Ain’t nothing gonna breaka my Strida

You might think me lazy but really I’m just impatient. Trying to get into the swing of rail commuting, I find myself somewhat put off by the mile and a half stroll from my house to the metro stop. I enjoy the walk, but to get there to catch the early enough train so I can catch the early enough shuttle means I need to be up and our of bed earlier than I want.

Okay, so I’m impatient and lazy.

So I was kinda interested to see a recent entry in Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools for the Strida folding bicycle. Every folding bike I have ever seen has been, to put it as kindly as I can manage, a complete turd. This one is seems pretty nifty, at least so far as its transportability once folded. I’m not sure I think it looks very ridable – and I’m even less sure I’m willing to pay $500 just to shave 15 minutes off my morning – but I wondered if in a city with as many commuters as we have, have any of you seen any of these around town?

Or do you use any kind of wheeled contraption to speed your trip? If they made razor scooters with slightly more robust wheels I’d be tempted just to get one of those. At $30 or so they seem a lot more palatable for a cheapskate like me…

7 Comments so far

  1. misschatter (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 10:12 am

    I’ve used a razor scooter to get to the Metro before. It’s not too bad, but yeah, more robust wheels would make it better. I’ve also tried rollerblading, but changing into shoes once you get there and then carrying them is a PITA. For ultimate lazy, Razor now makes a motorized "sit on" scooter which is pretty inexpensive. I’ve been kind of tinkering with the idea… (check out Toys R Us)

  2. Don (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    Eh, I don’t need or even want motorized – would add too much weight to carry and noise to my morning. I just want to make slightly better time.

  3. Anon (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    Why don’t you get a beater bike and just park it at the station?

  4. Wayan (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    Or a skateboard

  5. Don (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

    If I had anything remotely resembling the coordination to ride a skateboard I’d have one. Instead the best I can do is listen to the Descendants.


  6. fedward (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

    I have a Xootr kick scooter (in fact, because a friend wanted to unload one before moving out of the country, I have two, a Cruz and a Street – I had bought the Street new but I kinda like the Cruz better). The Xootr guys are serious about their wheels, which should mean something to you.

    I don’t use mine as much as I used to, but by odd coincidence I used one today. I had to get downtown for the iPhone Tech Talk, and I got out the door later than planned so I didn’t have time to wait for a bus. I caught up with and passed one bus on 14th, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I had also passed another one while I was still on 13th. I made it from Fairmont St to Pennsylvania Ave in 17 minutes. Granted that’s mostly downhill, but on the way back the bus behind me never got any closer than four blocks behind, and that’s even though I walked from W St to Fairmont St.

  7. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

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