It was inevitable.
Took delivery early this week and put it together that night: a QU-AX Penny Farthing bicycle with a 36" front wheel. Tried it out just "scooting," with one foot on the step, and did okay; even rode it a few feet before returning to the scooting exercise: because you have to be able to do that to mount it!
With one thing and another, I'd had to leave it sit until tonight. I took it out to the street under the light, intending to merely practice scooting but after a couple of tries, it really seemed that I could....yes! Onto the seat and down the block, a very smooth ride, fair speed, around a corner and bit of effort up a small rise, another corner, cars went past (big SUV, one of them, and me more than eye-to-eye with the passengers), very nice, around another corner and hey, what side was the step on?
Couldn't see it. Couldn't find it with either foot, and the next corner was coming up--
Got around it okay and went all the way to the end of my block and turned around before I was convinced I had my foot on the step. Dismount went fine.
The (nominal) brake needs adjustment (as in, it doesn't make contact with the rear wheel at all) and, a first for me, the seat and handlebar are a little high. But it rides remarkably well and I hope to have more chances to practice before the weather gets too cold. It is very different to safety bikes or even my mini-hiwheel in that unless you're very, very good, there's no static balancing: when you come to a stop, you're stepping off, simple as that. Also, I think I want knee and elbow pads before trying any longer rides. As it was, I did the whole gloves & helmet routine. It's a long way down.
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