In a world where everyone is trying to make everything smaller and lighter, it's nice to see a little ornery contrariness once in a while.
Case in point: According to several online articles and videos making the viral rounds, a man in Germany recently set a new Guinness World Record for assembling the world's heaviest bicycle. It weighs a ton. No, literally.
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Weighing in at 1.08 metric tonnes -- about 2,380 pounds -- the bicycle was put together by admirably obsessive 49-year-old Frank Dose of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Dose used two ginormous tires salvaged off of an industrial fertilizer spreader and welded the frame from several giant piles of scrap metal. The tires alone weigh several hundred pounds, and each has a diameter of more than five feet.
To qualify for the Guinness record, Dose's bike needed to be actually functional. So last week, at the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival, Dose took the bike for a ride in front of a crowd of thousands -- plus official representatives from Guinness. Because if you're going to build the world's heaviest bicycle, you unveil it at a heavy metal festival. You can see the madness for yourself in this video posted by German online magazine Zeitpunkt.