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Why was the 'penny-farthing' so called?

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Asked by shyam, 26 Jan '08 12:00 am
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Bicycles of many shapes and sizes have led up to the bicycle was know today. The 'penny-farthing' bicycle was first seen on the roads of England in 1871. it was invented by James Starley, who later became known as the 'father of the cycle industry'. It had a large front wheel which varied between 100-150 cm in diameter, and a smaller rear wheel of 35-45 cm in diameter. One revolution of the pedals caused one revolution of the wheel - so the larger the wheel the greater the distance covered with each push. These large driving wheels were hard to turn, and long-legged men soon found they were able to cycle faster than short-legged men!
Answered by bernard, 26 Jan '08 12:06 am

 
  
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