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- n. Plural form of penny-farthing.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Not technically a Seattle event, but this bike swap and show will include hundreds of classic balloon-tire cruisers, banana-seat Schwinn Stingrays, plenty of more “modern” diamond-frame antique bicycles, and probably some penny-farthings as well.
Not only do you run the risk of having your bike stolen by someone who looks like this, but you'll also have to put old-timey "Wanted" posters all over town since the sorts of people who ride penny-farthings don't use Craigslist.
And if you're still in doubt that penny-farthings are desireable, here's a second photo which proves they're indeed chick magnets:
Since then, my assertion has been borne out, as photos of modern-day penny-farthings or "p-fars," if you're the type of person who says "fixie" continue to pour in from around the world:
On Monday I pointed out that penny-farthings not only trump the fixed-gear in terms of zen-like simplicity, but are also "chick magnets."
For a real blast to the past, check out Rideable Bicycle Replicas, an Alameda manufacturer of penny-farthings, those tall, seemingly impossible to mount high-wheeled gems of the 1870s from which headers were regular occurrences because the
It was great to see so many young people trying out the penny-farthings bikes and looking at the bus.
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