This week I made a pilgrimage to Vienna by train.
After a thoroughly mail consultation Chris had ordered parts for my Strida LT. We met up in the remarkable folding bike store ROTA EXPLICARE of Chris’ good friend Mike:
It now looks like a steam punk bike.
Chris built in for me :
The Strida touring handlebar with brown leather handles and copper ending disks. This wide handlebar makes riding the Strida much more safe. No wobbly feeling anymore.
Strida’s spring-loaded brown leather saddle. It’s an one hundred percent improvement. Before with the standard saddle crossing sidewalk borderstones or riding on cobble stones caused migraines because of the severe vibrations and shocks. Now it’s a much smoother ride.
A very important part for me: the Strida side stand.
Strida front and back light with AAA batteries. I haven’t tested the lights by night yet. I’ll report later how they do their job.
The lights can stand rain by the way. I chained my Strida overnight outdoor at the poles of my tent at the campside where I slept in Vienna. There was a thunderstorm and it rained heavily. The lights still work.
Black aluminium luggage rack. It’s handy. When I traveled back home my backpack was filled with the old saddle, the origin plastic luggage rack, the original short handlebar. (“You never know what will happen in the future. So take it all back.”^^) So I had to fix my tent on the rack:
As an amazing surprise Chris added a Clip that enables a better way to fold the Strida. Chris, would you mind to explain the details? I’m not able to describe it reasonably.
Though using the clip I still managed to defold the strida inaccidently on the train. But I’m a tad clumsy. So that might be just me. I’ll add a shoe lace to bind the Strida together for transport next time.
I’ve forgotten to take a pic of the folded Strida with folding clip. If Chris doesn’t add one I maybe add a pic later.
As for the transport of folded Stridas: They are … inconvinient. And the pedal cranks rotate when you push your Strida around. But everyone will get out of your way when you push your folded Strida in front of you.
And when you believe in your Strida which I take for granted when you’ve bought one, it’s part of the fun to part the crowd at the railway station pushing this hurdy-gurdy in front of you.
Mike, the owner of the folding bike shop in Vienna, gifted me a cute little bell. Because we agreed that it’s bad for my reputation to say furthermore ringeling whenever I pass pedestrians.
And that was not the only gift I got. Chris gave me the hook wrench you need to tighten the tooth belt. And the Strida saddle came with a little goodie-bag with two wrenches.
Next time when I’m in Vienna I’ve to have some room left in my back-pack. Because I urgently need the stylish umbrella stand where you can park in your folded Strida. Chris, do you happen to have a pic of this adorable piece?