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Old 12-25-07, 12:41 PM   #1
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He is traveling around the world on an old ordinary!

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?..._id=1451&v=15k
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Old 12-25-07, 04:02 PM   #2
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I have been following Joff since early on. Actually that is a modern reproduction with some minor upgrades. But still impressive on many fronts.

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That's impressive on all fronts.
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Wow!
This is the first I've heard of it and it is VERY COOL!

How the heck does he transport his gear, clothing, and basics??
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Old 12-25-07, 09:03 PM   #5
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I have been following Joff since early on. Actually that is a modern reproduction with some minor upgrades. But still impressive on many fronts.

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Where does he describe his machine? I can't seem to find that.
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Old 12-25-07, 09:08 PM   #6
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How the heck does he transport his gear, clothing, and basics??

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On a little wagon he is pulling behind him. You can see it in some of the photos.
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Aren't those the same as "boneshakers"? Jeez.
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They seem to be calling the high wheel old ordinary/penny farthing a boneshaker now, but the original boneshaker was the wooden velocipede -

http://www.ohtm.org/1868velocipede.html
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Where does he describe his machine? I can't seem to find that.
He has another website in addition to the CGOB one.

Here is where he describes the manufacture of the bike.

As to the question where is his "stuff" he started with a small trailer but ditched it early on. He bundles the stuff around the main tube and has a smallish handle bar bag. He really is traveling very light in comparison to most world tourists.

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The guy is nuts, but I respect him. I am sure I could not even ride an ordinary safely.
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The guy is nuts, but I respect him. I am sure I could not even ride an ordinary safely.
What is that quote about mad dogs and Englishmen

I might have considered a trip like that...30 years ago. I love the way he does his blog with the awesome pictures and quick descriptions.

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Something that we've noticed in the AltBike forum as well:

http://www.pennyfarthingworldtour.com/pulse-je.htm

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OK, East Hill. that link actually scared me.
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OK, East Hill. that link actually scared me.

"The idea is for me to set the unofficial world jet powered Penny Farthing speed record. "





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What is that quote about mad dogs and Englishmen

I might have considered a trip like that...30 years ago. I love the way he does his blog with the awesome pictures and quick descriptions.

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Oi say! The balmy bloke is even wearing a colonial pith helmet! Pip pip, cheerio, what?

I just saw this yesterday. I think it's freakin awesome!
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He has another website in addition to the CGOB one.

Here is where he describes the manufacture of the bike.

As to the question where is his "stuff" he started with a small trailer but ditched it early on. He bundles the stuff around the main tube and has a smallish handle bar bag. He really is traveling very light in comparison to most world tourists.

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Thanks!
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[QUOTE=werewolf;5870430] The balmy bloke is even wearing a colonial pith helmet!

Yeth!
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I have been following Joff's journal for several months and have marveled at his photographic skills, but today's pictures of the Cambodian killing fields have really jarred me. Shades of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
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Old 12-28-07, 03:51 PM   #19
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They seem to be calling the high wheel old ordinary/penny farthing a boneshaker now, but the original boneshaker was the wooden velocipede -

http://www.ohtm.org/1868velocipede.html
It seems like correct terminology is not most folks most important thing.

BTW, the high-wheeler became the ordinary bicycle to differentiate it from the new fangled safety bicycle. The safety bicycle has been the norm for more than a hundred years now. Shouldn't it be called the ordinary bicycle to differentiate it from the upstarts like recumbents, folders, etc???? I understand that most high-wheel-bicycle riders just called the thing a wheel anyway, as in, "I rode my wheel up to the Mill Pond yesterday".
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Yes, I think they most often called it the wheel or the machine. A whole vocabulary grew up around the bicycle, especially around the end of the 19th century when the bicycle was in its heyday, when the bicycle was the cat's pajamas.

I don't think the "safety bicycle" needs a special name of its own at this point in time since it is going along strong and hasn't been superseded by anything else so far.
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