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Side by Side Comparison between A-bike, CarryMe and Strida

Postby Amuro Lee on Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:46 am

Side by side Comparsion between A-bike and Carry Me
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Side by side comparsion between CarryMe and Strida
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(Thanks coolthought for providing the above pictures)

Side by side Comparsion between A-bike and Strida:
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Postby Weakling on Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:49 am

Thanks for this side by side compare of three small folding bikes. Ok Strida is kind of big but it's ability to be handles like a rolling walking stick makes it's foot print rather small.
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Postby Weakling as guest on Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:05 pm

Strida co uk have a 60 day test ride guarantee. No question asked!

the best way to evaluate any bike is to test ride it. we invite you to take the strida onto the subway, store it in the trunk of your car, fold and unfold the bike, bash it about, and ride it every day. if the strida doesn't meet your expectations, we'll buy it back, no questions asked.

One have to pay the shipping naturally. How much that is I don't know.

but my guess is that this is due to the difficulty some of us have to get used to how to master the steering. I talked to our Dealer here in Sweden

sportex dot se and one of the shop workers who have tested the Strida III confirmed that it was like learning to bicycle the first time. The bike is very different from normal bikes. So the 60 days test ride could be that Mark Sanders know this is not all of us are good at learning.

Most likely me will test ride one indoors in the shop now coming Saturday or Sunday.
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Postby Weakling on Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:54 pm

I've tested the Strida 3.2 today and failed to ride it.
I felt like and looked like a drunk driver.
I went far to left and far to the right and failed
to make a straight course and I felt for falling
several times and I tested it for some two minutes.

I am different. Very few have such big problems using it.

The Strida London wrote that most people learn how to ride it
within 10 to 15 seconds and I've seen others claim that within
some minutes, everybody would learn how to.

Well I spent at least 2 minutes on it but I felt so insecure
that I trust me have now way of learning it. Not worth the
risk me hurting myself or others. I should not ride it in traffic.

But the surprise is that I have no problem with other bikes.
So it must be something about it that are different.

How do I know if the Carryme have same problem?
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Postby newcross on Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:57 pm

Hi Weakling, your story on strida, just reminded me
HORROR of A-bike :twisted:

I thought the twitchin' hell never end.
I thought I never come back alive once I rode the bike in London traffic.

...but I'm still here riding A-bike happily. :lol:
I got used to the bike after a week or so.
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Postby Weakling on Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:45 pm

newcross, your a man with a lot of patience. I give up very easily.
So the A-bike has a kind of learning curve too. Happy me didn't
buy one then.

Wonder how I could find someobody who could give a good
description on what to expect from using Carryme.

I guess me have to build one first so I know if I dare to buy one.

I could make a mock up in wood and using old bike parts maybe.

Well I am too lazy for that but it feels good to imagine I had such
handyness about me.

Should I buy a Carryme and sell it if I fail to like it? I love how
Geourge Lin have made it. A very innovative design.

The Carryall would suite me even better but that is so far into the furure.
Production of that bike start late summer or even later maybe?
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Which bike can be taken on airplane (hand carry)?

Postby Jon Laurence on Sat Feb 09, 2008 3:21 pm

Hello,

Do anyone have gone by plane with a folding bike? Carry me, A-Bike and Strida are small. But can they be taken on the planes (hand carry)? Strida seems to be too large in this sense. A-Bike seems okay. How about Carry Me? Anyone can tell me?

:o

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Postby Weakling on Sat Feb 09, 2008 5:14 pm

Hi Jon, thanks for sharing your story and the excellent pictures.

Happy that it still fit in the original bag.

Could the Airplane companies have different interpretations of
international recommendations on such things as how big it is
allowed to be.

bikeforums.net for folding bikes have several comments here and there
people tell of their experiences with different companies. Not easy to find
though. It is just a few words in threads.

Our forum are most likely too few participants to get a good answer.
But we are happy to have you active here. :) So don't get me wrong.

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=221
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Postby Jon Laurence on Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:31 am

Hi Weakling,

Happy to know you like my photos.

A-Bike and Strida are difficult to ride. So... what bike(s) do you have now? Strida uses 16" tires. How about Dahon Curve? Have you tried that? That's using 16" too. Easier to balance and control?

:)

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Postby Weakling on Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:08 pm

Jon, this is Amuro's thread about the comparison of three bikes
so I would go too much off topic if I talked a lot about my current bike.
I don't want to be un-polite to Amuro. He is super in providing info
and helpsome with knowledge and a friendly guy so me not sure
how to handle this. :)

No I have not tested any Dahon cause all of them fold in the old Minibike
styly of 1960 while Strida came up with a new kind of folding. Umbrella
type of folding. Small foot print and tall instead of Dahon who have low
height when folded.

A-bike managed to make both so they are unique that way. JZ88 is also
both. You could roll it behind or in front of you as a Strida or Carryme
also allow. My Microbike are also the Umbrella folding type with kevlar belt
drive.

Here is a small picture of the Microbike me use. Unfortunately the interest
here in Sweden was too small for it so it didn't sell as well as the designers
wanted so they stopped production of it.

Wheels 12" plastic rim and sprockets like Strida III but more strong
sprockets. The wheelbase almost same. 95cm It allow riders of 195cm tall
and 110kg heavy so that is why I use it. I'm that tall and heavy.

I think it rides better than a Strida III .I have only tested Strida for two
minutes but many claim that one get used to a Strida within 10 seconds to
two minutes so I tested the max amount but didn't get used to it.

While the Microbike there was no adjusting time as I remember.
Just to sit up on it and ride. No problems. And I have problem with
balance so I should have remembered if I hadany problems with it.

Had Strida behaved like my Microbike do then I would have bought it
right away. Cause I like how one can roll it in front of me when I have
to go on board a bus or train.

I wanted to buy a Carryme but that one have a too small wheelbase. The
wheels are smaller than the Strida and Microbike too but bigger than the
A-bike. 8" instead of 6". But it has the wheelbase of some 70 to 75? I don't
know but the pictures Amuro provided show it is slightly bigger than a
A-bike who has 65cm wheelbase IIRC.

I tested to set my Microbike to as close dimension as the Carryme.
I lowered the handle bar as low as I could. Just 5 cm or 2" above
Carryme highest and it was obvious my knee would hit the handle bar
every time me had to turn at a curve in street making the bike prone to
get jolted out of course. Too dangerous so me has to rethink my love for
Carryme.

It is too small for my big body.

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Re: Which bike can be taken on airplane (hand carry)?

Postby Amuro Lee on Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:46 pm

Jon Laurence wrote:Hello,

Do anyone have gone by plane with a folding bike? Carry me, A-Bike and Strida are small. But can they be taken on the planes (hand carry)? Strida seems to be too large in this sense. A-Bike seems okay. How about Carry Me? Anyone can tell me?

:o

Jon

Hi Jon,

I think CarryMe can be hand carried on planes too.

Here are tips for taking Strida on planes from "someone" on stridaforum.com:
"I take my strida on planes quite a bit, and it gets a hard life - I put it in the bag, with a bungee holding together and a padded envelope over the ball joint. That doesn't stop gorilla bag handlers droping, putting it under suitcases etc. but in about 5 or 6 round trips the bike has been fine - and Damn useful for getting around and getting to know new towns.
What helps are the plastic (nylon??) wheels - which just spring back, and the fully enclosed drum brakes. If I travelled with a Strida5 (or many other bikes with metal spoked wheels - i am sure they wouldn't stand this treatment - and would get bent. The discs would be particularly vunerable."

Here are some discussions about bicycle tire pressure on airplane:
http://ask.metafilter.com/36115/Bicycle ... n-airplane

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