Saturday, January 22, 2011

Modern day Pennny Farthing

Came across this a few days ago, while walking home and it immediately reminded me of an age old Penny Farthing, why did this work?

For the front wheel, probably because the steering would be less twitchy, thus more confidence inspiring and therefore be able to take greater loads in the basket, not to mention a larger diameter would mean the wheel rolling over objects easier(think 29" MTB vs 26").
For the rear, acceleration will be quicker thus less effort will be used to start the bike providing an easier ride.

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