penny-farthing

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penny-farthing

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(Automotive Engineering) Brit an early type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a small rear wheel, the pedals being attached to the front wheel. US name: ordinary
[C20: so called because of the similarity between the relative sizes of the wheels and the relative sizes of the (old) penny and farthing coins]
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Red Riding Hood's granny is a sprightly lady with pink hair; the Little Old Man and Little Old Woman who foster the Gingerbread Boy wear mechanics' overalls and ride a penny farthing bicycle with sidecar.
Even a Penny Farthing bicycle entered the race, braving the London fog which led to 50 flights being cancelled at Heathrow airport.
A bespoke penny farthing bicycle will be travelling to some of the most historic landmarks and destinations in the UK - from Edinburgh Castle to London's Big Ben.
Memories of my cycling grandad THE flashback picture on March 6 was my grandfather Tom Churchley on his penny farthing bicycle.
Salesman John Whitfield, pictured with his 19th century penny farthing bicycle which was for sale in November 1985, priced at PS500 ?
Hire a modern, safe, rideable penny farthing bicycle and experience the fun of riding it in the picturesque backdrop of Charlecote.
FOR 22 years he was a regular sight riding around his village on a penny farthing bicycle.
One of the more unusual aspects of this production is a circus performer cycling on the ice on a penny farthing bicycle.
This was at the time that the penny farthing bicycle became popular.
The Yew Tree at Cauldon is an amazing pub featuring nickelodeons, medieval musical instruments and a Penny Farthing bicycle plus fabulous ale, of course.
A Penny Farthing bicycle dating back to 1870 realised more than double its estimate at pounds 914 and a 1908 Rex motorcycle with sidecar sold for pounds 18,275.