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Old 03-17-14, 01:14 PM   #1
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Big Wheel



They were great...kids loved them ...the ultimate pavement machine

How cool was it to thrash around on something that couldn't tip over
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Old 03-17-14, 01:15 PM   #2
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I wore the back wheels off of my Night Rider Big Wheel and my dad replaced them with blocks of wood that he rounded off. It kept going for a good long time.


Not my actual Big Wheel.
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How cool was it to thrash around on something that couldn't tip over
I speak from experience when I say...they can tip over (but at least it was not a long fall).
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I speak from experience when I say...they can tip over (but at least it was not a long fall).
Damn. Beat me to it.
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Yeah, but it you rode one into a wall the fork would break.

We've got a lot of grand kids and had to stop buying Big Wheels.
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Big Wheels didn't exist when I was a kid - I had the 'normal' tricycle circa 1960...



Mine was purple...

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Big Wheels didn't exist when I was a kid - I had the 'normal' tricycle circa 1960...



Mine was purple...

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So not aero...
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Big Wheels didn't exist when I was a kid - I had the 'normal' tricycle circa 1960...



Mine was purple...

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I'v seen 2 or 3 similiar types advertised elsewhere

http://www.highrollerusa.com/shop/hi...l-drift-trike/
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Old 03-17-14, 03:42 PM   #10
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Big Wheels didn't exist when I was a kid - I had the 'normal' tricycle circa 1960...



Mine was purple...

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Yup. I'd outgrown mine by 1960, but I had one that looked pretty much the same. My first fixed gear.
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I had one like that tricycle too, so I took the handlebars off fliped the frame over and put the handlebars back on there !! now you got a BIG WHEEL! only thing was that the seat did'nt fit right on the fliped frame but thats ok you just put a coushin of some type or maybe a heavy towel and you were gone,, yea home made BIG WHEEL,,,,,Try it if you got one still
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I had one like that tricycle too, so I took the handlebars off fliped the frame over and put the handlebars back on there !! now you got a BIG WHEEL! only thing was that the seat did'nt fit right on the fliped frame but thats ok you just put a coushin of some type or maybe a heavy towel and you were gone,, yea home made BIG WHEEL,,,,,Try it if you got one still
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I had one like that tricycle too, so I took the handlebars off fliped the frame over and put the handlebars back on there !! now you got a BIG WHEEL! only thing was that the seat did'nt fit right on the fliped frame but thats ok you just put a coushin of some type or maybe a heavy towel and you were gone,, yea home made BIG WHEEL,,,,,Try it if you got one still
With eight kids in the family and a pile of old trikes and bikes... invention happens. We attached a block of wood for a seat.

By the time Big Wheels came around my legs were too darned long. Pissed me off.
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Yea I didn't get one of those plastic ones either!but I had fun with that flipped tricycle!
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I had one that broke. I was about 5 or 6 and my brother was about 12. He took the axle out one day and started swinging it over his head round and round. I wanted to try it so I walked over to him as he was swinging it and he belted me in the skull. I still have a nice scar.
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They were great...kids loved them ...the ultimate pavement machine

How cool was it to thrash around on something that couldn't tip over
Big Wheel? How 70's!

My brother used to have one and the front wheel would crack. I remember Marx created a Bike Wheel with a front free wheel. I was envious of kid who had one.
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the plastic 'tires' slid sideways easily , rubber tires gripping better, increases the flipping over
tendency, in the same situation ..
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the plaplastc tires' slid sideways easily , rubber tires gripping better, increases the flipping over
tendency, in the same situation ..
I loved the big wheels with the plastic tires. We used to go as fast as we could then lockup the front tire to see how far we could slide. Come to think of it, the front tires were always the first thing to wear out.
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Big Wheel? How 70's!

My brother used to have one and the front wheel would crack. I remember Marx created a Bike Wheel with a front free wheel. I was envious of kid who had one.
70's? My kids both had one and they are only 13 and 10 now.

The Huffy Green Machine, now that was the ultimate Big Wheel! They are still sold I think on Amazon.

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The cool thing about Big Wheels was the drifting - which we just called 'sliding' at the time, and the noise. They had the built-in clickers in the back wheels.
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Looks like a kid's first recumbent
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Looks like a kid's first recumbent
It meets all the requirements, doesn't it??? Has a seatback, seat adjusts horizontally, pedals are at the same level as the seat (about mid-range for 'bents,) and they are too far in front of the seat to be considered an upright.

The only difference is, Big Wheels are considered cool, while adult bents...
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It meets all the requirements, doesn't it??? Has a seatback, seat adjusts horizontally, pedals are at the same level as the seat (about mid-range for 'bents,) and they are too far in front of the seat to be considered an upright.
See? Now you understand why I think all the hub-bub about FWD-MBB bikes are misplaced. Almost all of us started off on one.
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