While small-wheelers are highly practical for those living in dense urban environments, keen riders have also not shied from taking them further afield. Generally, mini-velos aren’t designed for long distances — except the new Safari Mini-Velo by Sven Cycles.
Darron Coppin, the founder of the Dorset workshop, has a talent for creating elegant, robust and inherently usefulcustom bikes. The small-wheeler is the latest subject of his scrutiny and be assured, he won’t let it alone until he’s made it the best it can be.
This isn’t the first MV they’ve built, but it’s the most refined yet, built around a Pinion gearbox and a grease-free and silent Gates belt drive. Paragon S&S couplers allow the frame to be split in two so the whole bike can be packed into a standard suitcase.
The cockpit consists of a pair of Jones bars and a Velo Orange Cigne stem. Spoked UK was commissioned for a full suite of custom luggage — the frame bag attaches to the top tube with magnets and houses a power pack energised by the dynamo front hub.
Touring aboard a small-wheeler my not be for everyone, but it depends on the distance you plan to travel and whether you’re in a hurry or not. Personally, I could handle a slow tour around the home counties on the Safari right now.
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