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Saw this on my way in this morning. Someone is riding this.(27 posts)

Saw this on my way in this morning. Someone is riding this.onespeed
Mar 21, 2003 8:20 AM
a guy did RAGBRAI on one last yearsievers11
Mar 21, 2003 8:23 AM
wonder if the cateye mity 3 has setting for that front wheel nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 8:34 AM
If not, you could always go with the rear wheel mount...Cima Coppi
Mar 21, 2003 9:32 AM
Of course, that's if the computer has a setting small enough!!
and an extra-long mounting kit nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 9:49 AM
I think there is a puncture in the front nmafrican
Mar 21, 2003 9:11 AM
I saw someone do the Seagull century on one of those.look271
Mar 21, 2003 9:20 AM
Cross winds must be a b#$ch!
A pennyfarthingcyclinseth
Mar 21, 2003 9:21 AM
in the early 1900s indoor track bicycle racing used to be more popular than baseball. Infact, when the velodromes would fill up people would go to the baseball game. They use to race these kind of bicycles.
Hey I could use that rimKristin
Mar 21, 2003 9:24 AM
For my deck table. Where is that bike chanined up?
Hey, rookie, true this! (nm)madstork
Mar 21, 2003 9:32 AM
I saw that guy on Sunday afternoonwolfereeno
Mar 21, 2003 11:31 AM
on the westside bike trail. He was a young dude, smiling as he rode along. Everyone was checking him out. Some shredders on bmx bikes yelled at him to try to do a wheelie.
Mar 21, 2003 11:42 AM
Send me a large version of this image.
I want to put it on the wall of my office.
Check your inbox. (nm)onespeed
Mar 21, 2003 1:11 PM
re: Saw this on my way in this morning. Someone is riding this.Tarball
Mar 21, 2003 12:53 PM
There's a guy in Ft Collins, CO (I think his name is Jeff), who rode a highwheeler to St Louis for a convention on restoring old bikes a number of years ago.
Love that solid tire...Alexx
Mar 21, 2003 1:23 PM
looks to be about 70-some-odd gear inches, too.
FWIW, in this country, they were called "standards", and regular modern style frames were called "safety bikes".
Are those the new Shimano pedals [nm]bent_spoke
Mar 21, 2003 2:12 PM
what do you suppose the equivalent gear inches is? nmDougSloan
Mar 21, 2003 2:16 PM
Wouldn't it be the circumference of the front wheel?Alex-in-Evanston
Mar 21, 2003 2:28 PM
If the crank is fixed onto the front hub - isn't one turn of the cranks equal to the circumference of the front wheel?

Or am I missing something?

yes, but what is that? nmDougSloan
Mar 21, 2003 2:30 PM
actually, maybe notDougSloan
Mar 21, 2003 2:32 PM
I think diameter is analogous. "Gear inches" = front/rear ratio * diameter (~27").
Wouldn't it be the circumference of the front wheel?curlybike
Mar 22, 2003 7:00 AM
Gear inches is the diameter of the drive wheel of a Standard. We have to factor in the ratio and wheel size for our safety bikes. The gear inch system was used to show how the safety bikes equated to the standards.
Probably around 45 or 50.Spoke Wrench
Mar 21, 2003 2:58 PM
The concept of gear inches was invented to compare chain driven bikes to "ordinaries" like this one.

On my personal bikes, I have the saddle top 36" from the pedal spindle at the bottom of the stroke. Accounting for the length of the crank and for the space between the saddle top and the outer circumference of the tire, I'd guess a wheel diameter of about 45 or 50 inches.
that's not so badDougSloan
Mar 21, 2003 3:25 PM
They look like they'd cook your knees, but heck, I ride hills on my 73 gear inch track bike.

Downhill is the issue.Spoke Wrench
Mar 22, 2003 6:09 AM
In addition to the issue of pedal speed, you're weight is pretty close to the vertical axes of the front wheel. If your center of gravity goes over center front to back, you'd be riding a big, ungainly unicycle.
makes you appreciate the humble chain nmDougSloan
Mar 22, 2003 6:13 AM
Man, I'd hate to rebuild the front wheel! [nm]speedisgood
Mar 21, 2003 4:38 PM
Might get a little too much spoke wind-up with Revolutions. (nm)Spoke Wrench
Mar 22, 2003 6:14 AM