A man from Germany is claiming a new Guinness World Record for the world’s heaviest rideable bicycle.
Frank Dose, aged 49 and from Schleswig-Holstein, rode his self-built bike 100 metres at the weekend, and is now waiting for Guinness World Records to certify his effort.
The existing benchmark stood at 860 kilograms, but Dose’s machine – with tyres recycled from an agricultural muck-spreader – weighed in at a whopping 1.08 tonnes.
He hit a top speed of 5 kilometres an hour during his record-breaking attempt, which won’t win him any Strava KOMs, but still … chapeau!
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.