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    Yeah, it is a lot nicer than most bikes I have had too :-) A little excessive, perhaps, but it was lots of fun.

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    Need to figure out the total, though expect it is around what I would have paid for the next bike.
    Or a bit more, apparently Totals just over $1000 and since the budget for the 24" bike was somewhere around $700 that's not quite sticking to the budget. And that total doesn't include the used parts that I had on hand to use (hubs, skewers, Spyre brake calipers, EA70 seatpost, headset, cables & housing). Or the EA90SL bar which I bartered for a used Richey WCS drop bar I had in the parts bin. Even with "free" hubs the wheels were expensive at ~$250. Also, that is a $120 SMP saddle, which is really over the top. And a XTR cassette (titanium) was insanely frivolous -- even lightly used, those run around $100. I would never buy myself an XTR cassette, but since these kids are light/gentle and don't actually ride that many miles, I expect it'll actually last as long as anything else on there.

    Well worth it, though; it was fun to learn about components for kids bikes and fun to put together. My son claims to have enjoyed helping build it too. And his little brother is pretty stoked that it'll be his next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Or a bit more, apparently Totals just over $1000 and since the budget for the 24" bike was somewhere around $700 that's not quite sticking to the budget. And that total doesn't include the used parts that I had on hand to use (hubs, skewers, Spyre brake calipers, EA70 seatpost, headset, cables & housing). Or the EA90SL bar which I bartered for a used Richey WCS drop bar I had in the parts bin. Even with "free" hubs the wheels were expensive at ~$250. Also, that is a $120 SMP saddle, which is really over the top. And a XTR cassette (titanium) was insanely frivolous -- even lightly used, those run around $100. I would never buy myself an XTR cassette, but since these kids are light/gentle and don't actually ride that many miles, I expect it'll actually last as long as anything else on there.

    Well worth it, though; it was fun to learn about components for kids bikes and fun to put together. My son claims to have enjoyed helping build it too. And his little brother is pretty stoked that it'll be his next.

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    Cycling rule #1 never, ever, EveR, add up the receipts! In my book this rule this important enough that there is no Cycling rule #2.*
    For returns or warranty you are permitted to keep receipts for all bike builds loose and un-collated in a shoebox with a tight fitting lid. Should the shoe box lid be accidentally be dislodged you and all others** are required to avert your eyes as if you are looking into the Arc of the Covenant.
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    Nice bike build. Time spent transferring skills and overall time spent with the kiddoz is Time Well Spent.




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    Thanks for the help, Vicegrip. The disc-brake adapter is working fabulously!

    Noted, re: receipts. I shouldn't have added it up :-)

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    A good bit of that was getting it painted too, right? I mean, you can't even count that. No way you could let your kid run around with that poor shade of purple when this yellow was an option. It makes it look like a completely different frame.

    He know to always lock that thing up wherever he goes, I hope, even if he's only leaving it for a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    A good bit of that was getting it painted too, right? I mean, you can't even count that. No way you could let your kid run around with that poor shade of purple when this yellow was an option. It makes it look like a completely different frame.

    He know to always lock that thing up wherever he goes, I hope, even if he's only leaving it for a minute.
    Heh, I did count the painting, but you're right!

    Yes, he's too young to go anywhere by himself. I'll make sure we lock it when leaving it, though, yes!

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    That is one hot bike, but my favorite pics in this thread are of your son helping you build the wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Yes, he's too young to go anywhere by himself. I'll make sure we lock it when leaving it, though, yes!
    Wow, he's too young to bike on his own, but he can build his own wheels. This is completely opposite to my upbringing (in a good way). That was about the age my white Free Spirit was stolen.
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    Oh, he can't build a wheel by himself, but he can (with some guidance) do the lacing. Maybe for his next bike I will have him do the tensioning too. Considered trying to teach that that for this build, but honestly there were plenty of other learning opportunities and I suspect that would have pushed it beyond "fun".

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    I wrote up a consolidated version (many of same photos as above in this post): https://snakesthatbite.blogspot.com/...ona-queso.html

    I look forward to the next project that someone posts up in this [or some other] thread!

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