Almost as cool– cooler?– than the orcas in the harbor is the sight of a pedaler on a penny farthing. And the person who rolled into town on the Pioneer Spirit on Sunday, David Wilson, is whiskered and wardrobed to match his ride. He’s in town briefly as he makes his way from Stewart Island to Cape Reinga to promote the Oamaru’s Victorian precinct and his own 1882 Cycle Works Shop. He’s also on the prowl for a decent route for the proposed 2014 international penny farthing tour of New Zealand. Now that’s the kind of event I’ll paint my face for. Zinc-oxide white?
Wilson is riding alone– no support vehicle.
The penny farthing he’s riding was made in Oamaru and boasts 137 centimeter front wheel. It’s direct drive– no chain. Sort of makes you realize how coosh you’re got it, right? Next time you’re in Oamaru, you can stop by the Cycle Works Shop to give it a go yourself. It’s on my list.
Have you seen this guy? Better yet, did he let you try out his ride?