Big wheels keep on turning
If you have seen a man riding a bike that looks like it’s straight out of the 1880s, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. David Richardson loves bikes, and there is no greater prize in his collection than his Penny-farthing bicycle.
“I started collecting bikes a few years back and always wanted one,” Richardson said. “I just happened to come across this one and found it at Ichi bike shop in Des Moines.”
The Penny-farthing model was very popular in the 17th century and the 48-inch front wheel and 12-inch back wheel that make up the design were symbols of wealth and trendiness in the Victorian era. Other names for it include the Hi-wheel, boneshaker and the ordinary.
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