By Ellie Parsons
Tall Bikes were first invented in Chicago in the 19th century to light street lamps and now two brothers are planning to ride around the coast of Britain on them in April.
The pair Will, 25 and Ed Stevens, 23 both well-travelled cyclists and over 6ft themselves will leave London in a clockwise direction on 1st April 2006. Their Tall Bikes will be constructed by Cyclemagic in Leicester, and will mean harder pedalling for the 4,500 mile journey.
It’s in aid of two charities: Sustrans, the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity and Re-Cycle, which collects unwanted and donated bikes from the UK and ships them out to Africa where people can make use of them.
“This is the first time that Tall Bikes have been ridden such a long distance. It’s not the most efficient form of cycling, but we’re determined to succeed,” said Ed.
The Tall Bike Tour Britain website contains profiles of the two brothers, a fundraising page where you can make a donation, and the preparation section shows the process of building a prototype of a Tall Bike with the help of Chunkolini, the ‘Prince of Darkness’ in his Rat Cave! From 1st April they will be updating their online diary and if you’re wondering whether they’ll be passing through your town there’s an email link to ask, plus they’re looking for other cyclists to ride along for sections of the journey beside them.
Go to: www.tallbiketourbritain.com