Fastest bike ever?

Frenchman José Meiffret rode this beast over 200 kph in 1962. The bike had a monstrous 130 tooth chain with a 15 tooth sprocket (225 gear inches)! The frame was reinforced and the rims were made of wood to resist overheating. All-in-all the beauty above weighed 45 lbs.

His record was accomplished riding behind a Mercedes with a fairing on the back (to reduce the wind resistance). Still, Meiffert had to maintain a cadence of 180 rpm to hit the kilo record.

You can read the full story about his record here. You also have to give him big style points – how cool is the jersey he wore (above).

4 responses to “Fastest bike ever?

  1. Don’t forget that John Howard smashed this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Howard_(cyclist)

  2. Imagine the hills you could climb if the gears were reversed.

  3. Thanks for the link. The original is a fantastic story.

  4. Here is a link to a cool video covering this. (in French)
    http://www.ina.fr/video/CPF04007546

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