Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-17-13, 02:15 PM   #1
alba-ny
Member
Thread Starter
 
alba-ny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NYC
Bikes: Omafiets, Strida 5.0
Posts: 34
Just bought a used Strida 5.0

Hi! I never planned to have much reason to hang out here in the folding bike section, but I just impulsively bought a Strida after seeing it priced pretty low on CL.

The girl said she purchased it online a few years ago thinking it would be a great idea, but she couldn't get the hang of cycling on it the first time out, and it was just taking up space since. I believe her. The price was too good to pass up although I'm not really sure how useful it will be to me.

It does seem really bulky when folded, but it is certainly easier to transport by car than my omafiets. For me it is too heavy to plan any use with the subway or anything. (I am strong but fatigue easily due to a health problem.) It does roll nicely, so I guess people looking for a folder would be happy enough.
I'm still impressed with the design.
It was awkward, but I picked up on riding right away. She said I did far better than she ever managed.

My biggest two issues with it are rather personal problems: I'll have to wear trousers to ride it, and it isn't for hauling stuff. I dislike trousers and have only a few pair. Changing my style to ride a bike is an annoying thought, honestly. The cargo part isn't as much of an issue, but I a, used to packing a bunch of stuff for outings even when I am not going for groceries. The style thing is rather silly, and I'll adapt in order to easily cart the Strida to a trail, but it will somewhat limit my usage of it to very specific trips.

So, I guess this is a sort of review. I'm excited about my new bike!
It is orange and funky.


Other than that, eventually I'd like to put a sprung Brooks on it if possible. The current saddle will work until I want to fork over the money, but it isn't comfortable. Also, I want to add a kickstand.

The front brake needs a bit of attention. I never had disc brakes before, and it is making a scuffing sound and brakes less well than the other. I have to look into that.
alba-ny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-13, 04:06 PM   #2
dynaryder
PatronSaintOfDiscBrakes
 
dynaryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: BicycleSPACE warehouse in SW Washington DC
Bikes:
Posts: 6,985
Quote:
Originally Posted by alba-ny View Post
The front brake needs a bit of attention. I never had disc brakes before, and it is making a scuffing sound and brakes less well than the other. I have to look into that.
Pretty sure those are single-adjust Tektros. Single-adjust discs can sometimes be a pain to set up because you use the cable adjustment to set the outer pad spacing. As a result you can get more dragging than on dual-adjust systems. This doesn't effect performance,it's just annoying. But if the front feels weaker than the rear,you just need to adjust the pads or tighten up the cable.

Here's the manual.
http://www.tektro.com/_english/03_su...1309307566.pdf
__________________

C'dale BBU('05 and '09)/Super Six/Hooligan8and 3,Kona Dew Deluxe,Novara Buzz/Safari,Surly Big Dummy,Marin Pt Reyes,Giant Defy 1,Schwinn DBX SuperSport,Dahon Speed Pro TT,Brompton S6L/S2E-X
dynaryder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-13, 08:02 PM   #3
alba-ny
Member
Thread Starter
 
alba-ny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NYC
Bikes: Omafiets, Strida 5.0
Posts: 34
Thank you kindly!
alba-ny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-13, 04:49 PM   #4
alba-ny
Member
Thread Starter
 
alba-ny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NYC
Bikes: Omafiets, Strida 5.0
Posts: 34
I have the brakes working nicely, and I raised the seat. I'm beginning to like this bike a lot!

(Except the saddle. Ouch.)
alba-ny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-13, 03:32 PM   #5
dynaryder
PatronSaintOfDiscBrakes
 
dynaryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: BicycleSPACE warehouse in SW Washington DC
Bikes:
Posts: 6,985
Glad to be of help.
__________________

C'dale BBU('05 and '09)/Super Six/Hooligan8and 3,Kona Dew Deluxe,Novara Buzz/Safari,Surly Big Dummy,Marin Pt Reyes,Giant Defy 1,Schwinn DBX SuperSport,Dahon Speed Pro TT,Brompton S6L/S2E-X
dynaryder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-13, 04:09 PM   #6
alexaschwanden
Bike rider
 
alexaschwanden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Palo Alto
Bikes: 2014 Redline metro classic
Posts: 3,128
Take a picture of it, and welcome.
alexaschwanden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-13, 04:20 PM   #7
Human_Amplifier
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Bikes: Folders, MTB's, Road bikes, Omafiets
Posts: 86
I love upright Omafiets (and Opafiets)
Strida riding position is probably nearest of all folders to these. Got the manual with it ? > http://www.strida.com/en/download/
Human_Amplifier is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:04 AM.