penny-farthing


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penny-farthing

n
(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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Apparently Tour de France cyclists burn over 6,000 calories per day, but I won't be impressed until some idiot does it on a penny-farthing.
I've often scoffed at old time ways Those quaint styled fashions of bygone days 'Sticky out' frocks and 'handlebar' moustaches Penny-farthing bikes and round the waist sashes I considered my era the very last word And thought those dated times absurd Each age group thinks when their time bears fruit Their fashions are 'cool' and the past's a hoot.
A CYCLIST is to tackle a 700-mile charity bike ride to Paris on a penny-farthing.
I am giving away no secrets when I tell you tonight Dr Bumstable's penny-farthing loses a wheel although it's the small one thankfully and Mrs Gusset gets the vapours when a pineapple goes missing.
And when Marco's not flying on the trapeze, he's performing acrobatics, hula-hooping, riding a penny-farthing or even fire eating.
INTREPID Joff Summerfield yesterday completed a 22,000-mile journey around the world on a penny-farthing.
A PENNY-FARTHING cyclist from Coventry has crossed into Scotland on an epic journey from John O'Groats to Land's End.
A town in northern Tasmania has stepped back in time to host the national penny-farthing competition.
2) A rider pedals his penny-farthing bicycle Saturday as part of the Ventura County Fair Parade on Ventura's Main Street.