I built this fantastic bike for my son when he was 11, for the school run. My priorites were ease of use, ease of maintenance and low weight, all while retaining the classic look that we wanted. As a result, it has a single speed freewheel and full mudguards so that it can be ridden year-round. But the best thing about this bike (apart from the colour) is the weight. Weight is very important for small people. At the time, my son was half my weight, so asking him to ride a standard kid's bike at about 12kg would have been like me riding a 24kg butcher's bike everywhere, everyday. My bike weighs 11kg. At 8kg, you would be very hard pressed to find a lighter kids' (or small adult) bike - if you find one, buy that. The frame has a few chips as you would expect from the school run, but no dents or dings (see photos). All the components are spotless. The bike has always been under cover at school and in a garage at home. The frame is made from premium Reynolds 725 double butted steel tubing. Produced by Wabi Cycles in USA, who specialise in single speed city bikes. I had the new frame sent directly to Argos Racing Cycles for a new coat of FLAMBOYANT RED, which looks fantastic. I then built the bike up with the best components I could source, including Sapim CX-Ray spokes; the lightest (and strongest) steel spoke that money can buy. And so it goes on. Now my son is taller than me, so the bike has to go. This is your chance to own a truly unique thoroughbred. Here is the full spec:Frame: Wabi Cycles 42cm single speed made from Reynolds 725 double butted tubing. Cast fork crown. Resprayed by Argos Racing Cycles in Bristol (highly renowned in the trade) in superb FLAMBOYANT RED which almost glows in daylight. I also had Argos add proper cable routing for the rear brake and custom frame eyes for neat fitting of full mudguards - no nasty clips, and you could fit a rear rack if you want. The standover height for the top tube is 70cm. My son rode it from about 11 to 15 years - the frame suits anyone from about 145cm to 165cm (4'10" to 5'4"), including a shorter adult. For scale, see the photo with my own bike, which is 57cm or 22.5", with a standover height of 85cm. See the full frame spec here (note that all the components are different):https://wabicycles.com/collections/ssfixed/products/42cm-650c-2019-wabi-classic Every component was chosen with the smaller person in mind - the cranks are shorter, the handlebars are narrower, the brake levers are smaller than on a full adult bike. Not by much, but it makes all the difference. Hubs: MACK Superlight (https://mackhubs.com/product-category/track/) with rear "flip-flop", threaded for freewheel on one side and fixed cog with lock ring on the other sides.Rims: Mavic Open Pro 32h 650c (571-15)Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray bladed stainless - the very best! (https://www.sapim.be/spokes/aero/cx-ray)Chainset: Sugino Mighty Comp, 160mm length (for shorter legs). 40 tooth TA Alize chainringFreewheel: 18tBrakes: Shimano 105 dual pivotBrake levers: Tektro SMALL (for smaller hands) with Cane Creek Cross-top levers for top of bar brakingHandlebars: 3TTT Morphe 34cm c-c, for narrower shouldersPedals: MKS Compact with sealed bearingsSeat post: Nitto 65Stem: 10.5cm (but I can fit a shorter 5cm one if you prefer)Saddle: Body fit YouthTyres: Continental GatorSkin 650c x 23mm (571-23)Full mudguards: Raleigh Rain Blade - very slimBottle cage: Blackburn ClassicHaving read this spec, if you know anything about quality bikes, you won't be surprised to read that the total cost was over £1600. The result is a fast light ride that is responsive and yet sure footed.Collection from Dulwich, South London, or I can can send in a secure bike box for £40. No offers under the starting price please. Bid and you won't be disappointed with this wonderful bike.
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