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Friday, January 16, 2015

Guy Seen Riding a Penny-Farthing Down Market Street Like It's No Big Deal

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 3:06 PM

click to enlarge Headed to meet friends at the bar? - JASON DEIBEL
  • Jason Deibel
  • Headed to meet friends at the bar?

Well, this guy took us very seriously when we warned commuters to stay away from BART today and find some other form of getting around town. 

Much to the chagrin of Market Street drivers (and maybe other cyclists), this very normal-appearing guy was reportedly taking up more than his fair share of the lane as he casually pedaled his penny-farthing through downtown with a backpack in tow. 

We thought this was an only-in-Portland thing, but alas, Officer Albie Esparza tells us that he has seen this same cyclist on that same relic pedaling around SOMA and  "there's nothing illegal about it."

It might not be illegal, but it certainly is curious. For starters, how the hell did he mount that thing? Also, why isn't he wearing a frock coat?

Thank God for YouTube:

Well, the penny-farthing might be a throwback to the 1800s, but it sure seems to be more reliable than BART these days. 

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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