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Cambridgeshire cyclist keeps cool as he balances fridge on back of bike (+ video)

Age-old problem of how to keep your water bottle cool on hot day in the saddle solved

In an image reminiscent of a picture from Hans Kemps’ wonderful book Bikes of Burden, full of photos of the frankly insane loads that some in South East Asia carry on their motorcycles, a cyclist in Cambridge amazed onlookers and brought traffic to a halt as he pedalled past with a fridge – and not a small fridge, at that – balanced on his rear rack.

One driver, John Hicks from Sawston, who was travelling with his two daughters, stopped and managed to take a picture of the intrepid cyclist, who was also caught on video.

“It was all very exciting,” said Mr Hicks. “Other cars stopped too. We just couldn’t believe it. It was the most bizarre sight.

“I don’t know how he managed to balance the fridge on the bike,” he continued.

“It caused no end of laughs. It just looked so strange. We heard he was heading to Linton which is a pretty long cycle, especially if you’re carrying a fridge on the back of a bike.”

Cambridge News, which reported the story, is trying to find out the identity of the cyclist and their newsdesk can be contacted on 01223 434439.

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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