Didi Senft's machine marries bike and Trabant to help celebrate Kate & William's big day...

Royal wedding fever has swept up one of its more unlikely victims in the shape of Didi Senft, the eccentric German known to millions of cycling fans worldwide for popping up at the roadside on Tour de France stages dressed in his devil costume, urging the riders on with his trident. When not attending the big races on the calendar (or hanging out with road.cc types, as in the picture), Didi designs some weird and wonderful bikes and has built a Kate and William-themed rickshaw to help celebrate the happy couple’s big day tomorrow.

The news comes just days after it was revealed that Mayor of London Boris Johnson was giving the couple a tandem 'Boris Bike,' with Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme operator Serco picking up the cost.

Perhaps commemorating the royal family’s German roots, the cab of the three wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle that Diddi has designed is the rear end of a Trabant – the East German car made famous when the Berlin Wall came down.

A picture accompanying a Reuters report shows the full effect – union flag hubcaps, livery incorporating London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, a model of Westminster Abbey on the roof, and lifesize cardboard cut outs of the royal couple sitting on the passenger seats, together with a doll of a baby perched between them.

That latter detail reflects Didi’s belief that the marriage will result in royal offspring, he revealed to Reuters. "Then we could outfit the wedding rickshaw with a little wagon, and we could come up with more ideas and construct more fun new things and continue to send our best wishes to London," he revealed.

Explaining why he chose to create the rickshaw in the first place, he said: “Every person in the world is following the wedding and you've got to take part. It's a global event like the soccer World Cup, but it only takes six hours - the World Cup takes four weeks."

Besides the machines he designs, Didi also runs his own museum in Storkow near Berlin which houses many of his creations, including what he says are the world’s largest and tallest bikes.

More details of Didi’s bikes and his activities can be found on his website, which sadly for those of us who don’t speak the language, is in German only.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


skippy [416 posts] 6 years ago

What with his Christmas lights and Toboggan , Didi rarely fails to amuse ! More on his exploits in my blogs .