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Old 01-21-09, 07:42 PM   #1
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World's Tallest Folder - Try Riding a 12 Ft Tall Bike!




This is too tall for a small wheeled bike! Must take helluva effort just to balance on it, never mind ride it!

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Old 01-21-09, 07:48 PM   #2
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so where's the fold??
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Old 01-21-09, 07:53 PM   #3
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It would have to be one... how do you transport the damn thing if it isn't collapsible? The ladder is the only way to mount and dismount a tallbike safely while its moving.
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It would have to be one... how do you transport the damn thing if it isn't collapsible? The ladder is the only way to mount and dismount a tallbike safely while its moving.
How do you transport it? I believe you transport it like any bike - by pedaling it. I would probably mount and dismount something that tall from a large second floor window opening. The ladder would be for standing room-only passengers.
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Old 01-21-09, 11:36 PM   #5
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LOL! I mean if you need to take it some place. I figure this belongs in the alt bike section but for the wheels. It doesn't seem a practical folder unless you can collapse the ladder and the front hinge and put it in a car. Its more of a novelty than a practical small wheel bike and I believe the key word is small. That's how a folder bike is designed. Small is beautiful!
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Old 01-21-09, 11:47 PM   #6
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4 feet tall? Whose feet, Sasquatch? That thing has got to be at least 10 feet tall!

Clever that the long "handlebar" lets the rider steer from the ladder for galoping starts.
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Old 01-22-09, 12:11 AM   #7
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Probably 12 feet! And you can't store it either! But the ladder is good enough to climb into a second-story window!
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Old 01-22-09, 12:51 AM   #8
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Here's a link to the builders site.

http://www.chopzone.com/skywalker.html

Plans - you can make your own.

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"SkyWalker turned out to be extremely easy to ride once you learned to trust the bike. With a few pushes, you could casually climb the ladder while the bike rolled ahead, keeping it under total control. Once at the top, you jump in the pilot's seat and start to pedal. getting back down was simply the reverse procedure."

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Old 01-22-09, 02:02 AM   #9
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Its kind of cool once you see it. The main drawback is storage and portability. I don't think a 12 foot tall folder is realistic. I hear the guy built a 30 foot tallbike!
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^ At least no one can steal it without drawing attention! And if you live in a second storey apartment you can just step right through your window.



Imagine all the powerlines you could snag your neck into!
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ok, its cool and al that, but stop calling it a folder! this thing does not fold!!
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Old 01-22-09, 10:28 AM   #12
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Yeah. I like that you can steer on your way up the ladder, and I'm sure there's a great view from up top, but if the conductor doesn't let it on the rush hour train, there's no point.
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Very upright riding position, rather like a Strida.
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Very upright riding position, rather like a Strida.
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Old 01-22-09, 12:19 PM   #15
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I would sure hate to take a fall on that thing!

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+1, that's the stuff nightmares are made of.
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That's what I was thinking. The wheels are perfect and part of it looks like it could be usable but there's no point to that tall ladder. It kind of defeats the purpose in building it, which is practical transportation.
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I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for pointing it now. If you like the design, go for the Strida. At least its real folder!
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there's no point to that tall ladder. It kind of defeats the purpose in building it, which is practical transportation.
The tallness of that bike is the purpose for building it. It does not fold, it does not go on a roof rack of a car or in a garage. It is not supposed to do any of those things.
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The tallness of that bike is the purpose for building it. It does not fold, it does not go on a roof rack of a car or in a garage. It is not supposed to do any of those things.
then why oh why is the title of the thread "world tallest folder!"
i dont really know why, but that just makes me mad!!
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Point taken. If it was - I wonder if it would still have a market. As it is, its not for me!
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The tallness of that bike is the purpose for building it. It does not fold, it does not go on a roof rack of a car or in a garage. It is not supposed to do any of those things.
+1

Yeah in all fairness, we really shouldn't take the bike out of context. It is a novelty bike and was never intended for practical transportation. Our friends at the alt bike culture forum create and enjoy fun stuff like this all the time... I can dig it.

It is what it is... and extremely well made too!

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If it was - I wonder if it would still have a market.
WTF are you talking about? If it was what? What market? It is a one-off custom.
You seem determined to miss every possible point about this bike you went out of your way to create a thread about.

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I figure this belongs in the alt bike section but for the wheels.
Those are BMX wheels. Non machined front rim, single speed rear, rear brake only. (brake is visible in the pics on the site linked by gerald)

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then why oh why is the title of the thread "world tallest folder!"
i dont really know why, but that just makes me mad!!
You'd probably get annoyed if someone assumed your folder was a bike for a little girl too. Same thing.

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OMG! Did Yao Ming bring his bike over from China?
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That is funny... does it look like a someone pressed a Flying Pigeon through a ladder??
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