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Some Assembly Required

IKEA now sells bikes – that’s right, bikes! The SLADDA is a city bike aimed at commuters who – like their typical customer – wants something simple and functional while not breaking the bank. If you are already an “IKEA Family” member, all the better for your wallet: the price drops from the regular $999 to $599.

Two SLADDA bikes greet customers at the Toronto/North York IKEA entrance

The highlights:

  • Aluminum Frame
  • Disc from brake + Backpedal rear brake
  • Maintenance-free Rubber Chain
  • SRAM “Automatix” Internal Gear
  • Available in 26″ and 700c

The SRAM 2-speed rear hub is notable in that it is cable-less like the Sachs Torpedo rear hubs — except that it shifts without requiring any back-pedaling. This can be both good and bad; it does shift relatively early, but is smooth-shifting.

As you can see, he’s very happy with his new SLADDA.

In any case, I welcome more inexpensive and decent bicycles to the market; it dilutes the number of garbage bikes in service from the likes of SuperCycle, et al!

Fatbikes Gone Mainstream?

First, it was fixies and single speeds that began to show up on Walmart shelves. Now, fatbikes too? By the way Canadian Tire has begun to stock speciality wide-tire bikes, like this Iron Horse Dolomite below, I’d say yes!

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This particular model retails for around $199, and although definitely a basic run-of-the-mill bike component wise, it wasn’t too heavy. Quality is definitely a step up from the typical monstrosities with heavy, saggy suspension and chinzy off-brand derailleurs. This does, however, suggest that fatbikes have crossed the ‘critial mass’ threshold, since they have started filtering down into department stores. Compare this (most recently) with the fad in 29ers and fixed/SS, and (a number of years ago) the glut of MTBs which flooded the bicycle market.

But hey! Maybe this popularity will bring the price point down far enough to allow me to pick up a new ride for my Bicycle Stable without breaking the bank. After all, Torontonians are expecting a heavy snowfall this year, and I am looking for something which can power through the mounds of snow + slush without taking an unexpected tumble!