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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-13-09, 01:59 AM   #1
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Original single speed touring. a pictorial.

Here are some photos from a recent unsupported week long tour I went on with my c1920 single speed racer. Out of thirteen cycletourists, seven were on the original fixed gear - Penny Farthings. The rest of us were on single speed "safteys". We did 400km over a week.


On the first day of the tour.






The 1896 dual steer tandem.


On Day Two.








Morning Tea on day two.

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Part 2.


The Morning on Day Three.












Day Four


Day Five.




Battling a strong headwind, uphill.
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Old 03-13-09, 02:17 AM   #3
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Part 3.

Day Six. My faithful stead.
















The End.
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Old 03-13-09, 04:50 AM   #4
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So perfect... well done! Do you happen to have a map of the route up?
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Old 03-13-09, 05:20 AM   #5
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That's awesome! Thanks for sharing, nice to see old steel on the road. BTW, what's cruising speed on a Pfar?
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Old 03-13-09, 05:58 AM   #6
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Oh my, this is just perfect. Looks like an amazing time.
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great shots -- looks like fun!
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Old 03-13-09, 06:38 AM   #8
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My fred alarm just went off.
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very cool, nice pictures
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That's cool stuff.. How much do those bikes go for. It would be soooo much fun commuting in one of those!
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Nice rides, it is very cool to have a group of friends that enjoy such great interests and hobby.
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LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT - and a very big Kia ora to you mate! I'm very envious and happy to see things like this occur. You should bike over to Napier next Feb. for the Art Deco Festival! Was there in 2001 and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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This is great! How much road vibration do Penny Farthings transmit?

It is things like this that make me love bicycling and bicycling culture.

Also, I feel the need to point out that asking about gear inches would be a little more special in this thread than most other threads.
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Also, I love this person's style:


Are you able to ask them what brand of pants those are and where one might find them?
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gnome! this is fantastic - great post!
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Inspiring!
Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for the pics.
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Are you able to ask them what brand of pants those are and where one might find them?
its probably a custom job from the late 1800s.
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That is effing awesome.
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its probably a custom job from the late 1800s.
You just made me LOL in the library.

Wonderful pics. Absolutely perfect.
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Excellent!! Thanks for posting!
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This is great stuff.

On a related note, I want to see a penny farthing bike with a disk wheel or a trispoke or something.
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This is great stuff.

On a related note, I want to see a penny farthing bike with a disk wheel or a trispoke or something.
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Wicked, thanks for sharing!
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Much respect for anyone who can do that kind of ride on a penny farthing.
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Also, I love this person's style:


Are you able to ask them what brand of pants those are and where one might find them?
Its probably not, but they remind me a lot of the Rapha fixed gear pants
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