Astride a Strida, the A-frame purchase, In three parts

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - A frame foldable bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – When I spotted this bike,, it was folded and being walked across the pedestrian crossing. I have always been fascinated by them. They seem to unfold in such speed, and then disappear alongside the owner.

A three part collection, with images, of the A-frame, Strida, foldable bike that I saw in Brussels the other week.

Part 1 of 3: “I bought this second hand from a company that sells these bike throughout Brussels. This is a second hand model they had lying around. My sister had one and I tried it and liked it and so I got one myself. This is the first bike I bought with my own money.”

Photographer’s notes: These are clever bikes. A simple geometry, the A-frame, and a classic in so much design. As a bike, it is so unusual. Foldable bikes all seem to have followed the Brompton idea of folding frame, but this one has full tube, held in place with a socket joint style bolt.

A-frame in foldable version

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The A-frame folds into its portable version in seconds.

Part 2 of 3: “It is a very solid bike but I think that is an accident of the design. The point is that it is quick to fold and unfold.”

©Barry Sandland/TIMB: Folded bike on his shoulder

©Barry Sandland/TIMB: From open to closed and onto his shoulder, mere seconds. This is one of those bikes that make designers turn heads and wonder if it could be that simple – and why they did not think of it before.

Part 3 of 3: “It is a belt drive. The whole idea of this bike, the design, by some British person, I think, in the 80s and the whole  purpose was to make commuting easy and clean. So when you hold the bike like this, you do not get your clothes dirty with oil and grease.”

Photographer’s notes: The bike is a Brit design by Mark Sanders  (seems so obvious) and there is a Wikipedia entry here…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strida

See more on their website: http://www.strida.com/en/main/

 

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