Many people who grew up in the s, '80s and '90s will likely remember cruising around the neighborhood on a Marx Big Wheel, a low-riding tricycle made of plastic. Now, a Big Wheel-style bike is available for adults, thanks to the work of a former aerospace engineer. As a kid, Matt Armbruster dreamed of being an astronaut. As an adult, he got to work on mechanical systems for satellites and planetary spacecraft, including a number of different NASA spacecraft.
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And, yes, it comes complete with a bell and handle-bar tassels. But it's not Jakks Pacific, the current owner of the Big Wheel brand, that's making the adult-size version. At least, not yet. The giant trikes are so low to the ground that they're arguably too dangerous for most folks to even consider riding anywhere but on the sidewalk.
Adult-Size Big Wheel
That's a basic a description of a "drift trike," which be used to make tight, sliding turns and dramatic "doughnuts. A local group of Osman Shriners — The Daddy-Os — is roaring onto the streets on their own hand-built, three-wheeled drift trikes as Rochester's newest parade team. The parade was the Daddy-Os second official outing as a team. They made their first appearance in Arcadia, Wis.
This was one of the happiest moments in my adult life. Normally I am not a fan of pictures showing the entire expanse of my body, but now is not the time for such concerns. HIgh Roller designer and CEO had an excellent idea, one that many giant children often ponder but never act upon. His plan was to find someoone already making an adult big wheel and brand it, but no one was making one. So he did.