Lots of great stuff! I couldn't decide what criteria to make my decision with. Rachel's bike is flawless while some have tons of fab work and engineering. Should I try and look at it from a 10 year olds perspective? In the end I voted for 20 or less simply because its the bike I would most like to own. It didn't hurt that the craftsmanship was so well executed. Thanks to all for the inspiration.
Alll were very cool 20 or less gets my vote for no. 1 with MINI MACHINE with a very close 2nd. Great job guys and girls. SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET bikes. I am impressed with your builds. Whens yhe next build off ???? Bartleydad
I have to say congratulations to all of the builders - no matter who ends up with what votes.
As Steve mentioned, this originally started out as a fun build with no prizes and no voting. So just a chance to build a bike for the sake of building one and watch others as they went through their builds. No holds barred. No limitations other than wheel size. No major competition. Just a fun build. So based on that, we all won - just by participating.
The voting is just extra - and a way to let those who came up with an exceptional bike know that lots of others liked it. And the fact that you see lots of comments saying how hard it was to actually pick a "best" bike proves again that they were all great bikes.
It's amazing to scroll down through the pictures of the finished bikes and see that many nice bikes - and that many different styles, colors, etc.
Burrito bikes, kids trikes, larger trikes, cruiser style bikes, Stingray style bikes, homebuilt frames, modified frames, etc. Just an amazing bunch of work and ideas overall.
So again, congratulations to all of the participants of this build off - even those who did not complete their bikes on time but at least joined in on the fun.
There are some awesome bikes in this build. My son's had a blast watching the build culminate to where it is now. By viewing the other entries we've discovered he has a taste for the flat trackers and straight bar style frames, so guess what were building soon. You've all help plant a seed here and as his riding pics show (he was singing in those photos) he's happy with that bike. Thanks to all who participated for the positive experience.
Really nice bikes everyone. It's amazing how much work were put in to these bikes even though you probably won't be riding them.
Thanks Steve for managing this. Moving threads, creating poll etc...
Now my 2 cents...
If it's a "build off" there needs to be voting or judging. You may go bowling for fun once a year but I bet you keep score. It's friendly competition. Without voting or judging at the end I really don't see the purpose for a declared "build off".
There doesn't always have to be a prize. Bragging rights alone are great.
"...So would everyone like for me to delete this thread and start the voting over completely..."
Given the loosey-goosey nature of the rules (as I've already broke one), I'd state the following:
1) For all you procrastinators who didn't get their builds in on time - you have til Sunday (18th) night at 6 pm EST to get 'em in . No ifs, ands or buts, this really really is the final cut off. Gotta show tough love to the Rats. They can take it - they're Rats after all.
2) Let the new voiting begin on Monday the 19th and let it run for a few days.
personally i say leave it. the rules were already stated and everyone agreed to them and built their bikes to the rules that were set. as with all the build offs there is a cut off time to have the bike done i can tell you when i was building the ratty truck i made sure it was done a few days in advance so that i would have time to do the final pics and then sit back for a min before the voting. the only way i could see resetting the voting would be if the last two bikes WERE entered before the deadline and if steve had setup the voting BEFORE the deadline. if the two bikes were entered late then sorry thats how it goes.
I feel sorry for the people that couldnt make the build off dateline but I feel we should leave everything as is. I dont think we nead to revote, theres no nead to overcomplicate things. Thats what I like about these build offs, they're one of the few things in life thats plain, simple, uncomplicated fun.
But if you guys decide to extend the dateline, and revote, its being fair to the guys that couldnt make it, and I say go for it.
Correct me if I am wrong didn't the build off technically end Sunday night at 12:00 or Monday morning, which ever one you want to call it? Thats the way it is stated later on in the first kids build thread.