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Old 04-21-07, 01:13 PM   #1
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I got my new Strida 5 (eventually!)

Hi Chapparoonies

Ordered my Strida 5 from Strida NL in Amsterdam, but then got an e-mail to say that I needed permission from Strida UK, they refused so got in touch with their MD who said it was because they had no intention of selling it until their stock of Strida 3s was sold & that I couldn't buy one from NL because they (UK)could not service it or carry spares. I'm in Amsterdam more often than Cardiff!!!
Then I realised that Sean, one of my colleagues had moved to Leiden, near Amsterdam with his girlfriend.
So I got him to bring me one back last weekend, finally got my sticky mitts on it yesterday, took it out in London, much better than my Strida 3 because :-
The freewheel is now on the back wheel so the bike coasts much further because of the reduction in drag,
The belt doesn't jump on hills because of the little pinch roller.
The disk brakes are excellent
The bottom bracket is solid aluminium with a built in snail cam to tension the belt

On the negative side, it is not the latest incarnation, as it does not have the webbed bracket on the folding pin, or the wavy disks, nor does it have the Strida name embossed on the steering head.

Went in search of a Brookes sprung saddle, but the shop in Kensington had closed down, been up to my eyes with work so no more chances to ride it yet.

I'll be in London on Tuesday, Weds, Thurs And Friday a.m. if anyone fancies a dwink & a try out.

Safe riding Chop!
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Old 04-22-07, 02:26 PM   #2
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Thanks for the update Chop. Interesting to hear about the change in freewheel placement and also about the manufacturer's intentions regarding offloading the current Strida 3 stock.
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Sounds sweet Chop! Are you going to put a flaming saddle on it?
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Old 04-22-07, 09:01 PM   #4
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Sounds sweet Chop! Are you going to put a flaming saddle on it?
Hey Crankypants,

I'm not sure if it will be the flame saddle or a nice sprung Brookes or Nirve, (in which case I'll be looking for wooden mudguards)

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I'll be in London on Tuesday, Weds, Thurs And Friday a.m. if anyone fancies a dwink & a try out.
I could make Thurs evening - what kind of area/hostelry did you have in mind? I can make pretty much anywhere as I would like a spin on the new Strida...

Maybe LittlePixel would be up for it too?
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I could make Thurs evening - what kind of area/hostelry did you have in mind? I can make pretty much anywhere as I would like a spin on the new Strida...

Maybe LittlePixel would be up for it too?
Earl's Court / Kensington, also have my Long-John, Strida 3, GoBike, Brompton, mini Tandem & electric scooter with me!!!

PM me for exact location or can meet somewhere
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Sounds sweet Chop! Are you going to put a flaming saddle on it?
Did you finish your big ride Carnkypants (hoping I'm not mistaken and that I am talking to the right guy here..) Wasn't it you that was touring Eastern Europe? Have you published your journey logs on here yet?
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