Pedal power on a penny farthing

Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Click here to see Wilton resident Betsy Schindler’s account of the visit.

By PAT MULVANEY

Courtesy of the Sparta Herald

Anyone traveling through Sparta on Friday afternoon could have caught sight of strange figure wearing a British Army pith helmet, sitting astride a big-wheel bicycle.

That jaunty chap was not Ben Bikin incognito but Joff Summerfield, a 46-year-old adventurer from London who is one month along on his second lap around the world on a big-wheeler.

The former race-car-engine builder turned big-wheel-bike manufacturer had just completed a jolly jaunt along the Elroy-Sparta State Trail on Friday and was visiting the Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum before continuing his journey west. He had spent the previous night in Wilton with Lyle and Betsy Schindler. 

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    Special to the County Line

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