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Old 10-27-06, 03:59 PM   #1
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Longest distance traveled by an alt bike?

Has anyone ever crossed the U.S. on a tall bike or a chopper or anything remotely like one?
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Old 10-29-06, 08:10 PM   #2
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www.tallbiketourbritain.com

they went around britain on two tall bikes

impressive to say the least

i think its probably the longest "documented" ride on an tall bike
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www.tallbiketourbritain.com

they went around britain on two tall bikes

impressive to say the least

i think its probably the longest "documented" ride on an tall bike
I'm astonished. 6,000 miles. Amazing. the story of how they did it was great. Thanks.

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Old 10-30-06, 01:36 PM   #4
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I'm astonished. 6,000 miles. Amazing. the story of how they did it was great. Thanks.

Holy crap, people (even cyclists) think I'm crazy for riding mine 30 miles RT to work.
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The furthest I have gone on one of my freakbikes was ~30 miles (lot of hills) on an 8'2" long chopper. Tallbike usually stays within a few miles of home, I use one of my fixies, cruisers or road bikes for most rides more than 10 miles. I am thinking of doing a ~300 mile round trip on my tallbike from Duluth, MN to Minneapolis this spring.
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People have been riding all kinds of wacky stuff for 200 years. It's really hard to say that this or that was the "longest". I mean, Skunk's odometer has 13,000 verifyable miles on his chopper, but that's over 12 years. People who simply only ride a chopper can easily reach those numbers by commuting for a decade.

So I commuted on a triple-high for about a year, I was riding every day but I never left town, does that mean I have a "documented ride on a tallbike" for 1000 miles on a triple?

The reality is that a well-built freakbike is often easier and more enjoyable to ride than a shortbike. When you're touring your bike weighs 200 lbs no matter what, and if you have one that's custom-built to your dimensions AND a joy to ride, it's really no great feat, it's easy, you can do it!

Thomas Stevens rode his pennyfarthing across the united states in 1884. He wrote a book about it, "Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens", which is the original bicycle touring book. Have you ever ridden a pennyfarthing? Aside from the fact that it's a tallbike, it's also a fixie, has a teeny wheelbase, traps you under the handlebars when you take a header, can't handle big bumps, and has no brakes. He rode it across the U.S. at a time when there were no paved roads and no highways, just cobblestones or rutty dirt country roads. Then he rode around the world. I really don't think anyone's topped him since.
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