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
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.
Completing a training course entitles you to a years complimentary membership of the Penny Farthing Club.
Please see the Events section for a list of dates and book direct online.
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.
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.
|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|