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Areaware STRiDA 5.0 Folding Bicycle, Black
Dimensions: Length: 45" Width: 20" Height: 9"
The first completely new bicycle geometry in 95 years. Inside a triangular frame of lightweight aluminum, this single speed bike transfers power to the rear wheel via a silent clean Kevlar belt. Handlebars are mounted horizontally so the rider can sit comfortably upright with an excellent view of the road. The genius of the triangular frame is that it can quickly fold. In five seconds, you have a light, compact form that you can easily wheel, stow in a closet, load in your car or take on the train.
No maintanence needed.
by: on: 14-Aug 2010
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1SZZPTCH9GQ0B You dont need to maintain this bike. Just unpack and bike :)
I personnaly recommend to buy Strida SX instead of 5.0. It is slightly bigger and you knees doesn't touch frame.
Amazing piece of engineering!
by: on: 31-Jul 2010
Can't help but smile when I use my Strida... It really is an amazing piece of engineering! The last time I felt like this was when I got my Audi TT. Kudos to the designer - Mark Sanders!
Best purchase I've made in a long time
by: on: 21-May 2010
I hesitated on the Strida. Yes, it's sexy, but the cost! I justified it to myself by costing it out in terms of public trans trips, and the bike's now paid for itself in less than a year.
For an urban commuter in a relatively flat city, this is the ultimate transportation. The fold is super quick, and once folded, it is easy to hop onto a bus or a train (or throw in someone's trunk). That actually makes me more likely to ride it instead of fretting about what I will do if it rains. Plus I'll haul it with me when I'm going out to the suburbs where there are less transportation options in order to get around more quickly.
I do have some caveats:
1) the ride feels a bit unsteady the first time or two someone rides it because the geometry is different from other bikes. I don't think you could ever ride with no hands, but once I got the feel for it, it's more stable than it initially seems.
2) accessories are a bit tricky. You'll want to replace the rack with the aluminum version (the plastic version is pretty much useless). There's no good place to put a standard back blinker light, so you'll either need to make sure your gear has a loop for one or wait until you have the bike with you to go to a shop and find something that will work. Any seat bags, rack trunks, panniers, handlebar bags... same deal. Get a big messenger back if you want to run errands on this, or some good bungee nets for the rack.
3) A lot of commuter rail systems have bike restrictions during peak hours. This will get you around them BUT in Chicago, the bike has to be cased. Unfortunately, the Strida bag is $100 and not easy to pack. I found a better option: I got a Monk golf bag rain cover for about $15. The bike fits in it perfectly, the conductors find the cover adequate, and I can keep it rolled up and bungeed to the rack.
4) This is a single gear bike. It's easy to accidentally pop a wheelie starting from a dead stop, and it is also easy to go faster than the gear.
All that said, I still love this bike. My friends are all jealous of it, and it is a conversation starter everywhere I go.
by: on: 21-Mar 2010
I've owned my Strida for about 3 years now, had it shipped directly from England. Couple gripes which I realize now, the first, no fault of the bike, I live in Taos New Mexico which is very hilly and I find it a struggle to peddle wishing always for flatter terrain, when I hit flat paved terrain, cycling is a joy. Another problem that I have experienced is a constant problem with getting flat tires. What I love about the bike is that it is easy to fold and very portable in that I can just throw it in the back of my Jeeep and go anywhere. Also, it never fails, whenever I'm out riding my Strida, strangers express their astonishment, with their expressive compliments when they see me ride by.
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