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 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.