By Taniya Dutta
A blacksmith has been turning heads after building a bizarre 5ft 5ins ‘double decker’ bicycle – which he rides without safety gear.
Ghulam Hussain, 65, from Pakistan, built the unique two-wheeler for fun by welding one bike on top of the other.
The dad-of-six spent three days and about £38 [7,000 Pakistani rupees] making his one-of-a-kind vehicle at his shop in Multan in Punjab.
Since then, Ghulam has been riding the bike around the streets of the city every Sunday without any safety gear whatsoever – much to the surprise of passersby.
He said: “I started riding a cycle in childhood.
“One day, I thought of making a special cycle which no one has ever seen so I got two cycles and welded one on top of another.
“People look at me coming on this big cycle and they cannot believe an old man like me is fit enough to ride such a cycle.
“They clap for me and waive at me from a distance.
“I particularly enjoy the reaction of children when they see me and get surprised because they have not seen such a cycle before.
“I don’t need any special permission or license to ride it either.”
While Ghulam spends his normal working week fixing iron wares, he takes his personalized bike for a spin around the city on Sundays.
He rides it with much aplomb, at times performing various tricks on it, for an hour.
Despite the unusual height of the cycle which could be dangerous enough to ride, Ghulam, who at 5ft 6ins tall is only one inch taller than the bike, wears no safety gear and rides it in his traditional tunic.
And though the cycle has a big carrier attached, he never takes his wife or children on a ride because he believes it could be a dangerous for them.
Ghulam said: “I am not scared of the height of the bike because I know how to balance it.
“It is customised for me so I don’t wear any safety gear; it is just a cycle!
“But I don’t take any of my children or my wife for a ride as it is pretty high and they could fall.”