The owner of a tandem bicycle hearse who put it up for sale because of the effort required to pedal it is having a rethink as a result of the huge interest expressed in the unusual coffin-carrying vehicle.
Former Pentecostal minister Reverend Paul Sinclair, who owns Leicestershire-based Motorcycle Funerals, had the £2,250 specially adapted tandem built with the help of a motorcycle sidecar racing engineer following requests from cyclists.
In an article last week in the Daily Mail, however, he revealed that he had become too unfit to pedal it himself and was thinking of putting it up for sale since he could find no-one locally willing to ride the unusual bike on a casual basis. The response to that article, however, has led him to have second thoughts.
Reverend Sinclair, who set up the business ten years ago, told the Rutland & Stamford Mercury: "Because we do a motorcycle and sidecar hearse, every now and again we were asked to do the funeral of cyclists, because it was the nearest thing they could get to a bicycle. So in the end I built one, a coffin-carrying bicycle. I call it a bicycle made for three.
"I said I wanted to sell it because I was struggling to ride it. But I have had so much interest in it since I said that, and people saying 'Oh, I'd like to use that', I think what I should be doing is hunting out someone fit enough to ride the thing for me."
The hearse was on display last week at the International Christian Resources Exhibition in Exeter in a themed zone relating to bereavement services called Return To Sender.
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.