Strida

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Cesii
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Strida

Postby Cesii » Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:47 am

Hello all, I was interesred in buying a strida.
Check it out, it's cool!
http://www.strida.com/
Should I? It looks really cool, folds up like a buggy and can replace the 45 min bus journey to my train station.
Because I can take it everywhere I don't need to leave it outside for the theives to play with.
Or should I just spend my 300 quid on a decent normal bike?

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Postby Monty Dogcp » Sat Jun 23, 2007 13:38 pm

Buy a 'real' bike -the design of the strida means it's seriously compromised as a bike - what other bike means that as you need a greater saddle distance, the seat gets lower? At least test ride one before you commit your readies - suggest you try another folder like a Brompton or Dahon as a comparison. Prices for Dahons are less if you buy one on ebay from Germany, for example.

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Postby Cunobelin » Sat Jun 23, 2007 13:40 pm

I have two Strida 1s and they are fun, light and nippy.

But..........................

Beacause of the way they fold, if you miss the catch at the bottom of the front tube, you break the drive wheel.
It is not fast and if you try an apply too much pressure, the drive band jumps
Raisingthe saddle height shortens the distance between the seat and handlebars. This mat make it very cramped and if you have long legs (I'm 6'2") the knees hit the bars

I would simply suggest that you should ride one. If the bike suits you then buy it,as it is a fun thing to ride.


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Postby Palinurus » Sun Jun 24, 2007 09:46 am

Thinking a bike is cool is the best reason for buying one ever.

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Postby Origamist » Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:07 pm

Remember they are single speed (55 GI) and this compromises them IMO - good in flat towns and cities, but not so great elsewhere.

They can be wheeled very easily, which is an advantage if you do not like carrying Dahons etc.

The belt drive should last for 1000s of miles, but there have been reported problems with the hub brakes...

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Postby Cesii » Tue Jun 26, 2007 17:29 pm

Thanks all for the replies! you are lovely!
I looked at sensible, "real" bikes before, but they seem so bulky and heavy. I know they are much more sensible but this one seems so much more practical and commuter friendly. I would never even consider something like the A-bike. But the Strida...
I just don't want to make an expensive mistake if it turns out to be a rubbishy bike.
I think I should just do what Random Vice and Cunobelin suggest and do a free trial....
Thanks again all

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Postby Cesii » Tue Jun 26, 2007 17:37 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by straightedgeandy</i>

Saw one of these being raced at the Smithfield Nocturne last night and it just looks silly! [:p]

not like you and proud of it
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Strangely, I agree with this but I will call it new and trendy...

Palinurus, thank you. I will remember that!

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Postby Wogan » Tue Jun 26, 2007 20:56 pm

Top speed is very limited and the handling can be a bit twitchy. Do not try to stand on the pedals - you will scrote yourself on the top of the 'A'. Learn from my mistake.

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Postby Cunobelin » Tue Jun 26, 2007 21:32 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Strangely, I agree with this but I will call it new and trendy...
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Not new - mine date from the early 90s!

I bought both second hand, one in 1990 and one in 1992. The former was bought by the original owner in 1998 or 1989.

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Postby Cesii » Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:11 am

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Wogan</i>

Do not try to stand on the pedals - you will scrote yourself on the top of the 'A'<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">
Ooh this sounds painful. It doesn't go fast? How quickly does it go?
Will it get up to about 15mph?
Cunobelin, apart from the stuff you mentioned is there anything else I should look out for? is it as light and portable as it promises on the website?


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Postby Origamist » Wed Jun 27, 2007 16:47 pm

You would struggle to do 22+ on the flats, but 15mph is fine at a reasonable cadence.

PeeJay is C+'s resident Strida expert - I defer to him on matters relating to folder utility and aesthetics.

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Postby peejay78 » Wed Jun 27, 2007 17:09 pm

thanks origamist.

a strida? lovely bike. like sitting on an oversize set-square powered by a rubber band. i like the idea of buying a bike and getting a free degloving of the scrotal region as an upgrade. and also the idea that one slight mistake and the whole thing snaps in two - sounds like fun.

15mph at a reasonable cadence - i.e 250rpm. i hear baudelaire used to ride one on his nocturnal perambulations around the 9th arrondissement.

[;)] didn't want to disappoint, kierkegaard....

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