Test: Kona Paddy Wagon Single-Speed Bike

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With the fixed gear employed, as long as the wheels of the bike are turning, your feet are spinning around on the pedals. Coasting is not an option.

I find fixie bikes fun and challenging to ride. You get a great workout, as you physically can never stop pedaling. There’s also a strange sense of being more connected to the bike when your body is locked to its motion. Kona was smart to add this option.

Kona Paddy Wagon Single Speed Bike

Other features of the Paddy Wagon are, well, few. But that’s the whole point. Kona made this bike to be nimble and lightweight. It’ll create very little in the way of drivetrain issues, as there isn’t much to the drivetrain. Its cromoly frame comes in 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm iterations. I — at 6 foot, 1 inch tall — took the 58cm model, and the bike fits like a glove.

—Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at www.gearjunkie.com.

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.