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    Kid's No-Speed Convert

    I dreamed this thing up a few months ago but it wasn't until a bike became available (Trash Day) that I was able to convert this bike into a No-Speed Fred Flintstone bike for the little guy (20 months old).

    Even after his bath and in his PJ's he wouldn't get off it. He hasn't gotten his feet up off the ground to coast yet but he's close. He has been riding (running) this thing all over the place. His two older brothers and all the neighbor kids fight over who gets to ride it next.

    Notice the Ti Saddle and high impact plastic wheels with tubless tires. Nothing but the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAnMan
    I dreamed this thing up a few months ago but it wasn't until a bike became available (Trash Day) that I was able to convert this bike into a No-Speed Fred Flintstone bike for the little guy (20 months old).

    Even after his bath and in his PJ's he wouldn't get off it. He hasn't gotten his feet up off the ground to coast yet but he's close. He has been riding (running) this thing all over the place. His two older brothers and all the neighbor kids fight over who gets to ride it next.

    Notice the Ti Saddle and high impact plastic wheels with tubless tires. Nothing but the best.
    He's even riding rigid! Hardcore!
    I do not know myself, and God forbid I should...

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    Wow that is sick. Both my sons learned to ride a bike without training wheels...ever. They both rode or pushed a 12 inch with no cranks or chain........it did not take them long to push and then lift their feet an coast. After that I put the cranks back on and off they went. Both by the time they where four.

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    Nice, the things we make our kids ride and wear, mine:

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    That's awesome. I am going to make one of those next summer.

    If you have time, post some quick instructions on howyou made it. didyou have to weld anything? or just hack saw and bolts?
    Only boring people get bored.

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    Just a hacksaw and file

    Just a hacksaw. No doubt some bigger kid in my neighborhood will fold the thing up if we are not careful and keep them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAnMan
    I dreamed this thing up a few months ago but it wasn't until a bike became available (Trash Day) that I was able to convert this bike into a No-Speed Fred Flintstone bike for the little guy (20 months old).
    Brilliant! Just what I wast looking for. I have a 22 month old and he climbs all over the too big bike I have for him in the living room. He knows the pedals, seat, handlebars etc and tells me about how the chain moves the wheel.

    Your idea will get him rollin!

    Thanks!

    1 question:

    The "seatpost" thingy, was that part of the bike or did you fabricate it.

    Mr. P

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    I started searching to make this "bike" happen and found similar product.

    http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B0006GBD0O

    I do prefer your "made by dad" build tho.

    Mr. P

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    Target bike was my inspiration

    That target bike is what inspired me to make this beast. But, at $90, I couldn't justify it since I was not sure he'd go for it - you know how kids are.

    The seatpost thingy is a fabrication. I got a flat steel bar at Home depot that internally was just as wide as an old seatpost upper clamp mechanism. I can take a close up tonight and post it since it's impossible to explain. I measured his little inseam and made the seat height at about that. Here's a pic of him flat footed.

    I used the hole for the kick stand and it had one water bottle mount on the down tube I used to bolt the seatpost deal down.

    He loves his bike.
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    For an even more expensive version...


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    I spent a whole summer as a teenager that way, but not by choice at first. My parents had bought a cheap wal-mart bmx 20" for me, and in a few months the cranks exploded. I had no idea about bike repairs or what not, so I just took the whole one piece crank, bottom bracket out. I took a piece of 2x4, cut it down, pounded it through. I was a cross country runner, trained all the time, so I would run the uphills while my buds struggled to pedal, then jump on and coast on the "pegs" I had created on the downhills. I learned to get down in a aerodynamic position, remount, even jump. I think it helped me with my cyclocross mounts now. I had a ton of fun on that bike.

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    The other trick is to set up the push bike with a small sidepull brake. I picked up a cheap bmx-type brakeset at a local shop and put in on our kids' 16" wheeled bikes. You can lower the seat all the way, and take off the pedals. The nice thing about the hand brake is that they learn early on how they will probably be braking most of their bikes, and they don't have to drag their feet to slow down.

    Cheap razor scooters are also really good for letting the kiddos learn balance and braking on their own.

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