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    A little one.....

    My son's 4th birthday present.

    As soon as it's done we are going to pick paint color.









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    That is awesome! And that is why I love the Anvil Journeyman: so damn versatile!

    Keeping an eye on this

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    Nice.....my birthday is coming up Im just sayin!!
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    Sweet! Lucky kid has a good father!
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    That's awesome. I'm taking notes. Can't wait to see it finished!

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    Thanks! Hoping to get the seat stays done this evening. More pics to come.

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    I love these kid bike build threads. I'm also doing seat stays this weekend for a mtb for my 6yo. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very cool RCP, it's great being a dad and sharing something you love in such a personal way...well done.

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    Got a little tied up this weekend, but just about got it done this evening. Not without a good burn on my finger.... man, do tiny frames get hot fast.

    Just need to figure out if we should skip the coaster brake and go straight to v's..... or a disc and do the seat clamp.

    This frame is for 16" wheels.

    90mm head tube
    31.8mm top tube (what I had rolled)
    28.6mm down tube
    28.6mm steerer tube for a seat tube, just happened to be 1" ID
    19mm chain stays
    16mm seat stays

    Dropouts were salvaged from his old 12" frame







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    that's so rad.

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    Not going to be stiff enough without stay braces.

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    Just kidding. That thing is effing awesome. I'm planning to build one for my kid soon, too. Am thinking of making it fit 20" wheels but put on 16" and shorter cranks to start. And don't know whether I'm going to be dumb and spend money on a suspension fork. I can't see him noticing at this point.

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    This is really cool. I'm looking forward to doing this with/for my kiddo. Did you get any help during the build from the little one?

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    Won't he out grow it in like 6 months????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogii View Post
    Won't he out grow it in like 6 months????
    That's sort of the point I think. Then he gets to build the little one another one. Good times to be had helping dad in the shop.

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    Today we went to pick out paint. I gave my painter a heads up Friday, and we selected a single sheet of about 40 colors so my son wouldn't be overwhelmed by a book of colors. The plan was to go in, get the page, take it outside to see the colors in the sun (they were all metallics), and pick a color.

    With in seconds of seeing the sheet he said, "This one." pointing to a 'snowhite' silver/white with silver flake. We took the sheet outside just to make sure, but that was the one. He also insisted the frame for myself that was waiting for paint, be painted the same color, so in a few days we will have two awesome white bikes.

    As far as him out growing it, I think he will get a season or two out of it. After that we will move up to a 20", and so on.

    Thanks for the compliments and following along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCP FAB View Post
    Today we went to pick out paint. I gave my painter a heads up Friday, and we selected a single sheet of about 40 colors so my son wouldn't be overwhelmed by a book of colors. The plan was to go in, get the page, take it outside to see the colors in the sun (they were all metallics), and pick a color.

    With in seconds of seeing the sheet he said, "This one." pointing to a 'snowhite' silver/white with silver flake. We took the sheet outside just to make sure, but that was the one. He also insisted the frame for myself that was waiting for paint, be painted the same color, so in a few days we will have two awesome white bikes.

    As far as him out growing it, I think he will get a season or two out of it. After that we will move up to a 20", and so on.

    Thanks for the compliments and following along.
    Great story! I can't wait to do this with my little guy.

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    Sounds like a complicated powder coat. 3 or 4 layers, hope you PC guy is up to it!

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    Love building for the kids! My and my oldest boy have matching frame colors...so geeky!

    Just remember that he'll only think it is a bike. Other bike weenies on the trail may notice the lucky little ripper on his custom ride, but he'll still leave it in the yard and drop it on the ground, etc.

    We had our little guys riding at Robinson in Agawum at 4. Perfect for the little guys! Bring him up there and let him roll!

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    I'm still curious to what end your little guys help. Do you let them help clean tubes? Maybe inspect and mark them high points? Rough file? I would have loved helping do some of those things as a little guy but realize that not everyone is programmed the same way.

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    He didn't have much to do with the frame, other than the color, but now is when the fun starts with him. We should be building it up next week.





    And a shot of it next to my trials frame

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    Very cool!

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    Wow, that is a gorgeous finish, looking forward to the build.

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    They turned out really nice keep the pics come'n!!
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    Nice...what did you use for a bottom bracket shell?

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    Its a 68mm euro. I am going to be cutting down some mtb cranks.

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