So I've ridden my Strida 5.0 about 5 times now on a 6.5 mile (one way) commute to work. Like it. My main wish is for a higher gearing, but I'll wait to see if I get used to pedaling at a higher cadence - particularly as the upcoming 2 speed models are looking significantly more expensive.
Couple of questions I'd like help answering:
1. Tire pressure - the Kendas are marked as max pressure of 65 psi. This seems low to me for the alloy rims that the bike came with. Sheldon Brown's page on tire pressure suggests that tire manufacturers are conservative in rating max pressure, and I'm willing to experiment, but would love to know if any other Strida 5.0 owners are putting higher pressures in their stock tires.
2. Frame protectors - the clear plastic "blisters" that protect the two top tubes from metal-on-metal rubs from the bottom tube when folding are quickly wearing off. Strida EU/UK is selling frame protectors but Areaware seems not to offer them at present (I'm checking with them, but they're not on the site). Does anyone know of a source for these for US shipment? Also, if I go sans protection, how much paint damage will I incur (based on your own experience with a Strida)?