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Would it be possible to upgrade a single-speed Strida to 2-3 speeds?

I know there is a Strida model with 3 speeds but the frame is different with respect to the one of a single speed. In particular, the 3-speeds model has a bottom bracket shell suitable to fit a Sturmey Archer KS3 (https://stridacanada.ca/product/sturmey-archer-ks3/).

Do there exist commercially available alternatives to fit in the bottom bracket sheel of a single speed?

Someone did it already, but they are unreachable. This is the post (in italian): http://stridaroma.it/it/works/kit-upgrade-2-speed/. This is the google translate version. If only I could de-focus this picture!

Upgrade kit to 2-speeds Strida

This is a closeup of the bottom bracket in place and the frame of a single-speed Strida.

Strida Bottom Bracket in place closeup

Thanks, Luca

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  • Is your bike a belt drive, as per the sample pictures? If so, no derailleur or chainring shifter will ever work, you need the internally-geared hub. – Criggie Jun 30 '20 at 10:47
  • The wheels are so small that I think a derailleur would touch the ground if you somehow kludged one into the hangerless dropout. – ojs Jun 30 '20 at 11:48
  • @criggie Yes, belt drive. I'll post some updates in an answer later :) – the_eraser Jul 3 '20 at 7:56
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3-speed is possible, but not at bottom bracket without heavy modification to the frame. The usual location for 3-speed gearbox is the rear hub. As far as I can tell, one could rebuild the rear wheel with suitable 3-speed hub. Running the shifter cable to the hub might be complicated with the folding frame, but I don't see how it would be more difficult than running it to the bottom bracket. Some models already have disc brakes, which also suggests that you can run a cable to the rear hub. If disc brake is not required, another option would be kick shift 2-speed hub. These things have a coaster brake and shift gears every time you brake, no cables required.

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