A penny-farthing for your thoughts?

We are all kids at heart and kids love big tires.  If you have a giant tire in your back yard you are pretty much required by law to use it for something cool.  What could be cooler than a monster penny-farthing?

While a basic understanding of physics will tell you that this penny-farthing won’t be winning any land speed awards, and attempting to ride it on even the slightest of inclines will probably result in a a visit to your hernia specialist, it’s still damn cool!
Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to go grow a handlebar mustache.
from likecool via Autopia

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  1. Charles_Barrett Avatar

    Oooh…! It's got dualies…!

  2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Mwhahahaha…. someone's been poaching my Faceborg…

  3. dmilligan Avatar

    I want to see him ride that around a corner without dismounting. Let's see how strong he is.
    But pennyfarthings are cool looking bicycles. Dangerous as hell, but cool.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Rear wheel steering.

      1. dmilligan Avatar

        You're right, I missed that the first time thru. The second time I wore my glasses.
        Thanks for the correction, but now I must declare "Where's the sport in that?".

  4. rikadyn Avatar

    needs more motor, or atleast motor assist…

  5. dr zero Avatar
    dr zero

    Is it really a penny farthing if you aren't directly pedalling the larger wheel?

    1. dmilligan Avatar

      I don't think so, IMHO, but I'm not an expert either. A true penny-farthing uses the front wheel for both pedaling and steering. Here's the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny-farthing
      But who cares, it's a cool contraption.

  6. 35mm Avatar

    I love the people riding by on bikes who do not take a second look. They must see some bizarre stuff in their lives not to take a double take at this.
    Also, needs more motor.

    1. Jo_Schmo Avatar

      heh I thought the same thing, barely a passing glance

  7. Betsy Markey Avatar

    This is absolutely among the more appealing blogs I’ve seen. It’s so easy to get jaded, but there is honestly some great material online, and I think your website is one of the few!