The Metric is a small-wheeled utility bike, inspired by our recent visit to Kyoto. ‘Mini-velo’ adult bikes are a huge trend in Japan, where they are stored in tiny apartments and used to zip around the city back alleys on errands. It doesn’t fold, which means the frame is elegantly slim, light and more rigid than a folder. Fitted with a handy front rack (removable if you like), it’s surprisingly sporty and fast.

Metric is a one-size unisex machine that can be swapped between colleagues and family members. Riding this bike will fill you with joy and make you look very cool indeed.

Frame: Hi-Ten steel Handlebars: Chrome plated Stem: Alloy quill stem Grips: Duracork Gear shifter: Shimano rapidfire Gears: Shimano Tourney 7 speed Chainset: Steel Crank: Alloy Pedals: Alloy rat trap Brakes: Tektro side pull Rims: Double wall alloy 20” Tyres: Kenda Brown with cream wall 20”x1” Saddle: Bobbin vinyl saddle Seatpost: Alloy microadjust 600mm Kickstand: Alloy Mudguards: Hammered alloy Carrier: Chrome steel front Weight: 14kg