This bike, however, takes much more than money and a love for beer. It takes 1) a cyclist with the tree trunk size legs and 2) a specially equipped Mercedes. That may be too simplistic, but you get the idea that this is more limited use than a bike designed to fetch growlers, because a third requirement might be an extraordinary disregard for metalic teeth and a chain moving very rapidly quite far up one's inseam. You see, we are starting to limit the number of people who are going to qualify rapidly. Enough with the wordy discussion and how about a picture, eh?
|Aren't your wheels supposed to be a LOT larger than your chain ring?|
As you can see, this bike betrays its heritage immediately and you can tell quickly that it is the steed of a rider from bygone days. Here is that rider with the extraordinary disregard for gnashing teeth quite close to his saddle, made all the more remarkable because it must take stones of a certain size to be willing to ride this bike for its intended purpose.
|Jose Meiffret - 1962's Fastest Man on a Bike|
In case of fatal accident, I beg of the spectators not to feel sorry for me. I am a poor man, an orphan since the age of eleven, and I have suffered much. Death holds no terror for me. This record attempt is my way of expressing myself. If the doctors can do no more for me, please bury me by the side of the road where I have fallen.On our team, we have a couple of guys in particular who seem devoted to Rule 90 (and Rule 5, for that matter), including PM, JS and TC, but even they would acknowledge the extreme of this particular set-up.
As for the aforementioned specially equipped Mercedes? This is what it looked like and here is how this bike was assisted up to speed.
|How do you turn a Mercedes 300 into the car from SNL's Ambiguously Gay Duo? Just like this.|
The link to the original story sent to me from TW: This bizarre looking bike went 127 miles per hour.