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Speed. Without the complexity of gearing. They were racing machines, pure and simple. There's one in the Glasgow transport museum with aerodynamic rim profile and flattened fork blades! I think it's about 20-21lbs, still quite respectable today. The smooth ride of large wheels on rough roads was a plus, but the larger the wheel you could turn given your ...


Well, after breaking a rib on my penny farthing, I fitted a free wheeling hub from a slider kids bike (green machine) and fitted a disc brake going downhill is fun now and my feet stay on the pedals.

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