The Respect Cycles Mini Velo City Bike is certainly a little bit different than your standard full-size city bike, but that’s exactly what makes it so much fun! With 20″ wheels and a bombproof single-speed drivetrain (reversible to be fixed gear), the Respect Cycles Mini Velo City Bike is quick, nimble, and unlike anything you have ever ridden.
Who It’s For
At first glance you might look at the pint-sized wheels and think that there’s no way that this bike could fit me, but the 4130 Chromoly steel frame accommodates riders from as small as 4 1/2′ to over 6′ tall (we tested this out here in our office). But it’s those wheels that make the Mini Velo so maneuverable in tight confines (which we also tested out here in our office). The bike is surprisingly stable at speed, but in close quarters it really shines, which make it a superb choice for riding in city. It’s very practical, easy to store, will fit in your closet, dorm room, cubicle and the subway – plus it even easily packs in the back of a vehicle without taking anything apart.
Riding In Richmond
We got the chance to test out the full range of capabilities of the Respect Cycles Mini Velo at the Richmond 2015 World Championships in September. It was easy to toss in the back of our car for transport, and served as the perfect vehicle to get from one side of the 10 mile race course to the other, all while winding through throngs of racing fans. The wide and durable tires handled the mixed surfaces of downtown Richmond with ease, jumping on and off curbs, with a few cobbled roads mixed in for fun.
We even rode the Respect Cycles Mini Velo up both steep cobbled climbs on the World Championship race course: Libby Hill and the 23rd Street. The 44t x 18t drivetrain definitely made the over 20% grades of 23rd Street a challenge, but with a little extra determination we made it over the top!
The Respect Cycles Mini Velo is designed for all ages and can be ridden by both beginners and expert riders. Quick and fast, these bikes are great for bombing hills, hitting the skate park, cruising with friends or riding with the family. Just be prepared for everyone to ask you, with a smile on their face, “What is that thing?”