Quick introduction first of all:
Victarion, 34 years old (35 in few days, that’s why I am here ). I am living and working in Luxembourg in the financial sector. Not very original I noticed yes.
Since couples of months I am taking the train to go to my office and I discovered that I can pretty much cut my commute time by half comparing to the bus.
Basically instead of taking 50min-1h15 from my door to the office with the bus (with crowd, headaches due to diesel vibrations, the frequent stops and high correlation to bus driver skills…). But I can do 35-45min using the train and an additional commuting vehicle to cover the remaining 4km between home and train station (<2km) + from train station to work (<2km). In other words I have more time to see my wife and my two years boy.
I am currently using an old electric scooter like this: https://www.google.com/search?q=electric+scooter+mach+1&client=opera&hs=a10&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiS2c-0ufdAhVsK8AKHeT_DhQQ_AUIDigB&biw=2520&bih=1330#imgrc=oJxPUxMstkhLqM
That is very quick engine (30-35kmh max on flat road) and a lot of fun but it is very bulky and heavy (+/- 30kg so difficult to carry when hoping on the train) and it is not appropriate for winter as well as rainy spring/falls which tends to be frequent in this part of the world . Although we had a fantastic September month here.
I am sure that you see the question coming…
1 - I thought first of all of a simple bicycle. But I don’t want to mess up my pants with grease and dirt.
2 - Then I thought about a belt driven bicycle for cleanliness and single speed bike for simplicity (as my riding area include flat roads in good/very good condition only) and to keep the cost low. But since it has to be carried on I want it very light. And it seems that single speed are a big thing now so the combination of these three factors seems incompatible with my budget (±500€). I was unable to find second hand models that fit my criterias. In addition, it will prevent me to take the bus should the train won’t work: snow, ice, strike, who knows!
3 - Then I thought about folding bike but It is the same problem. Good quality, light and belt driven folding bike seem to be like unicorn. In addition the traditional H foldings mechanism doesn’t seems very practical to carry, fold/unfold quickly and in a clean way.
4 - And then come the Strida : Seems perfect for the train and even the bus due to lower foot print, easy to fold and unfold without messing around with dirty pedals and chains and I can find some model (second hand LT, Second hand SX and even second hand MAS special edition with 2 speeds) that fit my budget, and that I can carry easily/very easily… Last but not least I am in love with nice pieces of engineering, so here I am.
So my question is : let’s assume that you have a possibility to buy any of the three above models for the same price (of course if price are the same then the higher-end models are older but there are all in good functioning conditions) which is the one you would go for ?
I already know that :
- LT is the lightest/easiest to carry once folded and with plastic wheels seems to be even more maintenance free and seems rather average+/good quality.
- SX will be the faster and more stable with 18 inches wheels during the rides.
- MAS will be a mix bag (16’’ only but with 2 speeds) but a higher complexity (any quality issues about Schlumpf 2 speeds ?).
PS : I want to mention that I don’t plan to use the bike on heavy rain/icy/snowy conditions. I have acknowledge the issue related belt skip caused by dirt accumulation and the plastic free wheel wearing out problem.
Many thanks in advance and best regards,