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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:39 pm 
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Was out this morning on the Basso when I came across a small group out for a pootle. As I politely passed them I did a double take and slowed down from my immense speed for a chat. Anyway 1897 Rover with 36 inch front wheel solid tyres 1inch width chain fixed wheel with a slipper brake on the front with coaster pegs on the forks. Apparently this was a development of a penny farthing frame style as you can see when you look at the Front wheel and down tube. The owner and rider, Bob, was 72 years young.

Stopped for a chat and to shelter from a shower. Third pic is with the Basso for scale. It was a beast!

Another chap was on a tricycle of similar age and a third on a 1927 Saxon.

Suitably humbled.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:23 pm 
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29'ers, eat your heart out. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:34 pm 
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It looked like it had been built by a blacksmith. Apparently rear wheels gradually grew from penny farthing style to meet the size of the front. You learn something new everyday.

The fourth guy was on a 1990 Moulton. I really was intrigued by it. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:16 pm 
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that is immense. always nice to see something that much older than what we call retro. bet its a nightmare to get a wheel for though if something happened to one.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:58 pm 
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Is it a zaskar?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:01 pm 
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No but one of them had a flat cap!


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