A few weeks ago, Preston was driving along West River Drive / Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and saw something from the early 1900’s: an “olde tyme” bicycle, aka a Penny Farthing!
Hey, here are some fun facts about those bikes! #FunFacts
The penny-farthing, also known as a high wheel, high wheeler and ordinary, is a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel. It was popular after the boneshaker until the development of the safety bicycle in the 1880s. It was the first machine to be called a “bicycle”.
They LOOK cool (kinda), but we’re not sure if we want to ride one or not. And if we did, Kathy says we definitely need to wear a helmet. Or protect ourselves in several layers of bubble wrap.
Today, we got a visit from Doylestown Bike Works and they attempted to show Preston and Kathy how to ride!
We can’t thank the guys from Doylestown Bike Works enough for taking time out of their day to come hang out with us.
Are we ready? We’ll find out soon enough!
This crash video isn’t exactly giving us any additional confidence:
But if we ever DID want to try to ride one, here are some useful tips on how to do so: