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IKEA Offers Low Maintenance, Chain-less Bicycle to USA

This is IKEA’s low maintenance, chain-less bicycle that’s now available in the U.S.

Going tiny can often mean getting rid of one or more vehicles, and this snazzy SLADDA bike could be a great new way to get around town without a car.

This bicycle is powered by a belt drive, which is a rustproof, durable and maintenance-free alternative to a regular chain. The automatic 2-gear system is integrated into the rear hub, so there are no wires that rust or break.

Want one? Me too!

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IKEA Offers Low Maintenance, Chain-less Bicycle to USA

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  • Rustproof
  • Flat-packed
  • 25-year limited warranty on the frame and 10-year limited warranty on the belt drive.
  • Aluminum frame
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Additional bicycle trailer available


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Kim W
    January 23, 2017, 5:14 pm

    This bike could be good for a FLAT city, town or area. In hills or mountains I would think it would be very hard work! However, reduced maintenance would be great for a non-technical person like me if I ever lived somewhere flat!

    • Natalie
      January 24, 2017, 6:24 am

      Yes I agree. Not a mountain bike!

  • Richard Cummings
    January 23, 2017, 5:47 pm

    It does have 2 gears in the hub, doesn’t say what the ratios are, at 35lbs it is too heavy for riding hills unless you like torture.

    January 23, 2017, 6:06 pm

    I am disabled so I ride a recumbent bike, and I have seen these bikes as well as a shaft driven bicycles while I was researching bikes before I got my recumbent.. As well as a bunch of other weird bikes, but the pod you have a link to, I am told they will not be sold in the USA because of some stupid loop hole in the bicycle laws as to the description being a 4 wheeled motorized bike and not a 2 wheeled or trike so it’s builders will not be able to sell in the USA…! Now tell me that law isn’t stupid…!

    • Natalie
      January 24, 2017, 6:21 am

      Oh my goodness…how dumb! How do we even have bicycle laws…

    • oxide
      January 24, 2017, 11:26 am

      The law isn’t stupid. Four-wheel vehicles are too wide for a bike lane or sidewalk, and even with a motor it’s too slow for any road. It’s likely to cause accidents as people try to avoid it.

      Maybe a version that runs over snow? I suppose someone could rig up separate pedals to power cross-country skis.

        January 24, 2017, 2:40 pm

        You don’t have a clue what you are talking about..! # 1- My recumbent is a 4 wheeled bike and fits perfectly in the bike lane. # 2- Did you know that any US state requesting financial aid for road and street repair is required to provide a bicycle lane in order to qualify for such grants from the federal government and that there are specific measurements as to how wide a bicycle lane has to be…? If you are going to challenge me on this issue be prepared as I have spent countless amounts of hours and days working with the ABA on this issue as it effects millions of disabled Americans who use those lanes to make daily commutes on, and in special bicycles which provides their freedom to enrich their lives…! This is America and we as Disabled Americans have rights as well….!

  • Linda
    January 23, 2017, 8:58 pm

    2 gears? So what is that about? Is it same as gears 1 &_2 on reg chain bikes?

    • Natalie
      January 24, 2017, 5:22 am

      Hmm I would guess so but I’m not sure!

    • Richard Cummings
      January 24, 2017, 12:59 pm

      It’s an internal gear hub, so probably not much difference in the 2 gears, the hub is petty small so that probably means the gears won’t help much.

  • Kevin
    January 24, 2017, 9:30 am

    Just remember, this is an IKEA product. So you have to build it (that is what “Flat-packed” means in the “Highlights” section).

    This bike has been reviewed. Like any product in that price range, probably a good idea to search for and read the reviews.

  • jm
    January 24, 2017, 10:32 am

    Great tiny house. But 35lbs for an aluminum bike is pretty disappointing.

  • Richard Cummings
    January 24, 2017, 1:05 pm

    If you add the racks to it, you are then close to 45 pounds, but a couple of backs of groceries there and you are over 60 pounds, hopefully downhill all the way home.

  • January 25, 2017, 6:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing!. Yes– 35 pounds seems very sturdy. I have looked into “folding” bikes and there are many available for different prices. There are also many types of kick scooters if someone would rather ride that way. There is a great shop in nyc i found (i am not related to them) http://www.nycewheels.com and they fold very nicely. namaste’, rachel

    • Natalie
      January 26, 2017, 8:13 am

      Wow thanks for those, Rachel!

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