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Mini-Penny

2012

The Mini-Penny was built in homage to the simplicity of early “Penny Farthing” bicycles with their oversized front wheels and “fixed” cranks that pre-date chain and sprocket technology.

The Mini-Penny consists mostly of recycled parts, including rear wheel and forks from a child’s bike, tube frame from an outdoor tent structure, and front headset and forks from an salvaged mountain bike. The front hub and cranks assembly were purchased new from a unicycle supplier and spoked onto a used 700c racing hub.

Riding the Mini-Penny is like balancing on a unicycle with a stabilizing or “training” wheel. It can be ridden easily at a walking pace while faster speeds are to be avoided. The rear wheel can be locked in a straight position or unlocked to allow the back wheel to wander and enable a very tight turning radius.