Reader Joyce sent some haiku for our Fix it Sticks contest, and out of our exchange came a great hack for kids, what she calls the Pony Bike. Full details available via her web site and below is some text and pictures - full credit to Joyce. Yeeeeehawwwww!
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The pony bike came from a sweet early 90's Cannondale MTB that we picked up on Craigslist specifically to become an Xtracycle. We installed the Xtracycle Free Radical attachment to make it longer, and then made the pony top out of wood (plywood and an old 2x12 scrap for the head and rump) and foot rests out of copper pipe. The handles on the front back rest are cabinet hardware. We learned brazing copper on that project, so then we could use our skills in installing a solar hot water heater the next year. :D
My kids (now 8), helped more with the Yuba, which I bought last summer; they painted the monarch wings from a picture and helped make the butterfly body out of plywood and another 2x12 scrap. :)
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