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Old 09-19-08, 08:08 PM   #26
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We are all 'fan boys' to some extent, but why is it that people here become so partisan when it comes to Strida ? Strida is mucho appreciated by we who use it day in day out and really enjoy it (and have done for years). I've got several bikes and Strida will be one of the last I would be without.

I think this says it all. The Strida is a huge hit because the Euro and other currencies overseas makes it affordable. This bike has a LOT of bling and more so than any Dahon or Brompton.

It's easier to roll than a Dahon or Brompton and only the CarryMe and A-bike are better for multi-mode commuting involving the bus or train.
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Old 09-19-08, 08:32 PM   #27
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I too was frustrated by the price, but I pulled the trigger...bought one for $699 shipped from yeahbike.com. I have yet to ride it (planning tomorrow). My only disappointment, which I'll live with, is that "silver" color is not the brushed aluminum. But the silver powdercoat is pretty nice. The other advantage of buying online is I have the box - in case I don't like it, makes it easier to sell on eBay.
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Old 09-20-08, 12:36 AM   #28
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The silver powder coat is nice. It's what I got last year. I was lucky to buy it on-line for $560. I don't think I would have purchased it for the retail price... and the Duo's price is "Design Beyond Reach" for me.
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Old 09-20-08, 01:35 PM   #29
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I don't know where you get these 'notorious' reports on the unreliability of Stridas! LOL!
I probably use my Strida 5 as much as anyone, (plus it gets used by band members, mine & my Lady's kids) It's bashed & battered, totally un-pampered & ultra reliable.
My Strida 3 just broke it's rear inner brake cable, 1st prob (apart from punctures) for years!

Strida is notorious!

For being lambasted by people who've hardly (or never!) used one!

Happy & reliable Strida-ing my fellow Stridanauts!

Triangulation across the Nation! LOL!
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I rode a golden Strida today
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Old 09-20-08, 03:42 PM   #31
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I too was frustrated by the price, but I pulled the trigger...bought one for $699 shipped from yeahbike.com. I have yet to ride it (planning tomorrow). My only disappointment, which I'll live with, is that "silver" color is not the brushed aluminum. But the silver powdercoat is pretty nice. The other advantage of buying online is I have the box - in case I don't like it, makes it easier to sell on eBay.
I completely forgot about http://strida.yeahbike.com

Looks like they're still selling Strida 3s for $500 w/ free shipping. So I guess us North Americans have a choice as to whether we want to get sucked into the high fashion marketing scheme or not...at least for now.

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My only disappointment, which I'll live with, is that "silver" color is not the brushed aluminum. But the silver powdercoat is pretty nice.

Strida 5 silver - UK price = 379

black version = 419 Exactly the same specifications as the Brushed Silver Strida 5, but in a cool black finish!

white version = 419 Exactly the same specifications as the Brushed Silver Strida 5, but in a neat white finish!

Why? Silver version is a powdercoat the same as the black and white versions. This is an example of being ripped off again! It's bloody annoying.
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Old 09-20-08, 07:36 PM   #33
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I suspect the silver finish is cheaper because it seems to be discontinued (replaced by brushed aluminum). So yeahbike is probably selling older stock (which is fine, because other than the color, this looks no different from the other Strida 5.0s I've seen).

I have to say that as much as I hate the price (even $699), as a marketing manager myself, I think pricing it high is the right decision for the US market. Bicycling is something of a fringe activity in the US, for adults at least. People here think of bicycling as Lance Armstrong 20 speed bikes and spandex. I bike 6.5 miles to work in Manhattan and regularly get asked things like "you bike in your work clothes" and "don't you sweat?" Oh and I don't wear a helmet because I'd rather ride cautiously and defensively on a bike path or in a park than wear a styrofoam cup on my head that isn't going to do a damn bit of good if I get hit by a car.

So most Americans think biking = sweaty exercise on multispeed sports bike dangerous, better wear a helmet that musses up my hair, change clothes...

Strida is none of those things. It's an amplifier to walking. You get a nice upright posture that allows you to ride safely, and the single speed prevents you from going too fast.

Add to this the unique design, which runs counter to most people's desire to conform. No one wants to look weird. Plus it's wobbly at first - which will also scare most people off...

All these things say niche to me. I mean, if they could sell them for $2-300, that could warrant a different strategy. Razor scooters after all sold a ton, but they were cheap. But I doubt they'd be able to sell significantly more volume at a price like $500 to make up the lower unit profit.
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Old 09-22-08, 10:50 AM   #34
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There is a good write up by the Strida Designer on Bicycle Design - I am v interested in his full sized bikes - the IF series.
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In the last 3 weeks of owning my first folder i have learned alot about bike maintence. I'm being constantly surprised by the latest problem my little bike can produce, from bits failing off, to hinges working their way loose, to the fold being awkward and when complete being unwieldy and heavy. Oh, and the instruction manual telling the solution is to glue everything down?!

"Can somebody give me a simple reason why this bike is so expensive? Am I missing something here? I really want one but just cannot bring myself to pay so much for three poles, two wheels, a seat and saddle."

This is now sounding like bliss, three poles, two wheels, a seat and a saddle. (Ditto the Carry Me for the same reasons as the Strida or the Brompton for a longer distance journey) The fact I can wheel it about when folded is a huge plus as well! I'm a fit guy, 30 and I work out but bugger me if carrying the d3 curve without getting oil on my suit is not hard! Had to walk 5 mins today with it folded and I was struggling at the end.

The Curve is still good, and I'm enjoying my rides in and out of the office each day. Nothing is worst than traffic!!! But I'm thinking that in a years time I will be upgrading to a more simple design.
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Old 09-29-08, 01:01 AM   #36
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After using my Strida 5.0 daily for about a month, I can tell you that this is just one of those products (iphone analogies welcome, though I don't have one- the monthly fee scares me off ) that seems so natural and "right" that those holding the patent can name whatever price they feel the market will bear and rest assured that as long as they aren't in Neptune, it will sell. To all those detractors: try it out in real life for a while, and then talk to me. Is it overpriced? Sure. If they lowered the price to a more impulse purchase price, would they sell more? Undoubtedly so. However, the nice profit margin they are enjoying (I don't claim to know, just conjecture), and the premium status of ownership seem to be the company's strategy rather than trying to put one of these under every joe schmo at a lower pricepoint.

I don't necessarily agree with this buisness model. I initially balked at the price when I even considered buying one after checking it out online. However, in hindsite, I have to say that I kind of have reverse buyer's remorse- the $800 I paid ($750+ tax in a real brick-and-mortar store- I like being able to take something back and get it fixed if there are problems) seem like a shrewd investment in something that has undoubtedly enhanced my quality of life. YMMV.
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I rode a golden Strida today
I could only stare at a golden Strida in the local distributor rather than ride it myself...
However, I've used my cell phone to take some out of focus, low pixel, low quality photos on it.
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Old 01-15-09, 11:19 AM   #38
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I could only stare at a golden Strida in the local distributor rather than ride it myself...
However, I've used my cell phone to take some out-focus and low-resolution photos on it.
Would have made a nice prop in the James Bond Goldfinger flick..
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