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Our second Swedish cycle feature, believe it or not, comes from IKEA, who with Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen and Kristian Eke of global design consultancy Everyday have designed a unisex bicycle called the Sladda.

Intended to fit an urban lifestyle, the design of the Sladda places an emphasis on ease of operation and low maintenance: gears are concealed in a sealed hub in the rear wheel and, instead of a chain, a corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free cogged drive belt has been substituted.  It is also proposed that the Sladda will have a system whereby various accessories such as a basket, a rack for panniers and a cart can be easily attached and interchanged.  The bicycle will have an aluminium frame to ensure it is as lightweight as possible and will be coated in two layers of lacquer to protect it from mud, salt and scratches.  With adjustable handlebars and a choice of 26- or 28-inch wheels, IKEA hopes the bicycle will be a popular option for persons aged 12 and up.

Although still in the prototype phase, the Sladda has already been awarded a Red Dot Design Award.  The bicycle is slated to go on sale in Europe in August.

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