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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    My wife and I decided that we don't want to set a tradition of bike birthday presents, so bikes can be given outside of birthdays. I think this makes perfect sense
    Completely reasonable logic. Only one birthday per year but 364 other days. Dramatically more opportunities for N+1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Most importantly, my son loves his new bike!

    That bar tape! Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Picked this out of a neighbor's trash.

    And the project is completed!

    Huge thanks to Vicegrip who was key to the disc-brake conversion (grinding, drilling/tapping threads for bolting on the a2z, etc.)

    It is a bit large for my son (and he has a bike that fits well), but he was super excited to ride it on the street this evening.

    Last edited by hozn; 05-28-2018 at 08:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    So, I have a couple of in-progress kid bike projects. They are slow loving because I am constrained by birthdays. My wife doesn't think it makes sense to give presents as large as bicycles "just because".

    I am building a road + cx bike for my soon-8yo son. He's asked for one a few times and he'll love having something faster to ride on pavement. And he can use it for CX team next year.

    I'm starting with a Raleigh RX24. Which by itself is probably just fine. And at $340 on Amazon, is a really great value! But that wouldn't be a project, would it? :-)

    Claimed weight is 21lbs; I haven't weighed it (I haven't even fully assembled it.). This really is a brilliant bike. The disc brakes open up lots of opportunities for having it serve different purposes. I will be exploiting that heavily as I look to fit larger wheels than the oddball British "24-inch" 540 etrto stock wheels.

    Goals of this project are

    (1) to improve the brakes to something that can be stopped quickly with (hopefully) single-finger braking -- with small hands -- from the drops. Better calipers, better housing, better rotors.

    (2) Convert to a wheel size that actually has non-wheelchair tires available.

    (3) to bring that weight down to something respectable for a road bike, even with the disc brakes. Less than 1/3 my son's weight (60lbs) seems reasonable. Well shoot for 17lbs and see how close we get.


    Build done! Writeup here: http://snakesthatbite.blogspot.com/2...e-project.html


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