Not Clowning Around: Defending the Decision to Ride a Clown Bike

Doubtless, there are some who would pick up a clown bike and learn to ride it simply for the entertainment value.

Just take a look at some of the odd bikes for sale via that previous link. Really, penny-farthings aside (which are more of a historical curiosity than a circus bike) the minibikes and clown circus bikes on that page are nearly guaranteed to turn heads.

Such is the nature of the beast. If you cram yourself into the saddle of a tiny minibike and ride around in public, you’re not going to be able to do so without garnering some attention.

Which may be your goal. The same goes for those who would buy and ride a more conventional clown bike only to learn how to perform tricks – you know, juggling in the saddle, or having another rider on the bike.

But this is just one element of this whole picture. These bikes may be “designed” for clowns, but they are not clowning around in the sense of quality. They are generally made of tough steel and aluminum (and in the case of the minibike, have solid rubber tires).

They are engineered for serious riding and will get right back up with you every time you experience what we might call an unplanned dismount.

Either way, there are good, practical reasons for learning to ride one. Let’s take a look at some of these.

Practical and Experiential Applications
If you take riding a clown bike seriously – and not to put on a show – then there are several benefits you might stand to gain.

One is the development of strength. In the case of some clown bikes, there is no chain drive, so you get no mechanical advantage. Climb a few hills in one of these and see what we mean.

The other is the physical challenge. Take a minibike, for instance. Those tiny tires don’t handle obstacles well, really, and magnify small bumps in the road. You might say they make mountains out of molehills.

Maintaining your balance and controlling a smaller clown bike is also a challenge all on its own, especially if you are learning trick riding and clearing obstacles.

Now, to be clear, this is not to suggest that learning to ride a clown bike is (by any stretch) the best way to become a better cyclist – but it isn’t going to hurt you, either.

And, if you do learn some tricks riding one of these clown bikes, many of those skills surrounding handling, strength, flexibility, and balance, are transferable to routine riding, too.

See for Yourself: Ride a Clown Bike Today
If you’re interested in learning how to ride a clown bike for practical applications, have at it. It’s also a whole lot of fun, too, so you have nothing to lose.

Just make sure you buy quality or you’ll be “in for a dollar after going in for a dime.” Check out the collection of odd bikes online at as a starting place. They sell quality – along with unicycles, bike tools, and parts.

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