penny-farthing


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penny-farthing

Brit an early type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a small rear wheel, the pedals being attached to the front wheel
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PEDAL POWER J Intrepid Stuart with his penny-farthing, in his kayak and a microlight
Stuart, who runs his own video production company, will be travelling the 874 miles unsupported on his penny-farthing - riding 50 miles a day on the bike, which has no suspension, no inflatable tyres, no gears and no brakes
From penny-farthings to modern mountain bikes, these weird and wonderful cycles are getting youngsters active.
One woman, a one-time penny-farthing world champion, travelled from Australia to take part in the race while her home country was taken over by Olympic fever.
This penny-farthing is rare as it was not built until 1891, which is quite late for this type, and was probably constructed with a specific owner in mind.
Stuart had seen an early penny-farthing in Coventry Transport Museum but quickly realised that even if he could beg, borrow or buy one, the old machines would never stand up to the journey.
With a 53in front wheel and 20in rear wheel, this classic penny-farthing - named after the largest and smallest copper coins of the time - is valued between pounds 3,000 and pounds 5,000.
The penny-farthing was the first true bicycle on which speed and distance could be achieved and the differences in wheel height grew larger as the years went on.
A FATHER and son set off from Land's End on penny-farthing bicycles on a charity ride to John O'Groats.
IN February 1973, Frank Clarke (above) was polishing up this velocipede - a sort of mini penny-farthing - that he found while clearing out his cellar.
And fans of the hard-drinking actor will be chuffed by his claim he then made the 150-mile journey home on a penny-farthing.
He will be pedalling historic bikes including a penny-farthing, a boneshaker, a tandem, a 1970s Chopper and a unicycle.