Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update: IRO Mark V Single Speed

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update: IRO Mark V Single Speed – 49cm

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Depending on your needs, a single-speed bike can be awesome.  In addition to the excellent elemental minimalist stripped down bare naked good looks, single-speeds tend to be more maintenance free than bikes with complex gear systems. Because the drivetrains are so simple, wear and tear parts that do need to be replaced are generally less expensive (1/8″ single speed/bmx style chain for $15 vs a $50 10 speed cassette chain!!!).  Simply due to having fewer parts, the bikes also trend lightweight for less dollars.

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As a secondary or tertiary bike, single speeds are ideal.  Their lightweight and simplicity makes hauling them up and down apartment stairs and on and off public transit a breeze.  Further, no need to worry about your rear derailleur getting bent out of shape when parking at a busy bike rack.

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This bike has super nice unique handbuilt wheels (super strong and light!): pink IRO sealed bearing hubs and Velocity rims.  The brand new wheels are 650C size (actual rim/Bead Seat Diameter 571 mm), smaller than conventional road 700c (BSD 622 mm) wheels so they are appropriately scaled to the very small frame and rider.
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Oury grips, neo-retro Tektro brake levers, and a sweptback Velo Orange Milan handlebar for comfort and style.

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Because of the unique parts, and small frame and appropriately sized wheels, this is a really killer bike for someone around 5′ tall:

$600 – 49cm frame

 

 

 

 

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Specialized Rock Hopper Xtra Small @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

 Specialized Rock Hopper 24″ @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

The blue beauty above has been restored for the less vertiginous cyclist.  In all likelihood, back in the day, this 24″ wheeled bicycle was marketed as a “youth” bike.  Being much more broad-minded here in San Francisco circa harvest moon 2014, we just consider it a sweet utility ride for ANYONE around 5′ tall.

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Per usual, as with most Pedal Revolution refurbished bikes, all of the essential wear and tear items have been replaced; tires/tubes, chain, cables and housing.  Additionally,  an upright bar/stem was added for comfort.  As if that were not enough, tan cork grips (a staff favorite) create just the right aesthetic synergy with the tires while the orange cable housing harmonizes with the logo.

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Typical of all terrain bikes from the period, this bike has plenty of clearance for fenders and specific mounts for front and rear racks but really the stand-out feature of this bike is it’s proportion.   Not only do the smaller wheels properly scale with the frame visually, they create a bike that handles much better than a typical contemporary commuter bike with large (aka 700c size) wheels pegged on a very small frame.

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This is an unfortunate misnomer. “Curb Hopper” or “Street Stepper” would be a more appropriate name.

On Sale Now for $375!  SOLD