So, you don’t like the old-time bikes, huh? — Some guy, “Homer Badman”
Among the wackiest of the wacky old-timey transportation options, the penny-farthing bicycle (also known as the “high wheeler”, or “boneshaker”) made the Segway look like the penny-farthing.
If you only have time to read one fact about the penny-farthing, it’s that its name is derived from the shape of its wheels: resembling a penny placed alongside a farthing. And, in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ’em.
Anyway, though undeniably silly-looking, penny-farthings used to be the talk of the town, no fooling. So much so, that they were inevitably modified to include all sorts of doodads and “stylings”:
If you’re looking to purchase a penny-farthing in the 21st century, you’re in luck. The good people over at hiwheel.com offer all sorts of quirky models at a very unreasonable price.
I suggest you get in on the penny-farthing craze sooner rather than later, as it’s only a matter of time before smart-ass hipsters make the upgrade. Whoops.