Wooden balance bike

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Project by gepatino posted 03-11-2016 07:25 PM 8351 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make one of these for a while, and the kids grow fast, so I decided to finally spent some time on it.

It’s made of half inch plywood, construction grade, nothing too nice, but it works, and it was cheap.

The model is a mix of different ones I’ve found on the net. The only tricky part was how to attach the front fork to the body, I decided to sandwich a wedge of wood between the two parts of the body, and then drill a hole where the piece of threaded rod goes. It’s working fine and seems to resist the abuse of Felipe (3).

I couldn’t apply any finish yet, as soon as I’ve put the wheels to test if everything fits, Felipe said “my bike!!” and I couldn’t disasemlbe it again to paint it.

Maybe we let him pait it as he wants, it’s his bike anyway.


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#1 posted 03-11-2016 08:06 PM

What could be more fun for such litle kid?

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#2 posted 03-11-2016 08:21 PM

Wow wow! Excelent. Like a lot. Are really very bussy!! Thank for share.

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 10:56 PM

Certainly looks like Felipe approves !

Nice job !

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#4 posted 03-11-2016 11:06 PM

My son loved his when he was three – I bought one, but he was so short I had to make a custom lowered seat so he could ride it. And they work – kids with balance bikes seem to get onto regular bikes a lot faster.

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#5 posted 03-11-2016 11:38 PM

What a great thing to do for your young one. Letting him paint it himself is a wonderful idea. Might consider one of these if my sons ever get off their duffs and give us some grandkids.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#6 posted 03-11-2016 11:47 PM

I made one for my daughter since I couldn’t find one small enough. I used an old hinge for the pivot, just popped out the pin and used a long threaded rod. I had a hard time sourcing wheels, eventually got some used ones from a bike shop.

She went straight from a balance bike to a pedal bike, no training wheels since they already learn balance from the wood bike. Wish they had these when I was 2

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#7 posted 03-12-2016 12:40 AM

Looks like fun for a happy boy!

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#8 posted 03-12-2016 01:13 AM

Very nice, are there any plans out there?

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#9 posted 03-12-2016 03:37 AM

I like it. Good to see kids on bikes.

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#10 posted 03-12-2016 03:46 AM

Great looking bike! Felipe looks really happy!

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#11 posted 03-12-2016 04:21 AM

Excellent, something the little one will remember in years to come.

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#12 posted 03-12-2016 05:01 AM

What a great build. I’m sure it will be used for some time. Congrats on top 3

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#13 posted 03-12-2016 05:07 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments!

Ropelie: I don’t have plans, but some free hand sketches and a couple of templates in cardboard. I transfered the templates to the plywood sheet and that’s it. I’ll try to make some plans when I have some time (though I’m no expert on CAD… maybe just a freehand drawing)


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#14 posted 03-12-2016 05:14 AM

wow… I never expected to get a top 3, I thought that was for real woodworkers.

Thanks again to all of you for the comments and inspiration, I may not comment on every project but silently steal (ehem… borrow) ideas from here and there ;)



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#15 posted 03-12-2016 02:38 PM

Nice work and it looks like it would be a fun project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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