the accidental randonneur

One of the stranger bits of bicycle-related news from 2016 was that Swedish furniture titan Ikea was cooking up a bicycle of its own. Many wondered how the master of flat-pack furniture would pull it off.

I spent the final days of 2016 in Singapore, the country with arguably the closest Ikea stores to the Philippines. Just before I headed out the exit, I spotted the bike in question.

In keeping with Ikea’s Swedish nomenclature, the bike is christened “Sladda.”

As you can see from the photos, it’s basically their take on a mamachari, or a Japanese “grandma bike” made primarily for simplicity, utility, and travel. As such, the Sladda has an aluminum alloy frame with a downward-curving top tube enabling low standover height. You can simply step over the frame to mount it and ride off – instead of having to swing your leg over as you would with a bike with a…

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