The sleek form and clever functionality of British designer Mark Sanders’
foldable bikes have been earning accolades in Europe for over a decade. The
latest, the Strida 5.0, is now available in the US bringing with it a new hybrid
commute sensibility that is rolling in praise. More than just a utilitarian part
of greener transport, this bike is an exercise in cool.
What sets the Strida 5.0 apart from other collapsables is its tripod-like frame
which folds easily into parallel tubes. Unfolded, the tubes form a triangle –
handlebars and wheels occupy the three points and the adjustable seat slides
along one side. The unique, patented frame streamlines the design and makes
fold-up quick and easy - Strida boasts a six second shift from expanded bike to
folded traffic-averting accessory.
With the commuter user in mind, the 5.0 rolls with a silent, clean Kevlar belt –
no greasy pant legs – and the folded design manages the sidewalk stretch with
parallel tires that make it an agreeable sidekick while strolling. Although
still in the single gear folder category, the bike has evolved from the earlier
3.2 version with tougher, lighter components that don’t need much attention -
just tires and disc brakes need maintenance.
Inside a triangular frame of lightweight aluminum, power is transferred to the
rear heels via a silent clean Kevlar belt. Handlebars are mounted horizontally,
so the rider can sit comfortably upright wih an excellent view of the road. The
genius of the triangular frame is that it can fold. In six seconds, you have
alight, compact form that you can easily wheel before you, stow in a closet,
load in your car or take on the train.