At the WARMfest last weekend, I met a fellow riding a Coker Wheelman pennyfarthing, with the same wheel size as my QU-AX.
Both have similar rake angles, pneumatic tires and the main wheel is a yard across -- but that's about it for similarities:
Coker at left, QU-AX at right
They're both nice-looking ordinaries and attract a lot of interest. While the Coker does have a brake on the main wheel, the rider I met admitted he doesn't use it much. Meeting him made me wish I'd've ridden mine to the event; there aren't so many of us on pennyfarthings, still less the modern versions.
I KNEW THE LOSS WAS SERIOUS WHEN I SAW THE NEWSPAPER JUNK THEIR OLD PRINTING PRESSES. Seeing it myself made it real. Ripped the heart right out of that building and that paper. It's not why newspapers are dying but it is one reason why they die largely unmourned. I'm pushing back. Typewriters, Dial Telephones, Hand Tools, Old Amateur Radio Gear, Telegraph Keys, Analog Volt Ohmmeters, Vacuumatic Coffeemakers, Slide Rules, Fountain Pens, etc.: I have 'em. I use 'em.
It's not political. There are other places for that. People who love old technology can be found all across the spectrum. Let's concentrate on what we have in common.
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