- Wtf. £400 for a homemade balance bike
Hey, Ulysses won’t ride any old shit!
Where’s the placenta rack?
I made my grandson a 10″ wheel balance bike from a horrid Argos Thomas the Tank monstrosity and he started mooching about on it just before his 2nd birthday. He’s grown out of it now he’s just turned 3 (it gets a bit unstable at speed) so he’s got a bigger one, which he quite enjoys whizzing about in Stafford’s skate bowl.Posted 4 years agokayak23Subscriber
get a second hand one from that auction site for all the time the kids will spend on it
Well done for spectacularly missing the point. Now run along to Argos…
Try and book pretty much any 2-day course for £400 and see what change you get.Posted 4 years ago
I work in a College so that sounds about normal.
Its not missing the point though.
We ‘bikers’ focus on weight of bikes alot. For me 1lb extra to a small child is a lot. The exercise seems
focusedmarketing on the dad handcrafting something lovingly for his young child whereas a balance bike for a small child should be light, its about enjoyment- the heavier the bike the harder for a 2yr old to heft around. As I said our balance bike is 1lb 5oz lighter. Its an exercise in selfishness to a degree. its not about pleasing the child but the father first. A sort of ulterior motive.
A BETTER act would be to build a small play house from scratch in your back garden.
I’m not missing the point (as misquoted by the two monkeys above) I just don’t think its a good idea. Lightness, ride then go bloody niche later.Posted 4 years agovinnyehSubscriber
Rather do the 5 day course for £700, at least you will gain the skills and have the experience of building a complete diamond frame. The 5 day courses say they’ve a 2:1 instructor ratio, no mention of what it is on this course. Do you get to bend the tubes? Build the wheels? No mention. And I’m buggered if you could build one for £30 in materials.
Crikey’s Ulysses and target market comments are spotPosted 4 years ago
I’d rather spend the money doing things with my kid at that age than building them something they’ll never appreciate. Just a oneupmanship thing for dads down at the monthly NCT pub meet.philxx1975Member
TBA- bandwagon jumping
Its money for old rope perhaps and you probably would learn as much on a college welding course. It does make me wonder if these new “I want to be a bike frame builder” will do more harm than good
I certainly wouldn’t be parting with my money especially as some of the newcomers have built 5 or 6 frames after doing a course somewhere.
As for using build your child its first bike as a marketing tool to get custom ,what a cockPosted 4 years ago
A self-built mountain bike frame would last you years and years of use (well maybe you/others as it’d be over —–> if it was me) 8)
How many welds/complexity really is there on a balance bike?
I guess if you have the money then £500 would be fine but if its used they get bashed/scratched etc and will spend a day outside in the rain at somepoint 😀Posted 4 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
If you break down their costs, I am sure you will see a fair but not excessive profit.
When you glance at a price tag it’s easy to assume WTF, but when considered the true costs….
…. It’s all probably quite reasonable.
£400 to learn new skills, set you off in a new hobby, keep yourself out of trouble for two days, and then have a kids bike that might get passed down for generations. Seems ok to me. Alternatively you could almost get a king hub, or two inbred frames, or 4 bikes from halfords.
I also just simply like businesses like this, nice guys, with a passion they want to share.Posted 4 years agophilxx1975Member
At least you get to keep the frame. I saw TBA at Bespoked and just assumed they offered frame building courses, however it appears you pay your money and you don’t actually get to hang it on your wall “someone who needs it will benefit from it”
700 quid gets you a course from a pro builder like Dave Yates or even a good 2/3rds of a frame actually made by a pro builder, Ben Cooper could build me a frame for my kid for £400 ,a balance bikePosted 4 years ago
On the subject of balance bikes, Hora – I seem to recall that you regarded £40 as completely OTT for one. And Islabikes as the pinnacle of almost insanely wanton decadence, and ludicrous indulgence of an over-pampered offspring.
Then the £30 POS you bought instead promptly fell apart 😆Posted 4 years agokayak23Subscriber
They’d have sold a load of these £400 ones there
Just to reiterate, they are not £400 balance bikes…They are the end product of a two day course…
We run furniture making evening classes. Around £180 or something for 8, 3-hour evenings. Students can make what they want but beginners often make a small coffee table that we have designed to encompass many useful techniques.
It is not the same as selling a coffee table for £300…Posted 4 years ago
I know Kayak. I was being facetious, and indulging my inverted snobbery
I was just saying that by the ludicrously aspirational tone of this Times ‘lifestyle’ article, and their obvious (competitively neurotic) target market, you’d easily flog a load of £400 balance bikes. Probably with the comment “I’m not bothered about the frame-making malarky, can you just take care of all that bit, and deliver it before Sebastions next race” 😀Posted 4 years ago
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