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    "Tall" Bikes

    These were a new one to me, I imagine there is some benefit to them other than fun per se.

    ...not that I'm against fun.

    Has anyone here ever seen or actually ridden one?

    I'm not sure how you get back on the bike after you dismounted anywhere without a ladder.



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    You don't need a ladder to get on, just roll the bike and hop on.
    I ddon't have one yet, but plenty of people here do and I've ridden them many times. The biggest advantage is that they make people smile


    edit: ha, did't see the giant bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayButros View Post
    I imagine there is some benefit to them other than fun per se.
    They were supposedly used by lamplighters back when street lights used natural gas. That's about the only practical use for them I've ever heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lz4005 View Post
    They were supposedly used by lamplighters back when street lights used natural gas. That's about the only practical use for them I've ever heard.
    I've heard people justify their use by saying it's easier for cars to see them—I feel like the danger of falling off (not that it's necessarily more likely, just that the potential consequences increase at that height) exceeds any safety gained.

    Mostly, they're just awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtgotsjets View Post
    I've heard people justify their use by saying it's easier for cars to see them—I feel like the danger of falling off (not that it's necessarily more likely, just that the potential consequences increase at that height) exceeds any safety gained.

    Mostly, they're just awesome.
    That's the same logic recumbent riders use when they say they're safer because people notice them more because they're unusual looking. Except recumbents aren't awesome like tall bikes.
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    [QUOTE

    Mostly, they're just awesome.[/QUOTE]

    TOTALLY they're just awesome !

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    Copy of MONSTER BI&.JPG


    This one is my is my first attempt at building a tall bike. It's still a work in progress.

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    ^Crazy derailleur!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayButros View Post
    Has anyone here ever seen or actually ridden one?
    I made a couple back in the 60s, though a different style than those you linked. I flipped the frame over, flipped the crank and the fork. Extended the steerer and added a seat post. With the stacked frame style I'd be a little concerned about the CG moving too far aft. They're dicey enough to manage as it is. OTOH it could make a rear dismount easier - pop a wheely and step right off as the bike shoots out front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley P View Post
    I made a couple back in the 60s, though a different style than those you linked. I flipped the frame over, flipped the crank and the fork. Extended the steerer and added a seat post. With the stacked frame style I'd be a little concerned about the CG moving too far aft. They're dicey enough to manage as it is. OTOH it could make a rear dismount easier - pop a wheely and step right off as the bike shoots out front.
    I did exactly as you described when I was about 15...what a piece of stuff that was! Had to get on it next to the back porch and jump off when I got home. But it got a lot of weird stares.--Dave

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    My first (and only) tall bike sighting was in San Luis Obispo, CA. It was parked at the local bike kitchen and had a sticker that said "Tall Bike Posse," a term which I Googled to find more info.
    Their website: http://tallbikeposse.wordpress.com/

    I'd like to try riding one.
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    Ridden primarily by anti-consumer eco-hipsters, you can also smell them too.
    Even with their windows rolled up? Most be some really funky riders.
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    Posts 9 Originally Posted by JayButros
    Has anyone here ever seen or actually ridden one?I made a couple back in the 60s, though a different style than those you linked. I flipped the frame over, flipped the crank and the fork. Extended the steerer and added a seat post. With the stacked frame style I'd be a little concerned about the CG moving too far aft. They're dicey enough to manage as it is. OTOH it could make a rear dismount easier - pop a wheely and step right off as the bike shoots out front. Reply Reply With Quote

    You didn't live in Dallas back in the 60s did you?Were you one of the kids I saw on flipped frame tall bikes riding around the Parkland area?
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    love my two talls, orange MTB was the easiest, just dropped swing-arm, added a tube, and welded one fork on top of another other !
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    i dont do a lot of street riding on them, i have a MUP that leads into town, so easier to use that.
    maybe not the safest of bikes to use on car shared streets, but along the seafront MUP, its perfect, i love it !

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    Do people just jump off the bike when they need to dismount from it? I can't imagine that

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    You can climb down carefully if you have time.
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    seems like it might be a safer bike to get hit by a car with. the car might pass completely under you without hitting you.

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    Tall bikes are a blast I built one by flipping a frame I don't have pics at the moment but I will snap some later.
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    Simple observation.. seen many of these nutty Tall Bikes in Brooklyn, NY. Never seen anyone wearing a helmet while riding one. According to the National Highway Statistics. 97 percent of cyclist deaths are head injuries. Question is how damaged are the brains of these nutters before they even get on these death traps.

    Sure they are awesome.. so are clowns and high wire walkers.. and they also belong in the circus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motopecane View Post
    Tall bikes are a blast I built one by flipping a frame I don't have pics at the moment but I will snap some later.
    When I was young some of the older kids would do this. lol, I thought this was super cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukny View Post
    Simple observation.. I'm a jerk
    fixed it for ya
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    Tallbikes are a lot of fun. A friend in Grand Junction, CO cobbled one together and any time anyone rode it around there, instant rock star status was achieved. His latest incarnation is three frames high and he uses it to commute. I liked the old version better because one could add to the rock star status by riding wheelies on it:



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    OK lz4005 so it's perfectly fine riding intrinsically unsafe tall bikes around really busy streets with no helmet. And I am a jerk for reminding you how really dangerous this can be. There are too many white bicycles in my neighborhood already,,

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    It is perfectly fine. Yes, you are.
    Last edited by lz4005; 11-08-10 at 09:26 AM.
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