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  1. #51
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    Also aluminum.

    On the kid's bikes, im pretty sure that you can run em as structural, since the stresses arent anywhere near as high.
    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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    So the purple pedals came in. Pretty slim selection on purple pedals for a 1/2" thread. Wasn't sure how they would size up -- think they might be a little big. If so I'll just throw them on the 16" Hotrock instead.

    I don't quite understand the shape of them or the little hook on one edge. Options are open for a better 1/2" thread purple pedal.





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    Braaaap!!!
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    Looks pretty good, yo.
    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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    It's nowhere near "ilmfat" specifications, but it'll work for a 3-year-old!

    Her number plate came in today too for her Strider. Weeee!

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    Just remember, putting their bikes at "my specs" blew not just my bike budget, but my ENTIRE fun budget for the year.

    Our girls are "collar buddies".
    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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    Yeah I recall you saying that. I need to come up with a 'fun budget' before I get myself in trouble.

    I'm not familiar with 'collar buddies'?

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    Same seat collar.

    Long story, summed up by, "I am easily imprinted with other people's mannerisms".

    I do the finances, so its easy, except when I "pre-spend" the fun money and play catch up the rest of the year.

    But the wheels mikesee built for my jabberwocky ARE super dope.
    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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    Ah! Gotcha now!

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    Pedaling by herself today!!!!!!!!! Even got the hang of pushing herself along with her feet to get rolling and then start pedaling. 3 years old...beat her 5-year-old sister out.

    I'll get some pic/vid tomorrow. I'm pumped.

    One small other touch, added in the purple anodized axle nuts from PorkChopBMX for $6/4 since I was getting a couple other things there.


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    Sweet little bike... I will be going thru this when my 1 year old gets a little bigger. Already have a Strider, but am watching for a better balance bike with a handbrake to come along... Strider has been thru about 5 kids now, and may be worn out by the time she's ready. Oh well. It was a $15 Goodwill score from before she was even born. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave88LX View Post
    Pedaling by herself today!!!!!!!!!
    Wooohooo!!!

    Only 3 1/2 more years til she can go to Woodward! Start saving up!

    Camp Woodward - Home

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Wooohooo!!!

    Only 3 1/2 more years til she can go to Woodward! Start saving up!

    Camp Woodward - Home

    $1200/week! What the faaaack!!!

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    Coolest place in the world though.

    The do weekends in the off-season (Sept - May) for a pretty decent rate.
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    It looks badass!!! At least I have a little time to save up for it.

    This is awesome. They've been running around on a Strider and a pedal-less bike for around a month or so, and now they're on their own. Couple hours yesterday helping them start off, and today they're doing it themselves. So so excited and pumped for them.


    Just got to get the little one to keep her head up...haha. Looking for her pedals.




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    FYI stuff: Kid next door has a Trek Jet 12, it weighs 20 lbs. Hotrock 12 weighs 15 lbs.

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    Here's the video I couldn't get to post the other day. Nothing special, but special to me.

    Huge thanks again to everyone for all the help and guidance.



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    They're doing really well. And it is special

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    Update:
    She's been killing it all summer on her Hotrock 12, but she's starting to look a little cramped Deebo style on it lately. A Redline Pitboss (16") popped up on the Facebook BMX trading forum locally for $150 and so I picked that up. Turns out that he actually races too at the track I bring my daughter to.

    I was worried at first about the transition from coaster to hand brakes, but she picked up the change right away, and was enjoying being able to freewheel backwards. Her sister (5 y/o) is loving the bike too.

    I had to cut the seat post bottom (not original) to get it low enough. Turned in the setscrew for the brake handle to bring that in closer. The only "issue" I have is the previous owner installed longer crank arms on and changed the sprocket for his son. I need to get a set of shorter cranks for it (don't believe he has the originals but I'll ask), and get a smaller sprocket on the front probably so that she can have a bit more power.

    She's been racing Strider class, but yesterday she took her 12" bike all the way around the track. Not enough power to get up some of the bigger hills unfortunately. I think getting her on this 16" will be a step in the right direction for getting on the track, as she wants to start pedaling the track.

    So proud of this kid, just amazed. She ate it hard yesterday riding on the street when her front tire lost grip in a pile of gravel in the street. Community is still under development, so the township isn't required to streetsweep. It's awful. I'm going to look into what options I may have via complaint because kids are going down 2-3 times/week.


    I need to get a better picture, it was getting dark last night. You can see how long the crank arms are. I'm going to pull them off soon so I can see what kind/style I need to get her.









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    Awesome! Is it a square taper bb? If so Spawn Cycles cranks are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProjectMayhem View Post
    Awesome! Is it a square taper bb? If so Spawn Cycles cranks are great.
    I will check when I get home. I see they have 89mm and 102 mm.

    Earlier in this thread (May) she was 39" w/ 15" inseam. Assuming she's 40" w/ 16" now, I'm getting two different answers on crank length.

    40" = 1016mm...10% = 101.6mm + 5mm = 107mm

    Another chart says with a 16" inseam, use a 120mm crank.

    Thoughts?

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    My son is a very similar age, I think - he will be 4 in November. He is 98cm (38.6"). We are using the 89mm at the moment but will be upgrading to the 102mm soon.

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    OK so I looked today, and it is square. There is only one size square taper correct?

    My issue is this: Currently have a 38/16 on here w/ 140 mm Sinz crank arms. Cranks are way too long. Shortest I can get them in is 115 mm, this will let me reuse my 5-hole 38t chainring with the 16t rear.....38 gear inches.

    If I go with the 102mm Spawn, I'm not seeing very many 4-bolt chainrings, and the ones I do find are lower teeth count, so I'd really need to change out the rear too which I don't really want to go into.

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    The ability to run a small chainring was why I liked the Spawn ones - running 22t at the moment!

    I will put a bigger one on when I swap the cranks for longer ones.

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    So times have changed since I was younger and everyone was running 44/16. What's the advantage of the smaller gearsets? I'm going to assume weight and ground clearance. Is there anything else that I'm missing?

    I'm not looking to have to buy a rear too so that's why I'd prefer to stick with the 16t rear, and the larger front.

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