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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bone-shaker magazine

I was over on Howies browsing their new fall line of stuff the other day.  Tons of great stuff but unfortunately they discontinued the jacket I’d been wanting.  My “Work Hard – Canoe Home” t-shirt will always be my favourite, although I may need to ad to my collection when I head to London in September.

Anyways, while on their site, I stumbled upon bone-shaker magazine.  To quote their own website, it’s “a celebration of cycling and the people who do it.”  It’s a wonderful magazine with some amazing pictures and artwork.  The magazine is now in it’s second edition and is shipping to stores across the world.  The magazine is ad free which is always a bonus!

I’ll be picking up a copy at Howies and I hope to have some of my photos in their upcoming edition.

Photo of the Week

Well, keeping with the endless bike theme (and to think last week was all photography…), here is a photo from the Tour de France as it passed through Antwerp.  I set the shutter speed quite slow so that I could get most of the bikes blurred, then I panned while shooting, which got me a few cyclists in still motion, while the rest of the pack and the background has motion blur.  Taken with my D300.