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Strida BikeThe Strida in neon green.
Reviewed by Maxwell Addington
It took about an hour to get used to the Strida’s handling nuances — it only took a few minutes to figure out that this bike turns heads.
With its thick, triangular aluminum frame and 16-inch (41 cm) alloy wheels, the folding Strida doesn’t look or feel like other bikes. And people will ask you about it.
In my first 15 minutes with the Strida, two people stopped me on the street and asked me to demonstrate how it folded up. By the time I got home, five more people had questioned me and three people even asked to ride it.
But the point of the triangular frame is not to grab attention. The Strida is designed for intermodal commuters.
The idea behind the Strida is that you can bike to the train, bus or metro station, take the folded bike on board with you, then bike to your office, all the while wearing your suit. The grease-free carbon belt drivetrain and fenders will keep your pant legs clean.
Unfortunately, the upright riding position, small wheels and single-speed drivetrain mean that the Strida isn’t suited to hilly areas.
So, get this bike if you have a short, flat distance to cover. Or if you like it when strangers strike up conversations.
Pros: Folds up quickly and efficiently. Come with disc brakes, carbon belt drivetrain, a bell, reflectors, fenders, a cargo rack, and solid tires. Smooth ride and solidly built, yet light. Great way to meet people.
Cons: Can’t take hills very well, doesn’t go very fast.