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    Frankly, Mr. Shankly absntr's Avatar
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    Strida - a folding bike that you might like

    http://www.strida.com

    Interesting - it's one gear, a "kevlar belt drive" - no more chains...

    And it actually looks slick.

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    You could take it for a free test ride and then tell us about it.

    http://www.strida.com/store/testride.html

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    The Strida is a neat looking bike. I think the original had some problems with the belt skipping cog once in a while. I've heard this issue has been addressed. I like the foldability of the thing.

    I do wonder about things like non standard replacement parts. And it seems obviously more aimed at the urban commuter than the cycling enthusiast (which would probably turn off many of the folks frequenting this forum). But it's a great "outside the box" example of design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salome
    You could take it for a free test ride and then tell us about it.

    http://www.strida.com/store/testride.html
    It'd be an interesting bike to ride. Having never ridden a folding bike, neither one that was kevlar belt driven, I'm curious as to what it'd feel like on the road.

    On another note, I was actually surprised that it was $299 (though I'm not decided whether or not this is a good or bad thing).

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    I'm STUNNED that it's only $299... They were MUCH more expensive a year or so ago when I was last looking seriously at folders...

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    No no NO...

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    we have one of those at my shop. last i heard, it was broken and we were trying to get a part for it...last time i put it together, it looked fine, but i haven't ridden it yet. maybe i'll take it out for a spin tomorrow on my lunch.

    they fold up like a transformer, which is why i think it's cool.

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    Wow. They do seem to have been lowered in price. I could swear they started at about $500 last year.

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    they sure look interesting, but I heard they are seriously uncomfortable if you're tall.
    the taller you are, the closer the bars are.

    I like the way this one folds.

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    It looks fun to ride but will probably draw more stares and questions than riding a saddled ostrich.
    "Little bit of black, a little bit of blue...some criss-cross strokes, or little x's, whatever you want to call them. Whatever. There you go." -Bob Ross

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    Quote Originally Posted by absntr
    http://www.strida.com

    Interesting - it's one gear, a "kevlar belt drive" - no more chains...

    And it actually looks slick.
    The Strida is designed for very short commutes and used in conjunction with the bus or train. This guy a know works at an airport and takes a bus every day. Unfortunately, the bus leaves him about a mile and a half from where he has to work and he uses the Strida to save time. He estimates the bike saves him close to 20 minutes in walking every day. That's about 400 minutes a month or 33 hours!

    The Strida still has problems with the belt slipping because the drive train is all plastic. The are improving the product and I suspect in 5 years, they may actually have something.

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    http://www.bikecult.com/works/archive/pedersenrc.html

    perhaps the strida folks were lookin at these
    I carried it around with me for days and days.. playing little games like not looking at it for a whole day and then.. looking at it. to see if I still liked it. I DID!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glomarduck
    http://www.bikecult.com/works/archive/pedersenrc.html

    perhaps the strida folks were lookin at these
    It would be incredible if someone could begin production on the Pedersen bicycle and make a AFFORDABLE! That would be the ultimate comfort bike and only a recumbent would offer more. From what I understand, the production cost due to the extensive welding raises the price to what you would pay for a high end carbon bike. Still. It's a dream bike that would get loads of attention!

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    Vas ist das? Ist nicht ein strida.What is that? It's not a Strida.Unless it is some early crude prototype.

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    i tried a strida...no good....the frame bent and wouldn't snap together after folding.

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    That bad, huh? I was thinking of getting one for my mom for her to piddle about the neighborhood in.

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    actually, i loved the bike at first. it was fun to ride ,easy and clean to fold. but i'm 6'2" 200lbs...it just couldn't take the stress. but for someone smaller, i think its a great bike. It folds super fast and you can walk it like a cane on rollers.

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    How fast can you go on one of those things anyway? And how comfortable would you be going long distances like 50+ miles?

    Koffee

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    you can skoot along pretty fast, it's zippy little bike. you're not going to be breaking any records of course, but for round manhattan, it's very nice. in and out of traffic, up and down walkup buildings, in and out subway platforms.....very speedy.

    50 miles? not for me, maybe 2 miles

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    Ok, so this is a short distance bike. I was just wondering if I could get out to Downers Grove from Chicago and back, that's all. Maybe my mom might like it after all for piddling up and down the bike paths here.

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    it's perfect for a mom on a path

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    Ok, so this is a short distance bike. I was just wondering if I could get out to Downers Grove from Chicago and back, that's all. Maybe my mom might like it after all for piddling up and down the bike paths here.

    Koffee
    The Strida is a work in progress. A guy who purchased a first edition Strida listed all the problems and replacements made. It was a loooooog list of parts replaced. He was a heavy user although. Don't believe the hype concerning the products' warranty.

    Strida recently changed the hubs because the bearings would wear out fast. I taked with another user and he told me this was the greatest weekness.

    I looked at the 2nd edition Strida and the belt fell off by accident while lightly touching it! If you look at how it's placed, there is no 'lip' to hold it from slipping and as you can imagine, it falls off quite easily. The tires of the Strida are low pressure and slugglish on the road. There are no gears which means hills of any kind will be a beast.

    I once noticed someone riding the Strida in New York City. The minute he put power into the crank, it creeked loud! I think a better option than the Strida would be an electric scooter like those made from Razor. There is NO WAY you're going ride this thing 50 miles on 35 PSI tires! It's only ment to be ridden a 1 or 3 miles tops. Get your mother a Dahon or the Giant folder.

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    Wait for the 2005 Dahons and get her a boardwalk 7.They are greatly improved gear range is now 34-94 gear inches. They are so much better I am kicking myself(Yes i am that flexible)

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    Quote Originally Posted by james Haury
    Wait for the 2005 Dahons and get her a boardwalk 7.They are greatly improved gear range is now 34-94 gear inches. They are so much better I am kicking myself(Yes i am that flexible)
    The Boardwalk 7 by Dahon keeps getting better and better each year. The only thing I don't like about that bike is the horrible beach crusier type saddle. If you change that, the bike really has potential.

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