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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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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.
When they were replaced by more sophisticated bicycles, penny-farthings had no re-sale value so owners leaned them against barn or garage walls and forgot about them.
Its hollow frame makes it lighter and faster than earlier, heavier penny-farthings.
WITH the rider perched precariously above its huge front wheel, the penny-farthing wasn't the most efficient - or comfortable - form of transport ever invented.
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 born in 1870, replacing the "boneshaker", so named because of the punishing effect it had on the rider's body.
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.
The oldest bikes were penny-farthings from the 1880s and there were dozens of others dating back to Victorian times.
But after five years and a search for bike parts, the 40-year-old has finally restored his only remaining bike - a Rudge Light Roadster penny-farthing, dated 1891.
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.
I was determined to restore the penny-farthing and not let the council stop me from fulfilling my ambition, if anything I was more determined after what happened.