Penny-farthings were considered the first functioning bicycles. Named as such because of the relative sizes between the wheels which resembled the discrepancies between the penny and farthing, a British coin. They represented cutting edge innovation, forward thinking and progression during the Victorian era. From their modest start as a form of independent transportation to their current incarnation as a quirky novelty, these bicycles with one large wheel and one small wheel can be steered by trained riders who celebrate the history of this bike.
While we’re scratching our heads trying to figure out how the heck you get down from these things (let alone, get on them!), we’re still in awe of then revolutionary piece of machinery. Here is a collection of penny-farthings — both new and old to get the gears turning in your head. We hope these oddities inspire the inventor in you, and lead you on a path to new adventures.