Firstly, a big thanks to the regular contributors on here - there is a wealth of information here that has already educated me, and prevented me making some mistakes!
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I’m in Australia, a fan of folding bikes (I’m very fond of my Brompton), and just acquired a used ‘Strida’. After some poking around here, I think it is better termed a ‘Strida Like Object’. It’s a Ming Tai variant, and if I understand correctly, this is the same factory that produces the official Stridas? Mine is cream coloured, and clearly a v5 clone- disc brakes, metal bottom bracket assembly, and wire not plastic wheels. Frame is definitely aluminium (failed the magnet test).
It needs a bit of TLC, which I’m in the process of doing, not least a good clean (Any tips for getting the black plastic looking less faded?). However, for only $85 Aussie, it’s good value.
I’d appreciate some pointers. I’ve looked at the tech section here, and read Mark Sanders tips pages.
Two main problems really: Firstly, belt tension. I’m getting the popping under power (uphill). I’ve tightened the belt from the bottom bracket, but don’t really know how tight to get it. It is pretty tight now - It twangs slightly and doesn’t deflect more than about 2cm. I haven’t yet adjusted the snubber, figuring to change only one variable at a time. Snubber clearance looks good, but it’s very hard to see back there. Also, the snubber is bolted to the frame with the bolt head accessed through the disc rotor - once loosened, is the bearing on an eccentric mounting? How does it come closer/further to the belt?
Secondly, general, and non specific squeaks. Handlebars, plastic seat mounting and pedals are all squeaking/creaking. I’ve tightened the handlebar clamp mechanism, and this has helped. What else should I look at?
Lastly, I have an odd click/clunk when the left hand pedal/crank is just past the top of the stroke (say 10 o’clock). It only happens under load - can’t reproduce when stationary. I’ve tightened the crank bolts. Any ideas?
So, that’s the problems.
So far I’m very intrigued with the bike. It’s very fun to coast (i.e. when not creaking!), and I like its upright position, handling and general quirkiness. The fold takes a bit of getting used to (partly due to my familiarity with the Brompton). But, variety is the spice of life!
Pic with general bike clutter attached.
Thanks for having me.