The Penny Farthing Championships! Gives the term “fixed gear” a new (or old?) meaning.
Posted 12.12.08 in Fun & Games | Bookmark or Share
Wow! That is different. Can you imagine a wreck?
Yeah, it scared the heck out of me just watching!
…aka the “widowmaker” (roads were bumpier 100 years ago..along came the diamond frame, which also became known as..the safety bicycle!)
Wow, that was 1:04 minutes of pure excellence! Thanks for posting it.
Great post. Love the pennies.
Not just “fixed gear” but “direct drive fixed gear”- no chain! I cringe thinking about an endo from that height. This “quadriplegicator” line of bikes went extinct for good reason.
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I had the opportunity to ride one of these about a year or so ago. Pedal steer was terrible. Maybe shorter cranks would help. The short ride went well enough UNTIL I decided to dismount. Forgetting that it was direct drive, I went to dismount from the pedal, thinking it would stay put while I came to a stop. BIG MISTAKE.
I even have a rather embarrassing picture to prove it. No, I don’t plan to post it.
It was fun to try, but once is enough for me. There are still a few things I want to do before I die.