Dealing with a rusty bicycle chain can be a messy affair, but an innovative new bike from Ikea solves that pesky problem. The furniture retail giant recently introduced its new "Sladda" bike, which uses an oil-free and corrosion-resistant drive belt rather than a metal chain.
The drive belt is designed to last about 9,320 miles, which is about two to three times longer than a typical steel chain, according to Ikea. Moreover, the unisex Sladda bike has a "click system" that lets the rider snap on accessories, such as a basket, a bike bag rack and a towing trailer, the company said.
Sladda is like tablet apps: You can add endless accessories to enhance ease of use.
The new drive belt may be a boon to riders who take to their bikes even during inclement weather. Over time, steel bike chains tend to rust, particularly when they're covered with corrosive salt that's left on the roadways.
Accumulated rust can be difficult to remove, and it can also affect the chain's flexibility. But Ikea's new bike won't have those problems.
Moreover, the bike has automatic gears that are hidden in a sealed hub placed in the rear wheel.
Sladda's frame is made from aluminum, meaning it will be easy to lift and carry up and down stairs. The bike, which comes with either 26- or 28-inch wheels, also has two layers of lacquer that will protect the frame from mud, salt and scratches. But it's not for little kids — Ikea recommends that only people age 12 or older use it.
The bike is expected to be available beginning in August for $797.