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    First time on Citbike

    I have 2 bikes; so I never bothered signing up for Citibike.
    Even though they have a docking station across from my
    office and the bus station I use to go home(when not riding).

    Today I found out that the Swiss Tourism Office was going to
    pay for anybody renting a Citibike for a day(Day Pass, US$10).
    So I took advantage of the offer and used the bikes 3 times.
    1st bike had a weak front brake and I felt weird while seated
    pretty high. 2nd and 3rd bike had better brakes. But they
    were heavy and the 3 speed had big gaps. The balloon tires
    felt comfortable; but the seat was too wide.

    Citibike New York City by 1nterceptor, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    Today I found out that the Swiss Tourism Office was going to
    pay for anybody renting a Citibike for a day(Day Pass, US$10).
    Was it only for that particular day or any day? I have a visitor this Saturday and would love that offer.

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    Even though we use the same model bike in Minneapolis' bike share, I too first rode them in NYC earlier this month. Having an old Raleigh Sports 3 spd made things a bit familiar--though the gear choices were better on the Citibike I thought. I'm a fan of fatter tires on bad pavement, so I appreciated that too.

    My most embarrassing moment: stepping off the pedals and standing at an intersection expecting the top bar to rest between my thighs. It's been 50 years since I rode one of my sister's bikes (grin).

    I too noticed a wide range of sponginess in the brake between examples too. They all worked, just some better than others. And my Raleigh's brakes aren't great either, so another familiar feeling. Took me a couple of rides before I noticed the seatpost had a height graduations on one side to make setting seat height quick and efficient as you move between bikes.

    I found them a great way to get around Brooklyn. And even though I have three regular bikes of my own here in Minnesota, I'd be open to taking one our examples for a jaunt if the need arouse here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    Was it only for that particular day or any day? I have a visitor this Saturday and would love that offer.
    I think it was only for that day, yesterday.

    http://citibikeblog.tumblr.com/post/...erland-tourism

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    These are really built like tanks to handle abuse. Not sure if they can handle "New York City" type of abuse though.


    citibike.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    I have 2 bikes; so I never bothered signing up for Citibike.
    Even though they have a docking station across from my
    office and the bus station I use to go home(when not riding).

    Today I found out that the Swiss Tourism Office was going to
    pay for anybody renting a Citibike for a day(Day Pass, US$10).
    So I took advantage of the offer and used the bikes 3 times.
    1st bike had a weak front brake and I felt weird while seated
    pretty high. 2nd and 3rd bike had better brakes. But they
    were heavy and the 3 speed had big gaps. The balloon tires
    felt comfortable; but the seat was too wide.

    Citibike New York City by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
    How can you have three different Citibikes? They are all the same weght, same saddle and same tires. Also, the bikes have the same chainring with same size rear cog. What is different are the brakes for some bikes are more worn out. Also, some bikes have less air in their tires giving the feeling that it's heavier or the gearing is higher.

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    OP, I would avoid being in the situation as you were in the picture--was the truck on the left parked without a driver inside?

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