Gallery: PIMP MY ECO-RIDE CONTEST: Win a 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!


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.


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!


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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  1. spencerm June 25, 2009 at 12:17 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.


    p.s. I tried to replace my original photo through the WordPress admin but couldn’t get it too work .. and am thus late with this fairly redundant re-post.

  2. rmpenguino June 24, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    These sorry sneakers are the only thing that carry me to the bus everyday, well these and my legs of course.
    Thing is walking three miles to the bus that takes me to the subway isn’t so bad, what’s bad is the highway construction that will essentially double that distance. Unfortunately roller sneakers aren’t made for adults yet, but a Strida would be nice. Lots more fun and nearly as inconspicuous as the sneakers, both on the bus and later on the subway, not to mention when finally at the office. Perhaps the only thing better than a Strida would be that hover skate board from Back to the Future. Guess that would ruin the inconspicuous part though, so scratch that. How about just a nice scoop of cookies and cream at the end of the bike ride, now that would be awesome, cause then I can ride the Strida on the way back and lose those calories. score!

  3. vertdesign June 24, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I longed for a ducati but could not come up with the dosh…so i strapped an engine on to my fixie…but alas my current set of wheels churns through the petrol!

    I really need this pimped out bike so i can power through the city without the fumes

  4. Kirby June 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm


    I just graduate from a great Art + Design school. Over 4 years I learned so much. But now, in a rough economy, I’m left only with my old art supplies to take me places. I attempted to assemble them into a bike….

    …but it just doesn’t ride as smooth as a Strida!!

  5. TIVI June 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm







  6. KG June 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    So I can get around more, stop, and smell the roses …

  7. hankchapot June 24, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    JEWEL BOX BIKE… Mirrored confetti mosaic plus found objects. Almost too precious to ride so I need something for my morning work commute.


  8. warpasi June 24, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    This picture is of me sewing away in our living room/makeshift sewing studio in front of my love’s prized shwinn!

    In college I rode a bike to campus everyday and loved the whole experience…with one exception. What always bothered me was my options for bag. Cute purses and tote bags , while they satisfied my need to look pulled together in a classroom, just don’t bode well with biking. Leaving only messenger bags and back packs reminiscent of backpacking tourists in Europe as the only functional options to tote all the necessary provisions.

    Flash forward 2 years and 1,000 miles from home, I find myself combining my love of repurposing materials and fashion by creating bags and clutches designed specifically for bike commuters. Convertible bags that attach to either the bike or the rider that are not only practical for biking but also look like pulled together, classic bags when carried as normal. Cute bags that also prove to be secretly practical? I know, its unheard of for women’s fashion! Made from repurposed clothing and curtains, these bags are one of a kind and earth friendly, not to mention geared towards commuters who use only human power to get around, these bags are about good as it gets for sustainable fashion! I have had to start small and find myself in need a bike to get around and make contacts and sales as well as test out my products.

    This bike could help me spread the word about my products more effectively and literally enable me to more effectively “peddle my wears” J

    *Such a unique design couldn’t help draw attention that I could then channel into attention for the products I make and vice versa for such an amazing bike design. Getting to the nearest subway stop a mile from my house is hard enough without having to drag a bike up with me only to have to do battle with the exit gate. With a full size bike I doubt I’d make it.

    *The compact design and ease of portability make it super easy to transition from sidewalk to subway to store front in a snap!

    *Scratch store front-this bike is small enough that I can do in store demonstrations!

    *I’m puny and weak and can’t easily lift full size bikes, and with my new small business, I need every bit of help to appear graceful and confident, this strida bike would certainly make me look more confident when I go meet with shop owners.

    Most importantly, doing all this for bikers without my own bike makes me feel like an imposter! My fiancé’s bike is too big for me, so I had a hard time testing out my bags in real life conditions, my fiancé hasn’t exactly been enthusiastic about being my guinea pig. Getting a man to wear test a velveteen tote bag is like pulling teeth…

    If I won this bike I could test my bags myself and be better able to correct fit issues and design more practically from personal experience. I work 60 hours a week designing things for a company I don’t agree with and whatever time left working on my bags. I think fashion design generally gets a bad rap, but I want to prove that my talents can be used to create a more sustainable future. It is going to take a lot, but this bike might be what helps get the ball rolling for me, so that hopefully one day, my sustainable designs can be my job instead of just a hobby.

    And while nothing can guarantee this venture will be a successful journey, this bike could make the ride a little smoother.

  9. skullpin June 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I correctly uploaded a 537 wide image and pasted the tag, but no photo in the post. Here is my second attempt. It goes with my comment a few posts above.


  10. munkey June 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm


    I need this bike because mine recently got stolen and it was my only source of transportation other than public trans, which is getting costly in Chicago. The picture attached is not mine, but the same scenario happened to me. I am college student and don’t have the money to invest in a new bicycle and would love this bike! I am studying architecture at the University of Illinois and plan to minor in enviornmental studies. In the future i want to build LEEDS certified buildings!

    I do not have a license because they never offered drivers education at my school and I was too lazy to take it outside of school. What was once the fruit of my laziness is now more of a goal for me. I want to be an example to people that a license is not needed to function in todays world. Eventually I will get my license because it is good to have, but that will be in the future. I need a folding bike so that I can take it on the train for the longer travels. It would also be great for my apartment next year at school. Its a very small apartment. I dont like to put my bike outside because it gets rusty (like my last one did). I assure you that this bike would be put to use on a daily basis!

  11. eluzyon June 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm


    Hello InHabitat friends and readers!

    Being able to participate just this late showed me that all of you deserve this amazing bike.
    Just wish Areaware and InHabitat could sponsor some more Stridas to the amazing posts I’ve read!

    Anyway, even though everyone has a strong reason, I humbly believe I’m the most desperate needer :)
    Why is that? Because I’m 32 years old and I’m still single!

    The truth is that I’ve ignored my look a little bit… I’m chubby and girls like mainly sexy guys, right?!
    So, I’ve figured it out! I’m going to become the sexiest guy in the neighbourhood with the help of the sexiest bike in the world!!
    Is there a better way to get fit but in this beautiful wheels?

    I have to say I’m not a guy who had a lot of bikes…
    I remember having just a couple when I was a Kid so, this will be a major change in my life and I can’t wait for it!
    Leaving the car at home and comutting by public transportation and Strida! :D

    So, i’m declaring to the world: If I’m lucky enough to win over this tough competition, I’ll create imediately a blog dedicated to keep you posted of my daily travels with Strida and fitness acomplishments.
    Of course, you’re all invited to visit Lisbon at Portugal for my marriage :D

    Thank you all so much for this oportunity and good luck everyone!

  12. mamainparis June 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I need this because my baby is FAR FROM being eco!!!

    and as you can see, it no longer works:(

    im kidding, but i would like to stop polluting

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