Store’s prop gets a proper test: challenge to ride a penny farthing

Like all good challenges, it started at the pub over a few schooners.

Orange bicycle retailer Ron Boulton challenged his grandson Mitchell to ride a penny farthing.

Mr Boulton bought a replica penny farthing to help promote the Lords Place shop.

On his first attempt, Mitchell needed a bandage for his busted toe after falling.

“The hardest part is getting off it. The first time I rode it, I fell off almost immediately,” he said.

“If you’re going to fall, it’s going to be in the first four or last four seconds. It’s very different if you’re used to a normal bike, the front wheel is so sensitive. It’s great fun.”

Mr Boulton was last on a penny farthing 50 years ago. 

“It’s tricky to learn but the secret is confidence. It takes a few minutes to learn,” he said.

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