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Commuting on a penny farthing.

Old 06-27-06, 02:36 PM
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yeah,

there's a group of old foggies who are into that kind of stuff.

Always a trip to see, but I hope they have good health insurance.
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Old 06-27-06, 02:41 PM
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https://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=439

I wanted that one for a long while.
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They were called Penny Farthings because the big wheel and the small wheel were about the same ratio in diameter as a farthing to a penny (in common usage at that time). And the diamond-frame, rear wheel chain-driven bikes that came later were called "safety bikes" because they were much safer than Penny Farthings, or "ordinaries" as they were also called. Ordinaries were okay for serious racers and other agile young people (mostly men), but were not as accessible (literally and figuratively) to most women, children, and older people. "Safety bicycles" caught on like wildfire because anyone could ride one relatively safely.

In case you are interested in reading more, I learned a lot of this from a good history book I read recently, named (appropriately) Bicycle: The History, by David Herlihy.
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Old 05-06-10, 02:20 PM
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Hi there,
I work for a motion media magazine based in NYC, and we are looking for a penny farthing bicycle to make a video shoot.
Does anyone know someone in the area who could lend it to us ?
Of course this person will be invited to join the team during the shooting time.

Thanks,
D.
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Old 05-06-10, 03:25 PM
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I have this to say about the safety aspects of penny farthings. There's a nut who has tried to ride around the world on one, starting in England. I think he's tried 3 times now, and he never makes it to even eastern Europe before seriously injuring himself, either broken wrists, ankles, whatever.
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Originally Posted by DavidFLY View Post
Hi there,
I work for a motion media magazine based in NYC, and we are looking for a penny farthing bicycle to make a video shoot.
Does anyone know someone in the area who could lend it to us ?
Of course this person will be invited to join the team during the shooting time.

Thanks,
D.
If you haven't already, try posting in the Classic and Vintage forum. I've seen one around here but it didn't look like it was in rideable condition and I can't remember where it was.
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Old 05-06-10, 05:00 PM
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The LBS near my job has a fleet of 5 of them, they like to go for rides through downtown on nice days. Probably attracts lots of attention.
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Old 05-07-10, 11:29 PM
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I used to commute on mine once or twice a month. It was a terrible idea, terrible ride, uncomfortable and worth every second.
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Originally Posted by DavidFLY View Post
Hi there,
I work for a motion media magazine based in NYC, and we are looking for a penny farthing bicycle to make a video shoot.
Does anyone know someone in the area who could lend it to us ?
Of course this person will be invited to join the team during the shooting time.

Thanks,
D.
My old one is still floating around DC but that is a hike. Curtis has one in Philly.
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Old 05-08-10, 08:51 AM
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A little modern engineering and a 3 speed hub should make those very capable. Using a 48 inch wheel, chain drive and chain steer to shift the steering and wheel forward and increase the wheelbase to reduce the "end over" potential and a 20 inch rear wheel with a disc brake or Vee brake should be feasible. It would have the look without the danger.
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My bike shop has one, but they don't do test rides for it

I'd rather commute on a tall bike anyway.
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