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Penny Farthing or 48 in. Unicycle-- you choose! | by whymcycles
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Penny Farthing or 48 in. Unicycle-- you choose!

In '85 or so, I was given a derelict 48" wheel, with no bike to go with it, by Bob Whiter an Englishman turned 'warbride' Yankee. A life-long cyclist, bike mechanic, artist, Sherlock Holmes afficiando, friend, mentor and all around enthusiast for life, learning and fellowship. The fr.& rear fork blades are scrap 1/4' steel, the frame 'spine is a former sheet metal break/bender actuator bar. Hand grips are wooden chisel handles. Rear wheel is from a pram, spokes doubled to 28, on a Schwinn hub.

It also can lose the frame and top of the fork, to become a 48" Unicycle...

The wheel is from a Rideable Replica hi wheel of Alameda, Ca. from the '70's.

The welding and and fabrication work was done with my friend and boss Tom Carrol,

of Tomco Products, Azusa, Ca, where I learned much of my fabrication techniques.

Here i am riding it in 1998:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfodhM-Cykk&feature=youtu.be

 

Here's press for RR's...: cbs5.com/eyeonthebay/mom.pop.factories.2.1491253.html

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Taken on April 15, 2007