Penny farthings

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Re: Penny farthings

Postby Brucey » 6 Aug 2019, 12:01pm

is the law after them...?

FWIW there's more of it about than you might expect; the record has been broken recently


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Re: Penny farthings

Postby Cunobelin » 6 Aug 2019, 6:07pm

There are a number of "mini" Penny Farthings around


I didn't call it an "ordinary" as I suspect purists would object.

There is even an "e-version"

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Re: Penny farthings

Postby pq » 6 Aug 2019, 6:21pm

I've ridden a penny farthing, a proper old one. It wasn't especially difficult until I decided I was done and wanted to get off.
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Re: Penny farthings

Postby Sid Aluminium » 7 Aug 2019, 5:18am

Modern dwarf ordinaries include the Bicymple Nuvo and the MC2. Current builders of full-size ordinaries include Dan Bolwell down under, Mesicek in the Czech Republic, UDC of the UK importing smartly designed machines from Asia, Standard Highwheels of Scandinavia and RBR from California.

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Re: Penny farthings

Postby GOHughes » 7 Aug 2019, 12:38pm

Cycle King do a half size modern penny farthing by Ammaco with front and rear caliper brakes and a steel frame.

The front wheel is 700c so very low geared.

The saddle looks terrible! ... rsion.html

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Re: Penny farthings

Postby hercule » 7 Aug 2019, 7:29pm

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Re: Penny farthings

Postby cotswolds » 7 Aug 2019, 9:01pm

Mick F wrote:Is it possible to have a small penny-farthing and use some sort of hub gear system to make the gearing bigger and variable?

Joff Summerfield rode a 3 speed ordinary of his own design to Paris. Can be seen in the pictures in this journal.

Gears seem to have disappeared when he did his LEJOG. I think he reckoned it wasn't worth the complexity and weight as he still had to walk the hills anyway.

(Pedants might like to note that he built ordinaries, but the journal is called To Paris on a Penny Farthing!)