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Old 03-06-08, 04:02 AM   #1
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Good news for Strida in Europe!!

If you check on the Folding Society website or Strida.NL it appears that the lovely guys at Strida in Amsterdam have taken over the EU distribution of all Stridas & accessories etc. This will mean that the Strida 5 is finally available in the UK.
Strida NL have been a joy to deal with and hopefully will price the Strida 5 more competitively than Strida UK would have ( Steedman had said that they didn't want to sell the 5 because it would be far more expensive than the 3, I expected them to price the 5 similarly to Strida in France i.e. excactly twice the price of the Dutch 5s!!!) Basically a 5 from NL was as cheap as a 3 from UK once you added all of the UKs 'extras' (i.e. assembly) these extras all come as standard from NL. Now I'm not saying they will be that cheap in the UK as there is a huge difference in the quantities sold there. I have already found a Dutch site that will sell you a 5 for 498 (about 375? sounds a bad exchange rate though) with free delivery in EU.
Having owned more models of Strida and ridden them to death, I can categorically say that the 5 is a vast improvement on even the 3.3 (metal wheels)
The 1st thing you notice is that it freewheels beautifully after being used to the front freewheel acting as a friction brake when not pedalling. And also the pedals don't have the tendancy to fly round and whack you in the shins!!!! Disk brakes are great. You just need a more comfortable saddle if you intend to ride longer distances.

Having known the Strida NL guys for quite a while now I'm sure we will see a huge improvement. They also do a SatNav version & are actively working towards a geared version, and other improvements. Wicked!

Better prices, better service, more Stridas sold, more chance of further developments.

Happy Stridaring fellow Stridanauts, now's the time to upgrade to the wonderful Strida 5!

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Old 03-06-08, 08:29 AM   #2
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Thanks Chop, I've too just joined the Strida5 ranks (from StridaNL) and 100% agree with you. I still have a lot of respect for my old Strida3 .. still in daily use, 4 years on. I didn't meet the guys from StridaNL I heard they are really helpful... speak perfect english, and know their product inside out. They are now going to cover UK too - so i expect to see more Strida5's soon.

Gears and satnav - awsome !! I find the single gear fine most of time - but on the faster 5, down hill, I run out - spinning madly - sooner
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Hey Simon

Glad to hear that you have joined the ranks of the 5 Appreciation Society!
Apparently Velorution & Bikefix in London are already stocking Strida 5s.
Rik & Ties have asked for suggestions for future UK stockists so I'll be supplying them with a list of possibilities.
Tomorrow, Monday 10th March, Strida NL will launch their new UK site www.strida.co.uk I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Will watch out for you next time I'm in London. Chop!
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With the strong Sterling, why not buy a Strida from some of the U.S. internet dealers? Even with shipping, the price will not double unless there's some sort of VAT you have to pay.
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If you check on the [URL="http://www.foldsoc.co.uk"]Having owned more models of Strida and ridden them to death,
Does this mean the Strida has a short lifespan? OH NO! ;-)
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'Ridden to death' is just a figure of speech. My Strida II did 3 years service before I sold it to another driver, he had it 3 years before he sold it to my boss. It is fairly knackered now though. The early stridas had rivetted steering heads which work loose, add a worn bottom bracket and it seems like a dinosaur compared to the Strida 5 (or even my 3.2/3)
My 1st Strida 3 got nicked from Belfast before it could wear out!
I had the 2nd Strida 3 converted to metal wheels by Strida NL in Amsterdam and its still going strong.
I probably use my Strida 5 more than any other of my many bikes. No sign of wear except a few sets of tyres & tubes.
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Just picked up a Strida 5 here in Taiwan to go with the opening of our new subway system - a perfect match I think. It was the last one in the store. Apparently, next week the 5.1 is arriving! It's significantly more expensive (about 30%), but it has 'high-end' components, I'm told. Should be interesting to see.
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Just picked up a Strida 5 here in Taiwan to go with the opening of our new subway system - a perfect match I think. It was the last one in the store. Apparently, next week the 5.1 is arriving! It's significantly more expensive (about 30%), but it has 'high-end' components, I'm told. Should be interesting to see.
Hello Shilun.

Does this mean no more 5.0's, or just for this store?

Let us know what you find out about the 5.1 please :-)
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I think it may just be for this store, though I'm not certain. I had a quick look at the '5.1' today. From its outward appearance, I only noticed 3 changes, as follows:

1. new style metal folding pedals which fold by opening up like a kind of oyster shell.
2. a kickstand attached to the BB
3. a wedge bag underneath the saddle

I don't know if there are any unseen internal changes. I will try to find out.
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I think it may just be for this store, though I'm not certain. I had a quick look at the '5.1' today. From its outward appearance, I only noticed 3 changes, as follows:

1. new style metal folding pedals which fold by opening up like a kind of oyster shell.
2. a kickstand attached to the BB
3. a wedge bag underneath the saddle

I don't know if there are any unseen internal changes. I will try to find out.
I'm still waiting for a schlumpf.
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I think it may just be for this store, though I'm not certain. I had a quick look at the '5.1' today. From its outward appearance, I only noticed 3 changes, as follows:

1. new style metal folding pedals which fold by opening up like a kind of oyster shell.
2. a kickstand attached to the BB
3. a wedge bag underneath the saddle

I don't know if there are any unseen internal changes. I will try to find out.
You can find more information here:
http://www.stridaforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=395
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