Say hello to my son Nicholas
He is autistic, and my best achievement by far, although I have to admit the my wife has done a lot of the hard work...
It took Nicholas a long time to be ready to ride any kind of pedal powered bike, as balancing whilst using fine motor skills and maintaining awareness of specific issue in the world at large is a bit of a challenge. I bought him a tricycle on fleabay, as stabilisers were too unstable. Balance bikes seemed impossible as they are just too small for him now, as he's 8 and quite tall. No manufacturer makes specialist kit for special chaps like Nicholas, which I see as a great pity.
I posted on here a while back and Mike Rushton offered to build a balance bike frame.
We discussed plans and decided for rear brake only and to try and make it able to use 24" and 26" front wheels front and back.
The frame was jigged
Changed due to brake mount issue
Painted by the very generous Fastline Coatings in Preston.
Then Ride-On in Rawtenstall who reamed and faced the head tube did a deal on the (rocking horse sh*t) BMX cruiser forks and headset.
So now we have a bright red frame and fork, head set and Mike built it up using his own shed parts to test it
I am sure you agree that it looks BRILLIANT!
I have a set of bars and a stem at home, but I need to find the following:
2 front wheels 20", at least one with a disc hub.
Same again in 24".
A balance bike saddle, or something that'll work as well.
A long 27.2 seatpost.
I'll pay top dollar, and I hope to have this built up for Nicholas for Christmas, and I'll happily keep you all updated upon the progress made.
Thank you Mike, Fastline and Ride On. Happy Friday everyone.