Pimped penny farthing made from tractor parts becomes YouTube hit

The giant penny farthing took three months to build and is made from steel tubes, bicycle parts and a tractor tyre.
It is the brainchild of Wouter van den Bosch, an art student and former mechanical engineer, who made the 450kg (70st) colossus from parts donated to him by friends and a tractor company.
The 29-year-old, from Arnhem, in the Netherlands, has become a YouTube star after a video of him pedalling the creation received more than 600,000 hits in two weeks.
‘For the the past few years I have been into making mechanical mutations – changing the purpose devices or parts are designed for,’ he said.
‘Since this is my final year on my arts degree I wanted to plan something big.
‘I started harvesting parts from people I knew, so it was cheap to make, and began putting it all together.
‘It was fantastic when it was ready and I took it out for the first time.’
Since the video clip of Mr Van den Bosch went online he has had offers to exhibit the bike at museums and music festivals.
‘Now that the bike is finished and I am almost done with school I don’t know what to do with it.’


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    Ammara said,

    and….he’ll do wat with it now? 😛

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