German Man Builds 2000-Pound Bike in Quest for World Record

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Cyclists typically favor a lightweight ride—but Frank Dose, a German man who’s spent the better part of the last six months building a massive, more than 2000-pound bicycle, isn’t out to win any races. Instead, the Associated Press reports, Dose hopes to set a new Guinness World Record for heaviest rideable bike.

Dose is a 49-year-old trucker from Schleswig-Holstein. He constructed his bicycle from scrap steel, and fitted it with giant, 5-foot diameter tires that once belonged to an industrial fertilizer spreader. In its present state, the bike outweighs the nearly 1900-pound bike that belongs to Jeff Peeters, the Belgian engineer who set the current world record in March 2016. It looks likely that Dose—who will complete a nearly 700-foot biking course on Saturday, September 3 to prove the machine is both hefty and maneuverable—may defeat his Dutch rival.

But Dose isn’t content with simply breaking Peeters’s record—he wants to smash it. The German cyclist plans to make the bike even heavier by adding weight so it tips close to 2700 pounds.

According to The Daily Mail, Dose’s bicycle is so big that neighbors have to help him load it onto a truck to transport it from place to place. But while its size is intimidating, Dose’s wife told news outlets that it’s a “sensational bike,” and easy to ride.

[h/t Associated Press]

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