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Tips for a noodle-armed rider trying to unfold a Strida?

Postby gabythenewbie on Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:42 pm

Hi all! I recently received a new Strida SX and have been trying to practice folding/unfolding the bike, and I've run into an issue. I'm a weak sauce and can't seem to separate the magnets that hold the wheels together without laying the bike down and manually wrenching the wheels apart. It's not elegant or as smooth as I've seen everyone else unfold their Stridas in videos. I wanted to know... is there some trick to it that I haven't caught onto, like a slight twisting motion or tapping the bike down to disengage the magnets? Or do I just need to build up the strength to do it?
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Re: Tips for a noodle-armed rider trying to unfold a Strida?

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:18 pm

Hi Gaby,
:lol: please don't worry, it is just a trick!

Please check out Odd cyclists video, be very attentive around the time stamp 0:18.
It is just a quick and short push (or pull) either on the right or the left end of the steering bars.
Principially you push the tyres against each other and that helps to open the magnet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RbP0elWy7U

One hint more; there is a tiny hex worm screw inside the magnet's counterpart.
If you turn this screw a litle bit it creates a gap between magnet and the counterpart.
This way you can "adjust" the magnet's force, the matching Allen key should be a part of the Strida board tools which were usually delivered with your bike :wink:

It's as easy as riding a bike - once you managed to balance :D
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Re: Tips for a noodle-armed rider trying to unfold a Strida?

Postby Bill Wilby on Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:58 pm

Hi Gaby, this video may help,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... RMF75HFC3Y

and yes, adjusting the magnet keep adjustment is important.

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Re: Tips for a noodle-armed rider trying to unfold a Strida?

Postby Neon on Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:48 pm

Where's the like button when I need it? ♡ Very good video, Bill!
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Re: Tips for a noodle-armed rider trying to unfold a Strida?

Postby gabythenewbie on Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:20 pm

Thank you, Chris and Bill! You guys rock! :mrgreen:

Update: It worked!I slightly tightened the hex screw on the magnet receiver so it wiggles less, and slightly loosened the screw on the magnet so as to create some space, and I was able to open it by
twisting a bit on the handlebar during this morning's commute.
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