Comedian wrote:I noticed today that the tyres still had moulding marks on most of them.
the last of the little knobbles didn't fall off the tyres on my bike until they'd done about 1500km
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Undertow wrote:goneriding wrote:Undertow wrote:as long as I remember to bring my helmet.
Buy a cheapie from kmart and keep it at work.
And when I ride one to the citycat or bus stop on the way home and then forget to take my helmet back to work the next day do I just go and buy another one from kmart?
CityCycle proves just the ticket to beating traffic woes October 25, 2010 - 10:28AM
Journalist Dan Nancarrow tests out the new CityCycle bike hire scheme in Brisbane. Photo: Michelle Smith
Taking advantage of Brisbane's traffic-beating scheme, Dan Nancarrow pedals his way to work.
Nervously perched atop a CityCycle on Brunswick Street, I keep telling myself: "It's just like riding a bike." Unfortunately this isn't too reassuring to a 29-year-old man who hasn't ridden a two-wheeler since his early teenage years on the considerably quieter streets of Gympie.
A kick-off from the pavement, a few rotations of the pedals and many wobbles later and I am on my way to the city on my maiden CityCycle voyage.
Advertisement: Story continues below As many as 1700 subscribers have signed up to the CityCycle rental bike scheme since Brisbane City Council launched it on October 1. It's a response Public and Active Transport chairwoman Margaret de Witt is happy with, considering the wet weather that has plagued the city this month.
My experiences last week have been overwhelmingly positive â€“ the $60 annual subscription cost for a half-hour ride is considerably cheaper than the $1150 I would spend each year to bus or CityCat my way into the CBD from New Farm.
And I haven't got in the way of too many motorists, one of my biggest concerns.
With my unit close to the RiverWalk I spend little time on New Farm roads and refuse to ride in the city, instead pushing along the pavement to the nearest station.
I must admit I was a sceptic at first. When the CityCycle stations were installed in a loading zone outside our workplace on Queen Street, I cursed the loss of parking space I would use on weekends.
And once I saw the bikes themselves I turned from sceptic to open critic of the bright yellow motif and emasculating basket.
Putting vanity aside, once I discovered the low registration cost and the three stations in short walking distance of my home, the scheme made good sense, financially and physically.
The first bike I used seemed cumbersome, slow and wobbly but that could have been down to the rusty skills of the rider.
I have caught some lycra-clad city bike riders having a good chuckle at my CityCycle comrades as the lycra wearers fly by at much greater speeds. One of the bikes I have ridden looked like it was a year old already â€“ the grip was ripped halfway off the handle bars, the gears whined and the seat was stuck at an awkward height.
Yet every other bike has been in respectable condition for vehicles parked out in the street 24/7, vulnerable to weather and vandals.
I'm certainly sold on the concept now and can see myself graduating to my own bike once the year is up.
My only concern is the lack of showers at my workplace. With summer fast approaching, I doubt a can of deodorant will be much defence against a short but sweaty ride from New Farm Park to the city.
bendertiger wrote:Finally! As I said in the past to the HORRIFIED look of people from transstink...'PRIVATE transport will be the saving grace that we all need'. They looked horrified until I explained that the 'private' transport would have two wheels, two pedals and a chain.
What would you rather, waiting 30 minutes for a bus for a 12 minute bus ride or spend 32 minutes riding to your destination at any time you wanted?
The Womble wrote:With the BCC losing thousands of dollars each week on this, gow long will the City Cycle agony continue? Or will we have to pay even higher rates for the privilege?
The lack of usage of these bikes means they arent paying for themselves ATM after 3 months
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