Bicycle [Penny Farthing]

Gough Brothers, Manufacturer

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Maker and Role
Gough Brothers, Manufacturer
Production Date
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
Processed Material/Metal/Alloy/Steel
Processed Material/Leather
Organic/Vegetal/Plant Extract/Latex/Rubber
Signature/Marks and Type
GOUGH & Co. / LADYS / G 20 / BIRMINGHAM Maker's Mark
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Credit Line
Gough Brothers. 1892-1903. Bicycle [Penny Farthing], F957.2002. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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