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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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    Too cool!

    That must be quite a sight. Heh.

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by 7rider View Post

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    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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    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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    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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    What is really cool is seeing him commute on El Camino -- that takes skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comptechgsr View Post
    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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