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During this summer holiday I decided to give my 20 month old son his own set of wheels, he had already been eyeing the bigger kids on their cycles for some time and I a summer project to hone my woodworking skills as well. Some internet research got my mind set on a balance bike. As it so happens I had some lumber lying around the house for over a year hoping to put to good use.


This is one of those projects which I almost entirely eyeballed with no pre-determined design or plan. If you have any questions about dimensions I can measure it and let you know. The main raw materials for this project are the 12" wheels, 1/2" X 3" soft wood planks from a pallet (wood unknown), screws and some nuts and bolts (6mm dia). I did not use any nails or glue (except for some shims and spacers) and the entire bike can be taken apart and reassembled whenever required.

And last but not the least enjoy making it with your son / daughter if possible (safely ofcourse). Living in an apartment it was kind of hard to actually hide from him while making it, atleast he learnt a few tool names and how to use a spanner, screwdriver and pliers :-)

 
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Great job! Congrats on being a finalist!

Very cool, only missing (Which you already said...) Is a nice seat coshion.

aranada2 months ago
Hey great concept for a balance bike. Could you give us the sizes of those wood parts? I'm specially interested in the main beams of the frame. Thanks
Mojo_JoJo (author)  aranada2 months ago

Except for the front forks all the remaining wood is 0.5 in x 3 in. I just happened to have that size of pallet wood lying around.

doodlecraft2 months ago

Cute and perfect for a little scooty time! :)

kasatwo3 months ago

I am a grandmother who loves working with wood for my special needs grand daughter... This looks like a perfect project to help in her rehab....THANK you for your wonderful idea & great plan !

Mojo_JoJo (author)  kasatwo3 months ago

Thank you. I hope you both enjoy making it as much as she riding it. Do post pictures.

Eh Lie Us!3 months ago

great instructable! I love the training wheels.

tlebsack3 months ago

He looks very pleased with his new ride. Be sure to continue to build bikes and ride together.

Southernelle3 months ago

awesome!

mudcow0073 months ago

Nice, good effort!

BikeHacker3 months ago

Really nice!

By the way, what you called the "rear fork" is actually called the swaybars. :)

Mojo_JoJo (author)  BikeHacker3 months ago

I blame that on google :-)
The front forks sway but are called forks,
The rear ones are called sway bars but don't sway,
Google calls them chain stay but there is no chain
and the down tubes are not tubes at all .... LOL :-D

bgipson13 months ago

The only improvements I could see ar a padded seat and maybe a stain or a bright paint job other wise voted for great job

Mojo_JoJo (author)  bgipson13 months ago

I guess a diaper is no good substitute for a padded seat :-)
I think I have some rexine, velcro and foam I could use... Thanks

rowerwet3 months ago

Love the wood bike design! If you are like me and have free bikes offered to you all the time, there is an easier way. http://www.instructables.com/id/teach-your-kid-to-ride-without-training-wheels/ Using this method my kids have learned to ride without training wheels while in their first bike size.

Mojo_JoJo (author)  rowerwet3 months ago

Thanks, that would be great way to transition from a balance bike to regular bike.

evgen_ru3 months ago

Cool bike :-)

But, small wheels is not good for learning IMHO

How mach kilograms in it?

Mojo_JoJo (author)  evgen_ru3 months ago

The whole bike is about 3.5 Kg. The dimensions of the bike were chosen according to my sons body size and the 12" wheels were the smallest I could find, larger wheels would not allow his feet to reach the ground.

moglee3 months ago

Best gift for a baby from dad. :)