SLC Tallbike Jousting!


The winner rides away with the loser on the ground...and the crowd goes wild!This was the second time I’ve had a chance to shoot tallbike jousting and this time around I was a bit more prepared for what to expect than the first.  It’s one of the funnest events that I’ve had a chance to shoot, it’s action, rediculous (come on, jousting on tallbikes…really?), costumes and there’s no shortage of carnage.  What more could you really ask for?  We started out at Liberty Park and once everyone came together we all moved out to the location.  I actually got a chance to get ahead to the location this time since I actually made it on time and then found out where we were going!  Chalk one up to being prepared this time!  Check out last year’s photos here.

Tall bikes in Liberty Park before the joust.The gathering at Liberty ParkThe gathering rolling down 13th to the venue.

A few things were different for me this time around.  The venue was quite different this time around as it was a wide open parking lot so I didn’t quite have the overhead element like last year but the better action this time around more than made up for it.  Also, I started out using my Paul Buff Einstein strobes for lighting.  Later, I quit using them after having multiple triggering issues.  Apparently the capacitors in the current generation of Einstein’s put out a lot of RF interference that get in the way of the radio signals of Pocket Wizard’s.  So, I put those down, threw up the speedlights and things were rolling again for me!

The crowd awaits the carnage.

It’s a really fun time and fun scene.  Even the SLC Police showed up and took a spin on some tallbikes!  They unfortunately did not join in the jousting but not having a problem with us being there was good enough!  I’d suggest everyone goes and checks it out if you get a chance.  If you are in Salt Lake City, then keep an eye out at where a lot of the underground bike events are posted.  Thanks to Mark for putting this one on, I know everyone had a great time.

Ladies first....Let the main event beginYup, I did say costume's didn't I?The barbarian horde awaits for the feeding frenzy to begin.Dex Mills (left) and Cody Barnhill (right) making first contact.Cody Barnhill (left) getting throttled by Dex Mills (right).  Notice the front wheel of Cody's bike being lifted in the air from the impact!The girls at it again.

7 Responses to “SLC Tallbike Jousting!”

  1. 1 tall bike jesus Posted September 4th, 2010 - 10:11 pm

    thanks for the pictures. amazing work. 🙂



  2. 2 rev Posted September 9th, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    damn, i mean DAMN!

  3. 3 Erik Seo Posted September 9th, 2010 - 7:16 pm

    Glad you like em! Pass it on somewhere!

  4. 4 Posted September 20th, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the link, I love these, and your full-screen presentation format! I can’t even do them justice reproducing them, So I’ll just include a link!

  5. 5 Emsworth Posted September 20th, 2010 - 1:33 pm


  6. 6 Darran 'Tallbike''Silverfox' Fry Posted September 21st, 2010 - 11:58 pm

    Simply wow… while I love building and riding Tallbikes, here in the UK, the following is rare to say the least, however, I dare say I’m trying to start a trend in Tallbikes in my small town of Eastbourne, Sussex, UK and hoping by the summer other Tall bikes will be springing up. As it stands its just me, the only one in my town riding a fully functional and finished Tallbike… and my bro when I lend him a bike! Jousting is something I would like to try but with the shortage of competition, I fear a few years wait before I can start setting up jousting events or Tallbike Mass rides of my own… when it happens, I can honestly say I’ll never get photos as good as these! They’re fantastic! Very professional and imaginative angles. Beautiful!
    Will be putting this link about trying to get Tallbikes popular in my small town!
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