Bicycle [Penny Farthing]

Gough Brothers, Manufacturer

1892-1903
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Maker and Role
Gough Brothers, Manufacturer
Production Date
1892-1903
Description
Steel bicycle with leather seat and rubber tyres. Black and white pin-striping with gold line internals. Seat has the name "Gough". Nice engraved patterns on seat top. The pin-striping was re-done, rather crudely. Left hand pedal is not original - has been replaced with a more modern one. Has straight handle bar with wooden hand grips, undamaged. Seat springs - left side more compressed than right. Has provision in seat for attachable tool case. Brake lever intact. Has been used in modern times for demonstration. The penny-farthing is a direct-drive bicycle, meaning that the cranks and pedals are affixed directly to the hub. Instead of using a relatively complex and heavy gear system to multiply the revolutions of the pedals, the driven wheel was enlarged to its maximum radius - up to a length equal to the rider's inseam - to increase the maximum speed. This shifted the position of the rider upward, placing him nearly on top of the wheel. This meant that the rider's feet could not reac
Media/Materials
Processed Material/Metal/Alloy/Steel
Processed Material/Leather
Organic/Vegetal/Plant Extract/Latex/Rubber
Organic/Vegetal/Wood
Signature/Marks and Type
Gough
GOUGH & Co. / LADYS / G 20 / BIRMINGHAM Maker's Mark
Accession No
F957.2002
Credit Line
Gough Brothers. 1892-1903. Bicycle [Penny Farthing], F957.2002. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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