How hard is it to make a kids' bike?
I made a balance bike a while ago, for my daughter, which she has now outgrown and we are looking at getting a bigger (16″ wheel) bike for her.Posted 1 year ago
The wife asked last night “why can’t you just make one like you did with the balance bike?”
So, do you lot think it would be doable?
I suppose the best place to start would be with a decent geometry chart?midlifecrashesSubscriber
Edinburgh bike coop do a kid’s size crank for cheapness.Posted 1 year ago
I guess it depends on what you mean by bike.
Do you just mean a frame and bolt off the shelf bits to it or do you want to make as much as possible from scratch?
If its just the frame then you could just buy an Isla / Frog / Hoy and transfer all the bits, probably little to no value in selling a frame so you’d just reassemble it and sell when they move to the net size.
If you want to do the whole lot / as much as possible then why not start thinking like Hope and designing one around what is best, not whats available.
This is what the Swarf guy didPosted 1 year ago
Will this be a Christmas deadline or slightly more relaxed? 🙂
Deadlines make it much more fun…..
I’m just making a copy of my lad’s 26″ wheel mtb frame (originally built 3 years ago) for a friend’s daughter. At the moment it is a finished front triangle and he is filing the joints. I’m currently killing time waiting for dropouts to arrive from the nice guy at the laser cutter. Latest day for the powder coat is 16th December so we should make it in time……
Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with this time.Posted 1 year ago
I don’t think stevie needs a kit… 🙂
Mine is steel, trying to shave weight wherever possible. Just done the bends in the skinny 12.7mm seatstays. Quite nice leaving someone else to do the drudge filing and polishing whilst I chip away at one little job each night.
No online photos at the moment after Google archiving all Picasa stuff.
April gives you time to do something really special. Sounds like your wife has given full permission!Posted 1 year ago
Nice to have a minion helping out Mick 🙂
Idea so far:
16″ wheels, geometry based on an Early Rider, carbon tubes bonded into CNC’d aluminium lugs with the rear stays bolted on to the front triangle as I think it would make it much easier to assemble. Disc rear brake, single speed with short (or shortened cranks).
If I go carbon which tube should I go for?Posted 1 year ago
That all sounds a bit mundane. How about single sided enclosed drivetrain in a structural chaincase? I notice all Isla singlespeeds now have Hebie chaingliders to keep fingers out of cogs.
Use a reversed 6 bolt front hub with both disc and sprocket mounted on the rhs. Then a freewheel on the cranks (like some trials bikes).Posted 1 year agoirelanstMember
isn’t bonding alu to carbon a proper ball ache? something to do with alu oxidisation or something?
Yes, you need to electrically isolate the carbon from the lug, a layer of glass cloth will work. Or use titanium lugs instead of ali, I mean do you really love your child or not?Posted 1 year ago
Mick, nice idea but I wouldn’t know where to start…A basic frame shape I can do.Posted 1 year ago
Had a little doodle this morning. The front triangle should be easy enough to do, will get a bit more complex on the rear end which gave me the idea of bolting the back on, gives me a bit of freedom to make sure I get it right.
Those cnc lugs are crying out to make a bolt on single sided rear end 🙂
I’ll just leave this here….
Velosolo do disc mount 6 bolt fixed sprockets.
And a little more inspiration
See also Mike Burrows 2DPosted 1 year ago
A lefty hub would allow a nice big stub axle. Easy option is brake disc and velo solo fixed sprocket mounted using 6 bolts and spacers between the two. Then freewheel at the crank end (see TartyBikes for examples of trials freewheel cranks). This would however be a finger remover if no chaincase fitted…..
Could you make a freewheel carrier that attaches using the disc bolts? Disc bolt PCD is 44mm, freewheel thread is 35mm O/D I think, and M6 cap heads are around 9.5mm head diameter – so with a little head skimming it could just about fit.Posted 1 year ago
Starting to make a bit of design progress 🙂
After receiving a couple of carbon tube samples I’ll be going with a 35mm weave finish as it just looks way better.
Bit more design work done on the rear swingarm/hub and I think I should be OK with a nice 20mm bolt through hub with disc and freewheel on the same side allowing me to do a single sided swingarm.
CAD done for the front triangle lugs, geometry sorted….just need to get some time on a machine to make a start 😀Posted 1 year ago
I was thinking about it the other day. Freewheel needs a shoulder on the carrier to screw up against. That will be bigger than 35mm diameter so needs 6 cutouts to allow fitting the bolts.
My minion brings the finished front triangle back tomorrow. No dropouts until Thursday then final push to finish and paint before Christmas….Posted 1 year ago
Alice’s dad somehow got permission to soak the flux off the frame in their bath! It then made it to powder this morning. Not done a full dummy build so fingers crossed – offering it up against my lad’s bike it didn’t look like I’d screwed up the angles…..
Stickers are cut and ready, and we’ve got a pile of parts (just released Sram NX 32t cranks in 155mm are very cute – just for info when you make the 26er version in about 5 years). Not sure what day we get it back.
Need to sort somewhere to host photos.Posted 1 year ago
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