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German aims for world's heaviest bike record - with 1.2 TONNE machine

Frank Dose needs to ride his invention 200 metres this weekend to secure Guinness World Record

A man in Germany has built the Mother of all Fat Bikes – weighing upwards of 1 tonne and with tyres more than 1.5 metres in diameter – and hopes to pedal his way into the record books on it next weekend, reports

Frank Dose is aiming to set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest rideable bike, which currently stands at 860 kilograms.

While his bike, fashioned from scrap metal and with tyres repurposed from agricultural machinery – there’s video of it while it was under construction here – is already heavier than that, he plans to add more weight to it this week taking it to 1.2 tonnes.

That’s more than 176 times the UCI’s minimum legal weight requirement for road bikes – not that the 49-year-old from Schleswig-Holsten’s creation would be in any way compliant with the organisation’s rules on issues such as frame dimensions.

His wife Astrid described the bike, nicknamed the Steel Ass, as “sensational.” She added: "I am proud and pleased that he has now made it."

The current Guinness World Record holder is Belgium’s Jeff Peeters – here’s a video of him setting the benchmark Mr Dose will try and beat this weekend.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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VonPinkhoffen | 7 years ago

Finally a bike I can track-stand!

leaway2 | 7 years ago
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Can't see any evidence of brakes. Must be a fixie  3

ridein | 7 years ago

Proof that people would do almost anything to get a Guinness World Record. It better have one/some of the lowest gear ratios possible to get any kind of momentum.

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