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.

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.