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This is the easiest way to make a tallbike.
You don't need a welder, you just need whatever tools you have.

It was 1997 or so, and I was noticing that all the cars looked the same, and all the houses looked the same. Then I realized how expensive that was for the people to do it, to go out and buy whatever new car the superbowl halftime ads told them to.
It must take a powerful fear to motivate such extravagance.
The fear of not blending in.

I resolved that at least my bicycle wouldn't be just like every other.
In a blur of frantic grief for the conformists, I started working on my bike.
I recalled something we used to make as kids, "upside down tallbikes".

Note - This instructable is "descriptive documentation" and doesn't show any hands building things, just the things themselves.

Warning - you can fall off one of these and get hurt.
At least one person broke an arm falling off one of my bikes. I felt really bad and didn't let anyone ride my tallbikes for a year or so.
 
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Step 1: Get the Right Kind of Back Wheel, Invert the Fork

The most important thing in this whole project is to get a back wheel with the right kind of hub.
The kind you want is called "coaster brake" or "bendix hub" or "back brakes" or "standard".
In the U.S. it's the default type of hub on a bike that has no other name.
It's our nation's greatest contribution to the bicycles of planet earth.

By using this type of hub you'll avoid having to mess with shifter cables, derailleurs, etc.
It'll make your tallbike building experience much quicker and more pleasant.

I bought this cruiser bike for $20 from a yard sale on Cape Cod.
I could tell something good was going to happen, so I took these pictures.

As seen here,
I took the fork and handlebars off and put them back on upside down.
TheMaker8882 years ago
you still have those purple bars?
would you sale them to me?
AronC08164 years ago
I got bored so I drew up a diagram of what he did to attach the handlebar stem. I had thought this same idea up a while ago but never went about doing it.
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Thnk U so much ...you clear the concept.
AronC08164 years ago
If you build another one of these I have a recommendation for you. You can take an aluminum crutch apart so you just have the wishbone shaped outer part and use it as the seat support. Just invert it and bolt the "Y" shaped opening on both sides of the hub. This way the support is much stronger. Also if your a bit OCD like myself it makes the bike symmetrical.
AronC08164 years ago
Just wanted to let you know I love this build! The only thing that worries me is using the coaster brake rear hub. I feel like if your up that high they it may be dangerous because these hubs have a tendency to skid, causing the rider to have to suddenly jump off. But if it works then more power to you!
dallas19964 years ago
 i am doing this project . and i am stuck on this spot have any tips for a young builder 
BreeBait5 years ago
But welding is half the fun! lol, very interesting concept... i want to rake out my tall bike.

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ewilhelm7 years ago
Let's take a video tomorrow of how to mount and dismount a tall bike!
Dismounting is easy, painless no. XD
how do you get onto a tall bike?
i was wondering that too...
add this to my group!
mattricherd6 years ago
Wow, that is great. But it is too much risky. I will not apply it.

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Nkevin906 years ago
sorry, but this step has me bewildered; what do you do here? jam the big pipe into the steerer tube and then what? I don't understand how it tightens. and once I understand that, I'm making two of these; my friend and I bent our old frames, so flipped upside-down, they should work fine as great tallbike cruisers! props on this, but I'd love to know how to fasten it.
TimAnderson (author)  Nkevin906 years ago
The original method seen here clamped the tube over the stub of the headset. A simpler way is to jam the handlebar column pipe in the steerer tube, poke it out the bottom, drill a cross-hole and put a bolt in it.
I don't quite understand what you did for the handlebars. Did you chop a stem in two and insert both ends into steel tubing? I love the idea and am eager to make one to ride in the HOBT Mayday parade. -Ari
I built one just like this back in the summer of 1976. I even have the pics to prove it. Great to see someone else came up with the same idea! - Thank you.
TimAnderson (author)  kamikaze_Co-Pilot6 years ago
Post the pictures! Any idea when the first one was made?
I have to look for the pics but I know I have them. When it was made? I only know of myself and you who came up with this idea. I put together mine wirh my dad's help in 1976. I had my dad spot weld it together and I used a car steering wheel in place of handlebars. Later I had painted it red and silver. I no longer have the original bike. Some jealous neighborhood kids destroyed it. I'll never forget how cruel they were to me and the bike.
IamMcLovin7 years ago
Great Instructable, just finished mine last weekend. However for the steering column I used 1/2 steel pipe with a T joint at the top and some 1ft pieces for handle bars. I also bolted the pipe to the top of the fork for steering and it works great.
Hilarious. Hats off to you bro. This is the answer to high gas price and pollution.
senate6 years ago
popular mechanics ran an article around 20 or 30 years ago on building a tall bike out of bike parts and hose clamps basically. this is like that.
That last picture looks like a bicycle version of a moving van. Nice work on the trailer too.
These are great, you can see forever and you don't get run off the road by cars passing you 2 inches away. I taught my dog to ride on my shoulders, like a shawl, with her front legs on the left and her rear legs on the right shoulder. She loved it. This is plenty tall enough to be fun to ride, but short enough as to not get you arrested driving it on the road. Your mileage may vary.
screemrhed96 years ago
i gotta hand it to you man, that is a sick bike for not having any welds.
How exactly did you take off the pedals and chainwheel. I've gotten this far and kinda gotten stuck. Great idea though, can't wait until its finished!
There are kinds of crankset that are easier to take off and reverse, and kinds that are harder..
Dude that is one cool ride, I love finding projects that don't require welding because I don't have a welder and it's by far less complicated + I never would of thougth to turn the bike upside down great idea! I have to make myself one with my tiny clown bike!
Clown bike??!!! LOL
I added long forks to my bike and experienced the "wheelie" effect; so I dumped some BB's down the forks (after capping the bottoms, of course ;-) and it helped to counter weigh the front. No more wheelies!
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number07 years ago
Great...-...
thankyou! i love it when i can build stuff without a welder! until i get loads of money or go to the right yardsale and get one this will work great!
Gorgeous project ! But I d definitely do some welding just in case ! And by the way, TIM ANDERSEN IS GOD !!!!!!! bravo !
Leon Close7 years ago
Wow, that's too easy not to do.