This is a project completed with and for our children. The Raleigh 18s were originally my partner's and her sister's when they were children. For years they commuted everywhere on their purple single speed bicycles, originally purchased for them by their father. Her dad rode and still rides a Twenty for his transport needs. After years of use the Raleigh 18s were left in the backyard shed where they succumbed to the elements and rusted beyond recognition. As our kids were growing out of their 16" bikes, we decided it would be fun to restore and upgrade the bikes. To complete the project we needed additional parts. We obtained an old and unrestored BSA 18 that had been on display at the now defunct Canberra Bicycle Museum. From three bicycles, and various additional parts, we created two. The bikes have now been rebuilt and are in use. The modified and upgraded parts are mostly drawn or inspired from the world of vintage BMX. The Raleigh 18 is not just the small sibling of the Twenty, but it is a precursor of the Raleigh BMX bikes and craze that followed, so it seemed an appropriate and sympathetic approach to upgrading them. The bicycles are great. Our kids love them and feel proud of their contribution and what we achieved. We're glad that we opted to go for better more modern parts and design elements. Being a purist and keeping to original parts has its place for some bikes, but it can be expensive and it can mean the bicycles may not be as practical or safe for everyday use.