There’s a definite pecking order for wheeled transport and bicycles are somewhere near the bottom. One thrill-seeking cyclist, who no longer wanted to be looked down upon by other road users, turned the tables by building a 15-foot homemade bicycle, which goes by the name ‘Stoopid Tall’.
Stoopid Tall, as its name suggests, is one of the world’s tallest bicycles. It’s essentially a Huffy cycle with a shedload of scaffolding attached and a seat and handlebars mounted on top. Most people in their right minds wouldn’t dare get on something so ludicrous owner Richie Trimble clearly has a bit of a screw loose.
“I think I’m an adrenaline junky,” Trimble confessed. “The whole build up before riding Stoopid Tall is probably my favorite part. The anticipation of what it’s going to be like. I am worried about this hundred pound bike gaining momentum and hurting someone else along the way. It’s a huge risk.”
Perhaps the biggest risk of all was the moment when Trimble had to ride under a freeway overpass. The bridge wouldn’t normally present a problem for lorries, let alone cyclists, but Stoopid Tall clearly wasn’t designed for such excursions.
“That moment was amazing because you see the freeway coming,” said Trimble. “I could see the top of the cars going by and I had never seen that before. And everyone is cheering for me to touch the bridge. I reach up and high five the bridge. As I go under, I drag my hand along the top and I’m thinking, ‘Wow, I’m probably the only person to have touched this besides the workers that built the overpass.’ And that was pretty chilling, but then I realize that the street I was on was at an incline and the bridge above me was banking, the gap was closing in on me. And all I could think was, ‘Holy s***! What am I going to do if I can’t make it out?”
Watch the video above to see Richie and Stoopid Tall in action.
World’s tallest bicycle?
If you think Stoopid Tall is ridiculous, rider Michael Mahoney once attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s tallest bicycle by getting atop a cycle measuring 43 feet tall. He fell, breaking his kneecap in four places. Although, saying that, once you’ve broken your kneecap in one place, it’s hard to imagine three other breaks are going to make much difference. Here’s Michael getting it spectacularly wrong: