We asked a world record holder how much power it takes to ride a 134.5kg concrete bike

World Hour record holder Dan Bigham says he'd like to take it for a spin

Picture of a concrete bike
(Image credit: Play to DIY YouTube)

Nowadays when looking to get your hands on a road bike most people consider three things; the bike's weight, its aerodynamics and probably most importantly, are you going to have to remortgage the house to pay for it? 

Although in the case of the Play to DIY crew over on YouTube, none of the above came into the decision making process when they drew up plans to build what they say is the world's first ever rideable concrete bike. So we had to find out what it'd take to ride it at race pace.

Who we got our concrete evidence from
Dan Bigham
Who we got our concrete evidence from
Dan Bigham

Dan Bigham is a multiple-time national champion and current world hour record holder as well as a performance engineer at Ineos Grenadiers. An aerodynamicist by trade he spent time working in Formula 1 at Mercedes before switching his focus to cycling. He first came to prominence when he and the KGF team stormed to victory in the team pursuit at the National Championships in 2017.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.