same as honey .. I have tried subbing straps. I've tried my city strap on my first and my velo strap on my city. as much as in theory these would be great - there's something classic about the way they are made already.. and it felt weird with the longer strap. I feel like the city just wouldn't be right with a longer strap. I know I totally get what everyone is saying but .. perhaps once you tried it you might understand the look and feel just changes too drastically.