52 Create – Wooden Push Bike

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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7 thoughts on “52 Create – Wooden Push Bike

  1. Hi there,
    Very nice project. I’m thinking about building a balancebike myself. But there is one thing I didn’t figure out yet.
    I was wondering how you attached the frontpart including steer and wheel to the frame so it is possible to turn the steer left or right?


    • I thought about this one for a while, in the end I used a hinge for a fence. Sandwiched between the two boards, pop out the pin, and insert a threaded rod so it can be fastened on either end with lock nuts. The only issue is the pin is slightly smaller than a quarter inch, nut bigger than 3/16″, so I used a 3/16 and there is some play in the joint.

    • Sorry we’re out of the country for the next year without the bike, but if you google it, you can find plans for a push bike, different design, but it looks alright.

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