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Club Membership is open to anyone tall enough to reach the pedals!

You are welcome to join the Penny Farthing Club, male or female, 18 + and providing you are 5ft 4 inches (163 cm) or taller.

Prospective members are required to attend a three hour training course which can be booked through Airbnb Experiences (Bike like a Victorian through Central London) and Fromigo (Ride a Penny Farthing in Central London). On completion of your training course, you will be capable and confident of riding a Penny Farthing bicycle safely on public roads. Your training fee will include your first year’s membership of the Penny Farthing Club. Thereafter, annual membership is £25.

To become a member, please email the club and we will be in touch to make the necessary arrangements. The cost of the training course is £125

Bicycles


Velocipede (/vəˈlɒsəpiːd/; Latin for “fast foot”) is a human-powered land vehicle with one or more wheels. The most common type of velocipede today is the bicycle.

During the 1870s advances in metallurgy led to the development of the first all-metal velocipedes.

The pedals were still attached directly to the front wheel, which became larger and larger as makers realised that the larger the wheel, the faster and farther you could travel with one rotation of the pedals. Solid rubber tires and the long spokes of the large front wheel provided a much smoother ride than its predecessor, the Boneshaker.

This type of velocipede was the first to be called a bicycle (“two wheel”) and its shape led to the nickname Penny Farthing in the UK. They enjoyed great popularity in the 1880’s, at least by those that could afford them.

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.


Early Velocipede Bicycles

Fancy a ride?



Training

The Club Secretary runs monthly rider training courses which are available to book through Airbnb Experiences (Bike like a Victorian through Central London) and Fromigo (Ride a Penny Farthing in Central London).

Please see the Events section for a list of dates and book direct online.


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Club Events

When you become a member of the Penny Farthing Club, you will be eligible and encouraged to participate in the Club’s exciting events and activities. These include social rides, charity events, Victorian costume rides, paid corporate engagements, Penny Farthing Polo and road / track racing.

Please see the Events section for a list of dates and confirm your attendance with the Club Secretary.





Corporate events

We welcome opportunities to work with commercial organisations and we can make up to a dozen penny farthing bikes available with experienced instructors for special events, team-building rides or PR opportunities.

Please contact the Club Secretary for availability and costs.


Penny Farthing Corporate Events

Events

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Events for 2018 

 

Sunday 14th January 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 25th February 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 25th February 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Sunday 4th March 1400 – 1700 hrs Track racing Scunthorpe
Sunday 11th March 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 11th March 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Sunday 25th March 1000 – 1200 hrs Polo training HPPC
Sunday 8th April’a0 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 8th April 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Saturday 12th May 1400 – 1600 hrs Track racing Herne Hill
Sunday 13th May 1400 – 1600 hrs Track racing Herne Hill
Sunday 20th May 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 20th May 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Monday 28th May All Day Summer BH Festival Steyning
Saturday 9th June TBC Rapha Nocture race London
Thursday 14th June All Day World Cycling Festival Herne Hill
Friday 15th June All Day World Cycling Festival Herne Hill
Saturday 16th June All Day World Cycling Festival Herne Hill
Sunday 24th June 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 24th June 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Sunday 1st July 1000 – 1200 hrs Polo training HPPC
Saturday 7th July All Day Amateur PF race Wallingford
Sunday 8th July 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 8th July 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Sunday 22nd July 1200 – 1400 hrs International Polo Match Cowdray Park
Sunday 29th July All Day Prudential Ride London London
Sunday 5th August 1000 – 1200 hrs Polo training HPPC
Sunday 19th August 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 19th August 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Sunday 2nd September 1000 – 1200 hrs Polo training HPPC
Sunday 16th September 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 16th September 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Sunday 21st October 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 21st October 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London
Sunday 18th November 1000 – 1300 hrs Airbnb training course London
Sunday 18th November 1400 – 1700 hrs Fromigo training course London

Contact


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For more information please contact the Club Secretary:

 

Neil Laughton

neil@laughton.co

07973 289552

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