There is always a handyman in every group of friends and in every family who can effortlessly mend your broken torchlight or fix your laptop’s fan. Their fascination with how things were built and fixation with taking things apart and putting them back together again is their way of having fun. If you spent your childhood playing with Meccano, or building elaborate models with Lego bricks, mini dirt bikes will be right up your alley. With unlimited methods of customisation and more than a few base models to choose from, they can be called the ultimate DIY bike for riding hobbyists. Due to their wide popularity, there are several places across the world that have mini dirt bikes for sale.
A mini bike is not simply a miniature rendition of a full scale bike. In some ways they are, but they are so much more. For those who are ignorant of the world of mini bike and believe all mini bikes are created equal, here is a piece of information. There are a variety of types including dirt bikes, pocket bikes, mini choppers, the list is endless. If there is a certain model of a full scale bike, you can bet that someone somewhere has a mini bike version of it.
The key selling point of mini bikes is their ability to be customized and their affordable nature. Even if you lack the mechanical knowhow on how to put together a bike from scratch, you can still buy the mechanical innards of the bike for a relatively low price and build a customized exoskeleton. Buying parts for a mini bike is not very different to buying parts for a home-built computer. In fact, instead of going to a manufacturer’s to buy parts, some people even make them at home and sell them, thus turning the hobby into a business.
To save even more money, you can buy parts second hand and fix them up. For example, a person might have removed a bike’s body and replaced it with another. They may be selling the old one. If the skeletons of the bike are similar, there is a chance that it will fit your bike without much ado. If the hot pink the previous owner had painted it does not suit your more manly taste, just sand it down, slap on some primer and give it a new paint job. Voila! Your new bike is ready to hit the road.
Another good tip is to head down to the junk yard to look for spare metal parts. You never know when you will score that piece you’ve been looking for. It should be noted that while upcycling and building your dream mini bike from scratch is all well and good, there are some places where splurging can lead to a safer and more stable bike. This is especially true for the brakes. Make sure you also get good quality, sturdy wheels that will not wobble and send you careening into the bushes all of a sudden. Keeping all this in mind, make sure to stay safe and have tonnes of fun.