Jake Roper and Gareth Howell’s


Not a model - a full size penny-farthing bike by Jake Roper and Gareth Howell at a Sandown Park show. The penny-farthing was the first “bicycle” popular up to the 1880s. Although the name "penny-farthing" is now the most common, it was probably not used until the machines were nearly outdated; the first recorded print reference is from 1891 in Bicycling News. For most of their reign, they were simply known as "bicycles". In the late 1890s, the name "ordinary" began to be used, to distinguish them from the emerging safety bicycles. Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.