High Wheeler

Recently we had the pleasure of meeting David Wilson, owner of Oamaru Cycle Works. He introduced us to a strange breed of bikes known as penny farthings. Apparently, they were pretty popular back in the day and remain a quirky favorite for bike enthusiasts. With all of its odd exquisiteness, penny farthings encompass both complexity and loads of personality. Despite lacking a chain system, they’re made up of two unequal wheels, signature mustache handle bars, and a seat that is indubitably in the most ridiculous of places… nearly right over the lead wheel. A symbol of the late Victorian era, the penny farthing is indeed a rare mammoth to our modern-day elephant.

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