I made the first method, and then, when the seat is moved forward - too lazy and did the second. )))

Attach the seat should be placed directly between the sidewalls begovela that it is aligned to the axis of symmetry.

Do not forget to leave a distance to the rear wheels!

Step 21: Finish

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RESULTS: Here's what happened in the end! The baby is very happy and have already mastered it at home) By the way ... child of 1 year and 5 months .. He goes and he's already on it! CAM!

(Cloth seats are not yet fully been stitched at the time of the photo, because sticking out a bit)


brodie (author)2014-09-04

With a little extra advice from the author I built one (a while ago, just haven't gotten around to posting this) and it came out very nicely. Notice the extra screw holes for the seat (although mine are in the front) to make it authentic- not cuz i drilled them before fitting, no matter what what anyone says.

Mine was built with 3/8 in threaded rod (mostly) and acorn nuts for a more industrial feel and to draw attention to the fittings. I also added steel pipe around the threaded rod at the front of the body, where the forks turn, to limit any wood/metal wear.

I still haven't upholstered the seat yet, but my son doesn't seem to mind at all. I'll try to remember to post more photos after I do.

The seat was made without bending ply, which I strongly advice using. I routed channels in 1/2 ply to allow it to bend, which it does, but it did crack from the more extreme bending to the rear.

It also might be a good idea to use 3/4 inch ply for the forks, or solid wood with the grain vertical, as I cracked mine when first showing my son how to use the bike, and felt pretty stupid afterwards, especially carrying the pieces home.

I added a handle hole, but again cut first before mocking it up, so the balance is way to the rear making it a little annoying to carry. If you do the same, do yourself a favor and move it closer to the seat, and test first.

I finished mine with a waterbased wiping stain (Minwax) and then tung oil. While it isn't as waterproof as poly, HD only had nickle threaded rod, not stainless, so it's probably best no to leave it in the rain too much anyway. Plus it feels and looks so much better!

The wheels I'm not especially happy with. Pricier than i would have liked (~20 each from amazon), and the seem a little heavy. They have bearings built in but a 1/2 in ID so I have the 3/8 threaded rod running through 1/2 in steel pipe which doesn't help the weight. Unfortunately with the price I've already spent unless there is a clear upgrade I don't know if they'll be changed. Can anyone chime in with how heavy their wheels and total bike is? I'll weigh mine next time I bring it in the house.(

Other possible improvements- it might be a good idea to bevel the top of the fork piece, to that the handle bars sit horizontal instead of sloped. I think this will make turning easier (at least if your forks are as raked as mine are).

And once my son seems to be getting bored with the bike I need to find some way to add an electric motor, like

evgen_ru (author)brodie2014-09-07

Very cool bike!!!

But I think about nuts near chest of child... Unsafety, imho...

tvalente made it! (author)2014-04-02

Hello everybody. I made it, followed EVGEN steps and improve a little bit. This project it´s great, very accurate. The results are a very beautiful smiles from our daughter´s face. I really recommend.

I changed some detail: I used a 15cm compact pinuswood shelf board instead plywood, it´s easyer to shave but not recommended for adventure boys, maybe 1-3 years old should be fine. The wheels are 9 inch from a industrial cart, with solid tires, it gives a nice ballast and it´s not heavy. A lot of sketches and handkraft, one friday morning to buy the materials and a all holy saturday day long.

Please anyone make comments and any question you want.

Thanks a lot EVGEN.

yugnats (author)tvalente2014-06-29


lpinho (author)tvalente2014-06-10

Hi tvalente,

is it possible to get the plans that you've made?

Thanks and great build.

evgen_ru (author)tvalente2014-04-02

Very cool!!!!

How mach kilogramms in it?

I recommend to build "stoppers" on the handle (like the photo). It will protect fingers of your daughter then she fail or rice near walls :)

Your bike is very-very cool!!!

PS: We at Russia don't have "compact pinuswood", only woodboard with poor quatily... :-( it's good idea :-)

alejandroro5 (author)2017-11-12

nice project!

ThiagoV2 made it! (author)2017-08-02

Evgen_ru, Congratulations for the project!

I built the balance bike for my son when he turned 1 year old. The finish was done with red automotive paint and wood varnish. I used "blind nuts" to fasten the bolts and avoid scratches and bruises. The geometry of the frame is very good, it facilitates the learning and allows a good driveability.

I made some changes to the original design:
- I used a 10mm plywood for the frame and handlebars and a 20mm pine board for the other parts. (I recommend making the handlebar with the 20mm plate because it is a little fragile and will be better to fit the handle).
- To allow him to use the bike since younger, I build it first as a trike, with two wheels on the rear axle. At 1 year and 3 months he was able to "walk" with him and at 1 year and 8 months he could already ride and deflect obstacles. Adaptation of the rear axle was done by passing a high pressure pipe (14mm outside diameter x 10mm internal) through the frame and inside it a 3/4 inch threaded bar was used as shaft. The distance between the wheels was approximately 50cm.
- I suggest stretching the frame region between the saddle and the rear axle by approximately 5-8cm, so the child's foot does not twist on the axle (it happened sometimes with us) and the saddle positioning will be easier.
- At 2 years of age I removed the shaft and installed a wheel between the frame parts. The trasnsition was quite easy.
-The final weight was close to 3,4kg (7.5 pounds) with 3 wheels and 2.9kg (6.4 pounds) as a bike.

Thank you for sharing the project! My son loved it and we're having great moments together!

evgen_ru (author)ThiagoV22017-08-04

Thank you!
I need help. I don't find weels like your. Where you find it?

ThiagoV2 (author)evgen_ru2017-08-05

I found on Internet. it's The Brazilian version of eBay. The seller is a Brazilian factory of child bikes, but they don't sell overseas. When I was planning to build it, I found some offers on eBay and Chinese sites like AliExpress. Maybe you can try there.

rsablevicius (author)2016-11-19

I made CAD files for plywood parts cutting, link to download

evgen_ru (author)rsablevicius2016-11-19

Cool! Thank you!

Junior Paiva (author)2015-09-14

Hello! you are the author? Authorizes me to sell the project in Brazil? Would be great! Thank you!

I-Make-It (author)2015-07-29

Hi everybody,

Is someone have create this balance bike with laser cutter ? Can you share the file ?

Thanks you

martin.moresco (author)2015-03-04

Hello from Argentina, I wonder if you have the plans in digital format and if you could send them to me. If so you I'll appreciate it. Thanks in advance

evgen_ru (author)martin.moresco2015-03-04

the photo:

evgen_ru (author)martin.moresco2015-03-04

Hello. I don`t have the plans. See photo at and of article. :-)

EasyHomeConcepts (author)2014-10-19

Cool :)

yugnats (author)2014-06-29

A hardware store chain here in Canada sells something similar and I thought about building one (I took pics of it one day when i was in the store and saw it with my son):

lenteichrob (author)2014-06-12

Great design, will begin assembling on the weekend. Do you have dimensions for the various pieces (not just relative)??



evgen_ru (author)lenteichrob2014-06-14

No. But you may calculate ones from this grid -

evgen_ru (author)evgen_ru2014-06-14

my blueprint :-)

Mojo_JoJo made it! (author)2014-06-07

Thanks for the inspiration... here's the one I made

evgen_ru (author)2013-08-27

I have my drafts only.
This picture have grid 100x100 mm. You may print and repaint this to plywood.
Sorry for my bad English :-)

altomic (author)2013-10-18

awesome. great instructions.

tazier123 (author)2013-09-13

Good work - nice to see different take on design :o)

abouda (author)2013-09-03

Very nice design >>> love it

Eromanga (author)2013-08-29

Love the cover photo - looks like he's having the time of his life.

emer_31 (author)2013-08-29

My son will love it.

B00mrang (author)2013-08-29

I have been toying with this idea for a while. Thanks for this great instructable. I look forward to next summer as this will be on my TO-DO !

kenbob (author)2013-08-28

Great instructable, great pics! And it looks like it delivers the smiles!

testingjoyce (author)2013-08-28

very cute design and a wonder toy for children

lesteryoder (author)2013-08-27

Very nice design. Do you have any detailed drawing with dimensions? Grandfather type woodworkers should really check out this bike for their grandchild.

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