I am the happy owner of a Strida 5.0 since 2008 and I ride it almost every day to commute between home and office (about 4 km/day).
I would say I have covered around 2000 km in total. So far, so good, I was very happy with my little Strida, but the only annoying thing in my view was the limited top speed.
Since my tyres were good to replace, and the plastic freewheel was also giving some signs of fatigue, I have ordered a new aluminium freewheel together with a 18" wheel upgrade for Christmas.
Today I finally took the time to mount the wheels on my Strida. Although the front wheel was pretty straight forward to install, mounting the rear wheel was much more of a pain !
First of all the old freewheel (the black one made of plastic) has been terribly hard to remove. I had to tighten the old wheel in a vice (vise ?) and ruin my hands on the small and sliping piece of metal supposed to fit in the thing. That part only took me at least 20 minutes.
Then to reinstall the rear wheel I had to remove the “snubber system”, otherwise the wheel would not fit. That means the new freewheel is a little bit larger than the old one (1 mm more I would say).
I had to put an extra spacer between the brake shoe and the bike to recenter the disk in the brake shoe. It seems again due to the difference in size between the two freewheel cogwheels.
I had hard time to tune the rear brake to something good.
Now that everything is in place; I have noticed that the belt is now slipping a lot It’s a pity because until now tooth jumps would only happen during hard push AND wet weather.
I tried to adjust the belt tension but I simply could not manage to unscrew the screw under the bike ! I even twisted two screw drivers… Crazy !! Is there a special thing I should know to unscrew this thing ?
Alas, I will try to adjust the snubber again and hope that it will solve the problem.
In conclusion, as you see, the upgrade (at least for me) was not such an easy task, and I still have some problems with the belt to investigate and fix.
Do you think the belt is too loose ?