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Tweed Run (1)

10 April 2010; 1448 Hours
[Canon EOS 5D | ISO 200 | 24 mm | 1/1250 seconds | F/4.0]

The Tweed Run is a group bicycle ride through the centre of London, in which the cyclists are expected to dress in traditional British cycling attire, particularly tweed plus four suits. Any bicycle is acceptable on the Tweed Run, but classic vintage bicycles are encouraged. Some effort to recreate the spirit of a bygone era is always appreciated.


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Posted by on April 11, 2010 in Canon EOS 5D, photoblog


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Day 333: Penny-farthing and the Urban Warfare

Day 333:  Penny-farthing and the Urban Warfare

This cyclist on his Penny-farthing was seen in Central London on 28 November 2008.

I managed to fire off two not-too-focussed images and this was the sharpest one.

According to WikiPedia’s article on Penny-farthing:

Penny-farthing is a term used to describe a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel that was popular after the velocipede, or boneshaker, until the development of the safety bicycle. They were the first machines to be called ‘bicycles’. The description ‘penny-farthing’ refers to British penny and farthing coins, one much larger than the other so that the side view resembles a penny leading a farthing, though this expression does not appear in print until 1927.


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