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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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AN old photo of a rider on a pennyfarthing bike at Coventry Carnival in 1974 prompted a response from reader Keith McDonnell.
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