The world’s heaviest bicycle has been manufactured by a German cyclist fanatic by making use of huge tires from an old fertilizer spreader and large amount of scrap steel.
Frank Dose from Schleswig-Holstein is 49 years old and has been at work on his two-wheeled behemoth since March and claims that about $4,700 have been spent by him on this bike. And according to him, it was worth it.
Astrid, his wife also agrees with this as she said during a launch event, last month:
“I think his bike is sensational. I am proud and pleased that he has done it.”
In addition to this, as of September 3rd after setting a new world record for the world’s heaviest rideable bicycle, Astrid has another reason to feel honoured of her husband’s work.
The weight of the metal contraption of Dose is massive 1.08 tonnes which makes it more than 200 kilograms heavier as compared to the previous holder of the world record, an 860-kilogram bicycle built by Jeff Peeters, of Belgium. The tires of Dose’s bike are of hundreds of kilograms and have a diameter of 1.53 meters. However, the bike is very easy to ride as per Frank in spite of its enormous size and weight.
On September 3rd, he proved this in real by riding this massive bike in front of 5,000 people for more than 100 meters. Without any doubt, the speed was an unimpressive 5km/h, but considering the size of the bike, it’s not too shabby.
Well, you might be wondering that why would anyone go through the trouble of building the world’s heaviest bicycle? The answer was given by Dose as he said that he did it for a dare. At first, he had drawn up some plans for a scrap metal bicycle to ride at the Wacken Open Air festival, but after a friend doubted the feasibility of his design, he got working on it just to prove it would work.
In order to verify a record attempt, Guinness World Records usually take a few months, which means that Dose needs to wait a while before being declared as a record holder. Nonetheless, he is happy that it’s just a matter of time now.