What do you do when you don’t want to be slow baked at home without air con on a hot summer weekend?

1) You go check out foldable bike at a bike store you normally don’t go to!

Seriously tho, I had been having laptop trouble for a few weeks now, and just last weekend husband had to help me install a new hard drive (and restore all my stuff),  as I heard some random ticking sound which is different from the normal ticking only last week.

2) So while it takes quite a few hours (total of about half a day+) to copy/reinstall/restore stuff, in between that we went out to run errands and do some stuff which we had been meaning to do for a while now! :P One of the thing was to check out Strida, a foldable bike which was brought to my attention by  a friend back in Singapore.  Apparently after some googling seems that only JV Bike in Vancouver carries Strida ^^;

(above image of Strida Mini from JV Bike‘s website)

I swear, my friend pushes Strida like it’s a drug! He apparently rides it to work, about an hour each way thru park connections! (Which is really cool, and even his wife has a Strida! ;P).

3) The shop has them on display in shop and to our pleasant surprise they encouraged us to test drive it. I have to submit a credit card and an ID, but that’s fine, not like I have to pay up front ^^;

I was a bit worried at first as I have not touched a bicycle for many years (lost count), my family have a foldable bike back home in Singapore, but it is definitely different from Strida. My friend had warned me that Strida is actually not for everyone as the steering is not the same. So I guess it is a good idea to try it out in person to find out if it’s the bike for us :)

4) The funny thing was since I am kinda short, we found out that I can only ride the Strida Mini with the seat at the lowest setting ^^;;;; I tried to but I just couldn’t ride the standard Strida, as even with the seat set as lowest, I was on tippy toes which is not good if I am on a bumpy road ^^; luckily I did not fall flat on my face. ^^;;;

5) And of course my husband had to take some goofy photos (and a couple videos) of me wobbling around when I was testing the bike out ^^; It definitely felt like I was learning how to ride a bike again!

6) The shop assistant recommended that we try out 2 other different type of foldable bikes too, and we did. We agree with him that the other bicycles feels more like a regular bike. They were a bit more stable, but also a bit heavier and more fiddly to fold up ^^;

7) Verdict: We like Strida!  It’s very compact, has greaseless belt drive, folds up quickly, and it’s cute…. Need to save up for it tho ^^; Goofy video, courtesy of my husband :P

Now that computer is fixed, it’s back to work time…. ^^;;;;

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25 Comments on "Strida Mini"

6 years 1 month ago

Seriously? There’s a place on cambie that sells Asama folding bikes for around $300. They don’t fold as tightly and aren’t as high-quality as you’d expect for only $300, but it get’s the job done quite well although it is a bit heavy. Here’s the first thing I found on it: http://www.momentumplanet.com/gear/great-little-inexpensive-folding-bike

6 years 1 month ago

Oh my, such a high seat on the window-display bike><;

6 years 1 month ago

hmm…Imagine when riding this on the hill, you will fall over backward and then come back to original position. Safety feat. of this triangle bike.

6 years 2 months ago

Moe Rider! The weeble wobbling did it, that was too cute :D Looks like a good compact idea, but the price O_O but it is true there are much more expensive bikes. at least this one can be stored in a trunk or maybe locker? also the design looks comfortable. Do not have enough safe biking routes in my neck of the woods or would consider this ^^

6 years 2 months ago

I think folding bikes are great. A lot of people ride them in my area and a lot of people who normally wouldn’t keep a full size bike have them too. I personally prefer a traditional bike, but I’ve never seen a bike like the strida before.

I love the video. When I first started riding a bike again, I was like that too xD I hadn’t rode a bike in over 10 years so it was like learning all over again!

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