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PIMP MY ECO-RIDE CONTEST: Win a Strida Folding Bike!

by , 06/15/09

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WIN A $950 STRIDA FOLDING BIKE!

As the weather gets warmer we’re looking forward to spending plenty of sun-soaked days outdoors – and what better way to take full advantage of the beautiful weather than by breezing along on a slick bicycle? We here at Inhabitat want to encourage the use of the world’s most eco-efficient (and fun) mode of transportation, so we’ve teamed up with our fantastic friends at Areaware to give away a styling brand new STRiDA 5.0 SX Limited folding bike!

All you have to do to win is provide us with photographic evidence of why you need this awesome bicycle – is your current ride a crusty old clunker? Is there a mammoth mountain of steps leading up to your 6th floor walkup apartment? Whatever the case, upload your photos after the jump and leave a comment explaining why we should pimp your eco-ride, and we’ll be selecting one lucky winner to receive this beautiful limited edition Strida bicycle valued at $950!

TO ENTER:

1. Sign up for our newsletter

2. Leave a comment on this post, and upload a photo explaining why you need this fantastic folding bike! All photos must be sized to 537 pixels wide and should be under 100k in file size.

*Our image uploading is a bit tricky – sorry! Please don’t forget to copy and paste the image tag for your photo submission in the comment form or it will not show up in the comments. It has come to our attention that many of you are submitting comments without photos. As this is a PHOTO CONTEST – entries without photos will be deleted.

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Designed by Mark Sanders, the Strida 5.0 has the smallest footprint of any full-sized folding bike, weighs in at just 22 pounds, and folds in 5 seconds flat into a compact form that can be easily wheeled into subways, stored in a closet, carried on buses, or carted up stairs.

We’re looking for one lucky reader to win this fantastic folding bike, so enter our our Pimp My Eco Ride Contest today! All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter and then leave a comment and a photo below telling us why it’s high time to trade in your beater bike (or lack thereof) for a slick folding Strida. All photos must be sized to 537 pixels wide, and under 100k, which is a snap using Picnik, Shrink Pictures or Photoshop. We’re looking for responses that are inspired, funny, convincing, and creative, and so submit your pics today!

TO ENTER:

1. Sign up for our newsletter

2. Leave a comment on this post, and upload a photo explaining why you need this fantastic folding bike! All photos must be sized to 537 pixels wide and should be under 100k in file size.

*Our image uploading is a bit tricky – sorry! Please don’t forget to copy and paste the image tag for your photo submission in the comment form or it will not show up in the comments. It has come to our attention that many of you are submitting comments without photos. As this is a PHOTO CONTEST – entries without photos will be deleted.

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 24th at midnight EST

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112 Comments

  1. kittylitter June 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/fee67138419c1957f82abf0c0c789c69.jpg[/img]

    I little over a week ago I broke my foot skateboarding and even though the bruises are fading, I’m thinking bicycling to work would be safer!
    It might not be as portable as a skateboard, but this bike would be easy for me to handle up and down my fourth floor walk up, easy to carry on the train and it would feel so good riding to my job at a really great messenger bag company. I’d proudly put it on display there because its such a great looking bike!

  2. torinobox June 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Desperately need another STRIDA to catch my eco-friendly husband!
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/5f3ec5b95ad3d6d39af19f77f6d3cd5b.jpg[/img]

  3. boscobox June 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Desperately need another STRIDA to get my eco-friendly wife off my back!
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/bebfc04e8a80135d7be232cc98328c85.jpg[/img]

  4. Ryan Carlson June 24, 2009 at 9:23 am

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/88a8426909aa8facb32d8d7ee38889e4.jpg[/img]

    My decision to go green has made me a victim of constant ridicule from friends, co-workers and family. My kids stopped letting me pick them up from school. Date night for me and my wife (her decision) has become quiet evenings at home or the rare dinner in a really dark restaurant she’s sure none of her friends would ever go to. The list goes on and on. Finally, I asked my therapist “what gives? I thought I was doing right by going green.” His reply was, “you got it all wrong once again Ryan, but don’t fret, you can fix this. Go to Inhabitat, learn what being green is really all about, win that beautiful Strida and cycle the 5 miles that you’ve been flying to work dressed like a fool. Do these things and you will gain back the love and respect of the people around you, and you will look good doing it!”

  5. skullpin June 24, 2009 at 6:39 am

    My ride is a 1995 Miyata mountain bike. I love it. I ride it every day of the year. Every day of the year, in Edmonton, Canada. Minus 25 C is not unusual, my record was minus 33 which I would recommend to no one. It still works, even though I have now been through three drive trains, four new sets of cables, three different seats, worn out the head set, and had both wheels stolen. Oddly, I actually had one of those stolen wheels returned to me, though I needed to go to court and testify that I did not give the accused permission to be carrying my wheel down the street at 3 in the morning. My wonderful irreplaceable clunker! The Strida would totally round out my cycling madness. With it I could take it on buses anywhere in the city and wheel it into my downtown office. Woohoo, no more stolen wheels! :)

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/140bf274d04b704dbe0f13fe7cfb15e8.jpg[/img]

  6. dgallivan June 23, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/6f37d78988274a252e9493a2124f3f81.jpg[/img]

    After 18 months of looking high and low and tearing apart my apartment I still cannot find the key to the lock.

  7. marwinek June 23, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Hey Folks!

    I’m Barney and I’m little sausage dog. And as you see a little too chubby. Still, that’s nothing to worry too much – you should see my owners beer belly – but I’ll spare you the view for humanitarian reasons.

    The point is we both need to exercise more as our daily walks aren’t much of a fat killer and Strida would be perfect opportunity for us to shape up a bit.

    Good luck to you all and remember – stay healthy!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/e67212712692729dea7db86d0e214aac.jpg[/img]

  8. thatgirldani June 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/a842df2b1d382f8f090fee83b026aec4.jpg[/img]

    Though she ain’t pretty
    My trusty ride gets me from A to B.
    Daily – in this big city.
    I love the Strida – so kowaii !
    I’d be the envy of every Tokyo-ite
    AND remain tetanus free.

  9. jrothinhabitat June 23, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Does your commute make you wish you had a flying car? Even an old, blue beater like the Weasley family’s in Harry Potter? Mine DOES!!! With this bike, I can pedal leisurely past LOTS of commuters, perhaps inspiring them to take a bike to work, too. And I can save my broom for what it’s meant for. Quidditch!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/03f2b50aaa7d59401949bb866c5fc02c.jpg[/img]

  10. Cosmo555 June 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/7d424675786833049b6bb5fecb8d432a.jpg[/img]

    this is one mode of transportation that i have. You can see where the problem lies in it. I also have a bike that keeps getting a flat after i ride it. I’d love to own the Strida but I could never afford a bike like that.

  11. onechance June 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    This is (WAS my only ride and it’s busted… Seriously I NEEEED a bike! PWEEEZE!?!??

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/59938198e75aa4fe2de4bd11c861f553.jpg[/img]

  12. Alex6231 June 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I am a poor engineering student. I’d like to one day work on next-generation electric vehicles or public transportation, but I think the biggest part of the solution is: lots more bikes! But before I can get out there, I have to get to class. Here’s what I use right now:
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/3b6200e8e51edf6122fd1fc777f85d93.JPG[/img]
    It’s a 1970s Astra Tour de France, quite rusty and vulnerable in my yard! My girlfriend and I live in about 500sqft with our dog and two cats, so as you can imagine space is at a premium inside. The Strida is awesome and there is no way I will be able to afford one on my own–I’d love to be able to roll it inside with me to keep it safe from thieves and rain. :)

  13. pederb June 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/712d47c05dcf2523d0c981db75c17193.jpg[/img]

    Hopefully this bike will change my dogs driving habits :-)

    Cheers

  14. phishndisc June 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    last summer I moved to Brooklyn & believe it or not I had 4 different bikes stolen from the front of my apartment….I live on the 4th floor so folding bike is the way to go…

  15. emschu12 June 23, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/a5ec4afb5c6a33a4d50ad59ab2724266.JPG[/img]

    My Volvo 84′ clearly isn’t making the cut anymore – a leaky transmission, bad breaks, a front hood that won’t close, a battery that needs to be sanded for corrosion every time before I start her, a burnt out window switch, a leaky sunroof, a burnout tail light, tires that constantly need air, and the kicker, a terribly inefficient, carbon-contributing vehicle!

    I looked into Cash for Clunkers, but she’s over 25 years old :(

    I could really use a way to get around in the city.

  16. Jennfier422 June 23, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Intention is the new currency which buys gratitude.

    My intention to be flexible has rewarded me with a healthy body and the desire to tread a light foot on this planet.
    By maintaining a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, I’ve chosen to eliminate the needless waste of processing food.
    The choice to eat this way has also presented itself with the task of carrying heavy bags of fruit home on foot. To be honest, I adore these challenges in a way because it becomes an opportunity to push myself to my own physical limits and I am thankful to have such an abundance of food.
    With so many suffering people in the world, how could I possibly complain?

  17. layngpew June 23, 2009 at 7:37 am

    My trusty Old Schwinn Sportabout is a wreck. But rather than adding it to the landfill, it has been repurposed as a perch for my chickens – Puffin (the rooster) and Midnight. But I need a new ECO-ride desperately. The STRIDA would be perfect for my commute from Montclair, NJ to Chinatown in NYC because I can fold it up and take in it on NJTransit.

    Layng

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/30a5806a844ff47e5f99207d90c35d3a.jpg[/img] | back

  18. marane70 June 23, 2009 at 6:35 am

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/db9806df349ce21c5c88d760fb78d991.jpg[/img] | back
    My week goes something like this:
    Jogging + working + studying + living!
    Jogging= 5 times on a week = 5 [2 times x (13 meters of stair to get in or out of my house + 1600 meters of my running route)]
    Working = 5 times on a week = 5[2 times x (13 meters of stair to get in or out of my house + 1200 meters to get to the office + 9 meters of stairs back there)]
    Studying = 2 a week I’ll star to go to La Salle University (2 x 2000 meters walking + 16000 meters by train)
    I spend like 3 subway tickets per month + shoes (like 150 Euros per year, like two pair of shoes) = 437
    Living = And then I like to go to the beach, usually I go every Sunday with my husband for a walk, any place of the city… normally free places… there are four subway tickets (3.08 Euros) and having good food in my freeege! So…. I have to go once a week to the supermarket = 2500 meters and two subway tickets! (1.54 Euros)
    So…. Would you help me to keep a little money saved and help me to get more pleasantly to my favorite places?? I am an environment keeper person… I recycle; I don’t use lots of water and will love to use the subway only if I have to!!!!!!!!!!

  19. btaylor June 23, 2009 at 3:59 am

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/c74b36f382ee0394c289b62111771ac2.jpg[/img]

    I’m on a mission to make this world a better place. The Strida folding bike will enable me reach more people.. and my feet will be very thankful. XX

  20. richflycar June 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/c1069edb70d75c4b492de028f77f5945.jpg[/img]
    Does the STRiDA 5.0 SX Limited folding bike! weigh much ? I got to keep the luggage weight down in my new flying car – and it just wouldnt look right with a bike rack on the roof so I guess with the STRiDA it can fold and go inside. and until I can afford my new flying car I can ride the STRiDA to University and Work everyday and get fit and that will keep one more car off the road.
    ta
    Richard

  21. richtotheie June 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Using 4 Bikes and some gas pipe might be a good way to recycle 4 broken bikes, but not exactly the best way to get from point A to point B, or to travel to another city and ride there… A folding bike would be the answer to all my questions! AND A LUGGAGE RACK?!?! WOAH!!! …Although the Tall bike IS getting a shopping cart basket installed at the bottom… there is NO comparison!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/a29039c208cefe32e390cf34b35deecf.jpg[/img]

  22. dirtgirl June 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/1540aa5b2afdb3318f4d9d7f88b8fbf6.jpg[/img]

    Love my eco-saddle!
    This is the saddle of my current ride, which I will NEVER toss out, even if I were to win a glam new eco-bike!
    Interested in preservation? Want to make your own eco-saddle? Feel free to contact me.

  23. ritarite June 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/edeada07e2dce6f51c7c012c91a72870.jpg[/img]

    that’s how i found my bicycle one night…all that i could safe was this, ever since there she is trying to have some fun with all this books….she got really smart since then but i could never try to put her again on the road…now she’s an artist….i really need another one, a really small, for when i’m at home can be here.. next to her =)

    r | t a

  24. mshaub June 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I’ve been trying to green up my commute to work in LA. People kept telling me that they’d love to ride the Metro but that it just doesn’t really go anywhere, so I decided to find out. My trip to work is 27 miles and takes almost exactly 2 hours, but I’ve proved that it can be done.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/bike32.jpg[/img]

    I can get some reading done on the way, something I never used to do, and my night riding after work has given me great excuses to modify my bike with all kinds of lights. I’d love to have a little folding bike to take on the train and busses, which can be extremely busy and fill up in the evenings. Not wrangling a full-size bike would make it much more enjoyable, my public transit use more frequent, and I can’t wait to trick out a Strida with even more LEDs.

  25. rogueoptimist June 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Hello!

    This is my ride; the 18-Speed FS(?) Grand Teton! I’ve been riding this bike for well over ten-years, back to 1998 when my mom got this for me at a sears dept. store for my 12th birthday!
    It admittedly looks a little better than usual (I wd-40′d the crap out of it yesterday), but looks can certainly be deceiving. The tire rims are rusted to high heaven, the breaks are not in the best condition; whenever I am going downhill, the chain takes it upon itself to slip off and switch gears, and don’t get me started on the seat! Not to mention the size of the frame is decidedly too small for me. Despite the soaring sentimental value this bike has for me, I’ll be the first to admit the days of it’s functionality are numbered.
    I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve got it repaired, and looked at, and the money I’ve invested in replacing random parts and so on. I’ve been in dire need of a new bike for quite some time, and the Strida Folding Bike you all are offering as bike pimpage would make my life so happy! I live in the far reaches of south Brooklyn, and my commute to the city is 8 or 9 miles depending on the route, and how fearless I am that day. There are 0 trains within walking distance to me (closest line is 3-4 miles), and bikes are not allowed on buses ever (a folding bike would come in quite handy *nudge*nudge*). I don’t have my license, and refuse to drive a car anyway, so biking and the occasional mass transit indulgence are the only ways I get around this fair city.

    In conclusion; please take pity on my soul and grant me this perfect specimen of a bicycle!

    Cheers,
    Gabriella

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/bike-1.jpg[/img]

    P.S. If you couldn’t tell from the picture, my bicycle lives on the back patio of our house, and has been hanging there all winter (I know, I know, I’m terrible!). I live with my folks and three younger sisters, so we’re living in tight quarters where there is regretfully no room to spare for my poor bike. But, a folding bike would be another story altogether. I’m just saying!

  26. br June 22, 2009 at 9:07 am

    An eco friendly bike would do
    it’l fit inside my VW

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/b1f5662d9070ff36f21180cd30df0acf.jpg[/img]

  27. blackinkjar June 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    HELLO:

    i am jared. i am from austin texas. i have not owned a car in all my 25 years. the metro system here only allows two bikes attached to the front of the bus; they are always full. i walk a lot. architecture/design work is not the best right now.
    my shoes are wearing thin!

    thank you!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/bike22.jpg[/img]

  28. heltrim1 June 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I need to pimp my bike for a Strida SX. My 14 foot bike is falling a part and difficult to park. It gets me atttention, but not like the attention I would get riding a Strida SX.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/619f3ce6a8ab66a0cdcd9b59fc2bd294.jpg[/img]

    http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/619f3ce6a8ab66a0cdcd9b59fc2bd294.jpg

  29. kingston June 21, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/ceee2ad9b3e3e82c0ccf4668382760e8.jpg[/img]

    I look at this Strida bike with stary eyes everytime I walk past this one shop window in Venice Beach CA. It’s rad, but way out of my price range… not complaining though because I am abundant in life n general.

    As I draw closer to the end of my maternity leave, I look for ways to get back into shape. The Metro is my source of transportation in Los Angeles and where my bus drops me off, I still have a healthy one mile walk to my work place. I totally love walking and gladly ride the bus in place of crowding the LA streets with one more car so much so that I gave up my Jeep one year ago.

    The Strida bike would be a great workout for helping me tone up after my pregnancy.

    If I won the Strida bike, I would love to make my commute to work half Metro, half cycling. The bike could easily be stored in the break room at work and wouldn’t take up any space.

    I’m working on manifesting this bike!

    Pick me! Pick me!

  30. bobstueck June 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Hello there,
    My name is Bob stueck I am a single father of one. We live in Stratford Ontario Canada. I make lamps and furniture from reclaimed materials and am currently prepping for the TOAE in Nathan Phillips Square. I am returning to OCAD to finish my degree in industrial design in the fall. Although we live in the snow belt I am an avid year round cyclist.
    OCAD is 4 hours on the train each day and the mid sixties CCM I have been preparing to take with me; I have come to find out is too large for me to take with me every day on the train.
    A folding bike would certainly solve that problem.
    Some help would be appreciated.
    Bob

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/so-very-sad.jpg[/img]

  31. greenbergman June 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Top 10 reasons why I need THIS folding bike:
    1. I have muscle problems and cannot lift the heavier folding bikes (including my husband’s, which is a lot heavier than the Strida).
    2. I live in a walk-up and need a folder to carry up my narrow stairs.
    3. My apartment can’t fit non-folding bikes (unless I get rid of either our dog or the stove!).
    4. I would be a great spokesperson for biking and folders, since I talk to EVERYBODY on the street.
    5. I need the exercise and other than biking and walking, I really, really hate exercise.
    6. I would like to ride my new Strida bike with my husband (who has been bragging about his folding bike for years).
    7. I can take it into meetings and it’s a great conversation piece (did I mention that I talk to everyone?).
    8. I love hats, and it’s an excuse to get another one (ie, a helmet!).
    9. We have an eco design studio here, and we walk the walk and talk the talk, but I also want to bike the bike.
    10. The bike is really, really, really cute.
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/d83f9fcae58a659e6cca24cee882fd32.jpg[/img]

  32. kat June 21, 2009 at 9:15 am

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/846a2fb432c332b1229340416d9a6fe4.jpg[/img] | back

    I want big pants like her!
    ..I’ve got a little excess fuel to burn that won’t contribute to global warming.

    I’ve been in a steady relationship with my Corolla for 9 years, but lately I must confess, I’ve had a wandering eye. I’ve been trolling Craigslist for something vintage, but maybe that’s not really for me. As an Interior Design student with an affinity for all things modern, modular, innovative and eco-conscious, this handsome specimen has all the qualities I’m looking for in a life partner. A companion who’s responsive to my needs, who will practically bend over backwards to fit into my life! And “free” is just about all I can afford on a student’s budget, especially with Rolla’s nasty petrol habit. It’s time to kick the co-dependency to the curb, and hit the streets pedaling. Strida, babe, you could make an honest, greener, sleeker woman out of me!

    Sorry, Corolla, I’m just not that into you.

  33. BrunoM June 21, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Please give me this practical bike, so instead of driving one of these:

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/ccae5bf3e27dbc5231259fcc4a950395.gif[/img]

    to college, I can use a bike/train combination that would be alot more eco-friendlier than this old blue monster.
    I would be using the train already, but it is a bit far away, 25 minutes walking, but with a folding bike I’d be there in no time, exercise a bit and be eco-efficient.

    Cheers from Zagreb, Croatia
    Bruno

  34. slavatko June 21, 2009 at 4:49 am

    This bike is simply synonymous to me. Frankly speaking, I had a dream with a bike that looked like this and once I saw this bike in reality in your web site I was very much impressed. Just want my dream to come true. The country I live in is rated one of the poorest countries but anyway many people are interested in new things. And I have no doubts that once I drive this bike, many people will not be even scared by its price to buy the same bike from your company.

  35. atjones June 21, 2009 at 3:20 am

    I could definately not only use but promote on so many levels. I am the ATNI Youth Ambassador for Tribal Youth in the NW part of the US and this would be a great idea to utilize against diabetes. I am also the son of the late Lance Jones-I lost my father to Leukemia in 2007. I had tried my best but the message is to keep on going and the bike would inspire people and grab attention to share message. The picture is of me in the yellow (LIVESTRONG>>YEAH), my little brother Jay and my wonderful gram-Marlene White. AWWESOME BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. prairiefire June 20, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I would love to get the chance to ride this bike around my hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota.

    After moving back 9 nears after living in cities like Copenhagen and Missoula, MT, I was blindsided by two reckless bikers on one of my first rides of the year. I try and commute every day to work by bike and what a great opportunity to help show one of least bike friendly cities(and states) a refreshing alternative to the car. The bike would fit great in my apartment and stow away easily at work.

    What better place to start a grassroots bike movement then out in the prairie with such a beautifully designed and innovative bike. -Thanks-

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/6af805c13d13305b54e42858a2ef7c46.jpg[/img]

  37. Agness June 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    In this picture you see the relic of my bike.
    I have it since 1991 but it doesn’t work anymore..:(
    I need more money to fix it than buy a new one.
    I bought a new bike last summer but someone stole it from my house just 1 week after I had bought it.I didn’t even have the time to enjoy it! I reported the incident to the police but they did nothing about it.
    So I can’t afford to buy another bike. I live in Athens and transportation here is awful.The foldable bike is the best solution because I can carry it and take tha metro railway for very long distances.It is THE ideal vehicle for the city, but too expensive to afford.
    This specific bike is one of the best designed I have ever seen. Minimal and practic at the same time, I assume that it will solve tha problem to transportation for every citizen.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/28123040ab365cb06a1000361be587d6.JPG[/img]

  38. penguinrobot June 20, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/6cdb70f917bfa349c1379a5e96fd9b71.jpg[/img]
    one simple reason to “pimp my eco-ride” with that sweeeeeet Strida 5.0 SX… I want to power myself all around town this summer simply from the fuel I get from these farm-picked SWEET STRAWBERRIES!!!

  39. Martha Cashman June 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Martha Cashman Sculptor in Cork Ireland, anyone who has google earth can see my dilemma Cork is a city full of hills and even has the steepest in the country while takes a bit of getting used to. I lived in Boston and brought my Cannondale back from many years of happy trips there but sadly she is on her last legs or tyres I should say.. She gets lots of comments as you can not buy them here so I feel as a designer I will now again need to set the trend and think I would Cut a Dash with the Strida. Cork needs this Strida as it is the Real Capital after all and is a real trendy city, come visit you’ll see what I mean..

  40. workingglassgal June 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Because I need new wheels if the dog is going to pull me around, too.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/6eb970752caee6f8678d8e47e7267901.jpg[/img]

  41. bamboojo bamboojo June 20, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Pimp out a Stridex? How about a foldable (yes, foldable) set of bamboo panniers? Talk about synergy- the ul;timate in transportation combines with the most eco-friendly, efficient, and renewable panniers on the planet.
    Whoa!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/2f01b39fbab62496b7a950fc45e56de9.jpg[/img]

  42. Mark E. Gelinas June 20, 2009 at 5:44 am

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/eda398b1d5aa5e9ae568e57e4b9264d7.JPG[/img]

    This is my FOURTH attempt to post a pic/comment combo following your instructions. What gives, guys?
    I need, and I mean REALLY NEED this Strida bike because a folding, carry-on-a-bus-and-go-on-to-my-destination-type of transport would be a perfect solution to many of my troubles.
    See the pic? That’s my recumbent ‘frankenbike’ built from parts of junked bikes and exercise machines I got from Freecycle and our local Habitat for Humanity store. It’s almost complete and I’m proud of the innovations I’ve come up with, especially the scissor-pivot-control-arm steering linkage. Progress was halted when my welder died, so there it sits, since the linkage/hardware and other critical parts require welded fabrication.
    I was building the recumbike to avoid having to use my noisy, oil-burning, smelly, heavy, gas-guzzling 1990 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 with >290Kmi on it for work and errands. I only use it when absolutely necessary. I’d prefer to use it far less than that.
    We (my fiancee and I) are too broke to upgrade to an efficient car or even make necessary repairs to the Jeep. We both lost GOOD jobs to the Bush-era-corporate-mentality-fueled economic downturn and now I only work part time while she is fighting for her denied unemployment benefits.
    If I could better utilize the city’s bus system, I could stand a better chance of improving my/our job situation, but the layout of the routes is rather like spokes radiating from a hub with no rim to connect them at the ends. Most of the best employers are located beyond the ends of the routes which wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that I can’t walk for more than about 2/3mi before the hip and lower back pain sets in. One hip’s been replaced with a total prosthesis, the other needs to get done. With no health benefits, this situation won’t be improving anytime soon. Running errands is next to impossible to do via bus without trying to jump from route to route, which doesn’t work with the schedules set.
    The bike would enable me to go between and beyond the routes to do errands, get to work, and hunt for a better job without having to be restricted by distance. I could rely on the Jeep far less and, possibly, eschew fueled transport altogether, barring inclement weather.
    So, no kidding around, no ‘cutesy’ stuff, just a genuine need. Thanks in advance for any consideration on my behalf.

  43. heyjupitergirl June 20, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Phoenix just recently opened a new Light Rail – a revolutionary move toward better public transportation in our huge city. Living bike riding distance from the first Light Rail stop, I was super excited about being able to take my bike on board in order to make the trips to and from downtown – avoiding being on the roads during DUI times of the night, getting exercise and avoiding the use of a car. I stalked the light rail web site before it was even under construction, so excited that they had plans to accommodate bicycles.

    But then I took my bike onto the light rail when they opened, and the driver informed me that you cannot bring your bike on unless it fits in the space along the walls where they’ve got designated bike storage containers. These hollowed-out areas have hooks on the ceiling where you are supposed to hook your front tire and hang your bike.

    Ordinary bikes hang with plenty of space below the rear tire, hanging securely from the hooks. My current bike, however, is too long and the back tire rolls around on the bottom, resting often on the rear fender. Not only that, but the hook is not securely able to hold the front tire because it is too long overall, and so when the driver hits the brakes or the gas, the bike teeters back and forth, threatening to fall over and land on whoever is sitting near the bike storage area.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/0bbc621e9c12b70167a59c27b249304e.jpg[/img]

    What’s worse, the drivers told me that I cannot even BRING my bike on unless I can put it in this area, because they say that a bike standing in place blocks the path too much. This makes it so that if I do manage to squish my bike in and make it downtown, if it is crowded on the way home, I might not be able to board any of the trains home and become stranded downtown. Also, between the weight and the length, it’s dangerous and oftentimes barely possible to even get the bike up on the hook, or down from the hook, in the 8 seconds or so that the drivers tend to keep the doors open at train stops.

    In essence, the whole system that’s currently risky would become totally doable if I had this folding bike instead! And as a result, bicycling in combination with public transportation would become a regularly doable event. I would become the talk of the town with my snazzy bike, rolling it into and out of the doors with no problem, regardless of who else is on the train or what the status is of the bicycle storage containers!

  44. brinjal June 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Here’s why I need that sexy folding bike:

    I’m a student who lives in Toronto, but goes to school in Waterloo. I can’t afford a bike for each city, so I have to choose between commuting to school and navigating Toronto. Getting to school wins out in the end, but it’s where I do the least of my riding.

    If I had a folding bike, I would ride it whenever I was in the city instead of getting rides from friends and using public transport. Plus, once I graduate it would become my primary mode of transport. I wouldn’t have to worry about locking up every time I stop (and in Toronto there’s no shortage of great reasons to stop during your ride).

    My one bike is pictured below. It’s a beater I found via Craigslist for fifty bucks. Single-speed, rusting and rickety. It’s not the smoothest ride. Plus, doing hills and descents are feats. One leaves my legs leaden and the other unable to pedal. Although it has served me well, I dread the day that it suddenly and unexpectedly bids goodbye to this world, and leaves my bike-less in two cities.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/caa4d425e44ee629feb1f0e277691345.jpg[/img]

  45. Smartx June 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    It’s hard enough having to ride my extremely heavy bike 11 miles to school every day, its very hot, I have to carry all my books and the hand-me –down bike I ride weight 60 lbs. I am not one to complain until last week!! My parents are nice enough to let me store the bike in the garage hanging from the ceiling and it is very hard to get the bike up but at least I can store it. Keeping it in the garage has never been an issue until last week. My father’s boss had to store his new car in our garage and I guess the vibrations from the garage door made my front come loose and the bike fell on the car! I am so in trouble! The estimate to repair was $8000 and I have to pay it. Being a college student is hard enough to maintain grades and be on time to class everyday on my heavy Junker bike. I have been working summers ad saved up money to buy a Strida, and I had $700 saved, now I have to pay it all to fix the damage my bike made by falling on my dad’s bosses car and I don’t have a bike to ride to school. My life really sucks. A light weight bike would be great for storing in my small room and I could take it everywhere, plus right now with not having any money nothing would make me happier than a Strida. The promotion alone would be huge for Strida on campus everyone knows and everyone loves that I ride a bike to school and work everyday. Just doing my part.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/why-i-need-a-strida.jpg[/img]

    Thanks for considering me!

    Paul Schneider
    Negotiable@gmail.com

  46. britbon June 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I recently moved to the city from a very rural area – I was so excited to be able to bike everywhere! I saved my money and bought the best bike I could afford – I went all out, getting a basket and everything. Apparently my bike was so cool, someone else thought they needed to have it, and left me with only the basket to remind of the good ol’ days. I need this bike to help me bring back my excitement for the city, to feel the wind in my hair again, and I especially need a place to hang my basket!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/0f175701f1780dc26075ddbf9aee5c37.jpg[/img] |

  47. armstrks June 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    last week, my bike was stolen from in front of the San Jose Caltrain station. Now I must walk.

    Walking is so slow, man. So slow.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/96b788c6e66c401f5eb2b9e4e429965e.jpg[/img]

  48. sebabruna June 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I have 3 reasons for which I must have a STRIDA FOLDING BIKE!.

    1. - the air pollution in my city, Santiago de Chile.
    with more people cycling, less cars, less cars equal pure air. And whit Less cars, less streets, less streets equals more parks.

    2.- moving to me in exteriors, I have the opportunity to load my solar bagpack, which allows me to use more sun and less electricity.

    3.- to mobilize myself on a single wheel has become very inconveniente, reason why serious ideal to complete the rest of the bike. (leason learned by the way, do not chain Orly your wheel).

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/39267acbdf870056ee1dd6318ad91796.jpg[/img]

  49. ArjanTiessen June 19, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    This is what’s left of my bike after a car drove into it (and me). Fortunately I did not suffer much, but my bike is total loss…….

    …and since I am from Holland, THE bike-country of the world, you can imagine I definitely need a bike. And even more since I am commuting by train everyday you can imagine that this Strida would be the perfect solution for me to commute to work:
    It would be great to cycle to the train station, fold the bike, hop on the train, train to Haarlem, then unfold the bike and cycle the last km to work.

    And naturally I would look very cool on a Strida! :)

    So I would be extremely grateful to be awarded a Strida!
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/bike12.jpg[/img]

  50. rgarzamarcos June 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    i’ve already threw my rusty old bike for this one, please don’t let me walk to work every day. i would love to get the strida!!!
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/fcaf9d5dec8b143a00cbb6212d513bf0.jpg[/img]

  51. SLPdoc June 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I once had a beautiful electric bike that I saved for months to buy. And then my garage door got stuck open and, when they couldn’t cut through my lock, the thieves took my bike apart and, as you can see in the picture, left me nothing but an intact lock and some tools. My renter’s insurance called it a “motorized vehicle” and wouldn’t cover it. I’m a poor PhD student in my 11th year of college with no money for a new bike. Now I’m adding to the gridlock and air pollution of Los Angeles. Help me make my eight mile commute by bike again and be a model for Los Angeles of how to go green!! (And, help me not have a third bike stolen because this one can be taken inside!!) [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/d58fdbb8bc7802a5237e291ccd079a71.JPG[/img]

  52. 3dglasses June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    (((college(architecture))+(work))/((broken bike)+(∞*)))+(please)= Strida Folding Bike from Inhabitat?
    *Infinite amount of variables against me that I can list. :)
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/57a248a2a1e2289247af193185172f12.jpg[/img]

  53. bbonthebrink June 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    As you can see, space is at a premium on here on the third floor (walkup). If I had a Strida I could keep it inside, which would be nice for me and might just save the life of a pedestrian passer by in the future.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/41533e56a224373551489486821c17fc.JPG[/img]

  54. tomo June 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I would like to ride on two wheels not just one.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/3731136158d42a3c9b304cb63c895d03.jpg[/img]

  55. writecorral June 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Photo post take 3,008! Clearly a man who has this much trouble posting his picture needs help, and clearly if his son needs to push him to work, a bike would help the cause. Won’t you be so kind as to help?
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/324bf3a23c734fc34f2c8271f5e67884.jpg[/img]

  56. Charlie_Roberts June 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve been cycling and walking to work since I moved to the New York 25 years ago. I like to run too. I’ve completed two New York marathons.I once bicycled across the country.

    I feel independent and healthy on a bike.

    This past year has been a difficult year for me. I have a pending diagnosis of a motor neuron disease. I can no longer run. I walk super slow. BUT, I can still ride a bike.
    In fact, this is the ONLY way I get around now.

    I have on old beater, a yellow ’60s Schwinn. Super sturdy, one speed, heavy.

    I can’t take the Schwinn every where though.
    So, when I leave the city, I’m stuck. No longer independent healthy biker.
    The Strida would solve so many travel problems for me.

    For instance, this summer, I have a short film showing at a festival in Cape Cod. Walking around Woods Hole would be ideal, but cycling could be good too. Just fold it up and bring it on the train to Boston, unfold it to get the bus to the Cape and I’m off to my festival. The Strida would save me from being dependent on other people.

    Perfect solution for me!

    By the way, I plan to get better.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/bike5.jpg[/img]

  57. greenride June 19, 2009 at 11:52 am

    On September 29th, I am riding my touring bike 300 miles from NY to DC on the CLIMATE RIDE 2009.

    Hundreds of rides will be sharing our message: ride a bike for a healthier planet!

    With the lovely Strida, I would continue to spread this message with a fundraiser auction to fund the Climate Ride. My team must raise $5000.

    The Stride and Inhabitat would be linked to one of those most exciting cycling events linking policy and strident efforts in DC– I’d love to showcase the Strida at our event!

    For more information, go to http://www.climateride.org

    Cheers!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/396193bccaf88bbb2c21184614fa1d08.jpg[/img]

    Elizabeth

  58. spencerm June 19, 2009 at 11:28 am

    fun facts >>
    {1} my apartment (room) is 82.5 square feet. as in it’s eight by ten feet with a windowsill. in the photo below, notice my kitchen (a hot plate), the folding table (in the lower mid-left), the various ropes & pulleys to suspend the necessities of life, a sink and folding chair.
    {2} everything I own either folds, is small or attached to a pulley system. this includes my chairs, table, bed/sofa/desk, toaster-oven/cabinet, cinderblock counter/stove/chair and climbing wall / storage area. it’s a very productive 82.5 sq feet.
    {3} i’m a 23 year-old freelancer without a single set of wheels.

    in conclusion, as outside my bike would be stolen and a regular bike cannot fit (like fo’ serious, apartment is 8′ wide with a bed) this beautiful folding bike would be the punctuation to my words, the cream to my peaches, the rocketship to my fledging space exploration program.

    Give me this bike –> Change my life.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/67e9e4291d0f31fb3da3067f2c50a6e6.jpg[/img] | back

    Thanks.

  59. Bikester June 19, 2009 at 9:42 am

    My roommate is a well-known voiceover actress whose “studio” is in our shared storage closet. Believe it or not, the stuff she records in there actually ends up broadcast on the national airwaves. She’s what I call a “reluctant environmentalist” and has tolerated my recycling obsession and even a worm compost. Now I have to do her a favor by making more room in the closet for her to record without a bicycle seat smashed into her elbow.

    I bought this bike more than a year ago for an organized bike ride in NYC. I’m well under 5 feet tall and only had one day to find a bike that would allow me to reach the pedals. Sadly, the posting on Craigslist was misleading, the picture was different than the actual bike, and the previous owner yelled and bullied me into purchasing it on the spot. The chain was broken by the time I returned to my neighborhood and according to the repair shop, only worth 1/5th of what I paid for it. After a stint in bicycle rehab, it sort of survived the bike ride. I haven’t been able to use it since then because it has ancient messed up gears and is too heavy for me to navigate up the stairs in my walk up NYC apartment with the narrowest hallways ever! Since then, I’ve been forced to take less environmentally desirable modes of transportation.

    Much to my roommate’s chagrin, the bicycle ended up making its home in the only home available in our tiny NYC apartment. Her closet “studio” – mere millimeters away from her recording space and gear. It’s tangled up in a bunch of wires and the handlebars are obstructing the sound mixer. My bike hasn’t seen the sunlight since spring 2008 but if I take it out, there’s no way it will fit back in!

    My roommate is so excited at the prospect of not having to share her already cramped legroom with a bicycle wheel while reading scripts to her clients. Please help me help her, and also help myself exercise my commitment to keeping the “air”waves free of VOC’s.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/roommatemic1.jpg[/img]

  60. Emilylucretia June 19, 2009 at 9:41 am

    This is a picture of my Raleigh 3-speed, which I was given when I was ten in 1969, and which I still use.

    My mother thought nothing of taking long rides in her street clothes, carrying her pocketbook on her shoulder.

    A middle-aged woman (me) commuting to work on the bus and a Strida would be an unexpected sight, and would get noticed — especially in my small city, where I can guarantee no one has ever seen one before. My wish is to help people understand that biking is for everybody, even the middle-aged and not so athletic.
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/adf7b9fd8a21d98ec47be29c2f591f86.jpg[/img]

  61. adrianj June 19, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I’m an industrial design student currently on an internship in Bangalore, India. Because I’m on intern wages, it means that it would take me over 3 months to save up for this bike even if I didn’t spend money on anything else!

    It takes me an hour to walk to work through the polluted streets and this would allow me to get home quicker, as well as saving me from contributing to that pollution when I take an auto-rickshaw home on those days when I’m just too tired to walk.

    I live in a 6 person flat with 8 other interns and while it’s cosy, there is no space to fit a full size bicycle. They all either walk because it’s close enough or get picked up by company buses. The size of it would also allow me to take it as part of my luggage when I return to my degree in the UK (I have £15,000 debt so far because of University) and keep cherishing it for years to come.

    Adding to this I’m currently working at a company designing a range of ultra eco-friendly toys that will be appearing in the US in September :) Please pick me Inhabitat! Even the guy on the photo, who’s photo I took this weekend, has a bicycle. I can’t even afford that one! :(

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/7eb17157a6c2cccadbb65e7865eb8319.jpg[/img]

  62. wg123 June 19, 2009 at 8:29 am

    As someone who regularly contorts herself into strange positions, I think it’s obvious why I desperately need a Strida 5.o SX folding bike! ; )
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/0d8d798bceaadaa184c1367e49c3b896.jpg[/img]

  63. friedrice599 June 19, 2009 at 1:33 am

    I got the ultra small, ultra light, zippy fast ride, & mighty good looks! but no one is taking me seriously? I must be on the wrong set of wheels, because it certainly can’t be my mighty good looks.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/c1eec341f63858c3283b60d26fbb3b53.jpg[/img]

  64. kinitoki June 19, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I can bring a eco friendly revolution to the Virgin Islands biking, recycling, and clean energy because we practice conservation in many ways such as water conservation, no air condition (trade winds suffice), etc. I am going to make a difference because it is not about me it is about us!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/kinitoki.jpg[/img]

  65. melani June 19, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I left my bike in the mountains and sold my car. The Strida fits into my lifestyle which incorporates, LEED building practices, local food suppliers and exercise. I’m an avid triathlete, I love riding and I love exploring the city, especially on a hopeful Strida.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/melani.jpg[/img]

  66. aggie June 19, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Hi, many reasons I would love to have this bike
    1. I cant afford to fix my “junk bike”
    2. I’m going to bike-city Davis (go Aggies!)
    3. Im soooooooo broke its not funny (college has left me dry)
    4. I’ll be clunking along in the old bike
    5. I really dont want to take the bike below to UC Davis (I would like to start fresh)
    Most important this would take a giant weight off my shoulders
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/2e1864781e949d68eaa1211844c949f8.jpg[/img]

  67. johnny reflector June 18, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Dear Inhabitat, if you were to give this bike to me you would enable me [bold]reduce my yearly carbon footprint by 16.416 pounds![bold] This is how:
    I am an architect with an expertise in sustainability practicing in NYC. Starting this Fall I will be teaching green design courses to architecture students at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury on Long Island. I have been a proud city dweller to date, never owned a car. Unfortunately the school, even though just outside the city’s boundaries is set in an entirely suburban, car-based context. It is absolutely impossible to get there by public transport alone as the closest train station is almost 4 miles away from the school. The only way to avoid a car commute is to take a bike on the train. I own a beautiful old dutch bike that i use to get around Brooklyn, but it is the heaviest, clunkiest bike I ever owned, I can barely push it over the bridges into the city. Moreover LIRR wont allow non foldable bikes on peak trains. So, my dilemma is that unless I own the Strida Folding Bike that I can take on the train, I will have to drive. But how can I convincingly teach sustainability if I do not lead by example and show these aspiring designers that even in suburban Long Island there are inventive ways to reduce reliance on the automobile…? Please help me solve this dilemma! To further make my case I have conducted a comparative carbon footprint analysis of the two commuting options (see below)
    The amount of carbon reduction that I would achieve with the Strida Folding Bike is equal to the carbon sequestration potential of approximately 365 trees, year after year!
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/c1a3a0fdbba6eba822ceee86c64205ba.jpg[/img]

  68. jakerock June 18, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Hello,
    I am a 38 year old professional touring musician who was diagnosed with type II diabetes two years ago and I am insulin-dependent (I have to give myself insulin shots several times a day).
    I have had the best success in managing my blood glucose levels when I can exercise regularly, and my lifelong love has been cycling. There isn’t room for a full size bike in the van we travel in. The lifestyle a musician leads on the road is incredibly sedentary (lots of driving) which makes it impossible to control my glucose without the use of extra insulin shots, which is not really a good solution, especially when I am willing and able to control it with diet and exercise. I cant really afford to get sick(er), as I (like many of us) do not have health insurance. Most of all I want to stay healthy for my wife and my potbellied pig, Emmett.
    Thank you for reading.

    Best to all, Jason
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/f2966a07acc712a6d18b3b2deadcb297.jpg[/img]

    [my double listing is due to my ineptitude in attaching my photo previously... please erase the other one thanks!]

  69. stevenhu June 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I borked my bike. Clearly the machine earned it’s keep, and someday will get the reconditioning it needs. For now I don’t have the time to hunt down a replacement bottom bracket, or the money to buy a custom one with the french threads the frame requires.

    The combination of bus and bike transportation is perfect for me as I routinely move between my office, studio and home. All located within about 6 miles with some significant hills (the picture was taken halfway up a pretty steep one) and lots of rainy weather. I also go on lots of scouting excursions taking photos for various design projects that I am working on.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/1861a29aeaeb45d5322f70a61b098d7f.jpg[/img]

  70. samirkharrat June 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    my journey daily on foot to go to academy
    :D
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/8ca7086edbd86d101e7e4e99892a7e47.jpg[/img]

  71. tonysidd June 18, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/5b5fa49d3c0f33280d44007f9059a3eb.jpg[/img]

    This is our 1968 Schwinn Twinn Tandem, upon which we ride around Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, where my fiancee Danie and I live. We’re getting married on August 1, and it won’t be a stylish marriage (we can’t afford a carriage). We do look sweet, though, upon the seats of our bicycle built for two.

    Why do we need a Strida? Well, after we get married we are moving to Oxford England, where I’ll be going to graduate school. Between the wedding and grad school (not to mention our careers in public education and academic publishing), we’ll be just about broke by the time we get to Oxford. We certainly won’t be able to pay the shipping costs for the Tandem, which weighs about 80 lbs, and we’ve been fretting about how we’ll afford bikes once we get there. Part of what drew us there is the fact that it is one of the most bike-friendly places in the world. As you can see from the wool cycling cap and tweed jacket in the photo, I have spent this past year accumulating my Oxford bike wardrobe. Now all we need is a bike!

    Why the Strida? Well, ever since we saw one darting around the streets of Boston, we have been in love (with the Strida. We’ve been in love with each other since we first met on an elevator in our office building). We have had many conversations (really!) about the Stridas we will buy some day, once we settle into our car-free future life, to take with us on the commuter rail into the city.

    A Strida would be perfect for us now, though! Its convenient foldability would make it easy to bring it with us on the flight to the UK, and its unique design means that we could both ride once we get to Oxford (regrettably, not at the same time). All of our bicycle problems solved, just like that!

    As Americans in Europe, also, we would like to be ambassadors of the best, greenest America that we are trying to build, not the gas guzzling country that so many see us as.

    Thank you for reading our story!

    Tony and Danie

  72. Michtom June 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    NEEDS
    See that? It’s an ’01 Ford Focus that needs the assistance of a winch to get onto the back of a flatbed truck. You know what they told me when it got to the shop? “Needs a new engine,” they said. I had recently heard them say those very words about my old ’98 Corolla, so I replaced it with this Focus. It only took about one month for me to hear the dreaded four words again. In that month I also heard such awful phrases as “needs new brake pads,” “needs new front shocks,” “needs a new O2 sensor,” and “needs a new vacuum system.” Meanwhile, speaking of needs, my boss insists that anyone who has my job “needs to have a car,” and the conductors on Amtrak and Metro North, who control access to the trains I needs to take two or three days a week to travel 60 miles from Hartford, Conn., to Bridgeport, Conn., insist that if a bike is coming on their trains it “needs to be a folding bike.” And since anyone who wants a new engine for an ’01 Ford Focus “needs about $1000,” I needs the Strida folding bike.

  73. LULU001 June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    This hill is just one example of where my shoes take me, and living in Honolulu there is a whole lot more. And for the last 5 years, a battle has been waged everyday in the late afternoon at the street that rises toward my grandma’s, which lies on the steep pinnacle of at least a good liter of sweat and day long pain from shin splits. I hope that with a Strida I would finally be able to tame this hillside, never again to hurt myself, while still being able to fight against the incline in an eco friendly manner. This hill serves as my workout and unfortunately the sole reason for the degeneration of my shoes. My shoes serve as a main means of getting me about, I could greatly benefit by using a convenient bike like the Strida, shaving of time in my efforts to jog to work and back.

    With a Strida my life will be STRIDAfied, making it easier to get to work, to come home, and practically everywhere else; if you want a better reason JUST LOOK AT THAT HILL!
    PLUS I have actually managed to live WITHOUT A CAR, How many Americans can attest to that?

  74. BikebytheSea June 18, 2009 at 4:09 pm

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    Hello from San Diego!

    Why I need a Strida:

    1. Rust is eating my old Raleigh bike at this very moment. The salty ocean air is killing it slowly. :(
    2. I usually leave it covered outside, but it’s really inconvenient to cover and uncover.
    3. My 400 sq. ft. apartment is too small to store a full bike.

    [Reposting w/photo]

  75. charlineo June 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Salut à tous !
    I’m a bike lover but sometimes it’s not so funny in Paris when I got stuck in this bloody mechanic door ;)
    Well, I’m joking, but here, It’s forbidden to bring your bike inside subway or buses and even though we could, there’s not enough room for it. Secondly, I live on a 5th floor by stairs only, so my loyal bike sleep outside and some part of it often miss in the morning, this is also Paris ;)

    Folding and light weight bike is the solution.
    And also it’s a very good looking product, which is perfect to ride, so that people want one and leave their cars at home. The green revolution is on his way …

    I’m not stuck anymore, so no use to send someone, thanks, but the strida folding bike is welcome ;)

    Charlie

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/60758a5ae54065f1065bcf89604ea6fe.jpg[/img]

  76. muratos June 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I admit that I was a really bad bicycle rider in my childhood regularly falling and then never tried a bicycle more than 15 years. No problem, I later involved in new hobbies to use roller blades, ice skates, skiing stuff due to my sport talented Russian wife but one thing never changes. Un-equilibrium and failure to keep the balance all the time :)

    I would at last feel very nice to be able to ride something cool and going on 2 wheels which I couldn’t achieve for years. I will blog about it and film the process. Keep in mind that if I can’t achieve riding, it would be surely a marketing disaster for both the company and green life together :) ) So, think twice before giving the bike to me !

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/muratoa.jpg[/img]

  77. vorange4 June 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Burro got caught in some wire and fell in the well. Woke up to the other burros braying, “BURRO’S IN THE WELL!” Surenuf there was a burro in the well. Despite the diminished urgency from Timmy being safe in his bed we still felt it prudent to right the situation (as I hope you know, wells are not the burros natural habitat). Hellatime getting it out but we wrangled together a motley crew (the county animal control guy showed up very hungover so he played a lesser role than his title might suggest) and got her free. She’s fine and we didn’t have to shoot her (burros are better than horses in that respect) but now I need that strida right quick because that stridas not going to ride itself.
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/c16aa44bdc3c5b620c9d14b69b3732e5.jpg[/img]

  78. erysipelothrix June 18, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I need this bike for two reasons, first because I work here in research park in Huntsville and I tend to walk to all of the buildings I work in for health reasons and for the fact I don’t like to run my car any more than necessary. I also work some on Redstone Arsenal and this bike would come in handy riding between buildings. This bike would be an awesome addition to my office and not take up as much space as my mountain bike.

    The second reason is I am committed to green, I have built an Earthcraft house here in the Huntsville area. My house uses a combination of insulated concrete form (ICF) and Biobased insulating foam with high SEER HVAC. I have put down about $30K of my money on these technologies.

    I do not just talk green, I have demonstrated my commitment.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/erys.jpg[/img]

  79. emiller June 18, 2009 at 2:07 am

    We live in a tight space (photo of laundry room where bike would live) with almost no storage and a baby on the way. This would be a great bike for our neighborhood and a great vehicle for my daily commute from home to work. I just got a new job, and would love to be able to stash my bike on the train, and then under the desk while I work!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/6c916fae632c721bb1f0e2b918a0d077.jpg[/img]

  80. recyclist June 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

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    My winter bike is getting too warm. I need an option to the Alleweder velomobile.

  81. nadiapayan June 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Like many of my commenting peers, I am OVER the subway commute. Alas, my Midtown building doesn’t have a place to store full-sized bikes. If I had this bike, I could bypass this issue and just store it underneath my cubicle. That’s right. I said it. Cubicle. *shudder*

    So why do I need this folding wonder? To survive in cubicleland, of course. :)

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/7ca7895058b9e9484368c0d288a4f17a.jpg[/img]

  82. Srikanth June 17, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I travel a lot using bicycle. Hence my present bicycle is bulky. I have to lift the same up & down the bridges and sometimes cross the railway track lifting the bicycle.
    Hence I want to get this strida-sx-folding-bike If luck strikes I may find it better using this strida-sx-folding-bike.
    Folding bike would be easier and look good
    Carrying it would be easier
    did not rely on othes while moving in bus or train
    so ineed this bikecycle
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/2134d6245bc7ba7d159f26b4dbbe8610.JPG[/img]

  83. Krisjohn June 17, 2009 at 2:03 am

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/ce55a863d76473102dbf2b6b995c25c8.jpg[/img]

    That’s a beautiful, and seriously under-used, Perth bike path within a stone’s throw of the city, filmed just the other day. If I had an eye-catching Strida, particularly along this busy stretch of road, I might be able to make plenty of other residents consider riding instead.

    (Also, the Strida costs about the same as my insurance company just told me my car is worth >_< )

  84. MichaelJ June 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Cycling as a mode of transportation is a solution! A revolution of thought and action. There are many reasons to choose a bicycle for transportation, all of them valuable. What makes the difference between the technologically advanced racing bicycle and the simple straightforward Strida, usefulness.
    A bicycle that is simple to use, encourages the rider to be on the bike. Riding the bike removes the leash of gasoline, parking and traffic. Traveling by bicycle provides freedom and time to think. The Strida may not change the world all at once but it might make my ride to and from things a little easier and a lot more fun. The Strida’s simple function and well thought out usefulness begs to be ridden, talked about and hopefully inspire others rethink the way they get from place to place. For me, living responsibly is an act, NOT an idea.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/7e582c179ac11ff1966f0653431da0c2.jpg[/img]

  85. dustercrow June 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm

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    Being a landscape designer at a Landscape Architecture firm I am often the advocate for sustainability when put into meetings with Architects and Engineers that are in the mood to pave the world. Unfortunately the mini van that I inherited from my parents is far from the image of sustainability that I preach. To complicate issues further, my firm, like many design firms across the country right now has cut my salary to get through tough times. As a result I have had to move (with my wife and 1 yr old baby) into my in-laws’s house. Everything I own is in a small storage locker across town and I now share a bedroom closet with my wife and baby with very little room for storage to spare. Please help me keep my old van off the streets and grant me the ability to travel to work and meetings in a sustainable way.

  86. michellem June 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Here in Texas I am finding it harder & harder to rope a green ride. I could sure use something a little more tame and compact and that I could take anywhere.
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/12c7d2e1afc1aa5b239eef00f78a70e9.jpg[/img]

  87. shambhavi June 16, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I need this bike for three reasons:

    1. I live in Portland, Oregon where it rains continually for nine months of the year. I need a bike like this one with a high seat so that my full-length raincoat doesn’t get caught in the gears.

    2. Everything in my apartment folds or rolls up.

    3. I am fifty-something years old and don’t have health insurance. A bike would keep me alive longer so I can keep resisting evil insurance companies.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/414eb48993902f991b5d4ae596a95e28.jpg[/img]

    Photo by Forest and Kim Starr

  88. MARKIEAMARK June 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I have 2 sons ages 4 and 10 who are avid bikers and we live in a town that is very in to bicycling.
    I am often asked to go riding with them right when I leave from work and I do not have the means to take a full size bicycle with me in my car. Durango has a myriad of trails in town as well as the mountains and I very often miss the opportunity to ride with my sons during the week and this is VERY important to me as two of the most important things in my life are my 2 sons and this is opportunity lost forever!! I try to make time for the family as much as I can but in these times, you often have to work long hours so anytime I can spend with them is precious.
    I would love this bike and in return would receive many smiles from my sons.

    Thank you!

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  89. the natural June 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    My bike got stolen twice because of parking it outside, I don’t have space for it inside unless I have a tiny bike!!!

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  90. BrooklynHound June 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I am unemployed at the moment, volunteering and teaching as much as I can.
    I walk everywhere. My feet are tired. I would use this bike everyday.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/c5e07f09f8abbffedc28b7ee9b737e07.jpg[/img]

  91. dsilburn June 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    This is perfect for a grey haired old guy- my dad- working his way up and down the eastern coast- from Maryland to Marathon (Fl), Most cities have expensive transportation for retiree’s on a limited budget. Folding up this super cycle into his inflatable row boat, this would allow him to explore new sites, get supplies from the farmer’s market- or simply find that elusive motor part or sail patch to help him get to the next town.

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  92. santwoods June 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

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    I would love having this bike, because my daily “green route” consists in a 75 min. car drive in rush hour!!
    and 45 min. in bike, I think I could promote bicycle usage in Mexico city (one of the most polluted cities on earth) with my example, besides I leave on a 3rd floor apartment with few space so it´s totally suitable for my needs, this is a view of my daily intoxitated route, the main avenue of mexico city, it has 3 rows on each side & 2 levels…it goes all the way from the northest part of the city to southest part…and only after 10 pm (when I took this photo) you can find it like this… just a few cars…

  93. Erika June 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    This is a touchy subject for me right now. My husband and I started a company several years ago selling green building material. We were fairly successful at it too. But now in a time of economic crisis, when banks are not lending money and are calling in all of our loan notes and constructions has come to a halt. We are preparing for the inevitable, to live in the RV that we purchased that was meant to provide comfort while at the beach for the day. We plan to travel around a bit to find a town where we can add to and be a part of a community. A place that we will be able to afford to start over. To purchase a house, start a business find a good school system and get involved in the community. (sidenote- we are currently working with someone to have the RV converted to hydrogen!)
    In preparation for this new chapter of our lives, as we sell off our household treasures, we will be replacing things with the best gear to suit our future lives. Things that are light, compact and portable. The Strida SX Limited Folding bike would be a special treasure that my husband, daughter and I will cherish forever!
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/99aeb5fc11e4f3cc69e0c81c4bf55f58.jpg[/img]

  94. schohan June 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I need this bike! I have a 1999 sports car purchased on a whim. Better MPG than a hummer but its no Smartcar. i also have a 1990s mountain bike that has seen better days. You will see from the photo, it does make a good commuter, not would it keep me from being beat up on my way home.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/c2b58743ebd9e9e1f3086bb650008a0a.jpg[/img]

    i need this bike. plus it is really cool!!!!

  95. cristina.scott June 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    While out on a cycle run…I stopped and parked my bike for a quick cup of tea to heat me up…this was great timing…as soon as I got to the cafe the heavens opened and the rain came flooding down. Once it had cleared and paid my bill I returned to get my bike…hmmm…I though things usually shrank in the wash !!! I’m still trying to work out how to reach the pedals ???

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/6789ccfe02542b003bd1e06670275b58.jpg[/img]

  96. goodgnus June 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Having had a spate of bad luck recently, my mountain bike was stolen. Replaced it with a free women’s framed Schwinn 10 speed, and the rear wheel was stolen a week later. I simply need a bike I can take into work & stores with me so I don’t have to worry about theft. [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/f387b8497069ba6981b8206040e5b3a5.jpg[/img]

  97. jaydub0720 June 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Because I am going to San Francisco in a month, and need a unique ride to help me dominate the city. Plus it can be a carry on!

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/9b5f504dbbbd21a9f5b98d453c0624e9.jpg[/img]

  98. martingolder June 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I really NEED the Strida as of my six bikes I currently have no bike to take with me on my eco friendly sail boat. As you can see my main ride is all show and since my Nickel Metal Hydride battery pack was stolen I am struggling by with Lead Acid which are heavy but I do get a good 50Kph.

    Keep up the good work

    Martin Golder
    Architect, Victoria BC
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  99. feelandtriple June 15, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Help us become a zero-emissions household! My husband walks to work, I ride the subway. Our 6th floor walk-up apartment (only 400 s.f.) highly discourages us from keeping normal bikes. If I had this awesome folding bike I could ride the 47 blocks to work, never ride the subway, and also stop feeling excluded when my coworkers do bike-centric activities together! Help me inhabitat, you’re our only hope!
    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/99044db4dad4427d6f7ca7298b980ac9.jpg[/img]

  100. robber49 June 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    A friend gave me an old 70′s french road bike that was in pretty rough shape. I spent months cleaning it up, buying and personally installing the new parts it needed. I don’t have another bike so this was to become my one and only ride.

    Finally this past friday I took it out for the first ride, and a few miles from home I feel the right pedal give way and clatter to the ground. unbeknownst to me, the threads on the crankarm were completely stripped (I don’t know how the pedal stayed on as long as it did). I “rode” the entire way home by pushing the ground with my right leg like a skateboard.

    I already ran through my small budget getting the first new parts, and once again I am bikeless.

    [img]http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/2062102bd794153def02c16c4c745bfb.JPG[/img]

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