TF1963 : Penny Farthing B1191 Station Road Woodhall Spa

taken 6 years ago, near to Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Penny Farthing B1191 Station Road Woodhall Spa
Penny Farthing B1191 Station Road Woodhall Spa
Used until the development of the safety bicycle in the 1880s the Penny Farthing, High Wheel, High Wheeler or Ordinary were the first machines to be called bicycles. Now commonly known as the penny farthing the first recorded reference in print of this name was not until 1891. An important and unfortunate attribute of the penny farthing is that the rider sits nearly over the front axle. When the wheel strikes rocks or ruts or under hard braking, the rider can be pitched forward off the bicycle head-first "taking a header". Headers were relatively common, and a significant hazard. Riders sometimes died from headers. Riders coasting down hills often took their feet off the pedals and put them over the tops of the handlebars, so they would be pitched off feet-first instead of head-first.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 July, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 5 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 1940 6312 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:9.1105N 0:12.9599W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 1935 6310
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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