E's "New" BikeDIY special insert
Here in the Place Under The Pine we make it a priority to be resourceful, for a good many reasons. We like the feeling of being able to solve our own problems. We like the environmental reasons; turning trash into treasure, or just keeping something out of the landfill. The kids also learn some great life skills and they have fun doing it. And, you cannot forget the bonus of saving some cash in the process.
This latest DIY project started last summer when E outgrew his little blue bike and started riding the 'Pretty Extreme' pink bike.
|The Pretty Extreme's colours clashed with most of E's outfits. Something needed to change.|
|Free Bike circa 2011|
The transformation started with the wheels being removed. Then copious amounts of painters tape and newspaper were wrapped around the parts that were to remain unpainted. The can of paint was shaken vigorously, as instructed, and everyone had a turn letting that red-shiny paint fly. A quick spray of black on the handlebar and we repeated the process again. Two coats completely covered any hint of the previous pink.
E was put to work reattaching everything his old Dad couldn't figure out.
|Throw me the 5/16th will ya?|
Some aftermarket accessories were added to bring a bit of dazzle and originality - a ringy bell, tinkly spoke thingies, two (count em) two lights, and a new reflector.
Not bad looking for a bike that was found on the side of the road years earlier. Total cost for this transformation ($10 spray paint, $10 in accessories): $20. Having a new bike: Priceless!
|The 'New' Bike|
This turned out to be a good thing though, as it motivated E to try riding the bike two wheel style. Being who he is, he succeeded first try and has not looked back.
|Vintage picture of E without scrapes on knees and hands.|