My Son dragged home a little bent up push scooter that he found on the side of the road. It had small wheels that could not roll in our sand and the frame scraped in every dip and hole.
We decided it was just not the right fit for our dirt road, so he asked if there was one that would work better. His old bicycle was available, so we set out to cut and stretch it into a push scooter that was more aggressive and off-road capable than what the stores sell. Buying stuff for your kid sucks, building stuff with your kid is awesome.
We started by stripping the bike down to the frame and front forks. I cut out the top tube and cut through the down tube at the seatpost tube. We laid it out for a mock up and decided to cut the down tube at the neck, we only cut partially through so we could bend it and change the rake angle on the neck. We made the deck out of a scrap piece of 1x2 tubing and welded it all together. We put the scooter together for testing and handle bar fit. A set of bars form a dumpster find Abdoer fit perfect.
I tried to include my son in as much of the project as possible so he got to sand off the old paint and paint the frame. I riveted a piece of scrap diamond plate, left over from another project, onto the deck.
Step 1: Things you will need.
An old kids bicycle, we used a 16in boys single speed.
Wrenches, to take apart the bicycle.
Some scrap metal for gussets and trim.
1x2 steel tubing, for the bottom tube.
Cutting tools: recipricating saw, hacksaw, or a chopsaw.
A hammer to persuade things into position.
Sanding tool, to remove paint.
Some metal to extend handle bars or some cool salvaged bars.
A drill and bits.
Pop rivets and a riveter.