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If you saw Jackass Number 2 you no doubt remember the rocket bike stunt first attempted by Johnny Knoxville (photo below) and subsequently perfected by BMX superstar Matt Hoffman. But to me, the funniest bike stunt actually involved old fashioned high wheel bicycles (aka penny farthing bikes).

These old bikes have always fascinated me and I can’t even imagine how difficult they must be to ride. The design is just so outrageous it doesn’t even seem real to me, what is the advantage to such a bike? Is it to keep your coat tails from dragging on the ground? Check out this site. It appears to be a webpage advertising a club of high wheel bicycle riders who actually ride these things long distances (well, 10 miles).

Anyway, Knoxville had some trouble getting started on the bike but quickly attempted to jump a snow ramp, ending up hitting his head on the pavement. Don’t worry though – I think the bike was ok.
Rocket bikeHigh wheel bicycle

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