Reviewing the Remarkable Strida LT Folding Bike

A Perfect Bike for My RV Lifestyle

I’m no longer an avid biker that loves to head off on long rides and has all the latest gear and biking gadgets. These days my main use for a bike is getting around faster than walking in a campground, sightseeing trips and buzzing around town to pick things up or go to an appointment.  I just need something simple, low maintenance and easy to carry with us in the RV. The Strida LT folding bike looks to be just the ticket.

It folds down so compact I can actually store it in the basement compartment of the fifth wheel, inside the living quarters or maybe I’ll make myself a special box for it on the trailers pull out bumper. It’s super lightweight and much less of a hassle to move around than the big heavy cruiser bike I had.

Unboxing the Strida Folding Bike

The model Strida LT bike arrived in a surprising small cardboard box measuring 10”x16”x45”. I realized it was a foldable bike but still I wondered if it was actually in there. Sure enough, it was and it came completely assembled short of the adjustable seat and rear carrier rack.

Although not a super intuitive process at first the seat is in the end very easy to mount. Most of it is done with a provided Allen key that tucks away under the seat when not being used. The only tools I needed to have were a pair of wrenches to mount the standard bicycle seat. After a few quick adjustments to the seat height, I was ready and eager for a test spin.

The Strida bike felt a little wobbly at first as I got used to the unique geometry. It’s unlike any bike I’ve ever ridden. However within just a few minutes I was having a blast with a big ear to ear grin. It’s fun!

Took me back to that first bike as a kid and how much fun it was to just be riding a bike. As I headed out on the local seaside paved walking trail I couldn’t help noticing the bemused looks. I don’t think many had seen a bike quite like this one.

Strida LT Features

A–Frame Construction

This is what makes the Strida look like it does. The very innovative design allows the bike to be easily folded and very light but at the same time strong enough to support even large 200 lbs. guys like me. It’s made in Taiwan with quality 7000 series aluminum tubing, the same stuff used for sailboat masts. The connecting welds look really well done.

Kevlar Drive Belt

This is one of my favorite features. At first, I thought it was just rubber and would easily fail but it’s actually Kevlar like the bulletproof vest material. They use the same belt in car engines and are rated for 50,000 miles. It’s also much quieter and smoother than a regular bike chain and best of all no grease! You can tuck the bike folded up between your legs without fear of getting your clothes oily.

Disc Brakes

These have been used on mountain bikes for years now as they work a whole lot better than the cheap wheel rim type. The Strida has a large disc and caliper on both wheels and man can it stop quickly with very little squeeze pressure needed on the brake levers. So handy when someone suddenly pulls out in from of you.

Adjustable Seat

The seat on my Strida has two major setup positions, one for taller people and one for shorter. Within each position, the seat has a quick release to move it a series of steps up and down and lock it in place. It also can be adjusted fore and aft a little bit. Being long-legged I love the ability to find just the right seat position. The only drawback is to let my wife use the bike I have to disassemble the whole seat and move it down to the shorter folks setting. (A bit of a pain) Guess she’ll have to get her own Strida. 😉

Bent HandleBars

I have the optional Bent Handlebars put on my Strida. They are more comfortable for taller people with longer arms

Multiple Models and Options to Choose From

The model I have its called the Strida LT but the bike comes in several other models as well. Some with a single speed like mine and some with 3 speeds. The wheels come in 16” or 18” sizes and there are 3 handlebar types available. 

Strida LT Folding Bike Pros:

Folds and unfolds super quick – One of the shining features of this particular folding bicycle is how fast it is to completely fold up. After only a few practice attempts I’ve learned to fold it or unfold it in around 10 secs flat.

Built with quality components and a strong frame – I’ve examined every part that makes up the bike from the frame to the gearing to the brakes to the seat and handlebars. All have a quality feel to them. Because of this when you ride the bike it doesn’t even seem like it’s a foldable bike. The Strida feels very solid and not rickety in any way.

Lightweight and extremely compact –With an approximate weight of 24 lbs. and folded dimensions of 45″ x 20″ x 9″ the Strida is perfect for RVing. It can be easily tucked away in a basement storage compartment, pickup tool box or somewhere inside the RVs living quarters. The bike is narrower than a standard one so much less of a hassle to bring in through our small entrance doorway.

Comfortable to ride – I thought for sure the Strida with its odd circus looking design would be a pain to ride. However, I found it to be quite the opposite. Since you ride it in more of an upright position it is actually extremely comfortable to cruise around on, especially when it comes to the lower back.

Quick to accelerate and stop with good cornering – With its lower gearing ratio the bike is no speed daemon but it is remarkably nimble and easy to pedal. Off the line, you can get up to speed quickly and with its short wheelbase, it can turn quickly in tight areas. The brakes are awesome. There are two large disc brakes front and back and can bring the bike to a stop very quickly. All of this makes it ideal for exploring congested urban areas.

Great bike for crowded places and can be taken inside – With the narrow handlebars and short wheelbase, the bike is well suited for moving through crowds of people whether pushing it around unfolded or in it’s even more compact folded form. I can see it being great for checking out flea markets, festivals or popular tourist areas, etc. Once folded up the bike could be wheeled inside most places and propped in a corner or taken aboard public transit.

Simple design with a minimalistic beauty to it – The Strida folding bicycle has a streamlined simple design. The cabling is run inside the frame. The mechanics of it are put together in a smart and elegant way. Where some may look at it as “gadgety” and weird, I’m sure many others see it as cool, fashionable with a certain European flair to it. Different spokes for different folks sort of speak.

Very low maintenance – Since the design is so simple and a Kevlar toothed belt is used instead of a traditional oily chain system there is very little maintenance to be done. Maybe a little brake adjustment now and then, checking the tire inflation plus tighten any loose screws and bolts. Being that there are so few steel parts the bike is nearly rustproof.

An instant conversation starter – During my brief ownership of a Strida, I’ve quickly realized it’s an attention grabber. Everyone wants to know about it and see me demo the folding action. It’s fun to see the reaction when I quickly break it down to its small folded form. The most common reaction as I glide by is a big smile or a perplexed look of “What the heck is that!?

Strida LT Folding Bike Cons:

Things are not all peaches and cream with the Strida bike, though. It does have several drawbacks which are not uncommon when you try and fold up a bike.

The Strida appears difficult to lock up since its frame easily opens up. I would be worried to leave it in a public bike rack or outside in our campsite.

Not suitable for any but the most manicured off road trails. I found it a little unstable on loose gravel.

Stands out and attracts attention. Shy people may not like this.

It’s a challenge to ride on large and/or long hills. I would say it’s basically a flat terrain bike.

Final Conclusions

I think I’m going to be super happy with my new Strida LT folding bike. We spend a major portion of our RVing summer months camped in a small town on the coast of British Columbia. It’s an extremely bike friendly little place with lots of paved paths and waterfront causeways. It also will be ideal for popping out to pick up things like groceries and run errands. Nice to leave the big diesel dually truck at the RV Park.

The Strida bike will never be a direct replacement for a regular bike but no folding bike is. There will always be sacrifices required. But in its niche, it’s a top performer with the quickest and easiest folding action I’ve seen.

I’d recommended it for any fellow RVers who would like a bike to tootle around on but lack the room for or don’t want the hassle of a regular full sized bike. Thumbs up from Love Your RV!

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