James Bowthorpe's round-the-world bike

James Bowthorpe, around-the-world bike, 2010

When James Bowthorpe pulled up in Richmond Park to be greeted by a crowd of well-wishers and fellow cyclists for the final eight-mile leg of his record-breaking round-the-world ride, the bike attracted more attention than the man.

That says something either about what a strange breed bike riders are or what a fascinating machine Bowthorpe chose for his 18,000-mile ordeal. We suspect a combination of the two.

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