Step 12: Testing

The first time I rode the bike down the street and it was a blast.

Like riding in an airplane with my problems far away.
Bystanders honked and gave me thumbs-up signs.

I rode the bike to work and my co-workers loved it. Even the wipeouts were fun.

Here Dave Russel finds out that the front wheel doesn't have much weight on it and likes to do wheelies.

(A year later someone broke an arm falling off it, so be careful)
you still have those purple bars? <br>would you sale them to me?
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. <br>
Thnk U so much ...you clear the concept.
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 &quot;Y&quot; 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.
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!
&nbsp;i am doing this project . and i am stuck on this spot have any tips for a young builder&nbsp;
But welding is half the fun! lol, very interesting concept... i want to rake out my tall bike.<br /> <br />
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!
Wow, that is great. But it is too much risky. I will not apply it.<br/><hr/>jacob<br/><br/>&lt;a href=&quot;http://community.widecircles.com&quot;rel=&quot;dofollow&quot;&gt;Wide Circles&lt;/a&gt;<br/>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 !
Wow, that's too easy not to do.

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