normally I take my Xootr Swift with me on business trips, but this time my son needed it for a Scout trip. (yes, I need a second Swift.)
so I arrived in San Antonio bikeless, then discovered the San Antonio bike share. I'm staying downtown near the rental stations and have been using it daily. impressions:
+ sure was nice not having to check a 50# suitcase and then wait for it on the other end (I much prefer traveling with carryon luggage)
+ price is about the same to check a bike vs. renting from a bike share. (renting from bike stores is rather expensive)
+ nice not to have the bike take up space in the hotel room -- minor advantage
- the Bixi-type bikes (every share seems to have the same type) are really heavy, have a huge front basket that affects steering, and sports only 3 gears.
- need to bring or buy a helmet. also a lock as the built-in locks don't work well
- bike share tires tend to be underinflated for a big guy like me
all in all, I'm on the fence. it's nice enough not to lug the suitcase around that I might just leave it home when there's a bike share in the destination city. that said, I do miss the performance of my own bike.
what would you do?