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!
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.