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That would be nice on a gravel road around here, but unfortunately they go up and down mountains. I would not ride that over 15mph near a drop off. Looks like those are solid tires, so no flats! :)
Finally someone is coming out with a gravel bike 1x that makes sense!
 

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Yes, those old "Penny-farthing" bikes had solid tires.
That's a safety bike, not a Penny Farthing.

Looks like a Brooks saddle. Classy. :cool: It's probably broken in now.

Is that a mullet bike? Front wheel looks bigger than the back,but may be an illusion. (Still not Farthing dimensions). We should debate on the merits of the front inner rim being, 27 inch, 700c or 650b.
Note that the front brake rod guide also has a phone/garmin mount. Way ahead of their time.
 

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That's a safety bike, not a Penny Farthing.

Looks like a Brooks saddle. Classy. :cool: It's probably broken in now.

Is that a mullet bike? Front wheel looks bigger than the back,but may be an illusion. (Still not Farthing dimensions). We should debate on the merits of the front inner rim being, 27 inch, 700c or 650b.
Note that the front brake rod guide also has a phone/garmin mount. Way ahead of their time.
Perspective, possibly slightly larger in the front, but the original ad line drawings show it as a mullet.
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It also has front suspension.

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Not only that, the world's first Headshock (Sorry, I don't know how to do the tiny TM stamp).

No wonder they didn't use caliper-rim brakes. Any brake pads wouldn't last more than one ride.

Looks like 32h front, rear is something like 40h, radial on both sides??

I bet you it's got stupid non-standard mega-boost spacing on the back too. Something like 7 3/8" spacing.
 

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That's a safety bike, not a Penny Farthing.

Looks like a Brooks saddle. Classy. :cool: It's probably broken in now.

Is that a mullet bike? Front wheel looks bigger than the back,but may be an illusion. (Still not Farthing dimensions). We should debate on the merits of the front inner rim being, 27 inch, 700c or 650b.
Note that the front brake rod guide also has a phone/garmin mount. Way ahead of their time.
Not a true "Penny-Farthing", more like 'half crown-shilling', or maybe 'shilling-tuppence' setup, but it was made at a time when P-F bikes were still the majority of bikes manufactured, and that front wheel uses the common P-F tire technology of the time, where it's a solid rubber extrusion fitted to the rim, then melted together at the join.
 

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Not a true "Penny-Farthing", more like 'half crown-shilling', or maybe 'shilling-tuppence' setup, but it was made at a time when P-F bikes were still the majority of bikes manufactured, and that front wheel uses the common P-F tire technology of the time, where it's a solid rubber extrusion fitted to the rim, then melted together at the join.
A solid rubber tire is about all this bicycle has in common with a penny farthing. Beside the wheel size discrepancy, a PF would be direct drive and the direct drive is the reason for the large wheel, gearing. Once chain drive was introduced there was no need for a larger wheel for a bigger gear, so the penny farthings were eventually displaced.

Sportsmen were slow to switch tho, for the same reason that many still swear by the 25mm tire, history and tradition.
 
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