Story: Bicycles

The penny-farthing

The penny-farthing

The penny-farthing, also called the ‘ordinary’, appeared on New Zealand roads in the 1870s, and outpaced the velocipede, the first bicycle, which had arrived in the late 1860s. These men rode their penny-farthings from Christchurch to the West Coast in 1887.

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Jamie Mackay, 'Bicycles - Types of bicycles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 March 2018)

Story by Jamie Mackay, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2016