bob k By: bob k
wade's bike.003

12" wheels, 130mm cranks, saddle off of wade's old kick bike. kinda awesome. my first post-bilenky frame.

  • Box Dog Bikes 3y

    I like the fender mounts, and the fork is blowing my mind.
  • bob k 3y

    thanks. he wants fenders ("to keep my butt from getting wet"), but i will probably have to fab something because wald doesn't make 12" fenders anymore. since this photo we've already installed the lights and bell
  • ronlau8 3y

    Great job Bob. Wald is a lucky fellow.
  • Andrea 3y

    so stinkin' cute!
  • Smudgemo 3y

    I love putting kids on bikes that aren't junk. Nice job!
  • Tony Pereira 3y

    so sweet! Can't wait to build oscar a bike
  • bob k 3y

    thanks y'all
    i was pretty stoked about this project. i am always a bit peeved about the state of design in kids bikes in the US. way too heavy, usually too sized too big for the kid, bad gearing, no fenders, etc... if my attempts at parenting amount to nothing else, i will make sure my kid always has a completely awesome well fitting bike. (although my sincerest hope is that wade beats the shit out of this thing, and i am forced to make him another one)
  • bob k 3y

    tony,
    i'm waiting for the pereira cycles balance bike... i think oscar should just skip over the whole walking thing and go straight to bicycles.
  • Shetha N 3y

    This is so Fantastic, Bob! Has it got a coaster brake or is it fixed? I love how he took right to the pedaling part. Isn't that magic??? I remember when my guys did it the first time - it was like it was my first time pedaling all over again... So euphoric!
  • bob k 3y

    wade's new ride has a coasster brake on it
    i was pretty stoked to watch him pick it up so fast
    i felt very proud of him
  • Chris Bishop 3y

    Awesome! Bob your raising the bar on frame builder fathers around here.
  • bob k 3y

    Chris,
    I guess it's a little early for your little one to be riding, yet... But I'm sure you'll be showing me up when the time comes. Hope all is well with you and yours.
  • rhymeswithbombs 2y

    Righteous.
    I have 6 y.o. and 2 1/2 y.o. boys. Older is already on his 2nd pedal bike, younger is covering greater and greater distances on his runbike. No training wheels ever!

    They grow so fast at this age- curious if you designed to 'grow' with him at all?

    Not having any framebuilding knowledge, could you design something that works for a smaller kid but could take wheels 4-6 inches bigger down the road, seatpost bottomed out at the start and stretched out later, or would the required geometry be too weird? Easy enough to switch to longer crank arms, stem/bar combo...
  • bob k 2y

    You can do things like that. I've seen it done, but I've committed myself to making my kid a new ride every year or two for a while. I feel like making a more adjustable bike adds a lot of weight, and I wanted to make this thing as light as feasible. Most kids bike these days fall in at about 20+ lbs., wade's sled is about half that. There's no reason why a kid needs to be going around on a bike that weighs half of their body weight.
    I'm getting ready to slap together another frame for my kid. He outgrew this one a few months ago during his last growth spurt. Next one is going to have 20" wheels, maybe a 3spd hub? fenders, etc... Time for an upgrade.
  • rhymeswithbombs 2y

    Good call on the fenders (as requested) and 3-speed hub.

    20" is a big step up, no? I Felix went from 12" to 16" and it took him a while to grow into the frame... but of course Wade won't have that issue!
  • bob k 2y

    Yeah I was drawing out a plan the other day
    I think I can make it work
    And I should be able to reuse the wheels on the next frame after the next one
    So it might be worth it to invest in some decent hoops and hubs
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