One-armed cyclist fined for having one handbrake

By Drum Digital
03 July 2014

A one-armed cyclist has received an apology after being fined for riding his bike – with only one hand.

Bogdan Ionescu, a German bicyclist with one arm modified his bike to remove the brake he can't operate from the handlebar and replace it with one for his foot.

But when he was riding through Cologne, he was stopped by a cop who wouldn't cut him a break.

"Your bike is unsafe, you have no brake on the right of your handlebar," Ionescu quoted the officer as saying, according to The Local.

"I know," he said. "But I have one on the left and I have a back pedal brake so that I can stop the back wheel.”

The cop wasn't buying it and Ionescu was fined about $34. As it turns out, however, the bike is perfectly legal -- and the police department was forced to issue a refund, the Independent reports.


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