There are a few instances where I will look twice at a bike that I pass by. One instance where I will always look twice is when I see a tall bike. A double take is definitely in order when I see a tall bike. Tall bike enthusiast Luke contacted us recently and passed on some links related to his tall bike exploits.
Perhaps this entry will elicit some comments from readers on tall bike construction. Luke mentioned that he was interested in both answering questions and finding out about additional resources. So if you have questions, experience, stories, etc. feel free to comment or email us. The pictures below were posted by Luke over at Welding Web.
Take it away Luke.
I built your standard tall bike out of junkyard bicycles and about $10 worth of ERW pipe. I think tall bikes are amazing machines for the simple fact that they take a certain about of balls to ride, and wherever you go you bring happiness and laughter to the world around you. I can't tell you how many people wave and smile at me as I ride by! That alone was worth all the effort.
The important information for hackers is 1" Schedule 40 pipe is perfect for extending head tubes, and 1/2" schedule 40 pipe is perfect for extending the fork steering tube.
I am also working on a design for a custom frame build for my next tall bike. It will have a higher seat height, internal geared hub, and a longer wheelbase. Here's a picture of a sketch I did. This sketch outlines the basic ideas for the new tall bike, but I have yet to finalize measurements and hand it off to an engineer friend to check it out.
And here are a couple of tall bike videos.
And a really, really tall bike!
If you are a tall bike enthusiast or wannabe enthusiastic add your comments/questions/advice.