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Old 03-13-12, 05:22 AM   #1
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World tour on a Penny Farthing and other extremes

Watch some magnificent pictures and read the journal of an extraordinary cyclist. I think it's the craziest cycling related feat I've heard!

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?..._id=1451&v=2et

Do you have any other extreme cyclo-touring stories?
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I think it's the craziest cycling related feat I've heard!
Amazing journal, yes, but rather pales in comparison to the original.

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I've been going through that journal at a few pages a day. It's really great. The pictures are fantastic.

One thing that keeps going through my mind is how often I hear a certain bike or piece of equipment dismissed because it has non-standard, not easily replaceable parts. I have to ask myself what part, if any, of this guy's kit is standard? Just goes to show that with the right preparation and the right attitude, you can ride whatever you want.

On the other hand, he seems to take for granted that he's going to take fairly regular headers off of his bike. That would send me running back to my new-fangled, safety bicycle pretty quickly.
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What seems remarkable for me is the fact that his knees have to push these hard pedals on steep hills again and again! For me that would be impossible and crazy! Why someone would ruin his knees like that?

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How many gear inches, you reckon? I think if we wrote a touring rule book, he might break every rule.
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How many gear inches, you reckon? I think if we wrote a touring rule book, he might break every rule.
Assuming a 58" front wheel, it should be about 182 gear inches, if my math is right.
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One thing that keeps going through my mind is how often I hear a certain bike or piece of equipment dismissed because it has non-standard, not easily replaceable parts. I have to ask myself what part, if any, of this guy's kit is standard? Just goes to show that with the right preparation and the right attitude, you can ride whatever you want.
You can choose gear that will give you more or less options. The arguments are normally over whether a particular piece of gear is better than another. So you get brifters on shift performance VS friction shifters on reliability and ease of repair. There are solid arguments on both sides. There are dozens of examples on trade-offs. The guy riding the Penny Farthing is engaged in the sort of stunt were you just get extra style points for regular problems. When you spend a fortune on a world tourer, you get style points for the thing never letting you down.

On the headers. Stevens was occasionally in fear for his life over those. He would show up in some hole where they had never seen a bicycle, or built a decent road, and they would enthusiastically chase him around the town, delighted to see him ride. He on the other hand would be in fear that either the crowd or the road surface would flip him. Some of these crowds were in no mood to let him off...

It isn't that long ago that people toured on single speeds. In the 50s that is what my dad used. The roads were quiet, if not empty in Ireland, at the time, and nobody thought anything about getting off for a long push. A combination of walking and riding is actually pretty nice, in the right place. While one can ride up most things, it isn't always fun, and one may not be taking in the scenery so much as struggling for breath, and trying not to fall off if the road gets too slow.
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If the wheel diameter is 58 inches, by definition, it's a 58 inch gear. big arse fixie
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Is this the guy that dresses like the great white hunter? That broke himself up TWICE trying to do this? He really IS crazy.

I can see going up,I can't see going down.If you lose control of a pedal.....well,it ain't going to be fun.

Trying to stop a boneshaker with panniers and a trailer,downhill in the mountains....LOL! it's hard enough with modern brakes...LOL!

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He's also doing this on about 5 bucks a day while on the road & came up with some interesting ideas on how to pay for such a tour. Just read a few pages and it's amazing, I'll now have to read the entire thing.
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Is this the guy that dresses like the great white hunter? That broke himself up TWICE trying to do this? He really IS crazy.

I can see going up,I can't see going down.If you lose control of a pedal.....well,it ain't going to be fun.

Trying to stop a boneshaker with panniers and a trailer,downhill in the mountains....LOL! it's hard enough with modern brakes...LOL!
Is there someone riding a boneshaker on a tour? That would be amazing. I could see (though I wouldn't) someone riding an ordinary but not a boneshaker.
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I can see going up,I can't see going down.If you lose control of a pedal.....well,it ain't going to be fun.
He has to rest his legs on the handlebars between his hands to ride downhill. Incredible.
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