Fixie Bike for ‘Little People’

For the past two years, I have ridden a fixed-gear road bike from Wabi Cycles, an L.A.-based boutique brand. I am in love with the bike, which combines the traffic-friendly advantages of a fixed gear (fast response, quick starts and stops) with the frame geometry, relative comfort, and speed of a road bike. My Wabi Lighting model climbs hills in a sprint and cranks up past 25mph on the flats, a race car of a bike made of scandium that leaps to start with its uber-light 16-pound build.

Wabi Lightning with 650C wheels

This month, the company unveiled a new version of the Lightning made specifically for “less height-gifted cyclists,” as the company puts it. The “mini” Lightning has smaller 650C wheels (instead of the standard 700C wheels) and a 42cm frame. It fits riders from about 4 foot 9 inches tall to 5 foot 3 inches.

Women, kids, and smaller men are the market for the 42cm bike, which weighs an incredible 14.1 pounds fully built! Standard gearing is 46/16T, which achieves the same “gear inch” spec as with the 700C Lightning bike. Wabi offers multiple gearing options to pick from when you order a bike.

Made for women, kids, and smaller men who are 5 foot 3 and under

It has a carbon fork. You can buy a freewheel hub if desired, which allows you to coast without your legs spinning on the fixed gear.

The Lighting comes in orange and black, and it costs $900. A single front brake, “bullhorn” handlebars, and a solid, fixed gear for fast, connected-to-the-bike control are standard inclusions on this sweet new mini ride made for the city or the open road.

—Stephen Regenold

Bike weighs an incredible 14.1 pounds fully built!

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.