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Old 03-15-13, 01:05 PM   #1
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Touring on a tall bike

Not me! Saw this on the New Orleans CL. Think of having all that room to attach gear to.

http://neworleans.craigslist.org/bik/3682947345.html

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I am building a bike to ride cross country, but not just any bike, I am building a tall touring bike. Yes thats right, not only am I going to ride a bicycle 1,000s of miles across this great land, But I'm going to do it on a vertically unchallenged frame. I'm leaving the beginning of May and most of my money I have saved is put into keeping me alive a.k.a. food and water.
What I'm asking of you folks is; does anyone have any panniers or camping gear they wouldn't mind donating to me or at least letting me use it for the summer? Maybe a you have a great crank or some touring rims that would do me well but are just sitting around in the garage, cause if so that would be great!

I plan on taking my camera and computer and doing a blog of my trip (one I still have to set up) so everyone can follow me along the way.
Anything that could help would be most appreciated

First stop 1,000miles to Chicago
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Old 03-15-13, 03:36 PM   #2
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I haven't messed with tall bikes but see them around every now and again. There was a blog post somewhere about a couple of guys touring the UK on tall bikes. To each their own.

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Does this mean a penny farthing or he's simply asking for money because he can't find a bike for a tall person?
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Does this mean a penny farthing or he's simply asking for money because he can't find a bike for a tall person?
Tall Bike here is the link to the UK Tall Bike Tour

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Does this mean a penny farthing or he's simply asking for money because he can't find a bike for a tall person?
I was thinking the same thing.
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I was thinking the same thing.
Myself. Something like, wahoonc's, photo never came to mind!

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It could be useful for getting through flooded areas when the ice caps melt...

I just wonder how it will handle getting hit by 45 mph crosswinds when descending a mountain pass, like often occurs on the In-Ko-Pah grade on the Southern Tier route.
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I don't see any advantage. That bike must weight 50 lbs it doesn't have any gears!
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For many years,my town bike was an early incarnation of what has become tall bikes. It started out as a regular bike. The handlebars/forks were flipped (and then the bike was flipped) so that the cranks were now on the top. An elongated seat tube was welded onto what was previously the bottom of the bottom bracket, now the top, and a handlebar extension was welded on to allow for a normal riding position in spite of the cranks being above the wheels. It was a three-speed with the shifter lever under the saddle and had wire baskets. The entire bike, extensions and all, came out of a dumpster.

While it was indeed heavy, cross winds presented no problems and it was definitely the safest bike I ever rode; being noticed makes for safe passes. I wouldn't hesitate to tour on one. It would probably cause more conversations to start than riding a tandem with the woman up front, which is one of the ways I roll. As an added benefit, there is no need to lock it up since most people are afraid to try to ride it.
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tall bike?

what's the point........other than "oooh, loooook at meeeee!!!! i'm speeeeeeeecial!"


ps....gimme some free stuff. money is good. hey, i know!........
i'll make it a chaaaaarity ride !!!!!!!!

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