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Old 01-14-08, 01:33 AM   #1
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Penny farthing spotted in Palo Alto

Parked outside the Whole Foods. As I was trying to get a picture, the owner came out and rode it away.

It's hard to see as I only had my phone camera (hence the crappy pics), but he had a little basket to the right of the rear wheel, and had decorated it with all sorts of lights.

He even was carrying a drink in one hand as he got on and rode away. Very impressive!



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Old 01-14-08, 01:34 AM   #2
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Too cool!

That must be quite a sight. Heh.
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Old 01-14-08, 07:59 AM   #3
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I saw one in Golden Gate Park 2 weeks ago. I wonder if Trek has something up their sleeve?
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Old 01-15-08, 04:39 AM   #4
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I saw that bike and rider on Stanford campus a month ago during the weekend. I recall he had Hokey Spokes on his front wheel (like there's room to put anything on that rear wheel), and something referencing a bike or touring company printed on the bike. Instead of a Penny Farthing, I told the kids he was riding a Boneshaker.

I think the mystery rider may be this guy:

http://www.bikeroute.com/MartinKrieg.php

http://www.bikeroute.com/HiWheelers/
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Ouch. Watch the descending video *crash*
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wow never seen one of those before.
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I did a century in River Bank and saw this guy on the course. At least I think it was this guy.
Pretty weird to ride by something tat far up in the air.
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Ouch. Watch the descending video *crash*
That's a loooong way to fall.

Looks like the tire just split and fell off the rim. Not fun.
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Old 01-15-08, 06:30 PM   #9
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Yeah, I see this guy from time to time on my daily bike commute. He was written up in the Palo Alto weekly paper as he falls between the vehicle code cracks:

Here's the article.

And another...

How to Mount a High-Wheel (Penny Farthing)

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Old 01-15-08, 10:39 PM   #10
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Has anyone ever seen a woman riding a penny farthing?

Nicole Kidman in a black catsuit riding a penny farthing.

I wonder how that would affect the traffic in Palo Alto.
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I saw that guy the other night in Mountain View. Must be a pretty interesting way to commute.
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I wonder where you would get something like that. I'd sure like to try riding one.
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There's a guy in my neighborhood (palo alto) who I see out on that thing a lot.. probably the same person
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that is martin in Palo alto, all the time.


whenever i see him, i yell "original fixed gear"!!! LOLOLOL

he's so cool
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Old 07-27-08, 11:20 PM   #15
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What is really cool is seeing him commute on El Camino -- that takes skills.
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that is martin in Palo alto, all the time.
Yeah, Martin's a class act.



He also captains the Bus Cycle...




I think there's somebody else in Mountain View with an Ordinary bicycle.
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There was a guy on one today at Marin Century (not in in the race though), just before the last rest stop. He wore what looked like a british tropical helmet. Pretty funny.
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I just saw two guys here in Alameda riding Penny-farthings together. Watching one of them get up on it was amusing/amazing. I am old enough and foreign enough to have spent pennies and farthings to by sweets, so I can tell you the bike is aptly named! I suspect the Boneshaker name is also appropriate.
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I believe the term "boneshaker" refers to a different type of bicycle than "penny farthing" (also called an ordinary, or high-wheel). Both may shake one's bones considerably more than modern bikes, but a true boneshaker ("velocipede") would have done so especially, owing to its wrought-iron frame, wooden wheels and iron "tires".

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boneshaker
Also http://www.metzbicyclemuseum.com/Bike16a.html


I had occasion to see several old bicycles (one I thought was a boneshaker but may have actually been a "dandy horse" which is the same idea, but without pedals) yesterday in Kelley Park (History Park) at the Antique Automobiles in the Park show. That was pretty cool.
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The shop I used to work at had one of those. It was a trip to ride, and you must be very aware of hitting even small bumps- your CG is so far forward that it doesn't take much to put you flat on your face. Seven feet is a LONG way to fall face-first...

I can't imagine commuting on one!
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