Of course, we're not all as skilled with our hands as The Q is. The content creator and fabricator, whose real name is Sergii Gordieiev, has long attained celebrity status because of his awesome and well-executed creations. He has the ideas that make him stand out but, just as important, he has the skill to bring them to life.
Even with the recent amazing developments on the e-bike segment of the market, there's only so much you can change when it comes to a two-wheeler. This man's creations show that the only limit to what you can change is your imagination. His square- or triangle-wheel bicycles, the icycle that has circular saws for wheels and can thus ride on ice, or the tubeless bike are all solid examples in this sense.
As usual, The Q tells the story of the build in detailed steps, with clever edits and the occasional joke here and there, like that forced perspective shot right at the beginning, when the rollerblade wheels seem attached to a Bianchi frame. To get Big Boy, he actually had to fabricate the frame from scratch.
Obviously, the biggest challenge with the project was the level of detail required and the need to create something that could withstand the weight of a grown man. The diamond frame is made from steel, as are the fork and the handlebars, and there's even a small saddle whose production The Q doesn't show, probably because it's not meant for actual use.
"It's [a] fully working bicycle you can ride every day," The Q says, adding a laughing emoji. No one would dare ride this daily, even though it's presented as "durable” and guaranteed to get you attention. "The ride is a little uncomfortable," he adds. Talk about the understatement of the month!
To The Q's hint that this is the smallest functional bike in the world, here's some clarification: bicycles of this kind have been around for many decades. That's not to say that Big Boy isn't an awesome Boy, or that the build isn't an impressive display of skill, but rather that the idea is not new.
In 2019, Russian Sergey Dashevsky won the Guinness World Record for the smallest bicycle in the world with a creation that measured just 8.4 cm (3.31 inches). It was actually a model he had been working to perfect and make even smaller since 2008. Dashevsky is still riding his miniature bike around Moscow, by the way: a video of him went viral in August 2022, introducing him to a new generation of fans.
What all these have in common is the claim to functionality. They might be teeny-tiny, but for all intents and purposes, they are functional in the sense that you can get on them and pedal them into motion. You only need training and a good sense of balance to do it, as Dashevsky once said. Well, that and the acceptance that you might eat it at any given moment.