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Old 06-30-13, 06:43 AM
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went on a bike ride other day in lou,ky wheelman had highwheel bikes...bikes have come a long way..but those bikes are nice..i bet those were fun back in the day,,,,
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Old 06-30-13, 07:15 AM
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I've studied those contraptions at length and still cant figure out how you would get off that thing, unless you stand on the pedals and jump off the saddle, more or less sliding down the frame. But I agree, once you're on it I bet it is a lot of fun.
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Just don't hit a rock, or a curb, or pretty much anything. Without riding with a goalie mask, and a football helmet, that is.,,,,BD
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I once saw one fold a wheel on a bump in a critical mass ride. That sucked.
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They are a hoot to ride and to dismount, you just jump off the back. If you try to "stand up" you are screwed as your knees get caught under the handlebars and you ain't going' no where. It's done with the upper body/torso "vaulting" with legs playing a passive role.

You have to spread your feet out a bit so you don't catch that calf muscle on the peg. That is a bummer.

I rode a 54" at a Wheelmen meet and they had to help me get on it the first couple of times. You need some very specific "skills" like being able to lift your body weight with one leg when your foot is at about groin height.

I really need to stop screwing around and get that thing out and ride it. I want to do a century on an ordinary (highwheel). Mine is a 58". Fast but really big.


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I really need to stop screwing around and get that thing out and ride it. I want to do a century on an ordinary (highwheel). Mine is a 58". Fast but really big.
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The thought of it scares me.
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