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    I think they're silly, not very practical. Kinda like me. Not always practical but fun. But I gotta say, the one's I've seen have had some VERY smelly people riding them. Up in Minneapolis, Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyewww. Luckily, at the party after the race, they challenged each other to a jousting match, and ended up leaving the party early due to blood loss after the un-cushioned 2x4 used as joustes knocked the teeth out of one of the dudes. Fun for me to watch, but not very practical, especially when I'd bet my paycheck that these guys didn't have any dental insurance.
    Not that I enjoy seeing people get hurt, but the smell left with them.
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    I've seen a couple here in Madison. I think they're great.

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    There are a lot of them around here. I see one locked up downtown all the time - I assume that someone's commuting on it.

    As far as smelly, not really sure. I haven't been up close to say. But there are smelly people riding all sorts of bikes. I don't think the height of the bike has anything to do with it...

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    Tall bikes are very easy to make and fun to ride. There are two different tallbike clubs in Chicago, although they also ride choppers and other modded bikes. I built a tallbike a couple years ago and like to take it for cruises in the summer. Always gets a good response in my neighborhood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beatle bailey
    Good grief man, go back to bed!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    Good god man... wrong side of bed this morning?
    My posts were done around 9:30 at night, either a bit early or a very late to be going back to bed.

    I truly love almost all kinds of bikes and trikes. But I can't seem to accept the idea of building an inherently unsafe bike just to be different. And jousting? Reeks of the movie "Jackass".

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    I would put a launch peg on the vanilla side to aid the climb up, like the highwheelers have.
    This forum may motivate me, I have an abandoned Roadmaster, one more frame and I will have enough for a chop, a tall bike or maybe a side hack rig.
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    A side hack? Now there's a good use for old bikes. I had 2 BMX ones as a kid. I think I'll have to locate a pair of 24" steel bikes and build a grown-up sized one.

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    I really like the side hack idea. Even better if I can have the monkey pushing their own set of pedals, recumbent style.
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    I think we need more side hack BMX racing. Anyone seen Joe Kid yet? That movie will take forever to get to Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck
    I really like the side hack idea. Even better if I can have the monkey pushing their own set of pedals, recumbent style.

    Now that would be sweet. I'm seeing a jack shaft driver system with both cranksets powering the rear wheel... or maybe an independent drive/brake system on each rear wheel to make turning more efficent.

    Either way would be cool! I can't remember the last time I saw a 'hacked bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    ... but I have to ask. Why?
    That's the "Normal Looking Bike" thread your thinking about. This is the "Alt Bike Culture" thread. What'd you expect?
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    Okay...

    <insert appropriate display of ignorance expression here>

    What is a "Side Hack"?
    Never put off until tomorrow anything that you could postpone indefinitely!

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    How many 20" BMX Bikes would you need to stack in order for the bike to be considered "tall"?
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    The first time I saw a tall bike, I was waiting for the bus after dark. Cars were whizzing by, beeping honking, etc. And, then there was this sort of traffic hush, and a tall bike turned left through the intersection and continued on down the street, riding in the center. A big truck went past, and the rider was up as high as the guy in the truck. Anyway, it made me feel like fantasy land just went by, Pippi Longstocking, or whatever. For me, it was very cool. I see more and more of them, now, but I always wonder...how does one stop the bike without falling over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmertires
    The first time I saw a tall bike, I was waiting for the bus after dark. Cars were whizzing by, beeping honking, etc. And, then there was this sort of traffic hush, and a tall bike turned left through the intersection and continued on down the street, riding in the center. A big truck went past, and the rider was up as high as the guy in the truck. Anyway, it made me feel like fantasy land just went by, Pippi Longstocking, or whatever. For me, it was very cool. I see more and more of them, now, but I always wonder...how does one stop the bike without falling over?
    Love the story! Surreal is what I go for.

    You stop in one of a few ways, all of which require a little planning.. You can lean against a sign, post, or SUV, you can trackstand (sort of), or you can swing a leg over and lower yourself to the ground as you stop. Emergency stops involve bailing out by leaping over one side of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phidauex
    Love the story! Surreal is what I go for.
    Yay! The world needs a little more of this type of thing! I can't imagine anyone can witness anything that is out of the ordinary and not feel a tiny escape from their own reality, which I imagine is good for the soul. Thanks, too, for the explanation on stopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvan
    Okay...

    <insert appropriate display of ignorance expression here>

    What is a "Side Hack"?
    You're either too young, or you missed out on stupid fun as a child.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    You're either too young, or you missed out on stupid fun as a child.



    man I love the old mongoose bikes like that.especially the 200 pound mags!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spanky4x4
    man I love the old mongoose bikes like that.especially the 200 pound mags!
    I hate to post this photo more than once or twice a year, but it was possible to get plenty of air, even on a Mongoose equipped with mags. Maybe it was the Redline sticker on the head tube...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    You're either too young, or you missed out on stupid fun as a child.



    That would be the latter...

    Looks like fun... but I seriously doubt I'll be adding one to my bike any time soon... The older I get, the more adverse reaction I have to this type of "fun". We used to sit on handlebars and top tubes... but never in a "side hack".

    Are the pics of anything you currently own? Or are they just gif's you had?
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    but it was possible to get plenty of air, even on a Mongoose equipped with mags. Maybe it was the Redline sticker on the head tube...
    sure its was possable....but I'll never forget the weekend dad took them off and made me put some new "plastic"skyways on.that was around 1985 so you know those wheels were already old when I got thim and rode the pi$$ out of em. I'll have to call my brother in law out in texas and see if they are still in the attic of his garage.


    and it was nothing to do with the redline sticker.....poser!


    oh... I love that pic. thats you ,right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvan
    That would be the latter...

    Looks like fun... but I seriously doubt I'll be adding one to my bike any time soon... The older I get, the more adverse reaction I have to this type of "fun". We used to sit on handlebars and top tubes... but never in a "side hack".

    Are the pics of anything you currently own? Or are they just gif's you had?
    Yeah, I'm over the foolish kid stuff, but I think my wife would have a go if I built an adult sized one. All I've got now are some XC bikes, one FS, my 24" BMX, and our tandem. I got those photos off Google.


    Quote Originally Posted by spanky4x4
    sure its was possable....but I'll never forget the weekend dad took them off and made me put some new "plastic"skyways on.that was around 1985 so you know those wheels were already old when I got thim and rode the pi$$ out of em. I'll have to call my brother in law out in texas and see if they are still in the attic of his garage.


    and it was nothing to do with the redline sticker.....poser!


    oh... I love that pic. thats you ,right?
    Yeah, I eventually got the Skyways too, but much earlier than '85. Around 1982 I did get my Redlines (600A and Carrera) when by brother went to work for them. When I move back to the states, I'll be able to start building some chopper bikes, and other fun stuff. And yes, that's me. 25 years later, not too much has changed...

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    back on topic

    its pretty tall.and I like the transmission
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    OK, that was interesting. Without the third wheel up front, it would be unrideable.

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    Yeah, that 'three penny farthing' is a cool bike. I'm not sure if it would be 'unridable' with only two wheels, just incredibly difficult to learn. I'd like to make a reverse pedal bike sometime, just to see if it can be ridden..

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