Your favorite Swedish purveyor of meatballs and mod furniture, IKEA, now sells an aesthetically pleasing bicycle, as well. Naturally. And yes, you absolutely have to put it together — with an Allen wrench. Would IKEA have it any other way?
The Sladda is a sleek, low-maintenance 2-wheeler aimed at urban commuters and people who don’t have time to take care of bikes — so, obviously, parents. It boasts a lightweight, rustproof aluminum frame (26- or 28-inches, small enough if you want a matching ride for your 12-year-old) and rocks a chainless/no-grease belt train that’s designed to take you 9,000 miles before needing replacement. It also has automatic gears that do all the shifting — you just select “high” or “low.”
Because you’ll need a place to put all those meatballs, not to mention kids, groceries, and your finest business attire, the Sladda is equipped with an easy to use ‘click system’ to attach accessories; right now they’re selling both front and rear racks ($25 – $35), as well as a 58-inch by 30-inch trailer for $169. Bicycle moving side business, here you come.
You probably won’t have the bike that long, but you do get a crazy 25-year warranty on the frame and 10-year guarantee on the belt drive. And, if you’re an IKEA family member, not only will you save a $100 on the bike but you’ll also save money on the accessories. And, probably, on all the meatballs you can eat.