Currently I am one month short of a year where I decided to ride the Strida-5 on every outing and when commuting. Been to two different countries, rode on streets, paths, trails, and pavement. Rode one 50 mile organized ride and many solo rides between 30 and 25 miles.
So living with the Strida-5 in hotel rooms and at home and riding only the Strida-5 for nearly a year has prompted me to make some modifications to the bike.
The tires were changed out for Schalwbe Big Apple front and rear. The bike now handles much better on dirt trails and on the road. With tire pressure set to 65 psi front and rear the road performance and ride is much better. For dirt trails I set the air pressure to 55 front, 60 back and the bikes handling and ride are far superior than with standard Kenda’s.
Swapped the nylon crank set out for the new Alloy Crank set and belt ring. The alloy belt ring is much, much less egg shaped than the original nylon belt ring. The alloy belt ring allows you to use less belt tension before you have belt slip at the cog. Less belt tension means less bearing wear and less spinning resistance at the crank which means less energy is wasted to friction.
Swapped the original folding pedals out for Speedplay Frogs. This was probably the best modification in regards to performance. I can now apply driving force through 350 degrees of crank rotation which really helps when climbing and seems to help in preventing belt slip at the cog. On the flats I can spin at 90 rpm at the pedals, a cadence I feel very comfortable with when touring. The Pearl Izumi Alp X mountain bike shoes perform very well on the bike and off.
Swapped the original saddle out for a Brooks B67 and the change has been wonderful in two ways. The saddle is sprung and when combined with the Schwalbe Big Apples the ride is now very smooth, even over the worst streets in Racine Wisconsin and my butt loves this saddle.
My goal this year is to ride a century or two in September. I feel the changes I have made to the bike put 100 miles in 8 hours within reach. I will use the century experience to determine if Strida-5 touring with an Extrawheel trailer is a reasonable goal.