A cyclist from Perth’s south-west has sold $5 million worth of bikes and pedals to a Dutch company.
The bike was a rental and was fitted with a pressure of 50kg, making it the heaviest bicycle ever built.
News.ie’s Kevin O’Brien reports.
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The bikes were bought from an Australian company called Bikes Australia.
It was in the early stages of a business venture when the buyer, who did not want to be named, approached BikesAustralia for advice about how to develop the product.
It is a bike that is designed for riders who do not need the luxury of a luxury bike.
He bought a new bicycle and fitted it with a bicycle pressure of 40kg.
“They wanted to make sure the bike had a decent range of motion and not a bunch of rubber that was just going to fall off,” the buyer said.
The company was then able to find a supplier of pressure-sensitive tyres, which are available at the end of the cycle and have a low rolling resistance.
They were tested on bikes with pressure of 30kg and found they had a similar resistance to a normal bike tyre, making them ideal for cyclists who do need a bit of range.
“It was a little bit of an investment but it was worth it because it was a really good experience for the cyclist,” he said.
“I was happy to have this experience and it was something I really needed.”