(Photo: Richie Trimble)
There are many signs that a bona fide bicycling culture has emerged in Los Angeles. From the vibrant street culture that produced the Wolfpack Hustle, a group that made national headlines for beating an airplane across the city — to a Mayor whose own injury while pedaling has put bike safety issues front and center.
And now there is STOOPIDTALL, a towering tall bike that made waves during Sunday’s CicLAvia event (similar to our Sunday Parkways). The bike is simply amazing and so is the video its pilot, Richie Trimble, created and uploaded to YouTube (it’s got over 8,000 views since yesterday).
Unless you’ve ever ridden a bike 16 or so feet off the ground, the video will probably make you queasy (but you can’t not look!):
I love everything about this; from what it says about L.A.’s culture to amazing views Trimble captured of the streets full of people riding bikes. (Did you see the part when Trimble had to duck under a freeway overpass? Or when he yelled “Higher!” at a man with a hose who was spraying riders?)
If you’re curious, Trimble shares all the details about how he made it in the description of the video on YouTube and there’s loads more information on this Reddit post.