.Senior Citizens: £.4.00
Children 6-16: £.2.00
.groups £.discount for groups of 10+ visiting normal open days/times .
.groups £.minimum group booking charge of £50 if visit is out of normal open days/times
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.Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
.Open all year
Open 10 am-2pm on Saturday 6th May
.Days can usually be flexible for large groups depending on availability of staff
National Cycle Museum
The Automobile Palace
Powys - Mid Wales
Tel: 01597 825531
The Ordinary/Penny Farthing
. The invention in the 1870s of the metal-rimmed wheel with wire tension spokes introduced the next phase of bicycle design, the development of the high ordinary or ‘penny farthing.’ Front wheels could be constructed of a diameter only limited by the inside leg measurement of the rider. Tall cyclists with long legs had a built-in advantage!
Use of the ordinary was limited to athletic young men. Long distance tours were made and, in the 1880s round-the-world rides were accomplished. However, the ordinary is not for the faint-hearted.
Machines were developed in which the driven front wheel was reduced in diameter and a form of ‘gearing-up’ was introduced between the pedals and the wheel.
Geared-up chain drives, lever treadles and epicyclic hub gears were all tried and ‘geared front-drivers’ enjoyed a short vogue during the 1880s..