Welcome to the Penny Farthing Club, founded in 2013 by Neil Laughton who was intrigued by these Victorian era bicycles. The PFC has developed into a community of enthusiastic riders, racers and polo players! The Club has more than a dozen modern replica bikes of various sizes and offers rider training, events throughout the year and we’re available for private hire, corporate team building and film / photo commissions.

 

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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, providing you are over 18, you are 5ft 4 inches (163 cm) or taller, weigh less than 100 kg (220 Lbs) and you are in good physical shape.

Prospective Club members are required to attend a three hour training course which can be booked online direct through Airbnb Experiences or fromigo.com (The Penny Farthing Bike Tour). Alternatively, please contact the London based bike tour company Tally Ho – www.tallyhocycletours.com / 07969 230828 as they will be able to advise you on alternative training and tour dates.

On completion of your training course, you will be capable and confident of riding a Penny Farthing bicycle safely on public roads. The training fee and tour of London ride costs £125 and will include your first year’s membership of the Penny Farthing Club. Thereafter, annual membership is £25. Please return the Membership Form (here) to neil@pennyfarthingclub.com

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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

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Training

The Club Secretary runs rider training courses which are available to book through Airbnb Experiences or Fromigo.

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.


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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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PENNY FARTHING CLUB EVENTS 2019

DATE EVENT LOCATION
Sunday 20th January New members training course Smith Square, London
Sunday 17th February New members training course Smith Square, London
Sunday 3rd March PF polo practice Hurstpierpoint College
Sunday 17th March New members training course Smith Square, London
Sunday 7th April PF polo demo game Hove Lawns, Brighton
Sunday 14th April New members training course Smith Square, London
Sunday 28th April Victorian themed ride Olympic Park, London
Sunday 12th May New members training course Smith Square, London
Sunday 26th May PF polo practice Hurstpierpoint College
Saturday 8th June London Nocturne PF Race St Paul’s, London
Sunday 9th June New members training course Smith Square, London
Sunday 23rd June International PF Polo Match Guards Polo Club
Sunday 21st July New members training course Smith Square, London
26th – 28th July Beachy Head Hill Climb & Races Eastbourne, Sussex
Sunday 4th August PF polo practice Hurstpierpoint College
Sunday 18th August New members training course Smith Square, London
23rd – 25th August TBC PF 1 Hour Indoor WR attempt NCC, Manchester
7th – 8th September Belgium Open Championships Oudenburg, Belgium
Sunday 15th September New members training course Smith Square, London
Sunday 29th September PF polo practice Hurstpierpoint College
10th – 18th October PF 1 Hour outdoor WR attempt Massachusetts, USA
Sunday 20th October New members training course Smith Square, London
Sunday 24th November New members training course Smith Square, London

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Contact


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For more information please contact the Club Secretary:

 

Neil Laughton

neil@pennyfarthingclub.com

07973 289552

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