Found: Bad Ass Homemade Miniature Penny Farthing e-Bike

homemade miniature penny farthing e-bike

Found in downtown Asheville, NC, this miniature “bike” is powered only by a hub based motor and the side mounted battery pack. It’s throttle only, there are no actual pedals, but we’ll easily overlook that because, well, just look at it. Awesome. We chatted up the builder outside the bar, and there’s no website or anything for his craft yet. He said he’s looking into options for selling them or the design. Until then, there’s more pics after the break…

homemade miniature penny farthing e-bike

homemade miniature penny farthing e-bike

homemade miniature penny farthing e-bike


Psi Squared - 06/29/14 - 3:39pm

Bonus points for creativity to the guy who made that.

Ilikeicedtea - 06/29/14 - 6:21pm

That saddle throws the scale off. Is this for a normal sized adult?

Erik - 06/29/14 - 8:37pm

Asheville rocks!

Speedy - 06/29/14 - 9:25pm

shut up and take my money! Also, I wonder if you could add more range by placing another battery pack on the other side of the front wheel?

Jose - 06/29/14 - 10:08pm


Michael - 06/29/14 - 11:23pm

Brilliant. Having trouble working out the steering, though, because I can’t see a point that isn’t fixed on to something else. Do you lean to turn it?

Kelly - 06/29/14 - 11:42pm

Looks like articulating steering, hinged in the middle.

MikeC - 06/30/14 - 6:53am

There’s always pushback on this site when ebikes are posted, but here we have something you can’t even pedal — so it’s a true electric moped or scooter — and commenters love it.

It’s stuff like this which leaves site admin and marketers scratching their heads.

Todd S - 06/30/14 - 7:34am

No really a fan of Ebikes, but wow, this is amazing. Totally custom, totally a new design, and something I think people would be will to buy; even hard core cyclists (engineers) like myself.

uglyyeti - 06/30/14 - 7:49am

I spent last week in downtown Asheville – bummed I didn’t see that thing.

Bik-E - 06/30/14 - 7:51am

Reminds me of this which is another penny farthing E bike type gadget, but in production.

A Willi - 06/30/14 - 8:28am

@Tyler Benedict – WTF?! Try pedaling!

AlanM - 06/30/14 - 10:54am

^^^ There’s the ebike hate I was waiting for.

RebelRoundeye - 06/30/14 - 11:02am

This. I would buy this.

King County - 06/30/14 - 11:23am

I usually like my bikes ‘pedal only’, but I’d like to try this!

Anthony - 06/30/14 - 1:42pm

It looks like the black part of the frame is fixed. It looks like the yellow fork turns inside the black frame. It limits the turn radius but gives you a place to put your feet and mount the battery.

nightfend - 06/30/14 - 1:51pm

I think there is no negative blowback on this one because I don’t feel like this invention will steal market share from regular bikes as much as from cars and scooters. Some of the faux- ebikes are obviously meant to compete directly with bicycles and so, I dislike them.

mark - 06/30/14 - 10:17pm

It would make a sweet ride for a parking officer! I like another cool penny inspired design is at . It’s an interesting concept and looks like a fun ride. Not sure how useful the pedaling is except for maybe long hills but perhaps the pedaling does make it street legal.

angel - 10/17/14 - 3:03am

I met this guy last year (2013) at a gas station and he just rode up on it. I thought it was the coolest thing. It’s super quiet and the guy is pretty tall too. Im 5’9″ and he was probably 6 feet. I’m amazed to have found a pic on pinterest that obviously lead me here. <3 Asheville

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