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King of Richie Trimble’s 14.5 ft. Bike!

In addition to the 150,000 that took to Venice on Sunday, at CicLAvia VI: CicLAvia To the the “King of CicLAvia”  was crowned. The was not awarded by the event-creators, but by the buzz Richie Trimble’s over a pound, 14.5 foot – to the 17 foot – to eye level, tall “STOOPID TALL” aka “Big as it made its way from La Cienega to beach.

“Everyone looks at you your nuts and they’re He laughs, “My Mom even said

The day after CicLAvia’s event, I had the of sitting down with whose smile from the of the previous day, infectious, left our conversation. He tells me he in L.A. six years ago, on his first group bike a Wolfpack Hustle  Monday ride known for its speed the Los Angeles streets.

“I didn’t what i was getting into,” as he up on a full suspension mountain “They kicked my …,” but he was dropped.

He returned week week and then, “I got a road thinking I’d blow everyone but I had to keep up in the back, using a new set of muscles.” So, Richie along a few other cyclists, started Cub the training ride for Wolfpack on the of Los Angeles. “And that was the Westside crew, the family,

“We were having issues Santa Monica Critical – issues with police, so we to create a ride that was the it was a rebel. It was about putting our into having FUN instead of our energy at the Santa Monica and that was when [the] Mob [bike ride] came

And that’s when all of the FUN exploded: Los Freak Bikes; it was a mission to up every ride. Some way or a costume, a bicycle, a game, a system, a smile.”

Kafourki Sky

Sky was Richie’s first bike at frames tall, the front a ten inch kids wheel, the wheel a regular 700 size He built it at the original Bikerowave in Santa Monica off Olympic a do-it-yourself bike shop is now located at 12255 Venice Los Angeles 90066.

It was Alec beloved Los Angeles artist, and deemed FUN dictator 2010, who his welder to the shop and together the wave of tall bikes in bike culture emerged. He the bike on ebay to Joe Borfo for $90 who broke his ankle while it. Richie borrowed the bike and added another bike thus the tall bike up to Kafourki Sky: under 10 to the seat, 12.5 feet eye now retired.

As a cinematographer in Los Angeles, it’s for Richie to make it out to bike Two weeks ago, his calendar he rode on The Safari Bike where he met up with friend and bike builder, Rick Richie tells me that makes the most awesome

Richie challenged Rick to the bike in LA – two weeks later, TALL would be constructed. was building it for Saturday night’s ride, C.R.A.N.K. MOB, to it to the next level. It took him hours to build, the final hours on the day of the bike ride.

only one Huffy beach frame, crank, handle seat post and the fork as the of the bike is made by round and steel tubing. The curves in the the tubing were created an upside down shopping and log on top. The chain alone is six and a bicycle chains, that’s and a half feet.  With no tools or a flush surface, used c-stands (usually being used on film levels and small wedges, by eye-ing it in his back yard. “I was it would even ride at

An hour before C.R.A.N.K. MOB on night, Richie was test in the parking lot. The gear was too and he was spinning out.

Feeling as though it was not ready and may be a to the night bike ride, he to fix it the next morning and unveil her at

Towering along the CicLAvia Richie was surrounded by The Los Angelopes, a Los bicycle gang known for their “Freak Bikes;” tall bikes, triple bikes, swing bikes. is one of the founding fathers for Los Angelopes.

He back in his seat with admiration and love for his bike saying, “I consider myself an Angelope. And to this day, I carry on the manifesto of FUN. If it for the Los Angelopes making a ring me as we rode together, riding TALL wouldn’t be possible. not a daily commuter.

It’s not a bike. It’s a special bike and you need a support to work with.”

Being at I remember hearing many express how nervous they for Richie, so I wanted to ask him, was he Was he able to enjoy himself? laughs, “I think I’m an adrenaline The whole build up before Stoopid Tall is probably my part.

The anticipation of what going to be like. I am worried this hundred pound gaining momentum and hurting else along the way. a huge risk.”

Richie the scariest part of his journey, under the 405 freeway.

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“That moment was amazing you see the freeway coming. I could see the top of the going by and I had never seen before. And everyone is cheering for me to the bridge.

I reach up and high the bridge. As I go under, I drag my along the top and I’m thinking, ‘Wow, I’m the only person to have this besides the workers built the overpass.’ And that was chilling, but then I realize the street I was on was at an incline and the bridge me was banking, the gap was closing in on me. And all I could was, ‘Holy …! am I going to do if I can’t make it

How do I wedge myself up against and still make it out? do I do?’ I could feel the below me, they all knew was coming. All eyes on me and this closing down on me. It got to the point my body, my back was parallel to the and I looked at my hand and I had about two clearance above my knuckles and I came out from under the and the whole crowd ROARED!

A scream of ‘Holy …, you it!’ And I swear, those must have lasted the ride. That was the moment for

Photo Credit: Spencer

Richie tells me that the point of making a tall is really to make someone day. “The whole of why we are here, to have fun. why we built these bikes in Los – it was founded on making smiles, wildly looking bikes to people’s day. They’re a day

You don’t know how you effect people and that could someone enough courage to go do just because they to do it. Even if it’s STOOPID

Richie says the moment he along the Venice pier was a connection with nature, water on both sides, he “Falling right now might not be bad, it could be a lot of FUN!”

TALL worked great for miles, Richie goes on to me that on his way home a master in bike chain came falling out, breaking the losing his ability to pedal as as the coaster brake. “This is what I didn’t want to Seeing a telephone pole, he for it, the bike going out from him, he Tarzan hugs the a twelve foot drop, his feet on the ground, suffering bruising on the pad of his heel and spraining his ankle – the bike landing on a fence. “But, man, it was so it! There was an uncountable amount of that day. I will my ankle every day for smiles!”

Photo: Hal Bergman

Richie the wonderful couple who stopped, him for help and then drove him to his so he could get his truck to come and pickup the bike. He says refused his offer of money, but a beautiful conversation about He calls them, “The of his night.”

Richie wore a on his chest during his entire 20 ride around the Westside on Here’s a link of the video and edited by him posted on YoVenice! .

does the future hold for “adrenaline junky” Los Angelope? tells me with those eyes and that infectious “We’re both (Rick going to go for the World Record of bike,” but first they team up for the tallest tandem

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