detailed highwheeler site

This is such a nice site that it deserves its own thread:

You have to browse around (and it helps to speak German).


Four highwheelers--click on any model for lavish photo details, with
English versions of the text: allerlei sammlung.htm

Sometimes the translation to English may be a little iffy, but try to
think of better terms for some of those parts.


Click on the parts on this page, and you get details: teile.htm


Various kinds of spokes: teile speichen.htm#speichenoben

I didn't know that some highwheelers used butted spokes.


What may be the remnants of a ribbed non-slip tire: teile reifen.htm

Elsewhere, I foolishly claimed no tread on highwheelers--that picture
makes me wonder if there were some solid highwheeler tires with tread


Various bottom-bracket-and-hub designs: teile vorderllager.htm

No cartridge BB's here!


Plain versus spade grips: teile griffe.htm

Like modern drop bars, spade grips offered more hand positions. Like
modern drop bars, they also looked way cooler.


The curve on each side of the handlebar accomodated the rising thigh
of the rider and let him get his hands down low for a really high
speed tuck: teile lenkstange.htm


It's not widely known that racers gripped their handlebars underhand:

And yes, that's a three-man highwheeler peloton drafting like mad,
probably trying for 20-25 mph. The picture is from "Racing the Wind"
about land speed records--not exactly where you'd expect to find
highwheelers, but the author was thorough and went back to the
earliest attempts.


This is _not_ a love-crazed daredevil rolling along no-hands and
carrying his girl in his arms on his highwheeler:

He's just stopped and leaning against a tall fence while she chastely
stands on the other side. He'll crash if he forgets the rock in front
of his wheel when he tries to get going.


Carl Fogel