I know they look “funny” in a way, I’ve been a fan of Japanese minivelo bikes for a while. These bikes have 20″ wheels like some folding bikes and older BMX bikes, but with a frame style and componentry more like that of a road bicycle.
They’re popular in Japan because they’re a little easier to squeeze into small office and living spaces than full size bicycles. Soma reports another advantage of their minivelo — it’s a little easier than large wheeled bikes to squeeze through thick crowds on the subway.
I haven’t tried this particular bike out, but it seems road worthy. Soma normally sells frame/fork sets, but the minivelo is available only as a complete bike for $1,195.99. For that prize you get a CroMo steel frame; bar end shifters; Sugino 53/39 crankset; Tiagra derailleurs, hubs and 9 speed 111-25 cassette.
Soma’s Minivelo bicycle uses cantilever brakes, and the bike has brazeons for fenders. Tubes and tires for the 451 wheel size can be purchased from recumbent suppliers. It’s available in any color you’d like, as long as it’s dark red. And because this is a niche design, Soma’s size choices are limited to 48, 53 and 55 cm.