Some of the folks I ride with are into the delightful insanity that is the high-wheeler bike. They are working with a builder in Sweden who is offering a buy-2-get-1-free deal, and they hosted a little demonstration/test ride session yesterday. Honest to goodness, they made it look easy. Now, I realize I am not the right shape to ride one of these, and I really did not go there intending to try one. I went because it was a beautiful day and a bunch of my friends were out playing with bikes nearby so why not? And then I guess peer pressure got the best of me. Sure, I don't really want to own one, but it'd be cool to be able to say I can ride one. So I let them talk me into trying it. (My pants are all cuffed up because I was warned that if you get your pants or shoelaces tangled in the fork, it can be a real party-ender.) You will notice there are no pictures of me actually riding. This is because I didn't actually get anywhere. I managed to haul myself up to the seat, but I didn't have enough momentum to get/keep moving, and I went over pretty much immediately. Nothing injured but my pride. I have come to the conclusion that I have a whole bunch of factors working against me: upper body strength (or lack thereof), agility/flexibility (or lack thereof), and BMI (certainly no lack of body mass, though). The experience has kind of lit a fire under me, however, to get my tail in better shape and try again. I have been given a few pointers to increase my chances of success. Anybody else on the board have penny-farthing/high-wheeler stories?