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    Old Noob oldguy52's Avatar
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    Old, but new here

    Hello, Looks like the moratorium on new members has been lifted, so I was able to register myself today. I thought maybe I should introduce myself.

    Not sure of the protocol on these forums, so if I'm out of line, somebody please set me straight.

    My name is Rik, I'm from central Minnesota, where unfortunately, it's been snowing the last few days, so no bike riding for me 'til the streets dry up a bit. Just bought a couple of Strida 3s for the wife and I to use on our sailboat. And, being I've decided folding bikes are the coolest thing since sliced bread, I broke down and bought a Downtube VIII FS to cover my more hot rod type urges........ then it started snowing, oh well.......

    I've picked up a lot of useful info from these pages so far and I thank you all for that. I'll look forward to coming in on a regular basis and learning lots more useful stuff as I re-enter a pastime that I'd put on the back burner some 35 or so years ago.

    Glad to meet you all
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    HEY!!! Welcome to the forum Rik!

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    Rik, you poor bastard. I feel your pain as I live by the TC metro area. I just drove through that blizzard last week in Nebraska. Hope you like the Downtube. I hope mine will be here soon.

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    Old Noob oldguy52's Avatar
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    Thanks Guys, I'm happy to say, at least we didn't get the real blizzard, just the wannabe one. All the REAL crap went south and west of us. We just got 5 or 6 inches....... enough to make a mess and too much to ride in. Although, 40 years ago, we'da been out riding the old Schwins in it anyway and having a heck of a good time. We rode everywhere back then, didn't matter what the weather was. Now it seems I'm a bit pickier and give a little more consideration to preserving what's left of this old body

    Got my Downtube off Ebay from a seller in PA. To put it mildy, it was INEXPENSIVE. I did put a few miles on it before the snow started and it seems like a nice ride. Rolls out a lot nicer than my old 26" hardware store Huffy mtn bike. You'll probably need to play with the shifter cable length a bit when you get it and tighen up the clicker (the white ring) in the grip shifter. Other than that, I don't think I've ever had a bike that was so easy to set up and adjust.

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    Welcome there! Pull up a chair!

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    Hi Rik Jolly nice to get an intro ;-) welcome to the Fold, Si.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldguy52
    Hello, Looks like the moratorium on new members has been lifted, so I was able to register myself today. I thought maybe I should introduce myself.

    Not sure of the protocol on these forums, so if I'm out of line, somebody please set me straight.

    My name is Rik, I'm from central Minnesota, where unfortunately, it's been snowing the last few days, so no bike riding for me 'til the streets dry up a bit. Just bought a couple of Strida 3s for the wife and I to use on our sailboat. And, being I've decided folding bikes are the coolest thing since sliced bread, I broke down and bought a Downtube VIII FS to cover my more hot rod type urges........ then it started snowing, oh well.......

    I've picked up a lot of useful info from these pages so far and I thank you all for that. I'll look forward to coming in on a regular basis and learning lots more useful stuff as I re-enter a pastime that I'd put on the back burner some 35 or so years ago.

    Glad to meet you all
    Rik
    Rik:

    Can you tell us some of your experience with the Strida? I'm really thinking of getting this bike and selling one of my Dahons because it looks like the pefect folder for multi-mode transport. Light and thin.

    Have you had any trouble with the wheels, belt slipping etc?

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    Old Noob oldguy52's Avatar
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    Dahon Steve,

    Sure, no problem

    The Stridas.

    I would not recommend a Strida to anyone who is going to be worried about performance. If always going fast is a goal, then this is probably not a bike you would enjoy. IF though, you don't mind going along at a pretty easy 10 -12 MPH pace (about 60 crank revs per minute) then this bike is certainly worth considering. There are several things that I like about this bike that don't seem to be available anywhere else and certainly not at this price. 1. is the folded shape. You can carry this bike folded, almost like a golf bag. Or, wheel it on it's own wheels. One should be able to take it into almost anyplace without creating a problem. 2. It's really light, even compared to my Downtube which is also all aluminum. 3. The design is pretty unique which is usually a bit of a selling point for me. 4. Folding this thing is so simple I could hardly believe it. Takes about 10 seconds .......really! 5. Nothing, or at least darn little to go wrong with this bike, and finally there's really nothing to get greasy and make a mess.

    On the riding position: No, it is not like the Downtube at all, at least not the way I set mine up. But, the Downtube is my hotrod and I plan to use it differently than the Strida. Your position on the Strida is far more upright and you will not be stretching to reach the handle bars, as they are fairly close to you. Probably not the best position for generating big horsepower. Having said that, I find that the bike rolls along so easily that I don't need much power. It rides surprisingly nicely too, smooth I mean, for such a small bike. Perfect for sightseeing or just peddling around on short jaunts with the wife. Works good for my work too. I'm a trucker and this bike can stand up right over in front of the right hand seat, in the cab, so If I want/need to ride somewhere for lunch or something, it's right where I need it.
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    Ok, the above was an email I wrote for someone else before we took our week at our boat down in Kentucky and rode our Stridas at least a bit almost every day. Keep in mind that we are not recently long experienced bikers and are in basically, pretty crappy shape. I stil feel about the same about the bike. You'll feel some flex in the crank mechanism and seat mount, but mostly the bike feels very solid under you. It rolls out very easily. Also, it is a bit twichy at first, but you soon learn to be gentle with it and then you'll go along nicely. It doesn't need any manhandling to be VERY responsive.

    The real reason for our purchase of the Stridas was 1. weight and 2. The way they fold. Like you say, long and narrow. These bikes (both of them) have to fit side by side into a coffin like quarterberth on our boat. The space is roughly 6 1/2 feet deep, 2 feet high and 2 feet wide. Maybe a Brompton would fit in here, but most other folders I have seen (except the Strida) won't.

    No, no trouble with the belt and I don't have the newest upgrade, that little wheel on the rear cog wheel that holds pressure on the belt. I don't think we'll be needing that, truth be known. Now, if your a pretty strong rider, you might want that option. I can't say for sure, but it is available I hear.

    We have the standard wheels and all I have done is let the air out of the tires and centered them better. Pumped them up to 50 psi and they seem to work well. You can get an optional metal rim/spoked wheel if you want. I'll bet the ride will be considerably more harsh with these though.

    Hope this helps. If you have any other Qs, feel free
    Rik
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    Guy52,

    Thank you for your review. I honestly believe that reviews like that really help potential buyers to make their decision.

    I currently own a Giant Halfway RS and my girlfriend has a Downtube FS. We recently travelled to Washington D.C. and if we had our bikes there we would have to use lockers and leave it out of the main Memorials and museums (Homeland security issues). We will definately be back in D.C. with our current bikes but a smaller, less efficient but more portable model would most likely be life easier (at least while NOT biking). Just have to check if the Strida is under the levels of acceptability for the D.C. Attractions.

    Rafael

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