Balance bike

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Project by RenB posted 01-01-2018 09:43 PM 3293 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a balance bike that I made for my nephew.

It is made out of Baltic birch with walnut accents.
It is put together with walnut dowels. No screws.
The only hardware are the axels and a single bolt that is used as the pivot point for the handle bars.

-- Darren, La Habra CA

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#1 posted 01-02-2018 01:25 AM

very nice, my grand daughter learned on one of these.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 01-02-2018 01:56 PM

Realy great work on this and perfect toy/vehicle for a kid.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-02-2018 02:33 PM

Wow! you did a wonderful job on this balance bike.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-02-2018 02:38 PM

That is an incredible gift. Well done! I took a second look and I like how you did the headset.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 01-02-2018 02:48 PM

What a great looking bike! That would make any little one happy! Your Nephew is a lucky little boy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 01-04-2018 08:04 AM

Very nice.
Can you explain how the seatpost is attached. Also how the headset is built?

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#7 posted 01-04-2018 05:16 PM


For the seat post I attached a block that was cut to the same angles as the frame. It was secured in place with the two walnut dowels you can see on both sides. The seat post was just friction fit into that. It actually takes quite some pressure and a twist to move the post up or down. I was sure I was going to need to drill multiple holes in the post and secure it with a through pin. But, it worked out as it is.

As for the head set. It was actually my second attempt. The first attempt left it with a very narrow turning radius. One that I couldn’t live with.

So after that failed attempt I re-engineered it. The top block is made from three pieces of 1/2” Baltic birch plywood with walnut on both sides of it. The bottom block is two pieces of Baltic with walnut on both sides. There is a 3/8” bolt(if I remember the size correctly) running up through the middle. I recessed the bolt into the ply on the top and bottom and then capped it with the walnut to hide the whole thing.

I used a small section of dowel to fix the angle problem that was going on, on the bottom. Because the top rail of the bike is not parallel with the bottom I would not have been able to turn the handle bars with out it. So I used a forstner bit to make a flat section in the bottom of the bottom rail of the bike frame that was parallel to the top. The dowel was able to sit in that and hold the bottom block of the handle bars off of the bottom rail of the bike.

I hope that all makes sense. Sometimes my brain and mouth don’t work together well.

-- Darren, La Habra CA

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#8 posted 01-08-2018 04:14 AM

nice job, maximum result for minimal design.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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