So I'm trying to make sure my little cousin gets a good start into biking as he really seem to enjoy it. Currently hes on a 12" TykesByke Balance bike which he flys on, berms, drops, tricks hes all over it!
So with his birthday approaching I thought I'd start looking for a pedal bike, and suddenly up popped a Hotrock 12 which is hard enough to find new in Ireland let alone used and at a bargain price of 40 euro. It was a 2009/2010 spider model. I fully expected it to be a beater and after reading all the build threads here was looking forward to working on it! But no it was immaculate having been used about 5 times in total.
I removed the spider decals to freshen it up leaving only the saddle.
My questions are -
- new small pedals, or would i have to go full size?
- new spec saddle? can it be ordered or an alternative? LBS not being helpful as I'm not buying the bike new despite it coming from there originally
- chainguard on or off? decal ideas for it? or leave it black?
- change to freewheel or leave it as hes growing fast? cheap options as I'll be spending on a 16" soon anyway
-new cool brake lever suggestions? would love avids but are they too big?
Would love to trip it out with anodized nuts and bolts,should I go the ebay route - hoping it'll be the coolest hotrock in the country...haha
Heres two images of it before I bought it and two after, I like the bike now...more mature for a 3 year old though maybe he likes spiders...
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