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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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    You have your answer already...

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    Its missing a ladder. How do you dismount it?

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    wtf? Who would buy one since they're not that difficult to build?

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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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    And it's a fixie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    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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    That bike is sky high. Both hieght and price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    Its missing a ladder. How do you dismount it?


    better question; how do you mount it!?

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by IbikezLA View Post
    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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