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Old 06-20-08, 10:35 AM
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Building a tall bike today!

I'm planning on using my Suteki fixed conversion for the bottom frame and a mixte frame sorta like this one for the top:

My only question is wether or not to keep the fixed hub on the back. I'm worried about the chain line and safety issues concerning the toe clips. I know I've seen a thread about a fixed tallbike but I can't seem to find it. Anyone have any experience?
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Originally Posted by Blais View Post
My only question is wether or not to keep the fixed hub on the back. I'm worried about the chain line and safety issues concerning the toe clips. I know I've seen a thread about a fixed tallbike but I can't seem to find it. Anyone have any experience?
i suggest if you keep it fixed, you call it "assplant"
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Old 06-20-08, 03:37 PM
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i suggest if you keep it fixed, you call it "assplant"
I'm going to call it assplant no matter what!!! That's awesome.
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mixtes also make sweet lowriders if you use a banana seat, and chop the top 2 pipes off the rear triangle, and cut the seat tube down.

example of a chopped mixte:



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that's pretty baddass! Now I need another Mixte frame.
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marty from geekhouse built a tall fixed, you could ask him. check it:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekhousebikes/2511809385/
doesn't look like he's got straps on there. watching him trackstand on that thing is great, it's such a circus act
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I've seen a couple of dudes on fixed tallbikes riding around LA, it seems like a good idea just so you don't have to get off when you stop. I don't think either of them had brakes either, though I think those would be especially prudent when you're riding around with a chain that long, especially given that you probably have less control over tension due to the odd angle of the chain relative to the dropouts.
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Old 06-24-08, 06:27 PM
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I hadn't had wire for the MIG welder until today so I finally got to build it. It took me about 3 hours to complete, from the time I rolled both complete bikes over to the shop and took a test ride on the finished product. Probably one of my fastest builds of this size. And here it is:


It isn't fixed gear because of some chain tensioning issues but it will do nicely. I'm sure it will receive some more work as I get the bugs out.

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Here's assplant with some minor mods and improvements:

I changed the bars because the old set was too low and got really uncomfortable. I didn't take into consideration the fact that the mixte frame is too small for me. I also changed the supports to thicker gauge pipe and welded them to both frames to stiffen it up a bit. I switched the chain to a lower gear to cope with the Worcester hills and made a chain tensioner to help keep the chain from flying off. Still, I managed to pop it off going up a hill this morning. This being my first tallbike build, I didn't realy know what to do about chain tensioning. How does everyone else do it?
I've been riding it to work every day and it's definitely my favorite build to date. I've actually memorized which sign poles/street lights to grab at all the intersections between home and work.
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