Penny Farthing are also called Ordinary Cycles, Hi-Wheel cycles, Gentleman’s bikes and sometimes Velocipede. They are seeing a comeback as they are great fun to ride and a great spectacle.high wheelers: 48-inch diameter wheels for titches like me, 60in diameter wheels for the tallest of riders. Motorists tend to notice penny farthings.Penny farthings were hard to ride, dangerous, expensive, and technologically advanced. They appealed to wealthy young men with time on their hands and who craved the speed and excitement of such machines. A penny was the red Ferrari of the age.