A few weeks back I posted on here looking for advice on a balance bike frame that would suit my nephew (a 5'8" young fella with some special needs). I got some good ideas from that but then out of the blue a certain Mick Rushton (mick_r on here, superhero in real life ) emailed me some photos of a singlespeed frame he'd custom made for himself and offered to custom make a frame for said nephew!
How great is that! So mega thanks to Mick for volunteering and all the work so far.
Anyway after lots of measuring, remeasuring, emails, humming and hawing we settled on the following (Mick does all the work btw )
Basically a really low saddle works best for him (keeps his legs away from the frame / wheel) along with higher bars. BTW there is no BB - that's just in the diagram for reference.
Yesterday Mick got the tools out and took some photos as he went:
It's going to be brazed together, then powder coated in the chosen colour.
Initially I'll build it with a single rear brake (I need to modify a v-brake lever to run really close to the bars), low saddle, bars about 15cm higher. As he gets the hang of it we hope to raise the saddle so he can get a bit more push and the bars will rise with stems and risers (up to bmx stye one is required).
Also thanks to Alisdair for the new forks and Brad for other bits: much appreciated.
And just to show off some of Mick's finished stuff (I hope he doesnt mind):
I'll add more photos as we go and hopefully of the end product in use (around Christmas if we're lucky).