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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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Step 1:

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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.

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

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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.

 

 

Step 5:

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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.


brodie3 months ago

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.(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SCRS3G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

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 http://www.instructables.com/id/Electric-Longboard/

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evgen_ru (author)  brodie3 months ago

Very cool bike!!!

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

tvalente made it!8 months ago

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.

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yugnats tvalente5 months ago

awesome!!

lpinho tvalente6 months ago

Hi tvalente,

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

Thanks and great build.

evgen_ru (author)  tvalente8 months ago

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 :-)

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Cool :)

yugnats5 months ago

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): http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/via-velo-wooden-balance-bike-0712001p.html#.U7DdZo1dWXM

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lenteichrob6 months ago

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

thanks

Lenny

evgen_ru (author)  lenteichrob6 months ago

No. But you may calculate ones from this grid - http://wordpress.ivpe.tk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/size_grid.png

evgen_ru (author)  evgen_ru6 months ago

my blueprint :-)

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Mojo_JoJo made it!6 months ago

Thanks for the inspiration... here's the one I made http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Balance-Bike/

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evgen_ru (author) 1 year ago
I have my drafts only.
This picture have grid 100x100 mm. You may print and repaint this to plywood.
Sorry for my bad English :-)

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evgen_ru (author)  evgen_ru7 months ago
altomic1 year ago
awesome. great instructions.
tazier1231 year ago
Good work - nice to see different take on design :o)
abouda1 year ago
Very nice design >>> love it
Eromanga1 year ago
Love the cover photo - looks like he's having the time of his life.
emer_311 year ago
My son will love it.
B00mrang1 year ago
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 !
kenbob1 year ago
Great instructable, great pics! And it looks like it delivers the smiles!
very cute design and a wonder toy for children
Very nice design. Do you have any detailed drawing with dimensions? Grandfather type woodworkers should really check out this bike for their grandchild.