Paul Makepeace ;-)

November 13, 2004

Strida fold-up doesn't hold-up

Posted in: Drivel

A fresh episode in my history of run-ins with bus drivers...

Catching the bus earlier this evening with friends while on the phone (another friend had just spotted me in the street while driving by on her bus!) piled on and the bus driver said "You're not taking that bike on the bus". Being on the phone and trying not to hold anything up I basically ignored the dude and pulled the bike into the gangway, finishing up the phone convo. Bus driver unimpressed and shut the lights of the entire bus down; friends of mine are surprised and start questioning the driver. I fold up the Strida which I have down to about four seconds now (eat that, Brompton!), return to the cab and say "you can't seriously object to this". Folded, the Strida takes up almost no space, less than a sax case. Surprised and bemused the bus driver said "OK" and fired his rig up again. Dave laughed and said that the scene would've made an awesome Strida marketing video....

I love this bike!

Posted by Paul Makepeace at November 13, 2004 21:51 | TrackBack

Yeah, obviously London bus drivers are more reasonable than Bristol ones.

Generally, once somebody has announced a decision, their ego is balanced precariously on it.

The trick is to protect their ego, re-orient them to before their decision and change the original basis for it eg:

"Oh I'm sorry, I should have brought it on folded like this."

Other applications:
"I told you, no matter how cool you are, every single doorman on the planet is going to judge you by your shoes."
"Yes, that's a fair price for X. And it seems we didn't point out the features that make this Y."

Posted by: Dave at November 14, 2004 00:18

How far do you ride the thing comfortably?

Posted by: Vincent at February 14, 2005 04:13

Vincent: I think I've ridden about three miles/5km on it without a problem. A biomechanical issue that's probably specific to me is that the seat tips slightly forward so I don't have as much 'undercarriage' support as I could so occasionally have to deliberately sit further back.

At 5'11 (180cm) I'm sitting about 5-10cm lower than if I was on a properly set-up full-size bike. This didn't turn out to be much of a problem. The gearing's low enough to prevent any difficulty up hills.

Basically it's good for "run around" errand type journeys, and covering the distance between public transport endpoints and final destinations, which is what I bought it for!

Hope that helps, Paul

Posted by: Paul Makepeace at February 14, 2005 13:34

I'm considering the thing just because of the simplicity and lack of mess. My ride would be something like seven miles. I would prefer a recumbent, but getting a recumbent up four flights of stairs doesn't sound like fun to me.

Thanks for the reply!

Posted by: Vincent at February 14, 2005 15:21

Don't get one. I nearly killed myself on my Strida last night. The King Pin that holds the whole thing together sheared off whilst I was travelling down High Holborn, causing the entire bike to colaspse and send me flying over the handle bars causing me serious injury to my hands and knee. Plus I nearly went under a London Bus! The bike is just 8 months old and only travels 16 miles a week. It's still under its years guarantee.
I urge anybody who has a Strida to check the main pin bracket for signs of fatigue. I was lucky this time, now broken bones, but the next person this happens to may be not so lucky.
The incident has been reported to the Trading Standards Office, and you can be sure I will be taking this case further.

Posted by: Nick Spink at January 5, 2007 20:15

mmmm ... checked mine - no screws loose here !
Good job as I love this bike.

Posted by: Josh Lloyd at January 16, 2007 13:55

Update on my king pin.
It looks like I was just unlucky! I have recently had a meeting with Stridas MD (a true gent) and discussed the fault which looks like a one off occurance.
I have retracted my claim, and I'm back in my Stridas sadle riding around London. Once again, everything is hunky dory!
Strida have proved to be inovative and decent company and have bent over backwards to sort out my bikes problem.

Posted by: Nick Spink at June 25, 2007 23:38

There can't be many bike companies where you could speak to the MD!

Posted by: Robert Warner at August 4, 2007 22:38
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