You can’t stop it, your children out grow things. Luckily, when you have two or more, you get the hand me down option! This is a quick run down on how to refurbish a bike for your second child.
Our kids, Tanis and Amelia out grew their bikes pretty much at the same time. They are three years apart in age, and growing like the national debt. Amelia’s bike is not going to last long for Tanis, but our budget only allows for so much. So it will do for now. It is definitely an upgrade from the one he was riding that was way too small.
Her, being the oldest, required a trip to a few Goodwill stores until we found one for her. We scored a great bike that she can use for a long time for 20 bucks. It was in perfect condition, and a pretty light blue color that she loves.
Her old bike was a purple and pink color scheme, and while Tanis would have been completely fine with riding it that way, I wanted to help him make it his. Plus it gives us something fun to do together, and there is nothing more valuable than that.
The Materials For Refurbishing The Bike
- A Bike!
- Paint – Glossy Apple Red and Flat Black
- Tape and Paper
- Tools- Socket Set, Wrenches, and a Screwdriver
- Sweet Stickers To Customize
How To Refurbish A Bike – Part One
The first thing you have to do is take the bike apart. The Wheels have to come off. Reflectors, seat, face pad (the pad that goes on the handle bars for when you wreck and face plant), chain, and any other accessories that are on the bike.
This part was fun for Tanis. He loves to take things apart and see how they work. Everyone knows how a bike works, so he just went at it.
Once everything is off the bike that wont be painted, you have to clean it up! We used a water, vinegar solution that we use on just about everything. Works great on everything that does not need to be sanitized. I got a funny look on the cleaning part. But hey, gotta have a good surface right?
It was warm out that day, and the little guy wanted to change shirts, so he went in a put on short sleeves. We ended up shirtless a little while later. That happens pretty often though. Suns out, guns out! Anyway, once the cleaning was done we taped off the parts that were not going to be red, and he got pumped because then it was time to get out the spray paint!
Got her all sprayed red and it was coming together. Waiting for the paint to dry, the kids got side tracked… Since all
the stuff that was going to be red, was now red, we obviously had to blow through the rest of the paint. He found some screen and was spraying through it on paper and card board. Because what is more fun than holding down the nozzle on a spray can? Not much. You can see Amelia’s new bike in the background in that photo too.
How To Refurbish A Bike – Part Two
Once the red dried enough to take the tape off without taking paint too, we got the bike unwrapped. We then taped over the red, so we could put on the black.
The flat black came out awesome against the glossy red too. He was really happy with it. His favorite color is red, and so was his old bike. Once the tape was applied, and the day grew warmer, he got to spray it down again.
One of the things I am always humbled by is when he does the things I do. I try to be aware of it, even on the small things. I took my shirt off, and he said, “Dad hang on, I am going to take mine off too.” It is really cool, and quite scary, how much they look to us for their own habits. It really puts things into perspective. Watch closely and you will see them copy you, even on the smallest things.
So, I’m easily side tracked…. back to the bike.
We did a small part of the back where the wheel mounts, and the handle bar assembly in black. It looked super good. I wanted to spray my car flat black after doing the bike.
We ran out of day light waiting on the black to dry and it took a few days for us to get back to it, due to some obligations and some goofing off. We goof off a good bit, and stuff gets pushed off. Whole family of procrastinators. Good times.
How To Refurbish A Bike – Part Three
Alright! This thing is painted and we are pretty close to finishing. We removed the taped on the bike, and started putting it back together. The little guy did the heavy lifting here too. I was on “hold the bike” duty. I love his independence and the fact that he wants to do everything himself, yet still takes my direction when I offer it.
Ignore the hair. It was windy.
We left the chain on the bike and just taped it to easily put the wheel back on. You can see it hanging there. Also, that is his old bike in the background, so you can see how much he needed a new one.
We ended up using the seat from the old bike, they were the same size. But the posts mounts were different sizes so we had to switch that over. They weren’t mounted the same way so we had to drill one, didn’t get a photo of that.
Next up was stickers! We grabbed some small text stickers so he could put his name on it, and some sweet skull and crossbones. What little man bike is not complete without skull and crossbones? He put his name running down the frame booked ended by skulls, and added skulls to the face pad. His sister held the bike for him so he could do the front.
How To Refurbish A Bike – Completion
Ride test! Success!
Super fun project to do with your kids. It took very little time to accomplish, outside of waiting for paint to dry. The bonus, it cost about 8 bucks. But the best part was just hanging out with Tanis for a little while doing some work on something he will take pride in, since he did it himself. He spent all afternoon Saturday, after we finished it, riding around.
They enjoy riding their bikes anyway, but you could tell he was way more stoked than normal after having fixed up his new bike.
Thanks for reading our little project on The Parenting Job. If you liked this post please consider sharing it to your favorite social media outlet.