TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: New Strida 5.0 Collapsible Bikes

by , 02/12/08

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The sleek form and clever functionality of British designer Mark Sanders’ foldable bikes have been earning accolades in Europe for over a decade. The latest, the Strida 5.0, is now available in the US bringing with it a new hybrid commute sensibility that is rolling in praise. More than just a utilitarian part of greener transport, this bike is an exercise in cool.

What sets the Strida 5.0 apart from other collapsables is its tripod-like frame which folds easily into parallel tubes. Unfolded, the tubes form a triangle – handlebars and wheels occupy the three points and the adjustable seat slides along one side. The unique, patented frame streamlines the design and makes fold-up quick and easy – Strida boasts a six second shift from expanded bike to folded traffic-averting accessory.

With the commuter user in mind, the 5.0 rolls with a silent, clean Kevlar belt – no greasy pant legs – and the folded design manages the sidewalk stretch with parallel tires that make it an agreeable sidekick while strolling. Although still in the single gear folder category, the bike has evolved from the earlier 3.2 version with tougher, lighter components that don’t need much attention – just tires and disc brakes need maintenance.

+ Strida International
+ $799 at Areaware (US)
Via I.D.

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  1. Belriver June 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I need this bike to be sent to Ghana. I am an outreach resource coordinator. I work with the Adele Women Association in the Upper Volta area of Ghana and the Permaculture Network of eco-farmers. Transportation is a problem and by donating a bike such as yours it will give the women more mobility. I have been thinking about bikes as gifts, but do to financial crisis I have practically no extra cash after rent, food, transporation, etc.

    Our villagers are poor and your bike the Strida will be well received.

    I can be reached by email at

    I’m even having problems keeping a phone on. But, I continue to do my work with little resources.

  2. Juan February 17, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Breaking too fast could be dangerous for the guys

  3. Rying February 15, 2008 at 4:16 am

    My favourite foldable bike is the Boston bike produced by Biomega ( ) it also comes in a Puma version. However if you really want a bike that stands out, check this one

  4. DonL February 14, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Front brakes are responsible for most of the major stopping power. Given the choice I’d go for that one, but the front and the back are required in different proportions under varying conditions. The learning of how much pressure to apply to each at any given time is an art, Just when you think you have it down, you learn that you don’t. Riding is an ongoing education, but a rewarding one.

    I like the bike.

  5. Johan February 13, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Is the front brake needed? doesn’t it just add cost and weight to the bike? Otherwise realy realy cool, I’d like one.

  6. Hugo February 13, 2008 at 4:09 am

    So the extremely tight pants are not compulsory? Anyway, great looking bike! (just 489 euro’s back in the Netherlands)

  7. ryeguy February 12, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I have the previous version of this bike, and it is terrific. As a single speed bike, it’s relatively slow, but it folds so quickly that combined with a good public transit system you can have an amazingly quick commute. You also get a ton of comments and questions from people on the street, even without the extremely tight pants featured above.

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