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A penny farthing for your thoughts

Man on a penny farthing in Lexington

Eric Ballard spotted this penny-farthing rider today on the Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington, near the DPW.

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How do you get on one of those things....?

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There is usually a small step on the backbone for mounting. I wonder if this is the same rider I saw in winter about 20 years ago near the science museum, riding on black ice. That was pre-hipster era.

Anyway, not a bad way to get somewhere.

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sounds liks a setup to a family guy non-sequitor.

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Oh no Magoo has been spotted. Magoo.

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Will the windshield washer fluid in my truck shoot high enough to get this person on their bike?

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I have a large needle oiler that works just as well as your wiper fluid for spraying your windshield.

Two can play the Masshole game.

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Unless you're driving a fire truck and a real asshole, I guess (but we already knew the second part)

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Oh, wait - I strongly suspect that was taken away from you long ago.

Not that it takes any much skill to drive. You are probably one of those fools who thinks flexing your right foot is an impressive feat of strength.

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NT

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With the rider sitting up to 1.5 metres off the ground, broken bones were all too common in the event of accidents. Even worse, the position of the rider over the front axle meant that any sudden stop caused by hitting a stone would hurl the rider forward headfirst. Hitting the ground with the head could be, and sometimes was, fatal -- historyextra.com

If she fell into the path of a car, they'd all be feeling sorry for her. Or worse, blaming the motorist who hit her. These things were unsafe in their time, never mind 150 years later. Nice for a parade but not rush hour 2019-20.

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What we think of the common bike today with two wheels of the same size and a drive chain was the innovative "safety bicycle" of the era invented to fix the major safety shortfalls of the "high wheelers". People were falling under horsecarts, trains, and trolleys off Penny Farthings back in the days of yore!

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Let me posit that if a car manages to hit someone on a bike path, then yes, it's probably their fault.

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360 people died in MA traffic crashes in 2018
680 pedestrians and 425 cyclists were hit by cars in Boston in 2018
11 cyclists died in MA in 2017
30% of cyclist fatalities involve large vehicles since 2010

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680 people on foot and 425 people on wheels, in BOSTON? Or in all of MA?

If Boston, we gotta say the Police must be pushing people into traffic, or the Ducks are aiming now for entertainment

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It's an ORDINARY.

Safety bicycles are for the timid.

Also counts as a fixie.

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That's taking it a bit too far. I mean, if you want to be odd, get a unicycle, at least it's safe. Maybe that person wasn't going too far? I can't imagine taking that thing through Arlington and navigating around all the people near Alewife.

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