Singer Challenge 1885 ordinary, New production penny farthing

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Singer British Challenge Penny Farthing by Richards of England Long awaited production version of the Singer British Challenge Replica: Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 This bike was once made from detailed dimensional drawing’s taken from an 1885 Singer British Challenge which would have originally been manufactured by Singer and Co of Coventry in England. Back in the day this bike would of been top of the line to be had as a fully nickel plated machine or in Harrington’s enamel paint. I wanted to pay respect to the original makers so copied the original specification closely: Radially Laced spokes directly screwed into the brass hubs each hand made specifically for each bike. Each spoke hole is drilled and taped at the proper angle for the rim. Tangent options also to be had Ovalised and tapered backbone – this shows the quality of the original bike the oval backbone makes a large difference in strength allowing use of a reduced tube wall thickness. Hollow steel rims – These are hand rolled to any size, the hollow section is both lighter and stronger than a solid c section. Narrow steel hollow period racer rim option to be had The Front and rear forks are hollow fluted and tapered – Increases strength and adds to the good looks of this fine machine. Original pan style saddle mounted on a leaf spring suspended by rubber bushings and linkages – This is rather a genius setup as the saddle sways in the direction that your bum would slide on the seat at the same time as pedalling which seems to reduce chaffing better than my normal favourite the Brooks International distance saddle. Front Spoon brake nickel plated in house to give a warm patina – Each machine’s brake is tested and setup to reduce speed without too much bite. Trouser guard – in truth rather handy surprisingly doesn’t take long to wear marks in your trousers. Bearing arrangement Singer ran a double roller bearing at each side of the fork so I have used the same technique on the replica in a bearing housing. This allows a more slender fork arrangement very clever technology of the time. Pedals these are nickel plated and are period correct (now with Singer end plate design). Nickel plated slotted adjustable crank arms as per how the original would have been.Traditional Coach enamled paintwork (More than a few tasteful colours to be had) New – Hand coach lined paint work (pinstriped) option to be had on all Richards of England bikes! We do not import bikes we only make them here in England! We ship bikes out of the United Kingdom please contact for a quote. Each bike comes complete with a cup of tea and a tour of the workshop if your interested in how things are made. For more details and other options please phone on 07969275909 Please contact me first to talk about the lead time and sizing you would require. For more pictures visit


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