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Man Riding Penny Farthing In London Crashes Into Delivery Van

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Man Riding Penny Farthing In London Crashes Into Delivery Van

A viral clip shows a man inexplicably riding a penny farthing bicycle along the road in London, before crashing into a delivery van and tumbling to the floor... Don't worry, onlookers said he made it out fairly unscathed, having just suffered a few bruises.

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The footage was captured on Sunday 27 December in Stoke Newington, where someone was seen zooming past a Whole Foods store on a pretty alternative mode of transport - having ditched the more common options like a car or bike to travel in style.

He seemed to gather some speed, too, whizzing down the road with confidence on his vintage bicycle.

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However, the olde worlde dream came crashing to an end when the man collided with a DPD delivery van, which was turning right into another road.

He smacked into the side of the van, before falling to the ground.

Thankfully, the man who filmed the clip called Gary Buckley explained on social media that the rider was okay, and was only slightly bruised in the incident.

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DPD told LADbible in a statement: "We are aware of the incident and have carried out a full investigation. The driver stopped at the scene and made sure the rider was ok, before exchanging details."

The clip has since been shared many times on social media, with various people having a stab at coming up with the most amusing caption.

Mimicking a mock conversation between the rider and a pal, one wrote: "We need a loaf Dave... Sound I'll get my Penny Farthing out the shed."

Someone else said: "Unfortunately this is a common occurrence in Stoke Newington."

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Another tweeted: "I love bikes. All bikes. Including this bike. But I will not ride one down the main drag until there is a separated penny-farthing lane. Safety first people."

A fourth said: "Some hipster cycles past a Whole Foods on a penny farthing gets knocked over by a van It's just too perfect."

I mean, we should probably point out that no one deserves to get hit by a van, whatever transport decisions they make.

And if you're thinking about clambering on to a penny farthing to give it a go, make sure you wear your helmet - and remember that many penny farthings brake slightly differently to other bikes, meaning you can't always stop easily.

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According to the Daily Mail, there are no legal requirements for penny farthings to have brakes - although some modern versions have them fitted to the rear wheel.

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Topics: Viral, UK News, News

Jess Hardiman
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