The revival of the penny farthing

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The revival of the penny farthing

Postby outnabike » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:46 pm

Tasie is home to the Penny Farthing races in Evansdale.
This from last months caravan and Motorhome. A readers contribution. Great looking bikes.

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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:42 pm

on again on 16-24 Feb 2013.
I will be a spectator on the Sat.
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby RonK » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:04 pm

The next part-time penny farthing building course is soon to commence at Brisbane North TAFE. If you want to build you own, get in quick.
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Saro28 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:35 pm

I was talking to Alan Sumner today,(very Rare chance) PF builder and Racer still at his shop, about getting some wheels rebuilt for my 1956 Healing, Sorry he said I'm off to Tassie for the races, can't help ya till Feb'. Really enjoyed the chat with him, so many topics to cover, from,
" I used to be a distributor for Healing" to the 50's downturn through to the cycling revival, bmx, "kids had their bikes all over the path they did" and "this bloke came up the path at such a rate and he wasn't even pedaling" (electric)
I look forward to getting back to the shop with my wheels. And what a shop it is, you CANNOT go anywhere in the shop without stepping on some sort of shop stock, it is filled full of hardware and cycling stuff from decades past and even Velocity wheels. 8)

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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:14 pm

and the racing was excellent.
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby outnabike » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:19 pm

Clydesdale Scot wrote:and the racing was excellent.
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Great pic , these blokes are really competing. I would not like to roll a tyre at that height off the road either.
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:07 pm

the only issue was when a mouse ran from one of the hay bales and under a rear wheel, which caused the rear wheel to slide, with the rider over the bale into a spectator... eek


check out the bike angle in the slalom racing
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby marc2131 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:03 pm

Clydesdale Scot wrote:the only issue was when a mouse ran from one of the hay bales and under a rear wheel, which caused the rear wheel to slide, with the rider over the bale into a spectator... eek


.... I heard it was someone's mother ... double eek.
Apparently she was compensated by getting one of the winner's medal. Total gentleman.
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby hewey » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:24 pm

They should have a class where you have to wear period garb too - lycra just looks wrong on a penny farthing! :shock: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Riggsbie » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:08 pm

Where can you try or even buy a Penny Farthing ?

Looks really scary but fun as well......


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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Riggsbie » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:09 pm

hewey wrote:They should have a class where you have to wear period garb too - lycra just looks wrong on a penny farthing! :shock: :lol: :lol:


Surely tweed and top/bowler hats should be mandatory ?


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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby wurtulla wabbit » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:20 pm

Clydesdale Scot wrote:and the racing was excellent.
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Jeez, look at the teeth on that guy ! He could eat an apple through a tennis racket ! :lol:


love the pic though, very cool ! 8)
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:18 pm

no lycra here, and he was in a class of his own
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The womens race, most took it seriously, Bell did not.
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Saro28 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:58 pm

Err, third wheel has a brake :? and fourth is side saddle :shock: :shock: Thanks for the pic's lads :D
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby rollin » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:04 pm

That's very cool, totally agree Anyone wearing Lycra on a pf should be disqualified or slapped..
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby RonK » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:04 pm

When you build the penny yourself, you can wear what you damn well please.
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Summernight » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:59 am

Love the side saddle but jeez she'd have to have good balance. And the brake levers on the other one just makes that bike a perfect commuter. :D

But how did the unicyclist get up onto his one?
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:59 pm

Summernight wrote:But how did the unicyclist get up onto his one?

with a little help from his friends to start, then he did a full lap on the monster unicycle.
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Summernight wrote:Love the side saddle but jeez she'd have to have good balance

Bell raced side-saddle, and she also was standing on the seat, etc (no photos as I was in disbelief) during a parade lap.
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby find_bruce » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:19 pm

rollin wrote:That's very cool, totally agree Anyone wearing Lycra on a pf should be disqualified or slapped..

Totally disagree, Lycra on a pf is appropriate - provided the pf is carbon fibre :wink:
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby trailgumby » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:48 pm

... and when you have an aero rim :lol:

wurtulla wabbit wrote:Jeez, look at the teeth on that guy ! He could eat an apple through a tennis racket ! :lol:

love the pic though, very cool ! 8)


Thanks. I just spat my dinner over my monitor and keyboard. :evil: :lol:
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby find_bruce » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:55 am

trailgumby wrote:... and when you have an aero rim :lol:

Plenty of room for a really deep dish rim :lol: :lol:
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby silentbutdeadly » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:18 am

Amateurs. Lycra...and they aren't even clipped in. Where's the roadie pedals? :wink:
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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby Johnj » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:51 pm

A few pics of myself and some the other DHBC crew at Evandale this year.

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Re: The revival of the penny farthing

Postby koen » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:59 pm

Pretty ordinary photos ! :D
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