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Photo Focus: An homage to tall bikes

Posted by on January 21st, 2011 at 4:11 pm

A Bike Wedding Parade
Gabe Tiller pulling his just-married friends in Southeast Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Over the years, I’ve photographed many of Portland’s unique tall bikes and the wonderful people who ride them. I dove into the BikePortland photo archives and pulled out some of my favorites…

Clownhouse tallbike race
Dingo the Clown racing in the backyard of the
former Alberta Clownhouse back in 2005.
Bridge Pedal 2009 -15
Shot at Bridge Pedal, this guy looks ready for a road race.
Bike Fashion Show_ride and afterparty-82
Minis also make fun tall bikes.
This thing is built like a tank.
Yikes!
This couple got married on a tall-bike tandem at Sunday Parkways 2010…
Sunday Parkways 09 -102
… and here’s the same couple one year before they were married!
pedalpalooza - Bike Porn 2-6.jpg
Having some fun outside a Bike Porn screening.
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The imitable Dutch.
Tall Bike exhibit
That’s four frames if you’re counting.
Bike Fashion Show_ride and afterparty-95
Skye Blue of the Irondelles looking quite marvelous on the waterfront.
Albert Clown House
Rolling down Alberta Street.
Mult. County Bike Fair!
Joust!
bikes at Earth Day
Gabe Tiller’s Captain America.
Last Thursday on Alberta
Looking slick and fast.
Family Bicycle Transportation Day - Oregon Manifest-12
The whimsical handiwork of Portlander Robert Stapleton puts a smile on everyone’s face.

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  • sysfail January 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Some pics from Dropout Bike Club. We also have our month Freak Bike ride 3rd Friday of every month, which is tonight…weehee

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland/4720248532/

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  • DC January 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Never seen one in real life, how do they stop and not fall over??

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  • Gabriel Nagmay January 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Here is my sweet ride: http://bit.ly/fb1WO9

    And a new one that I am building from scratch:
    http://twitpic.com/11t6rh

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  • Jay R. January 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    What, no tallcumbent?

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  • travesty January 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks! enjoy the photos a great deal!

    I prefer to apply the brakes on my tall bike, swing my leg over however is necessary for that frame (step thru is easier) and climb down the frame. The other methods also work.

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  • Robert Stapleton January 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    The lady you see riding one of my steeringwheel bolt together talls (she owns 2) is Pinky the juggler. She is a very talented person and also the inventor of the VRS system for deaf people,it allows them to communicate by phone.Google Pinky VRS for more info or to get in touch with her if you need a unicycling juggler for a gig.

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  • CaptainKarma January 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Arrgh….too…much….gasp…..sunlight….in those pictures…..it burns…..

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  • Robert Stapleton January 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Tallbikes are truly WONDERFUL !!! If you can handle riding a regular bike without wobbling you can ride a tallbike. I agree with travesty the stepthrough top frames are easiest to get on and off of (much safer and quicker too).I build small step bars on the side of mine.A-hold onto the bars with both hands.B-right foot on step bar.C-push off for some momentum (movement is your friend) get rolling.D-stand up on the step bar and put your left foot on the left pedal.E-push your body up,right leg through the frame,right foot on pedal,butt on seat and your now experiencing one of the greatest feelings you can have as a bicyclist !! It’s NOT about getting attention,it’s NOT about trying to be cool or fit into some group,It’s about FUN !!!! It rekindles that feeling of fun and freedom and yes a little bit of danger that you experienced when you first rode a bike as a kid.It’s the BEST!!! Try it !!!

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  • Kevin Wagoner January 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Here are a few good tall bike pictures of the Irondelles.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinwagoner/sets/72157621966148843/

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  • Jack January 22, 2011 at 8:15 am

    On numerous occasions I’ve been asked in all seriousness, “What’s the purpose?” in regards to my tall bike.

    When I say, “It’s fun.” it seems to catch a lot of people off guard; as if it’s not a valid reason for doing something as an adult.

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  • Robert Stapleton January 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Yeah Jack I get the same thing when out and about on mine.Makes me feel a little sorry for those folks,it’s a sad thing when adults shut out the ability to enjoy things for the pure fun of it. I really like it when I see things like the (now married) couple in these pictures.Look at those great smiles,those two get it !! They definitely understand that silly fun is enhancing their relationship not taking away from it. Tallbike LOVE !!! FANTASTIC !!!!

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  • Tansy Ragwort January 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    And we wonder where Portlandia gets its inspiration.

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  • adam January 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

    that is great! I could not decide that year if I liked the clown house wedding or the mt tabor wedding more – so I just figured I liked them all.

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  • esther c January 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    It does totally look like fun to this middle aged lady. Whenever I see anyone on one they always seem to be smiling. Also opportunities for interacting with strangers which is usually good.

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  • rev January 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    purty! tanx j-man

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  • Mark Allyn January 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    The 2nd photo (the one at the clown house) and the 6th photo (the one with the person sitting on the handlebars are my favorites of this set!

    Keep up the good work!

    Mark

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  • Robert Stapleton January 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    esther c should go hang out with the Irondelles !! How’s your welding skills esther ?

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