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Greetings from Canada. These were the coolest bikes ever! So glad to find this page! Great job putting it together.
I bought my Penny Farthing at a bike shop in a former gas station in Brentwood, Tennessee. The shop was going out of business and was going to return the 2 PFs.
As no one had been able to ride one they had never sold one.The owner rolled the demonstrator out and held it. He said that he would guide me.
I put my left foot on the step, pushed off and swung up onto the saddle, putting my right foot on the pedal as it came around.
It was easy to ride. I pedaled it around the service plaza for a few minutes, then brought it to a stop and stood still for a little while. Then I put my ;eft foot back to the step and then slipped off the back to the ground.
They were amazed and insisted that I must be experienced on PFs.
It was the first time I had ridden a PF, indeed, the first time I had touched one!
They sold it to me for their cost and I loaded it into my car trunk. By removing the handlebar/stem and the fork/wheel from the frame, the wheel and fork would go into the runk of my car, a 1968 Cadillac. The backbone and rear wheel ("farthing") went in beside the wheel ("penny").
I rode this PF all over the area around Cookeville, Tennessee where I attended University. It was easy riding though slow compared to my Gitane Tour de France.
With only a 48" wheel (122 cm - 3.83 m circumference), a hill climbing gear on my TdF, it did not go far with each turn of the pedal cranks.
This PF had no brakes but backforce on the pedals, and stepping on the back wheel when dismounting.
After I graduated from University I took the PF to my sister's and brother's in law in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where I kept it in their garage. I went to M'boro often and ride it around the area.
Many tried to ride my PF but none were ever able to ride. They all fell off or fell over after only a few feet of motion.
A friend had a bicycle shop just around the corner.
One day a man came in looking for a PF. He said he was from Opryland USA and that one of the country & western music stars had tried to ride Opryland's PF, fallen over and bent the wheel. He wanted to rent one for an advertisement that was being made at Opryland.
My bike shop owner "friend" came and took my PF and supposedly rented it to the man for $50 a week.
He let the man have it withou getting his name or anything but the first $50 rent.
A few weeks later the man came back and asked if he could buy the bike.He sold MY bike to the man for $250 and did not collect the $50/week rent.
I chewed him out, reminded him that he had no right to take my bike in the first place, and that I wanted my bike back. The $250 didn't even cover the rent due on the bike!
I never got my bike back. I contacted Opryland's business office several times but never got any admission that they had my bike.
That was all 30 years ago and I'd still like to have my bike back. I still have the 4 replacement spokes that came with the bike.
When I went on a bus tour of Scandinavia with another sister and her husband in 1984, we stopped at a hotel in Norway where there was an identical PF to mine that the hotel used for a photographic prop.
My sister asked me to stand next to the bike, holding it up. I got the bike, hopped on and rode it around the parking lot. She was shouting for me to get off before I got killed!
One of the hotel people said that no one had ever ridden their PF before. Several had tried but all fell.
This is ridiculous as back in the heyday of the PF there were hundreds of thousands of PF riders. If it was so hard to ride there would have been few riders. Women even rode PFs in long skirts. There were sidesaddle models for women in long skirts.
My grandfather was given a choice of either a PF or a trip to the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He was 17 that year. He took the bike and 2 weeks later it was stolen from his parents' front porch.
wow, ich fahre selbst ein 36 Zoll Einrad. Das ist schon hoch. Aber die > 48 Zoll Teile sind schon ultra :)
Ich weiss zwar nicht wie ich auf diese Seite gestossen bin, aber irgendwie bin ich wohl drübergestolpert. Und da ich ja ein netter Mensch bin, wollte ich auch einen Gruß hinterlassen, damit ihr wisst, das ich da war.
Und dann muss ich Euch sagen, es war super hier.
Dickmann (Webmaster www.welt-web.de)
Hallo Hochradfreunde - Was haltet Ihr noch von einer gemeinsamen Ausfahrt im Weinviertel -- Meine Heimatstadt Poysdorf bietet sich dazu herrlich an -- durch die Weingärten vorbei an den Kellergassen - ein Gläschen Sturm -- eine gsunde Jausn -- also kontaktiert mich -- selbst Hochradfahrer - email@example.com - ich freu mich schon über zahlreiche Hochradkollegen -- auf nach Poysdorf -
Mein neues Hochrad ist super.
Bin gut heimgekommen.
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cool site. Too much ads in the guestbook :(
Best wishes from USA.
Hallo, ich habe ein paar Bilder mit Rädern von Euch für die Schule benötigt! Mein Sohn (3. Schuljahr) sollte Bilder mit Rädern suchen. Auch Nostalgieräder. Haben alle Zeitungen durchstöbert, aber wer hat so was schon. äEure Seite ist echt toll. Jetzt haben wir sogar ein Bild von einem Einrad! Er bracuhte die Bilder bis morgen! Danke und wenn Beanstandung dann Reppde@web.de