Years ago I saw a cute red bicycle online. It doesn’t have pedals, it’s designed to let the kids learn balance without fear of falling down or the confusion of trying to pedal.
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Costing over $120 for a bike with no pedals, I decided to make my own. I was just going to buy a used bike and remove the pedals but that would have been too easy, so it became a project.
I went to Goodwill and bought a bike for $5. It was pink as pink can be!
When sanding the paint I accidentally stripped some some of it down to the metal. I was originally going to use metallic paint for the silver but grinding down to the metal created this awesome brushed metal looked much cooler than silver paint ever could so I couldn’t resist changing the plan so I spent the next several hours stripping all the paint…
Instead of a fade (which wasn’t coming out as cleanly as I was hoping using a spray can) I decided a crisp line would work nicely. I applied some stickers onto the paint and metal before clear-coating so that they’ll never peel or fade:
Final touches include a bike horn and custom license plate. Later I put the pedals and training wheels back on for indoor use (less wreckage to property):