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What kind of fixie is on the high wire?

Old 10-15-08, 06:45 AM
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What kind of fixie is on the high wire?

I'm watching some guy ride a fixie across a high wire without a net. SO who is going to beat this one? And what kind of bike is it?
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A net is so tarck.
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I'm so hip and trendy I'll ride the wire while doing barspins.

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^^ not funny

I think you start by just running tireless rims. There could be more to a tightrope bike than that but that's apparently the basics.



I wonder whether tubular or clincher rims work better.
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i heard they've always used a kilo tt
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^lady swinging from bars
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flip it...
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This morning at work I did see a guy on TV riding a bike on a high wire. It was some morning show, and the bike appeared to have no tires, and certainly had no handlebars. The guy held a super long pole and rode between two buildings or something with no hands. It was pretty cool, a record or something.

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the guy on NBC this morning was riding a Langster. They explained it yesterday morning (no handlebars and no tires)
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It was Nik Wallenda of the Flying Wallendas. Google him for stories about the event on the Today Show Wednesday morning.

I wondered about the bike, too. Especially whether the fork was secured tightly to prevent it from moving.

I've been riding for 20 years, but I don't think I'll try this "Ride."
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I reckon that like all tightrope stunts, it wouldn't be too brutally hard if you lowered your center of gravity far enough. Those girls don't seem to be having too much difficulty. Still, respect. I sure couldn't do that.

I think having the fork not secured might actually be safer, because its trail would tend to correct small deviations.
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Video here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H4F3TbJ6FI

That's pretty awesome
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