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Old 10-25-16, 06:52 PM
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Want to build my daughter her first bike...

Christmas is coming. And she will be just about 4 (Feb. 5th she'll be 4). I want to build her first "real" bike. With removable training wheels of course.

First, I have never built a bike frame. But I am an experienced machinist, welder, and now mechanical designer. I have all the equipment necessary to get the job done. But equipment and abilities is not always enough when your lacking experience.

So, I for sure want to build the frame, handle bars, seat post, and possibly the fork.

The areas I'm not so sure about are finding quality wheels in the correct size and the crank assembly, as well as a seat. These things would add to much time and I would not be able to finish before Christmas.

Is there somewhere I could get a good child sized these parts? Or any place to buy these types of parts for a DIY build?
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Buy a cheap child's bike for the parts. Will likely be cheaper then buying the parts separately, especially if the bike is already used. If you end up with any parts that are not compatible with adult frame parts you also have the donor frame to steel from (that you already know works with the parts). Andy.
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Micro/mini bmx components.
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I don't know where you get really good parts. I made a partial wooden stride bike for my kid. The guys who make the bikes had several sizes, and I saw a Red Rider version that was only made in one larger size. So I made the smaller version. Daughter never used it... I have a photo somewhere where she is on it, but that was about it. Just before she outgrew the larger version it clicked with her and she became expert on it. I would not waste the time.

My strategy was to make them a series of bikes based on Bike Friday principles that would see me buy each of them quality parts for a 20 inch bike, when they reached that point, and then just keep building larger frames until they take the bikes to university and the rest of their lives.

I was not influenced by Rob on the idea for kid bikes, but I am influenced by how he turned the already clever Bike Friday template into interesting stuff across the board, after his having worked there. I was interested in that going way back because I felt BF had some tremendous unorthodox ideas.

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I'm not worried about her out growing it and not really using it before she out grows it. I look at it like something we can hang on the wall as art when she's older. And maybe pass down when she's much older. It use to be common (before my time really) when family's would pass these kinds of things down. When most father's were crafty and had a skill of some sort.

I don't want to use a junk child's bike as parts. As it most certainly going to be Chinese made. I want this to be a true made in the US bike. I've been in manufacturing my whole life. So it's kind of one of my pet peeves.

So because I don't think like most people. The plans are right now to make everything except from the wheels. I've made a list and I need to get to work.

I'll update this as I go...
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