Tall Bikes are a form of modified transportation that can be personalized by your choice of assemblage and bicycle selection. This particular style we call the "high-rider" for it's large front fork and similarity in design to a low-rider.

Made by Gabriel Kaprielian and Garret Farmer.

Step 1: Find some beater bicycles

Find some beater bicycles to use. You should select one men's bicycle and one women's bicycle with dropped top bar.

<p>how about stop at traffic light? jump down?</p>
<p>It helps to time your riding with stop lights by looking ahead, but if I need to stop I usually hold onto a telephone pole or stop sign. Of course, you can always dismount too.</p>
<p>Nice instructable! I like how you address some of the hindrances of most tall bikes. One is having a bike you can bail from if and when needed. Two is locating the rider properly between the two wheels. So many I've seen that most of the weight is located above and some even behind the rear wheel exclusively. Three is no silly long head tube. You address the steering and head tube quite well. And finally four is addressing the alignment needed so that the wheels track properly. </p><p>And yes this is an instructable and well done! I like the design. Looks like it can even be expanded with gears and calipers!</p>
<p>Hey thanks for the comments. I definitely know what you mean about the weighting of most tall bikes being too far back. For this one I noticed it being a bit of a problem going up the hills in San Francisco. So I actually replaced the wheels. It now has a small kids BMX wheel on the front and a larger wheel on the back. This shifts the center of weight in the bike slightly more forward and really helps on hills and with turning. </p>
<p>I used to work for Raleigh Industries so I know bikes! This design looks great and well executed but it is sadly lacking in brakes. I can see that. with only a slight modification, it would be easy to add caliper brakes both front and rear but, to avoid a mess of cables, how about a 'Back -Pedalling Brake', as is widely used in continental Europe. This is built into the rear hub and there used to be a Sturmey-Archer model which incorporated planetry gears as well.</p>
<p>If you look closely you can see a 'Back-Pedalling Brake' attached to the rear wheel. I wouldn't be riding it without :)</p>
<p>It's not an instructable, but only a list of what you need to do to get to the result. This can be seen with the first picture.</p>
Any difficulties getting off this bikes??
ill post a picture when i do! Btw nice project!
sorry wrong spot...new to instructables
<p>Getting off is the same as getting on. Of course, there is always the option of jumping off. However, at intersections I'll often hold onto a telephone pole when waiting for traffic.</p>
im making one in april
i still have lot of snow :/
Nice job
Nice! How do you get on the thing?!
<p>It helps to start with a little momentum. Then the right foot on the peg welded onto the bottom bracket of the men's frame, left foot on the peddle, and step over the women's frame with the right foot. That's why it helps to have the angled top bar of the women's frame to be able to step over.</p>
<p>I enjoyed reading this, thanks for posting!</p>
<p>Thanks for your reply. I would love to see more tall bikes out there. They seem to bring a smile to people, change your perspective on the day, and get people to think outside the box. And they are a good way to make use of sad beater bikes that don't get any love.</p>

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