Riding while tall: A custom bike story
Professional volleyball player Colleen Smith will be traveling greener this season with the help of biodiesel, a good tent, and a bike custom built by Trek to fit her 6'6' frame.
Mon, Mar 08 2010 at 10:54 AM
Colleen Smith is a 6'6" professional volleyball player, blogger and environmentalist who writes about her life as a tall woman in a short person's world at 6footsix.com
. Last month she took delivery of a bike custom built for her by Trek, one of her sponsors.
I’m pretty sure that I am not the average athlete that Trek creates their amazing customized bicycles for. I use my bike to have fun, to take me to and from work and in most recent plans, I am using it to severely reduce my carbon footprint during my Big Green Road Trip scheduled for this summmer.
The Big Green Road Trip
Colleen mentions is a trip Colleen is making around the country during volleyball season in which she'll drive a biodiesel-powered car campground to campground, to camp out, riding the final miles from her campsite to the volleyball court on her new custom-built Trek bike.
I also like that Colleen writes about some of the challenges that come with being super-tall. When you're 6 foot 6, it's hard to fit in a lot of places.
I can relate to Colleen on this one. I'm 6'3", which I consider to be the perfect height — I'm tall enough to always have a good view at concerts but I don't slam my head on door jambs and I (just barely) fit in airplane seats. When you're much taller than that, things start to get harder.
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