Rat Patrol Chicago
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes: None, all, it's the same thing
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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.