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    Pennyfarthings

    Anyone here got one? I've got the whiff of a rumor of one languishing in a barn. I've always wanted one.... but jeepers, the last thing I need is another project I can't finish because I can't get parts. How the ham sandwich am I supposed to find a front tire, or spokes? Mind you, the price is right (free, if the bloody thing even exists and can be found where I'm told it lies).

    Any information gratefully accepted.

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    I'm pretty sure you could find a way to restore one, I think I remember seeing hot rodded modern style ones somewhere too.

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    I just want to do a trackstand on it during rush hour in Minneapolis. I think that'd be hawt.
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    I think it would be fun to ride and own, especially if you try to ride it while wearing a suit.

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    I already own several pairs of knickers, collarless shirts, and a big ol' brushy handlebar mustache. It's not so much that the bike completes the ensemble; it's that I've been waiting for the right bike to come along.
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    I know a guy who has a bunch of High wheelers. I should give him a call. He brought one by and I took it for a spin. Not all that easy..

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    I want an ordinary bike SO bad. I would even daily ride it since I live just a few blocks from work and bike already. It'd be great to have that commuter locked up in the bike rack!

    You'd better grab it, if nothing else just to make sure it at least makes its way into the hands of someone who will appreciate it.

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    This is my father riding ours. It is a reproduction that we bought at a bike show in the 70s. Someone rides it in the Christmas parade every few years

    There are several companies making repros
    http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s...ml/page38.html

    http://rmhwonline.com/index.html




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    From what I've seen of the prices on these, I think I would consider any old restored model as a display item and ride the repros. The old ones don't go cheap.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    if it is free go and get it. the least you can do is use it in the yard. it may be the one in a million where it just needs a little clean up. there was one for sale in Nashville a few weeks ago.

    at first I thought this was Conway Twitty

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMS View Post
    This is my father riding ours. It is a reproduction that we bought at a bike show in the 70s. Someone rides it in the Christmas parade every few years

    There are several companies making repros
    http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s...ml/page38.html

    http://rmhwonline.com/index.html



    That is a rideable bicycle replica: http://www.hiwheel.com/. They have been around forever and have forevere been of an abominable quality. The steel used for the head tube is so cheap that after a while the headtube will stretch and the headset cups will be loose in the headtube. Likewise the tricycle rear wheel is of poor quality. Lastly teh small size of the wheel is such that it does not fit many people.

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    There's a website called the Wheelmen. They're a little snooty but they have all the info and know who has the parts you need.
    As for tires, you buy a length of tube and wrap it around the rim and fasten the ends together with wire somehow. I saw a website on it once but I don't remember it now.
    I have spoken.

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    The replica has held up under gentle use for over 35 years.

    We also have an antique one but it needs some work before being ridable




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    "When man first set woman on two wheels with a pair of pedals, did he know, I wonder, that he had rent the veil of the harem in twain? A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Typewriter Girl, 1899.

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    Get some bullhorns and spoke cards for that b/tch
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    If only they weren't a $1000 for the "cheap" one and $5000 for a nice one. I would think someone could produce one for a couple hundred. It's such an incredibly simple design. The large front wheel would be the hard part.

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    Yes, it seems to me the front wheel is the major limitation.

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