Riding a Penny-farthing bicycle no easy task

TOUGH ASK: It turns out getting onto a Penny-farthing is much easier than it looks. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

TOUGH ASK: It turns out getting onto a Penny-farthing is much easier than it looks. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

If you’re looking to ride a Penny-farthing, you can’t be scared of falling. Getting on the 19th century icon is hard and it’s even harder to get off.

Riding the contraption isn’t a breeze either, the large front wheel means steering is more sensitive than a politician caught on their Gold Coast holidays.

How quick you pedal and how you sit all influence balance, go too much one way and you risk a fall from what feels like the second floor.

Braking? Don’t even think about it. Hitting the single brake risks throwing the rider forward to certain injury.

That all said, it’s lovely, relaxing ride once you get going and it’s clear to see how the invention lead to an entire industry which is now part of everyday life.

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