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Old 09-07-16, 01:42 AM   #26
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The strida is a fun bike to ride, but it's far too big folded to take into a shop, plus it's not the easiest bike to lock up securely, what with it having an open frame. Both strida and Brompton are expensive, new or used, only worth buying for casual use if your heart really wants one. I did see a Brompton in Fortnum & Mason's on Piccadilly the other week, sitting neatly folded by the meat counter, you can bet your life they wouldn't let anyone but the queen do that with a strida. On balance, for the use described by the OP I'd go the beater route. Any nice looking bike is a theft target, make it a folder and not a moment will go by when it's locked up in public that you aren't fretting about if it's still there. Find a $10 bike that looks like it's had a hard life and get it running sweetly without making it noticable, i.e. no shiny new Marathons, a saddle that anyone would think twice about sitting on helps, and some of those streamers from the handlebar ends should complete the picture; you probably won't even need to spend more than 50c on a lock, and you can enjoy you coffee and bagel in tranquility.
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I highly recommend you to consider the Strida SX, it is just a little more expensive but you get a more sturdy bike and the seat is adjustable. Here is a review of the SX:
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The strida is a fun bike to ride, but it's far too big folded to take into a shop, plus it's not the easiest bike to lock up securely, what with it having an open frame.
FWIW, that's not my experience. A folded Strida takes up a tiny amount of floor space and the belt drive makes it relatively clean. It's also the easiest to roll while folded bike I've ever tested.

I've taken it into department stores, doctor's offices, PT appointments, fancy restaurants, not-so-fancy restaurants, supermarkets, and so on. The only folks that have ever stopped me was Secret Service guarded locations. Typically, I store it vertically in someone's closet, coat check, or corner of a room. When I lock it, I put the u lock through a wheel since everything is screwed on without a quick release.
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I stumbled across a Strida on CL. The guy claims it's made in Italy? He wants $200. and says it's like new.
Therefore, here I am checking them out, and seeing what you guys think about them?
Neat looking little folder.
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Something to consider - if you get a bike that you will roll when folded, make sure the places you go are okay with that. I ride with a friend who has a brompton and twice we have gone places where I locked up my Bike Friday and he folded his brommie but was told he could not roll it inside because they didn't want tire gunk on their floors. They were okay if he carried it and set in on newspaper. One was a movie theater, the other a restaurant. YMMV but something to think about or perhaps get a zipper bag (Ikea Dimpa is cheap and works with brommies).
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Hi Ballenxj,

could you please post the link of craigslist?

Strida was never made in Italy and for 200$ + "like new" I'd expect a fake.

Keep Strida Original - say NO to Fakes!
We fans call these "things" SLO (Strida-like-object), they are mainly manufactured in China and their quality is inexpressible poor - be warned!
(We found even details where the copycats just could manage to copy the shape of parts - but not their function )
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Another contender is the Carryme. From what I remember, most said it was closer to riding a larger bike than the Strida. Have been contemplating one myself. Pacific Cycles

When I lived in the Bay Area I had a Bart bike, a Butt ugly $15 yardsale English 3 speed to lock up at the station for the day. In two years the only problem I had was someone ripped the grips.
I would also recommend Carryme. My wife & I have had ours for couple years now and we use it for rides under 20K, it folds small enough for us to get in-n-out of places without any troubles and the ride is solid.

I also tested Strida before buying the Carryme, and the reason I chose Carryme was because the cockpit of the Strida felt weird to me...also the frame wobbles...probably I was too heavy back then XD
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could you please post the link of craigslist?

Strida was never made in Italy and for 200$ + "like new" I'd expect a fake.

Keep Strida Original - say NO to Fakes!
We fans call these "things" SLO (Strida-like-object), they are mainly manufactured in China and their quality is inexpressible poor - be warned!
(We found even details where the copycats just could manage to copy the shape of parts - but not their function )
Here you go.
https://boise.craigslist.org/bik/6167746213.html
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That's a 'real' Strida.. Ming cycles in Taiwan produce Stridas .. the knockoffs were cheap Chinese copies.. Areaware was an authorized USA Strida dealer.. that bike probably retailed for close to $700.. that c/l bike looks like new.. they have a unique fold and ride, but are highly useable for lots of bike duties.. doesn't take long to feel comfortable riding one (you probably won't feel comfortable first or second time out).. really is a space saver if folded bike width is important, and it folds rapidly..
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That's a 'real' Strida.. Ming cycles in Taiwan produce Stridas .. the knockoffs were cheap Chinese copies.. Areaware was an authorized USA Strida dealer.. that bike probably retailed for close to $700.. that c/l bike looks like new.. they have a unique fold and ride, but are highly useable for lots of bike duties.. doesn't take long to feel comfortable riding one (you probably won't feel comfortable first or second time out).. really is a space saver if folded bike width is important, and it folds rapidly..
Yep. And it looks like a 5.0 instead of an LT ... it has the nicer wheels.

Great for short trips and public transportation, IME.
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That's a 'real' Strida.. Ming cycles in Taiwan produce Stridas .. the knockoffs were cheap Chinese copies.. Areaware was an authorized USA Strida dealer.. that bike probably retailed for close to $700.. that c/l bike looks like new.. they have a unique fold and ride, but are highly useable for lots of bike duties.. doesn't take long to feel comfortable riding one (you probably won't feel comfortable first or second time out).. really is a space saver if folded bike width is important, and it folds rapidly..
Thanks.
Is it a single speed? I can't tell. Are they all single speed bikes? It would be nice if they had a three speed hub.
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Thank you very much!
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Yes and No

I'd say that's a genuine Strida without any doubt - neither an LT nor a 5.0 - but a real rarity!

That's a Strida Mini; it had 14 inch wheels, shorter cranks and a lower gear ratio than the others.
It wasn't intended especially for children, just for very short people if I remember correctly.
Strida Mini question
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The beltwheel's design(88 teeth instead of 100 btw) ist the most obvious difference to a 5.0/LT.
At the belt it seems to be written 1240 or 1260, something like that - but a 5.0/LT belt has to be 1440 mm long (for dual speed 1360 mm).
The bottom brackets are looking different.
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...It would be nice if they had a three speed hub.
Not exactly - but nowadays you may choose a three speed bottom bracket, in the Strida EVO.
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That one is a single speed.. optionally they had a two-speed Schlumpf type crank/bb .. and the very latest have a 3 speed Sturmey Archer made bottom bracket .. Bill Wilby is/was the Strida importer for Canada and frequents this forum from time to time.. he might have some additional insight as to the c/l bike and the improvements in the lastest generation Strida..
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Haha, I was typing within minutes of BlackStrida .. I defer to BlackStrida's experience and knowledge.. I only had one Strida in the day.. but I enjoyed riding it to exercise my dog, and it was certainly an attention getter wherever I went..
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The beltwheel's design(88 teeth instead of 100 btw) ist the most obvious difference to a 5.0/LT.
At the belt it seems to be written 1240 or 1260, something like that - but a 5.0/LT belt has to be 1440 mm long (for dual speed 1360 mm).
The bottom brackets are looking different.
Cool! I heard about the Mini. I looked at the BB and thought that it was the older BB design rather than the new beefier one.

Is the frame the same on the Mini? That's why it has a smaller chainring and crank?
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Is the frame the same on the Mini? That's why it has a smaller chainring and crank?
Well, unfortunately I failed to figure that out (definitely); I never got an answer on this question from official source - sorry.
At least the bracket is different from the older versions (but of the same age!) - I can't tell whether the tube dimensions are identical or not because I never had such a bike in hands. I believe they stopped production of the Mini when I began to study Strida forensics - and that's over seven years ago

Disregarding all small technical details (like two or three bolts in the seat molding ) I've tried to collect here the data which belongs more to the rider (-'s experience), the first number is that of the Strida Mini and the second the common, single speed Strida LT or 5.0.

Wheel size: 14" / 16"
Crank length: 150 mm / 170 mm
Development: 2,99 m / 3,95 m
Recommended rider height: 140 ~ 160 cm / 150 ~ 200 cm
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Not exactly - but nowadays you may choose a three speed bottom bracket, in the Strida EVO.
A three speed Bottom Bracket?
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Indeed yes, we have here a gearing inside of the bottom bracket, namely the KS3 drive - made by Sturmey Archer.

Principially an old hat (was used at bikes from the fifties and perhaps even earlier ones), it was presented for the Strida already at the Eurobike 2012 by Ming cycle. Strida Forum ? View topic - The 3-speed Strida
The manual for the drive can be found here: http://webserver.flak.no/vbilder/Strida_Evo_manual.pdf
Gear changing works without cables or external parts; by pedaling backwards one third turn.
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That's a Strida Mini; it had 14 inch wheels, shorter cranks and a lower gear ratio than the others.
It wasn't intended especially for children, just for very short people if I remember correctly.
Thanks, that is important information to me as I'm 6' and that one wouldn't fit me then. Oh well.
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My first folder was a Strida 2. I put 1,000 miles on it, but was constantly fiddling with and adjusting the wheel bearings. I had some e-mail communications with Mark Sanders who told me that the bearings should not be wearing out. I replaced at least one axle, the bottom bracket and the bearings. The crank axle broke as I was starting up from a stop and I nearly castrated myself (but didn't!). Eventually the wheel bearing cups (stamped steel pressed into plastic wheels) cracked around their circumference where the balls made contact.

In spite of all this, I actually liked the bike. It just wasn't up to my weight (210, though that is within spec) and the miles I was putting on it. It sure did fold up fast, and I could squeeze myself and the bike into a single seat on the train. I have kept it, and some day I will look into upgrading the wheels. It's a nice bike to tool around on and, as has been noted above, is a real conversation starter. I think the design is quite clever.
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My first folder was a Strida 2. I put 1,000 miles on it, but was constantly fiddling with and adjusting the wheel bearings. I had some e-mail communications with Mark Sanders who told me that the bearings should not be wearing out. I replaced at least one axle, the bottom bracket and the bearings. The crank axle broke as I was starting up from a stop and I nearly castrated myself (but didn't!). Eventually the wheel bearing cups (stamped steel pressed into plastic wheels) cracked around their circumference where the balls made contact.

In spite of all this, I actually liked the bike. It just wasn't up to my weight (210, though that is within spec) and the miles I was putting on it. It sure did fold up fast, and I could squeeze myself and the bike into a single seat on the train. I have kept it, and some day I will look into upgrading the wheels. It's a nice bike to tool around on and, as has been noted above, is a real conversation starter. I think the design is quite clever.
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I'm not sure you can find replacements for those wheels. Doesn't it have drum brakes?
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...some day I will look into upgrading the wheels..
Whatever you plan, it seems recommendable not to wait, please consider that even parts for Strida 3 versions are out of production since several years! Most likely you're unable to find required original parts; the last sources for some ancient parts will be these I'm afraid of;
Roues & Pneus - Strida
http://koreamtb.co.kr/shop/list.php?...ortodr=&page=7
but maybe you know more?

The following advice was directed initially to Strida MK1 owners, but, according to the date, it does apply also to Strida 1, 2, 3 and Mini versions.
I mean that seriously.
- Be happy to own such a rarity.
- Do not attempt to ride/repair her.
- Instead of, clean her carefully and pin her at your wall.
- In case you insist on further riding Strida - better get a new(er) one.

To avoid version confusion...the actual versions are:

Strida LT: Basic version, plastic wheels and bottom bracket excenter, single speed, 16"
Strida 5: Aluminium bottom bracket excenter, single speed, 16" spoked 305/24h wheels
Strida SX: Aluminium bottom bracket excenter, single speed, 18" spoked 355/36h wheels
Strida EVO: Three speed bottom bracket gearing, available in 16" or 18"
Strida C1: Carbon frame and wheels, single speed, 18"
(E Strida: An electric version was presented by Ming cycle at the Eurobike last year but it's not released to the market yet.)

These are discontinued (not complete):

Strida MK1: The very first one, made back then in UK and Portugal.
Strida Mini: 14" and rare even in Asia (I bet.)
Strida SD: Speed drive by ATS, dual speed and 16"
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I'm not sure you can find replacements for those wheels. Doesn't it have drum brakes?
Yes. They worked in wet weather, but were not much more than adequate.

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Whatever you plan, it seems recommendable not to wait, please consider that even parts for Strida 3 versions are out of production since several years!
Yeah, I'm sort of afraid of that. Maybe I'll be able to find new bearings for the original wheels. The nice thing about this bike was that it was made in England. I took it to a meeting of Vincent motorcycle owners, who were interested in its origins. Heh... I also used to ride it around a motorcycle gathering place, and point out tho the Harley riders that I had a belt drive "just like them"!
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