Lost British speed record bike reappears for sale in Berlin - and a crowdfunding campaign aims to reunite it with owner Dave Le Grys

Doing 110mph on a closed motorway in 1986 was only the start of this bike's epic journey

Dave Le Grys speed record bike side view
(Image credit: Steel-vintage.com)

A legendary bike ridden to a British motor-paced cycle speed record of 110mph in 1986 has resurfaced after being lost for three decades - and is for sale for €6,000 on a German website. But a crowdfunding campaign aims to bring it home.

The unique machine was made for Dave Le Grys by South London framebuilder Cliff Shrubb and features a crossover drive system that allows the gear size to be tripled without the use of an enormous single chainring.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.