yeawuteva wrote:bet there used to be a lot of wipeouts on that bike back in the day...and come to think of it most of the pictures of those bikes had people that look like the walrus riding them!
As someone who rides these bikes, I can tell you that doing a header (hitting something that stops the front wheel and lets the backbone swing over) is not fun. Your legs are trapped under the handlebars and the entire (up to 90 pounds) of the backbone is coming down on top of you. Keep in mind helmets weren't around at the time, and you would be riding on cobblestone. Our walrus friend would be having a hard time riding in sand, that's for sure!
As to people wondering how he gets up there, there's a little step on the back right of the backbone, right above the small wheel, and you give a few pushes to get coasting while standing on that step, then climb up while rolling along. It's easier than it sounds, trust me.
And in case anyone is wondering, the reason the wheels are so much larger on pennyfarthings was because the chain and sprocket weren't around, so gearing was done directly with wheel size, the pedals are mounted right to the wheel. The larger the wheel, the farther you would go with one rotation of the pedals.
And keep in mind, people were used to being on horses, so the bikes weren't that terribly high in comparison. They certainly were quite a step up from the velocipede, but that's a story for another woot.
My family owns the pedaling history bicycle museum in Orchard Park, NY, if anyone is wondering how I know all of this.
yeah yeah, old basic site design (at least there's no flash), I keep telling my grandparents to update it to at least a nicer looking theme, but whatever, they're old.