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Old 03-06-09, 06:54 PM   #1
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$24,000 original tall bike

pretty fascinating, honestly, i wonder if this is how the idea of a "tall bike" came to be?

http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot...p?lot_id=39WT8

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Giraffe Lamplighter's Bicycle, 1898
The seat height of this unusually tall bicycle is over 7' tall, and this feature directly relates to the bicycle's important function. During the late nineteenth century it was used by lamplighters to light gas street lamps. The inordinately long chain is more than three times the length of a conventional bicycle chain. Currently only one other lamplighter bicycle is know to exist, designed and manufactured by a different maker. This original bicycle features black paint, wood rims, 28" single-tube tires and is correctly restored.
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Old 03-06-09, 07:05 PM   #2
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Old 03-07-09, 06:50 PM   #3
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Its missing a ladder. How do you dismount it?
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Old 03-16-09, 11:51 PM   #4
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wtf? Who would buy one since they're not that difficult to build?
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Old 03-17-09, 12:50 PM   #5
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It is an antique, almost one of a kind. That is why the high price...people go goo-goo over antiques. I would not pay that price either.
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Old 03-18-09, 08:33 AM   #6
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And it's a fixie!
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Its missing a ladder. How do you dismount it?
Ride to where there's a ladder.


(I think the lamplighters who used these actually were able to clamber up and down the frames when they were leaning the bike against a wall)
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Old 03-23-09, 10:13 PM   #8
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That bike is sky high. Both hieght and price.
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Old 03-26-09, 09:59 PM   #9
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Its missing a ladder. How do you dismount it?


better question; how do you mount it!?
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Old 03-27-09, 12:06 PM   #10
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Whoever rides that bike better be good at track standing.
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great designed !
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Wow thanks for the post. It's cool to browse the lots and see how much other things went for, too.
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...neat on the history... guy I knew in HS made them... he'd take 3 or 4 20" frames and weld them together... cops pulled him over a few times for some reason or other...
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thats awesome
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$24,000 for an unrealistically tall bicycle and it doesn't even come with a ladder to get on it? Is this a scam?
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wtf? Who would buy one since they're not that difficult to build?

"Currently only one other lamplighter bicycle is know to exist, designed and manufactured by a different maker."


You could build a tall bike quite easily... but it would not be this bike.
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