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Old 07-06-07, 02:14 AM   #1
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French revolution: Rentable bikes every 900 feet

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Beginning July 15, Parisians can get one with the swipe of a card – and the first half-hour is free.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0706/p01s06-woeu.html
(mods, wasn't sure whether to put this in P&R forum , but figured it isn't too controversial for a bike forum, so here it is)
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Old 07-06-07, 06:45 PM   #2
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In Vienna, one can rent bikes with a credit card. They are attached by chain or some such. Putting a card in releases the chain, and one can then ride for as long as one wishes. Then, when reattaching the bike to another bike stand, the CC debit is somehow ended. This told to me by my local Austrian Consul. I may try this for riding around Vienna proper (and will report on this), but I am definitely going to buy a road bike for riding out in the countryside....
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Old 07-06-07, 06:50 PM   #3
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Wow, 50 pounds.
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Wow, 50 pounds.
Yeah that jumped out at me as well. I wonder if they did the kg to lbs conversion correctly? Probably, but never know.

Also, is Paris hilly? I've never been there or bothered to investigate, so don't know. Weight isn't much of an issue when riding on flat terrain.
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Old 07-06-07, 10:24 PM   #5
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it's pretty flat, there are places where it goes up like going to the sacre-cour or whatever that white dome thing is called.
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