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    Anyone bought the Strida alloy rack?

    A while ago I broke the plastic luggage rack on my strida knock off. I am thinking of buying the large alloy luggage rack that strida nl sell. It's quite a price at 49 euros including shipping, and I was wondering if any strida people had bought one, and what they thought of it.

    I am thinking of putting a small set of panniers on it. I have a set which are less deep than most. You can see them on this photo of the Merc.



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    I wanna see pictures of the SLO (Strida Looking Object) with loaded panniers!!!

    You are surely pushing its limits, no?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
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    You are surely pushing its limits, no?!
    Strida has no limits!

    Except 15 mph, of course.

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    Here is my contribution..

    my strida carrying a 12 pack on the rack and 2x 6 packs in the pannier..

    I should take pics of it tackling 5cm of snow with a similar load..

    the fullsize pannier from MEC.ca works quite well, and by mounting it on one size only, still allows the bike to be folded.

    thats the prob with mounting total panniers.. u won't be able to fold the thing..
    I may get around to mounting a front pannier on the opposite side tho, just for other storage...

    btw, instead of buying the metal rack, which is a great idea, esp if it is a couple inches longer, i would simply repair/reinforce the plastic rack. use a product called SUMO GLUE.. its fantastic stuff and extremely durable. You could prob repair the rack, and reinforce it with a coat hanger and ducttape to make a superior rack.

    Its so good that i successfully reinforced an all carbon wheel on my track bike with it. (Spinergy Rev-X)
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    I'll let you guys into a secret - I don't know if I told any of you how I have been walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago... It's an ancient pilgrimage route across the north of Spain. That's actually only a part of the route, some people walk from Paris to Santiago de Compostella which is just near Finisterre. For them its a 900 mile walk.








    Anyhow - I've walked from France to Burgos in a couple of stints and I am going to go again in April maybe. I was just thinking of taking my slo with me. I know I couldn't ride it all the way. The route is up and down and a 56 inch gear is no good for rough ground, but the damned thing does push so brilliantly, I was wondering about using it to carry some of my stuff and push and ride it where appropriate.

    Photos & a bit of rubbish video I took last April when I went walkabout along the route.
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Volpoon/...xCHo#slideshow

    There were a lot of times I wished I'd had a little bike with me, one I could put in the hold of a bus to make the journey from Barcelona to Pamplona for example and then just drag it out and ride off. I think the strida would be an asset on my next section from Burgos to Ponferrada. I can ride it or push it with my gear onboard. Either way it will be easier than walking and carrying everything on my back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trueno92 View Post

    thats the prob with mounting total panniers.. u won't be able to fold the thing..
    I may get around to mounting a front pannier on the opposite side tho, just for other storage...

    btw, instead of buying the metal rack, which is a great idea, esp if it is a couple inches longer, i would simply repair/reinforce the plastic rack. use a product called SUMO GLUE.. its fantastic stuff and extremely durable. You could prob repair the rack, and reinforce it with a coat hanger and ducttape to make a superior rack.

    Its so good that i successfully reinforced an all carbon wheel on my track bike with it. (Spinergy Rev-X)
    I take the point about the half pannier and folding. If I go forward with this idea, I would want to transport the bike to Barcelona by air, mount some of my gear on the pannier and the rest in a day sack and ride across Barcelona about ten miles to get to Barcelona Norde bus station, take the pannier off, and load the bike and luggage into the trunk of a bus - make the 400 mile journey to Burgos, and then ride and push the bike along the Camino de Santiago for maybe 200 miles. I'm used to walking the route, so the ability to ride flat and downhill stretches will be blissful by comparison. The uphill sections, I'll just walk and wheel the bike along. My view is that this will be a lot easier than walking and carrying all my gear in a backpack. Last year I carried about 15 kilos or about 35 pounds. I suspect that carrying half of this on the bike and a bit in a back pack will be a hell of a lot better.

    As for mending the broken plastic rack - I dumped it I'm afraid and anyway, I'd never set off on a journey away from home with a half mended item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhm View Post
    Strida has no limits!

    Except 15 mph, of course.
    And 90 kg, including you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos71 View Post
    And 90 kg, including you!
    I was also thinking of that but I did not want to be rude .
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    My copy Strida came with a document claiming that it could carry 100kg - not that I expect you could sue anybody if it snapped in half.

    The only part about it that I have the least concern over is the plastic seat mount. I don't have any reason to doubt the mount except that it occurs to me that of it was made of rubbish, it might break off and dump me arse first onto the road. It seems fine; no creaks, no movement, no cracks; I'm just wondering if it is made of good stuff.

    Anyway - I'm at my fattest ever and I weigh 75 kg so I should be OK to put another 10kg on the rack.

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    New aluminium rack

    I have an aluminium rack on my Strida 5 It's very nice, very sturdy & is marked with the stupidly low weight limit of 10 kgs considering it is of very sturdy construction. I would definitely recommend you get one! I too broke a plastic rack a few years back (carrying unreasonably heavy loads)
    I intend to buy a weird prototype aluminium rack for my Strida 3 will post some pics when I get it.

    Get a real one! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chop! View Post
    I have an aluminium rack on my Strida 5 It's very nice, very sturdy & is marked with the stupidly low weight limit of 10 kgs considering it is of very sturdy construction. I would definitely recommend you get one! I too broke a plastic rack a few years back (carrying unreasonably heavy loads)
    I intend to buy a weird prototype aluminium rack for my Strida 3 will post some pics when I get it.

    Get a real one! LOL!

    Safe riding!

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    Thanks Chop. That's good to know. The strida people in Nl say they have too sizes; a small standard one, and a large one that can carry a bag on it. I'm getting the large one and supposing I'll be able to put my short drop panniers on it. The pannier has side bags that are maybe 10 or 12 inches top to bottom, so I'm supposing they'll work on the bike. I broke my original Chinese plastic rack by dropping the rear tube while demonstrating the fold / unfold on a freezing cold day. It fell about two and a half feet and struck the ground hard and just shattered the rear bar. I took it off and chucked it in the bin.

    As for a 'real' one - - this one is real. I've ridden it 140 miles - unless it was all a dream of course.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    My copy Strida came with a document claiming that it could carry 100kg - not that I expect you could sue anybody if it snapped in half.

    The only part about it that I have the least concern over is the plastic seat mount. I don't have any reason to doubt the mount except that it occurs to me that of it was made of rubbish, it might break off and dump me arse first onto the road. It seems fine; no creaks, no movement, no cracks; I'm just wondering if it is made of good stuff.

    Anyway - I'm at my fattest ever and I weigh 75 kg so I should be OK to put another 10kg on the rack.
    Ok. On the pix you look like a tallish guy, so I expected you too be heavyer. Normally I`d expect the bike could take at least 25% more than they say, but you do not want to gamble with that on a trip like that.

    If the riding is "bouncy" of course the effective strain on this thing is going to be more than the weight of you and your stuff.

    I think if the seat bracket breaks your arse is going to end on the rack if you are lucky.

    I often use the bike just to hang my stuff on. I then say I use it in stead of one of those things old peopel use (name?). First step on the way to the retirement home

    Actually the reason I like the small front rack on my folder is so I can hang a backpack on the bars, the bottom of it resting on the rack. If you could do something like that you could put all your gear on the bike.

    Sure there is no way to "hack" a normal rack into fitting on it?

    Maybe Use the bromptonlikething?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmother View Post
    Ok. On the pix you look like a tallish guy, so I expected you too be heavyer. Normally I`d expect the bike could take at least 25% more than they say, but you do not want to gamble with that on a trip like that.

    If the riding is "bouncy" of course the effective strain on this thing is going to be more than the weight of you and your stuff.

    I think if the seat bracket breaks your arse is going to end on the rack if you are lucky.

    I often use the bike just to hang my stuff on. I then say I use it in stead of one of those things old peopel use (name?). First step on the way to the retirement home

    Actually the reason I like the small front rack on my folder is so I can hang a backpack on the bars, the bottom of it resting on the rack. If you could do something like that you could put all your gear on the bike.

    Sure there is no way to "hack" a normal rack into fitting on it?

    Maybe Use the bromptonlikething?
    LOL - I'm not sure what picture you are referring to, but if it makes me look tall, I'll have to make sure I use it more often. I'm a stocky little chap - 5'6" tall and about 20 pounds heavier than I ought to be. LOL.

    The thing old people use to hang their stuff on might be what we brits call a walking frame - Here's a useful looking one with wheels to see if we mean the same thing ->



    Also - of course you are quite right about the effect of bumps and rocky paths on the strain the bike has to put up with. This route is primarily a walking path and although quite a lot of it is a kind of packed down crushed rock and would be manageable on a strida or strida type bike, some is far too rough to ride. I have walked about 200 miles of it already and some parts I wouldn't even want to try and wheel the bike on, let alone ride it. You could ride on proper roads as an alternative and faster Spanish roads generally have a wide slow lane for farm type vehicles. These are usually about five feet wide and would be ok and pretty safe to ride on. In the heart of the countryside there are also very quiet roads without these slow lanes, but those roads have not much traffic. Hills - I'd just walk up anyway if I was intending to ride a long way on a single gear bike. Not worth blowing out your knees on a 56" ratio if you are riding miles everyday. When I was walking the route I generally walked about twelve to 15 miles a day and did 25 once which wasn't too much fun carrying about 40 pounds. I am sure I could ride and push the Strida like bicycle 30 miles a day except up the really mountainous parts like crossing the Pyrenes and the parts of the route in Galicia where you climb to over 5000 feet and then go down and up again right away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    Thanks Chop. That's good to know. The strida people in Nl say they have too sizes; a small standard one, and a large one that can carry a bag on it. I'm getting the large one and supposing I'll be able to put my short drop panniers on it. The pannier has side bags that are maybe 10 or 12 inches top to bottom, so I'm supposing they'll work on the bike. I broke my original Chinese plastic rack by dropping the rear tube while demonstrating the fold / unfold on a freezing cold day. It fell about two and a half feet and struck the ground hard and just shattered the rear bar. I took it off and chucked it in the bin.

    As for a 'real' one - - this one is real. I've ridden it 140 miles - unless it was all a dream of course.

    The wider rack is the prototype one that I decided wasn't for my Strida 5. It looks a bit odd (although it does have some short luggage elastic type straps built in. Their opinion (& mine) was it looked like it had been designed for a ladies bike. I thought it might make a change on my Strida 3 tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    LOL - I'm not sure what picture you are referring to, but if it makes me look tall, I'll have to make sure I use it more often. I'm a stocky little chap - 5'6" tall and about 20 pounds heavier than I ought to be. LOL.
    The pictures of you and the "S-bike" in the livingroom after returning from the pub. Maybe you felt tall and almighty?
    If you are too heavy maybe you should carry gear AND bike (and I can carry gear bike and dog when I go out)..

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    This is the right thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    Also - of course you are quite right about the effect of bumps and rocky paths on the strain the bike has to put up with. This route is primarily a walking path and although quite a lot of it is a kind of packed down crushed rock and would be manageable on a strida or strida type bike, some is far too rough to ride. I have walked about 200 miles of it already and some parts I wouldn't even want to try and wheel the bike on, let alone ride it.[/COLOR] You could ride on proper roads as an alternative and faster Spanish roads generally have a wide slow lane for farm type vehicles. These are usually about five feet wide and would be ok and pretty safe to ride on. In the heart of the countryside there are also very quiet roads without these slow lanes, but those roads have not much traffic. Hills - I'd just walk up anyway if I was intending to ride a long way on a single gear bike. Not worth blowing out your knees on a 56" ratio if you are riding miles everyday. When I was walking the route I generally walked about twelve to 15 miles a day and did 25 once which wasn't too much fun carrying about 40 pounds. I am sure I could ride and push the Strida like bicycle 30 miles a day except up the really mountainous parts like crossing the Pyrenes and the parts of the route in Galicia where you climb to over 5000 feet and then go down and up again right away.
    I guess this trip is more about the journey than the speed, and also about meeting others doing the same. It is quite a trip, so for sure I would bring a bike.

    Maybe make a big bag to fit in the bikes triangle and put all your stuff in there? You`ll be riding with your knees sticking out and look like a pregnant cow but really practical .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chop! View Post
    I have an aluminium rack on my Strida 5 It's very nice, very sturdy & is marked with the stupidly low weight limit of 10 kgs considering it is of very sturdy construction. I would definitely recommend you get one! I too broke a plastic rack a few years back (carrying unreasonably heavy loads)
    I intend to buy a weird prototype aluminium rack for my Strida 3 will post some pics when I get it.

    Get a real one! LOL!

    Safe riding!

    Chop!

    chop, you need to post up some pics of your latest adventures!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chop! View Post
    The wider rack is the prototype one that I decided wasn't for my Strida 5. It looks a bit odd (although it does have some short luggage elastic type straps built in. Their opinion (& mine) was it looked like it had been designed for a ladies bike. I thought it might make a change on my Strida 3 tho.
    Oh - I'm glad you said this. Is it possible that you have a picture of it on the Strida? I have only seen the original style rack. I don't want my bike to look any odder than it already does. I don't like derisory attention. I was just hoping I could get a rack that would take my small panniers. Maybe I'll make something myself. I already have two racks for a mountain bike and could possibly do something with them, but it would be a mess probably. I'll have to think about this.

    If there's a picture of the prototype rack you can point me to, I'd be very grateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmother View Post
    If you are too heavy maybe you should carry gear AND bike (and I can carry gear bike and dog when I go out)..
    You must be a young man though. I am old.

    I guess this trip is more about the journey than the speed, and also about meeting others doing the same. It is quite a trip, so for sure I would bring a bike.

    Maybe make a big bag to fit in the bikes triangle and put all your stuff in there? You`ll be riding with your knees sticking out and look like a pregnant cow but really practical .
    This is something to think about. If the bag was narrow, say six inches wide, there would still be a fair capacity in half that triangle, and it would be the right place to carry load, and easy to attach too. Maybe together we can invent the must have strida accessory here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    This is something to think about. If the bag was narrow, say six inches wide, there would still be a fair capacity in half that triangle, and it would be the right place to carry load, and easy to attach too. Maybe together we can invent the must have strida accessory here.
    Too late, it's in the public domain now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    You must be a young man though. I am old.
    I am a woman, like in M O T H E R you know.. I am not young, but i need to loose weight, so I should carry what ever I can find

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    This is something to think about. If the bag was narrow, say six inches wide, there would still be a fair capacity in half that triangle, and it would be the right place to carry load, and easy to attach too. Maybe together we can invent the must have strida accessory here.
    If you make it narrow but in one piece (one big room) it is still going to be "pregnant cow". It must be divided into several rooms. Partly to keep it narrow and then you add zips "here and there" for easy access to what is innside.

    EDIT: This would not be a Strida must have accessory, it would be a Fake Strida accessory. If you put it on a Strida it would be fake, since it was not made for a Strida. Oh dear. I think I must go and work on my bike. Too much nonsens comming from this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Too late, it's in the public domain now!
    For sure. They could try, but could they make it? I doubt. Need special skills to make it you know, special skills..

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmother View Post
    For sure. They could try, but could they make it? I doubt. Need special skills to make it you know, special skills..
    Special skills like sewing and such - knowledge of 'rooms' - cloth - we need a woman here.


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    It is not a "boy or girl" thing, just what you enjoy doing

    I found this drawing. Need some measurements on it if you could be so kind. Are the angels right? Especially the seat position (low and high) is important. Need that to do some more thinking. Cm`s plse, no inches (I am confused enough already).

    I made the bags for my homemade longtail (Dogbike1) so another bag should be possible if I am in the mood. I like the idea.

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    Wot? Are you offering to make me one???
    How kind of you - saintly even - no - goddess like.

    I'm only joking - I couldn't possible expect that. I think it is a good idea and might try to lash something up. It will be a lash up though. LOL.

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    No godesses or saints around here, I checked- ewen under my bed (only bikeparts there).

    I`d like to get the measurments needed to make a drawing first. If it looks right sewing is not a big deal, and a project I would enjoy. I made a lot of kites in my time and other stuff. I like a chalenge, and I like this bike design a lot. Could be great fun.
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