Flying Pigeon LA gains vaunted Penny Farthing street cred

Penny Farthing wows the mechanics at Flying Pigeon LA
Fixies? Stupid. BMX? Lame. Bike races? Whatevs.

At Flying Pigeon LA, we know what is coming next, and we’re preparing for the future! Which is why we’re proud to say we are now qualified to true the rear wheels of penny farthing (high wheel, high wheeler, or ordinary) bicycles.

Removing the rear wheel on a Penny Farthing at Flying Pigeon LA

Yes, this past week I removed the rear wheel of a penny farthing and trued it up. Free of charge! This is part of a secret government program sponsored by the dental-industrial-complex to get more people on these bikes (thereby getting one giant step closer to knocking their front teeth out when they crash). The dentists always win!

Penny Farthing at Flying Pigeon LA

Anyway, we also work on ordinary (i.e. regular, or “safety”, bicycles) too. Take a look at our Service & Support page for a sampling of our rates and fee schedules. We will barter for home grown eggs, vegetables, and are always willing to barter work and parts on your bike for skilled labor. Cold hard cash and swipey cards with pretend digital money also accepted.

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  1. Posted April 22, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink

  2. Harv
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Are you also qualified to service the spoon brake on my Bone-Shaker? Mine is so worn that it looks more like a salad fork. I need this for the next Tweed Ride. My Wellies (Wellington Boots) can’t take much more foot-dragging. And how is your supply of acetylene? I am running low.

  3. Jim Cooper
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Fixies? Stupid? The penny IS the Ultimate fixie. Just imagine, you are on your penny farthing, say 54″ equivalent gear, going down a steep road, the speed is climing, but you hang in there, now you have a runaway, 25, 30, 40 mph and climing, both ankles have compound fractures from the flailing pedals, a busy intersection is coming up, you are way beyond the dentist now, the only merciful thing you can do now is pull your revolver and blow your brains out. Yea, I guess fixies are stupid but I still want one of those penny farthings. Have fun-Jim

  4. Posted April 24, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Jim, you are the best. If we ever start selling penny farthings, they will come as a package deal with a gun license and a sidearm.

  5. Jim Cooper
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Great idea!
    Actually, a revolver is a little bit of overkill (sorry about that). A nice one or two shot pistol should be sufficient. Maybe Brooks could make a quality tooled leather holster which could be attached at the fork crown. The pistol should be permantly attached with a lanyard so it would be difficult to use it for other than its intended purpose. High quality engraving and fancy leather tooling should be offered for style conscious customers. This would be sold as “THE ULTIMATE PACKAGE”. I love it – jim

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