Not strictly speaking a C&V topic, but many members seem to be familiar with and interested in more than just basic mainstream bikes, so thought this would be welcome here. This may have been an actual German Postal Service delivery bike. These photos and others were published on several international news websites and this rider and bike were seen in rural areas of the Brandenburg state during the week prior to Christmas, 2007.
Notice the drop-down front stand - with wheels mounted on the ends! I think this is a brilliant idea for a heavy (and heavily loaded) bike, great when one might want to move it around slightly while parking and very effective for holding it upright even with a large load. When not extended, the wheels are held in the upward position by a strong coiled spring attached to the right leg of the front rack.
Like Porteur or British delivery bikes from many decades ago, the front wheel is smaller than the rear to allow larger loads to be hauled up front and to lower the center of gravity of the front wheel.
Low step-through frame design... dynamo lighting... full mudguards... chainguard... and of course even a rear rack which is well integrated into the frame geometry.
If anyone is familiar with these bikes, I would Love to know if they are commercially available, and who manufactures them.