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Push Scooter from an Old Bicycle and Salvaged Parts

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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.
 
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Step 1: Things you will need.

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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 welder
A hammer to persuade things into position.
Angle grinder
Sanding tool, to remove paint.
Paint
Some metal to extend handle bars or some cool salvaged bars.
A drill and bits.
Pop rivets and a riveter.
paqrat3 months ago

I was a little concerned with the area of the hole of the seat. If for some reason he should fall back on that it appears to me he could injure himself. I think jabujavi has a great idea of attaching a bicycle rack using the seat hole. I think that would make it safer if your boy should happen to fall backwards on it. I think too that your son is a lucky young man.

mbourhan1 year ago
Great ,a very good use of an old bike
troopersmachine (author)  mbourhan1 year ago
Thanks, it turned out to be a fun project.
darrenhall1 year ago
This is a beautiful build - I am sure your lad will get loads of use from such a great build - and a top Dad too.

Love it - big respect - ya get my vote.
troopersmachine (author)  darrenhall1 year ago
Thanks, I appreciate your vote.
what about brakes?
For now it is Flintstone brakes, our neighborhood is pretty flat so it is working for right now. There is a plan for a rim clamp hand brake in the works.
well, i live in west Virginia, so we ain't got too many places without steep hills. but the hand brake ought to work if i can find a cable long enough(which i hope isn't too big of a pain).
I am planning to use the cable from a power window regulator out of a Dodge Caravan. They have long cables in them, I currently don't have one yet.
jabujavi1 year ago
I like it!
I was thinking and you can easily do a bicycle rack using the hole for the seat; your kid could carry their things(sport bag, toys, basket-ball...). And when he doesn't need it could remove it. Think it. :)
troopersmachine (author)  jabujavi1 year ago
That is not a bad idea. He is using his backpack for hauling his stuff around right now.
rimar20001 year ago
Nice work.

I think you should remove that rear (almost)vertical tube and the upper part of the rear fork. But reinforce the union, too.
troopersmachine (author)  rimar20001 year ago
That is not a bad idea, I did not even think about doing that while building it.