Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: BicycleSPACE warehouse in SW Washington DC
I use them all the time for going back and forth to Metro(subway). Def not something I'd want to own,but ok for share bikes. Biggest complaint is the 3spd;DC is really too hilly for a bike this heavy with only 3 gears. Also the rear lights suck;I carry a red blinky for the back of my bag if I'm going to be out after dark. Pro tip:the older bikes didn't have stand lights,if the bike you pick has an open rack(just tubing,no perforated plate) then it's one of the old ones. When you stop,the lights will go out. Also make sure the brakes are good and the bell works before undocking,maintenance can be hit-or-miss.
C'dale BBU('05 and '09)/Super Six/Hooligan8and 3,Kona Dew Deluxe,Novara Buzz/Safari,Surly Big Dummy,Marin Pt Reyes,Giant Defy 1,Schwinn DBX SuperSport,Dahon Speed Pro TT,Brompton S6L/S2E-X