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geo8rge 07-31-07 11:49 PM

Strida 5 sighting on eBay
 
http://cgi.ebay.com/899-NEW-STRIDA-5...QQcmdZViewItem

item number: 130139513060
Seller: tocupro(3)

jur 08-01-07 01:34 AM

Looking at this picture makes me realise why I don't consider a Strida a "serious" bike. The ergonomics are not great. The seat adjustment does not optimise the effective pedalling stance so efficiency is not great. The handlebar is way above the seat level and very close. All this reminds me of a penny-farthing's geometry - in fact if you imagined a big wheel up front then it would be pretty close except for rear wheel drive. It seems a step backwards. It seems to have been designed by a person who is not a cyclist.

No doubt it can be very handy for short runs between home and train stations, provided there are no hills. And riding a Strida is already a huge amount better than driving a car.

Disclaimer: I have not ridden one. I may be surprised.

geo8rge 08-01-07 07:30 AM

"I have not ridden one. I may be surprised." Basically you are right. Steep hills cause me to dismount, although light weight and proper gearing allow me take on all comers on moderate hills.

The geometry is an advantage in operating in crowds of people, slow riding on sidewalks, herding children, shopping, and other urban type riding. It is the #1 bar hopping bike, according to me. I have never been told I could not bring it into a place. As to efficiency, if you want exercise, why shoot for efficiency.

Reliability and easy storage makes it a great back up bike.

Diode100 08-01-07 08:57 AM

Looks like they have surfaced in Italy now:-

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BICI-CORSA-PAS...QQcmdZViewItem

Simple Simon 08-01-07 11:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jur (Post 4977090)
Looking at this picture makes me realise why I don't consider a Strida a "serious" bike. The ergonomics are not great. .......

Disclaimer: I have not ridden one. I may be surprised.

I felt exactly the same as you when I just saw a picture :) - and then I got the chance to adjust the seat (up) and ride one, and I changed my opinion ! 3 years on, and no regrets. In fact I now prefer the upright riding position to the aero-sporty position of some of my other bikes, especially in traffic ... i'm not racing anymore. I'd say it is a VERY serious bike - for its intended purpose - ie linking with other transports - especially trains/buses and around towns. Like George I dont mind moderate hills and even steeper ones are not as bad as you may think .... though a lower gear would be welcome here and when comming back down ... where it runs out of revs. Its a simplicity thing - gears also add complexity, and for many (but not all) not necessary.

That Strida5 in the pictures looks damn fine - pity Strida UK not stocking them yet. (You lucky s*d Chop !)

Chop! 08-02-07 12:39 PM

Well for a bike that isn't serious or practical I sure have put a lot of miles on it, I've hardly used my GoBike since I got my Strida 5, I can pass a lot of multi-geared bikes on moderate hills, used it through the horrendous weather & mud during the T in Park festival in Scotland, I ended up with about 2-3 kilos of mud built up on the rack etc.
Just about to head off with my 3 rugrats, camping so my foldies will all come in useful.
Haven't posted lately because my Laptop self destructed, new one arrives next week, so apologies if anyone has PMd or e-mailed me.
Safe & dry riding!
Chop!

lee_rimar 08-02-07 12:55 PM

I'm the high bidder at the moment, but I doubt I'll get it. I don't think it'll go for anything close to the suggested retail, but it'll probably be a bit higher than my bid.

I already have a Strida 3.2, but if I do get this new one I know at least 3 people who would be happy to get my old one.

Wish me luck :)

Simple Simon 08-02-07 02:19 PM

Good luck - I'd give you a gentle run for your money but as usual ...
Quote:

- We only ship to USA & Canada
-We do not ship to PO BOX, HI, PR, VI, GU, AK, APO/AFO, YUKON, NWT, NU locations.

Dahon.Steve 08-02-07 10:35 PM

Is there any news on when Strida will start selling in the U.S. again?

lee_rimar 08-03-07 10:14 AM

"...news on when Strida will start selling in the U.S. again?

Not really. I ask a couple of times a year (for the past two years) and get the same answer... "soon."

On the other hand, strida.ca is happy to ship to to the USA.

lee_rimar 08-05-07 07:32 AM

Oh bugger!
 
I just got the following notice from eBay:

Item Number - 130139513060
Item Title - ^_^ $899 NEW STRIDA 5 FOLDING BIKE WITH PERFORMANCE KIT
... We recently removed this seller's active listings and suspended the seller's trading privileges. Due to privacy concerns we cannot share further details about this seller.


Guess I'm not getting THAT bike...

Dynocoaster 08-05-07 07:34 AM

I got the same notice from Ebay.

lee_rimar 08-13-07 06:43 PM

And Another One!
 
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=180148502569

Buy-It-Now of $759 + 35 for shipping. That's only $5 under Strida.ca's delivered price to th USA, and it's too rich for my blood anyhow...

Will be interesting to see how fast it goes - not folding or rolling, but selling - at that price.

rhm 08-17-07 06:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lee_rimar (Post 5061617)

It bothers me that the bike in the photos doesn't say STRIDA on it anywhere. Perhaps I am paranoid, but I suspect some sort of monkey business.

lee_rimar 08-17-07 04:14 PM

Quote:

Perhaps I am paranoid, but I suspect some sort of monkey business.
If the seller wasn't a bike shop with a "Platinum" rating on eBay and over 15000 positive feedback, I might be worried.

I was a little concerned about the earlier auction, and not surprisingly eBay pulled the listing.

lee_rimar 08-18-07 08:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rhm (Post 5088739)
It bothers me that the bike in the photos doesn't say STRIDA on it anywhere.

The photos are identical to those at Strida.ca (YeahBike) website. I'd really like to see pictures of the "actual" bike instead of stock photos, but this isn't too uncommon on eBay.

lee_rimar 08-18-07 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lee_rimar (Post 5061617)
Buy-It-Now of $759 + 35 for shipping. That's only $5 under Strida.ca's delivered price to th USA, and it's too rich for my blood anyhow...

Haha, with only about a day left on the auction, they knocked it down $60, to $699. Frankly I'd like to see more of these on eBay, to find out what price the online market-value will really be..

lee_rimar 09-30-07 06:17 PM

And more...

A seller in Taiwan (digimall_shopping) is now listing several Strida 5's in varying colors. With shipping, around $725. A good bit less than Strida.ca's pricing of $799, but I'm a bit wary of overseas vendors n eBay...

http://search.ebay.com/search/search...tle=strida+5.0

Dahon.Steve 09-30-07 07:20 PM

Did anyone look at used Brompton prices on the Ebay UK? What a steal those prices are just incredibly low to believe. I'm tempted to make a bid myself because even with international shipping costs, it's still lower than prices in New York City!

lee_rimar 10-01-07 08:50 AM

> ...Bromptons on eBay UK...

Y'know, even though that has noting to do with this thread :) it is kinda interesting. If I go to eBay.co.uk and search for "Strida", I see the same listings for that Taiwan vendor. Same auction ID numbers.

BUT when I search the US-based eBay.com site for "Brompton," I don't see any of the ones listed on the UK versiomn of eBay.

Is there some trick to get auctions to show up internationally ? Only thing I can think of is when you create an auction, you have option to list where you're willing to ship. So if the Brompton sellers didn't click "will ship to US/international/anywhere" maybe they don't show up on US site?

Lalato 10-01-07 06:55 PM

The problem with getting stuff to showup is a matter of where it can be shipped to. Generally, only things that can be shipped to the US will show up in your searches. If you want to see items that don't list the US as a shipping destination, you can either go to that country's eBay site (like ebay.co.uk) or you you can use the advanced search to force ebay.com to show items located in a specific country.

In the case of the Stridas, the seller is willing to ship Worldwide... therefore you'll be able to see the bikes no matter which eBay site you go to.

--sam

Chop! 10-01-07 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Diode100 (Post 4978422)
Looks like they have surfaced in Italy now:-

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BICI-CORSA-PAS...QQcmdZViewItem

This was a 3.2a


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