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  • #61
    Penny farthing spotted on Google Street

    This article popped up on a dodgy Australian news website recently, after they poached it from reddit.....

    Penny Farthing "news" article

    Nice to see a penny farthing immortalised on Google Street view. It's amazing it was actually visible through the sea of Aston Martins, Bentleys and Porsches that usually fill the streets of Cottesloe, Perth, WA.........

    Cheers,

    Dmac
    Ken Looi - Nostradamus of the unicycle world???

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    • #62
      New penny!

      Originally posted by dmacuni View Post
      On my wish list is also a classic 54" inch penny......

      Now, all I need to do is win the lottery.
      Well, I didn't win the lottery, but I still managed to convince the financial controller that a 54" Penny Farthing was just what my collection was missing! After all, my mini penny was getting aweful lonely hanging out with unicycles all day.....

      So my new 54" Penny arrived late last week. The weekend was spent cruising on her, and man what fun! The 54" wheel is a tad bit scary at first (I had only briefly ridden one before), but after a few minutes you get used to being super high up. I had no problem with mounting, as it's just like the mini penny except scaled up. It's also a hoot overtaking normal bike riders as I was zipping along at +30km/hr downhill. At those speeds being so high off the ground is a little freaky, as if you do happen to go over the bars you're going to hit the ground hard and fast. Let's hope that never happens!

      Overall I am very happy with the level of detail Roger @ UDC put into the design and workmanship of this bike. If you are interested in getting into penny racing, I would say that the UDC pennies are the highest quality value for money option for getting into the sport. There are other boutique options available if you're willing to pay, but you're then talking at least triple the cost of the UDC penny.

      Looking forward to racing some events next year in the UK, and to the rest of the summer cruising on my new toy!

      Cheers,

      Dmac
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      • #63
        Fantastic amacuni.
        Sure does look fun, though more than a little scary
        Great pictures

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        • #64
          Originally posted by DavidHood View Post
          A lady rode one in the Hike, Bike, and Paddle last month. You see her at a lot of the "family speed" events. She always wears red, white, and blue. I rode past her walking it up one of the steeper hills of Iriquois Park. I said "Hello Penny Farthing Lady" to which she responded as I peddled away "Hello Unicycle Man."
          Sad news. My friend fell and hit her head (just below the helmet) yesterday during a Pennyfarthing race in Baltimore Maryland. She is going to be OK but I'm worried that the Bardstown Road Bicycle Company (owned and operated by Alison and her husband Carson, active members of the Louisville Wheelmen) might not have a great insurance plan and I know an ambulance trip to an overnight hospital stay is not cheap. Please pray for my friend's health and the family's financial wellbeing.

          You guys be careful on those things! You know you are sitting up high when you can look down on me on my 36er. Even in a low speed accident, that is a long way to fall.
          My greatest fear is that, when I die, my wife will sell all my unicycles for what I told her they cost.

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          • #65
            Is your friend one of the ladies in this picture? I hope she is doing OK.
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            • #66
              Had a chance to ride along side a couple of my penny farthing friends in a ciclovía yesterday. I love this picture. Notice how I'm getting a head start on my 36er. I had to shift my Schlumpf into high gear to keep up.
              My greatest fear is that, when I die, my wife will sell all my unicycles for what I told her they cost.

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              • #67
                Half a penny

                guess what this will become. Great what a bmx b*ke can become, my current project over holiday break.
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                • #68
                  Gpuni one!
                  Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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                  • #69
                    Franken-penny!

                    Nice one Pagee! Looking forward to seeing how your franken-penny turns out!

                    Originally posted by Pagee View Post
                    guess what this will become. Great what a bmx b*ke can become, my current project over holiday break.
                    Ken Looi - Nostradamus of the unicycle world???

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                    • #70
                      46th annual Wheelmen's Meet

                      I had the pleasure in riding my 36" unicycle in the "Retro Ride" as part of the 46th annual Wheelmen's Meet in Louisville Kentucky. Over 100 "Ordinary" (PennyFarthing) and "Antique" (Safety) bicycles parading down 2nd street with a police escort (we got to run the lights) all the way down to Waterfront Park. A nicer bunch of people you will not find.






                      Look how those "High Wheel" bicycles dwarf my 36er!
                      My greatest fear is that, when I die, my wife will sell all my unicycles for what I told her they cost.

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                      • #71
                        This is a great thread. I enjoyed reading through the last couple years' worth of posts. After reading through it, I thought it would be cool to build a penny farthing frame that can attach to my Coker frame without modifying the Coker frame, allowing it to be easily converted back into a unicycle whenever I want. The simplest way to do it might be to get an old bike frame and cut off the forks right below where the fork crown exits the head tube, then in place of the forks weld a steel tube with the same outer diameter as my unicycle seatpost. To convert from a unicycle to a penny farthing, I would simply remove my seatpost and mount the penny farthing frame on instead. Reverse the process to convert it back into a unicycle again.

                        Anyone have thoughts on how well this might worth or whether it would even work at all? I don't know if I would need to get a triple clamp to be strong enough to hold the penny farthing frame in place, or whether a regular double clamp would work. Also I realize that this will look like more of a franken farthing because the headtube won't be sitting down as close the wheel, which will prevent a nice clean curve of the downtube that matches the curve of the wheel.

                        This might be another one of those projects I dream up and then don't ever do anything with, but I thought I'd at least ask my welder friend what he thinks about it, as well as posting here to see if any of you have an thoughts.
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                        "The price of unicycling freedom is eternal pedaling." --Thomas Jefferson

                        "The only thing unicyclists have to fear is fear itself." --Franklin Roosevelt

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by Darth Elevator View Post
                          This is a great thread. I enjoyed reading through the last couple years' worth of posts. After reading through it, I thought it would be cool to build a penny farthing frame that can attach to my Coker frame without modifying the Coker frame, allowing it to be easily converted back into a unicycle whenever I want. The simplest way to do it might be to get an old bike frame and cut off the forks right below where the fork crown exits the head tube, then in place of the forks weld a steel tube with the same outer diameter as my unicycle seatpost. To convert from a unicycle to a penny farthing, I would simply remove my seatpost and mount the penny farthing frame on instead. Reverse the process to convert it back into a unicycle again.

                          Anyone have thoughts on how well this might worth or whether it would even work at all? I don't know if I would need to get a triple clamp to be strong enough to hold the penny farthing frame in place, or whether a regular double clamp would work. Also I realize that this will look like more of a franken farthing because the headtube won't be sitting down as close the wheel, which will prevent a nice clean curve of the downtube that matches the curve of the wheel.

                          This might be another one of those projects I dream up and then don't ever do anything with, but I thought I'd at least ask my welder friend what he thinks about it, as well as posting here to see if any of you have an thoughts.
                          That's a great idea! I'll file that in my mental list of "This sounds awesome". I have a couple of concerns, the first one is for the seatpost/handlebar strength wise. It would probably take a considerable amount of strain. It would have to be pretty beefy I think. Also, how would the wheel turn? I guess it could be done but it would be quite a bit of work. The other problem would be the uni frame itself. The aren't really built to take strain at and angle so it might not work.

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                          • #73
                            Last weekend I was riding my uni in the parking where I volunteer. A van showed up and on the back of it was a bike rack with a penny farthing on it. This one had an american flag mounted on it about 6-7 feet off the bike.

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                            • #74
                              My son riding our latest production a penny farthing made from what was lying around, total cost $5.00 plus the labour of one of our club members, still need to pimp it up with paint.
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                              • #75
                                Tricks on the 36" farthing. All pimped out with three aboard, they tried to persuade one of our girls to be number four, I still have the pink pedals to put on it but we found it has two left cranks, more scavanging is needed.
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