Grandad with a penny farthing

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Yellow Fang, 7 Apr 2010.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    My father found this picture in a book about Nottingham history. He is pretty sure it's my grandfather. You can't see the face very well, but he said it's the way he used to stand and that he used to work for a bicycle company, and that he used to have a penny farthing. It's dated 1930 when my grandfather would have been twenty-six. The photograph was taken outside St Peter's Gate in Nottingham. Apparently grandad was well into bikes before he became a motor mechanic.
     
  2. Theseus

    Theseus .

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    I am sure Hilldodger will be along shortly, but that appears to steer through the small wheel with the rider sitting facing it. I could of course be spouting rubbish.
     
  3. Hover Fly

    Hover Fly Lover of the bunny

    I'm no expert but that looks like a "Star", mid 1880s.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    Yes, it looks that way. It doesn't look very comfortable or safe. It was old then.
     
  5. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    chains a bit ......what chain ;)
     
  6. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    <ears burning>

    That was an early example of a safety bicycle - basically I back to front Penny with the small wheel steering. I know them as the 'Eagle' as that's the brand I've ridden (well I say ridden, I didn't really get on with it and they're bloody difficult to get on!)


    View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot15qWmgkp0
     
  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    What a wonderfully graceful and efficient way to travel!

    There's another video of the same bloke in which he gets a bit of momentum then allows the rising pedal to kick him up onto the saddle. Very neatly done.
     
  8. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    A proper Penny is but one of these isn't. I kept wheelying and falling off the back:blush:
     
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