To save me going through the pain of trial and error I thought that I should ask you experienced Strida riders what I should do to my new SX. I am looking for equipment that is going to take the SX to a different level as well as being safe and legal. I have little in the way of tools so mods are probably out of the question unless they really are hugely beneficial. I am located in the UK so would want to try to avoid imports from outside Europe to avoid import duties.
What I want to keep is the single speed simplicity. The problem that I am likely to have is with comfort so to start off: -
Saddle: 30+ years ago I had a Brooks saddle which was secondhand when I got it so it was well broken in. I think that it was a Brooks B17 and another one is on my wish list, along with a B68. I am getting confused if a mod is needed to the seat fitting to be able to fit another sadlle. The more I read the more confused I get.
Tools: The tools that I have at home are cheap and basic. I do have a decent quality socket set though. I have seen the workshop tools and today have been told that the bike comes with three allen keys. I am looking for a recommendation of a pocket tool. Some of the SKS ones look nice.
Tyres: I am not sure which the bike comes fitted with. I am thinking that Schwalbe may be the way to go as my other half has had so many punctures in her bike tyres.
Lights: Still not sure on this, whether to go for the Strida lamps or something else. I have a number of good torches from Nitecore, which could be OK for the front with a decent mount. I have seen the Twofish lockblock mounts and they should be OK. What I haven’t seen is how the mount on the rear of the Strida works. I don’t want to buy the £50+ Cateye light from the Compact Lights thread. Is anyone using Knog lights? Opinions?
Pumps: Small one to carry around with me. I have a couple already, but there is no gauge on either of them. I am not sure what pressure the standard SX tyres need to be pumped up to. http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk recommends the Topeak Race Pocket. I think that I will try out the ones that I own before buying another pocket one. Is it really worth me buying a track bike pump for use at home? The Strida may be my only bike. The previous website recommends the Topeak Joe Blow Sport bike pump. http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/bike-pumps-guide/
Jacket: I have no idea where to start with this. I have a few jackets already, gore-tex, eVent etc. Any advice here would be greatly appreciated. Shetland is a cool and windy place. Temperatures above 20 degrees C are very rare indeed.
Lock: Probably a low priority here as there is little crime. Except in the main town many people leave their houses and businesses unlocked as well as leaving the keys in their car’s ignition lock. I plan to keep the bike in the office or in the house. At some point I am going to need to lock it to some street furniture. What lock do you think that I should buy.
Servicing: I have seen the Workshop Tool thread and have picked up some useful tips from there. Does the manual include details on servicing the bike. My greatest worry here is the amount of salt in the air as you are never more than 3 miles from the sea in Shetland.
Health: Many years of running in boots whilst in the military has done little for my knees. One of the worries I have about the Strida is not being able to stand up and pedal, meaning that my knees are likely to take the pressure. Is it just a case of building up the strength or are there other suggestions that might help me?
Luggage: I will be wearing a Hill People Gear Tarahumara rucksack. These are quite small, but very comfortable. It would be useful to have some overflow space on the bike for carrying things that I might pick up as I buy things in the day.
Sorry for such a long post, but it would be nice not to fall into the traps that you may have fallen into as new Strida owners. If there is anything that you would strongly suggest that I avoid, that would be interesting to hear too. My SX ships on Monday.