Deputy Kennytosh did a Recon mission to the Pozo Saloon recently and sent this photo from Pozo California. This is the “howdy partner” watering trough in the mens room. It’s a testament to the Tall Bike Posse tenacity and “Stick to your guns” attitude that we have. It’s a metaphor that suits us well. No matter how much we have been the “target”, we still “stick”. All the sharpshooters have enough respect to leave it be. We may be different but in a way, they like us!
I received good news in the mail the other day - the Tall Bike Posse has the permit to be out on highway for trash duty. Tom and I celebrated by going out today to do just that. We filled two bags of trash and one bag of recycled material. Today’s roadside gift was a FREE sign.
What usually happens is we get to hang out in the man room and bottle the stuff while the beer wench serves up pitchers to the busy bottlers. Ukulele music may spontaneously burst forth as well as silly antics and special drop in guest of all sorts. Come by and enjoy the fun from 6-9 tomorrow at Central Coast Brewing. See you there!
Next week is a freak bike build at Flanders bike shop. Get your stuff in a pile, your sketches out, and interpretive dance ready. We’ll have technicians on hand to help you reach your dream freak bike!
Every year my small little Cow town has an annual festival, like many other small rural towns. We celebrate the once booming carriage factory that had employed up to 400 people in this little town 100 years ago. Amongst the Shriners, fire trucks, and marching bands, the locals were witness to an assembly of tall bikes spectacular enough to take the Best Novelty Ribbon. thanks to all who came out to ride and support us. Thanks also to the folks at Freakbike Nation and Peddlers Bicycle club. Last time I tired a parade in 09 assembled 4 riders. Sheriff Bill said “think big, Start small” maybe next year I can get 10-12
From Left to Right: Alan, Matt, Terry, Tom, Ed, George, Terri, and Bob
Greetings from Michigan. Proof that even in the snowy north the Tall Bike Posse gets representation.
My name Is Ed and I have been building tall bikes for quite a few years now. I don’t do it for some rebellious cause, I do it because it’s a tremendous amount of fun. There are advantages with visibility, and it is a good tool to help spread the positive aspects of biking. I’ll tell anybody they don’t need something fancy they just need to get out there and ride a bit. I occasionally write for the local paper on cycling activities, and I like to participate in local charity rides. I can ride up and steal the spotlight away from the most coordinated spandex clad carbon fiber frame riders on a couple old huffy’s welded together covered in the finest $.99 spraybomb paintjob. I also ride in local parades and have made the papers three times (including a front page)
I am very fortunate to also be a member of the Peddlers Bicycle Club. The peddlers started out small but twice this summer have had rides in excess of 160 people. Even in February, in sub-freezing temperatures, with winter storm warnings we’ll draw in over 30 die hard riders, cruising the streets between watering holes and local business.
This past weekend I hosted my first ever Tall bike build day. We ended up crafting two fine bikes. One from an old Diamond Back mountain bike with a generic top for the mechanic at the local bicycle shop, and the other was a curvy blend of an old western flyer, a schwinn and a couple parts of some bike I had never heard of.
It would seem the message is catching on. I have to thank my friend Alan for showing up and lending a hand(and encouraging me on some design aspects back in the day) Buck and Terry from the Peddlers for making the move up in the world. Terry’s Girlfriend Karen, and the Owners of the House of wheels in Owosso for lending a hand and witnessing the maiden voyage of two fine new bicycles. Last but not least My wife and kids for never really directly discouraging me from aiming high. Our celebratory ride wasn’t long since it was 95 degrees with 95% humidity but all bikes performed well! Thank you to Sheriff Bill for helping me to organize this stuff, and encouraging me to encourage others.
The Little 500 took place on Sunday July 3rd and here is the carnage. Yours truly Sheriff Bill was in the back 40 with my ukulele inspiring the riders and spectators with summer songs to everyone cool. Just doing my part to keep it weird.
Making a statement and promoting not just bicycling, but Tall Biking as a viable form of transportation! That’s a JC Higgins top frame, one of my favorites. Thanks Dan for advocating all that is Tall Bike related and then some.
Recyclables Collected (separate from trash) No. of Bags: .5
What percentage of these items were beverage containers?: 100%
Most unusual piece of trash: soiled diaper
California (Roadside) Poppies
Comments: Today’s clean up was very light. I have observed other citizens and store owners picking up along the central town corridor. Of the spots most likely to have large amounts of trash are; the Park-and Ride on the westside and the hwy 58 east heading towards Santa Margarita Lake. There seems to be a need to fuel up on Bud Light talls and tossing them out the passenger side prior to arriving at the lake.
Tall Bike Posse has the best piece of highway one could want to clean up.