I rarely go to estate or garage sales and I can’t recall the last time I was at either. I just don’t go out and actively see bikes. Yesterday a friend alerted me to an estate sale that had bikes. I normally would have passed but he had mentioned a tall bike so today I decided to check it out just out of curiosity. Glad I did. Whomever’s estate this was, in addition to collecting bikes, also had some interesting home-made creations. I enjoyed looking them over. I left with only 2 handlebars from the dollar box and today was half price day.
I hadn’t really planned to build another tall bike but I had what was left of my Woody Night bike that I wanted to play around with. I also had the front half of a Schwinn cantilever frame. A tall bike seemed like the logical thing to build.
A 18 mile shakedown ride yesterday reminded me how enjoyable riding a tall bike is. The downside (for me) is the attention they get. On yesterday’s ride I had drivers taking photos (one even followed me around to get photo or video), many comments and one request to ride it.
This is actually my 3rd tall bike build. In addition to my first tall bike I also built one with our neighbor at the time. Both builds were well over 10 years ago and I had gotten rid of my first tall bike a few years ago.
Seems like anytime I post a photo to social media of a bike I’m working on that was taken in the garage, I’ll get this question… “What’s that green bike in the background?”. I put together a quick video to explain it.
As much time as I spend browsing, searching and discussing bikes on the web I was surprised I had not yet found this guy. There hasn”t been any updates to the blog in a while so I hope he is still an active builder/artist.
Check out more of these awesome “freakbikes” at the Omah Garsh Freakbike Fantasy blog.
Tonight the kids and I took a little 12″ wheeled full suspension bike and put a taller seatpost, bigger seat, sprocket and handlebars.