Check out this lofty video of ponderous looking ‘tall bikes’ venturing off-road. It’s a long way to fall without a helmet that’s for sure.
What’s a tall bike?
Wikipedia sums it up well: “A tall bike is an unusually tall bicycle often constructed by hobbyists from spare parts. Typically, two conventional bicycle frames are connected, by welding, brazing, or other means, one atop the other. The drive train is reconfigured to connect to the upper set of pedals, and the controls are moved to the upper handlebar area.”
And yes, the irony of flannel shirt hipsters preaching about wearing uniforms and being non-commercial on a YouTube video from Red Bull is not lost on us.
Red Bull: “Riding any bicycle is a positive step toward a healthy lifestyle and personal enjoyment, but it’s the tall bike that has the power to change the world. The tall bike remains on the fringes — only embraced by the daring, the creative and the foolish. Join the Zenga Bros for a six-episode series where we explore how to build, ride and coexist on a tall bike.
“Episode 6 culminates the series by highlighting the truly revolutionary aspect of the tall bike – it isn’t part of the economy. You can’t buy a tall bike, so the tall bike’s existence has to be about working with your hands, repurposing stuff and then taking it out on the streets and sharing it with people.
“The tall bike encourages you to be a creator not a spectator, make the most of what you have, and express joy and love fearlessly. It can shift the rider’s perspective so that they can approach even the most familiar places from an elevated state of awareness – but let’s not get too serious, these are tall bikes.”