52 Create – my weekly creative output for 2011… This week has flown by! Hence the reason my Tuesday post is appearing on a Friday. Well with the wealth of cutting boards and rifle stocks as of late, I thought I should mix things up and go big. This week’s creative output is a kids wooden push bike (also called a run bike or balance bike). These seem to be all the rage lately and you can spend as much as $300 on a designer model. They are basically a kids bike without pedals, so they use their feet to push themselves along, apparently it teaches the kids excellent balance and helps them to more easily progress to a real bike without training wheels.
There are suprisingly few diy wooden bikes on the net. There is one how-to with plans out there, but that seemed far too easy for me. So I look at a ton of pictures of these bikes on google images and sketched out my own design. As usual, the wheels were the tricky part. While you can buy a brand new kids bike for $30, to buy a pair of wheels/tires/tubes will run you $90!!! I found this set at a used bike shop for $20 total, they don’t match, but my 21 month old daughter couldn’t care less… The frame is made from my favourite – baltic birch (1/2″) with a wodden dowel for handle bars. I’ve had many comments about the small seat and lack of padding, but my daughter is still in diapers so she has her own “built-in” padding. I’ll cover it with some neoprene when she is older.
After about a week of use, she is quite comfortable on it, and can go short distances on her own. I think she’s likely a bit young for it, but she goes nuts every time she sees a bike anywhere, so I figured I owed it to her…
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