(Lewis) Remember the 18x32 foot bike believed to be the largest in the world built one year ago by Duane Weirich, of Weirich Welding in Lewis? Well…now he is going attempt to ride it Saturday morning at the Lewis Celebration Parade that starts at 10:30 a.m.
Weirich will ride the bike at around noon and when asked if he was a little scared of falling over, Weirich responded with a laugh, “I am not scared, I am putting training wheels on it so I won’t tip over.”
He came up with the idea a year ago when he found out RAGBRAI was coming through town, and it was a big hit, people from all over the country have stopped to see the bicycle that has been on display in the school yard south of Lewis Elementary.
And parade goers will hopefully be able to experience what maybe a new Guinness World record for riding the largest bike the farthest.
“I need to ride it 1,000 feet to make it into the record book,” said Weirich. “But, getting into the record book is not my big concern, getting people to Lewis is my big concern.”
“The first thing I have to do before I even think about riding this thing is to make sure the power lines are high enough,” chuckled Weirich. “I may have to pick and choose where I go.”
The Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday morning in downtown Lewis. Weirich will probably be the last entry in the parade.
June 18, 2012