Happy Christmas STW story
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.Posted 4 years ago
That looks fantastic.Posted 4 years ago
Hi, I have a set of 20” wheels, choice of tyres and tubes which you can have.
I also have a set of 26” disc wheels (giant), with tyres (conti race king 2.2) and tubes, unfortunately I paid £80 so I’d need to ask for that. ( £60 plus postage) they are unused I think, (wheels not the tyres) I also have a 160 disc you can have.mick_rSubscriber
Hello folks / Andy
Wow – no wonder it took a while to do the forum update 🙂
We would also like to thank another STW forum dweller Richard Staines who spotted an earlier post and provided / shipped foc some Kona P2 forks (that I didn’t end up using).
My lads (9 and 11) have decided it is cool and keep taking it for “test” spins round the block – it rolls and handles really well on the 26″ wheels. So looks like it is a hit already! I’ve got a box so will take it into work on Monday ready for easy collection by a courier.
I think sorting the 20″ wheels will be key (but not a clue what it will look or handle like with smaller wheels). Sounds like you are already on the way to 24″ / 26″ wheels (26 only works with max 1.5″ tyres).
Dave at Schwalbe is very helpful and only an email away to ask about tyres…..
Saddle in the photo is a 3/4 size one borrowed from one of the kid’s bikes. I’m slightly worried about the proximity of fully dropped saddle to the 26″ tyre – the boys haven’t had any problems but I might just try and make something to block the gap / act as a back stop. Maybe just need to find a slightly wider saddle that is hard to slide off the back? 20″ wheel obviously leaves a much bigger gap.
Do you want me to send it with the seat clamp collar and the short black seatpost shown in the photos? That way you can swap it with the longer post as required?
Maybe Chipps and Mark will be along soon with access to the STW parts bin?…..Posted 4 years ago
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