Lighting fast... the extreme commuter

Malcolm Lamming with his Lightning F40 that holds long-distance speed records

Malcolm Lamming with his Lightning F40 that holds long-distance speed records

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Malcolm Lamming proves he wheely is an easy rider - by commuting 64 miles a day on the world's fastest pedal bike.

The engineering manager has raised eyebrows along the A27 on his journey to work in Portsmouth from his home in Angmering on a torpedo-shaped Lightning F40.

Malcolm tops speeds of 30mph on the 80-minute journey but is regularly stopped by members of the public who want to know what he is riding.

The 42-year-old was already an experienced cyclist when he decided to speed things up while he lived in Toulouse, France, three years ago.

He said: "I preferred to live in a village rather than the town but the bottom line was that I would have to be some distance away from where I worked.

"I lived further away than a normal bike ride so I thought I would find the world's fastest bike. I Googled it and got some rubbish results but some good ones as well, including the F40."

The state-of-the-art bike is made in California, where it is a popular mode of transport for commuters keen to dodge the busy traffic.

Malcolm found his nearest retailer in Bavaria, Germany, and flew out to road-test one.

He said: "I got chatting to the guy out there and had a go on one, then told him Ich will kaufen', which means I want to buy'."

The bike and its accessories have cost Malcolm almost £4,000 but he is confident the initial expense will prove costeffective in the long run.

The ride saves him an £8 train fare or the petrol he would otherwise use in his VW Sharan people carrier.

He can get up to 35mph on the flat and his average speed is 28mph along the 32-mile stretch from his home in Woodlands Close to the satellite development firm EADS Astrium where he works.

He said: "It gives me the flexibility I need as I can't always work normal hours when the trains run. People often don't know what it is when they see me, especially in winter as it lights up like a Christmas tree.

"Some people think it is a motorcycle side-car which has come loose while others think it must have a motor."

Malcolm said there are more benefits than saving money and the environment.

He said: "People have to work but they want to exercise as well. People say they don't have time to do both, so this is the perfect solution as it keeps me fit and gets me to the office at the same time."

There have been a handful of near-misses since Malcolm started his unusual commute but the main hazard is punctures.

The Lightning F40 holds several long-distance world speed records, including the trans-American record when a four-rider team took turns to pedal the 2,910 miles from coast to coast in five days and one hour.

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