Behemoth bike: German eyes world record for heavy pedaling

BERLIN — Using giant tires from an industrial fertilizer spreader and scrap steel, a German man has built a bicycle weighing 2,072 pounds that he plans to pedal into the record books as the world's heaviest rideable bike.

Frank Dose's bike already outweighs the current Guinness World Record holder's 1,900-pound contraption.

But the dpa news agency reported Monday that Dose plans to add weight to boost his creation to 2,646 pounds before attempting the 656-foot ride Saturday.

Dose has been building his bike since March. It sports tires that are 5 feet in diameter. It's reportedly proved surprisingly easy to ride.

"It's a sensational bike," says his wife, Astrid.

Pokemon, just go: France doesn't want creatures in schools

PARIS — Attention, legendary Pokemon creatures: You may soon be expelled from the schools of France.

The education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, said Monday that the makers of the popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone game should stop beaming their most avidly hunted Pokemon figures into real-life schools.

She has told a Paris news conference that she intends to meet representatives of California-based Niantic Inc. to explain that the game entices nonstudents to wander into children's schools. She sees the quest for rare, or "legendary," characters as posing the greatest security risk of unwanted walk-ins by strangers.


France remains in an official state of emergency following November attacks in Paris and last month's Nice truck massacre.

She says principals already can apply online for Niantic to remove their school from the game's global map.

Associated Press