June 11, 2011 at 9:50 am #74738
I picked up a bike yesterday at the City Road Angel docking station and something occured to me. Out of the 20 bikes available only 2 still had their rear light on the bike. 1 light was even on the floor. I mean how on earth did that happen and if the people that deliver bikes on their vans were to clear up things like this perhaps more bikes would be better maintained.
My second gripe is that i noticed a same bike (18176) at Finsbury Square docked with a permanent red light for over 2 weeks. i even took a photo of its number coz i had seen it there for a couple of days in the far end dock. How often are bikes taken away to be mended and should it really take this time to just come and collect it?? Also, all the time it is there unusable, so is the precious dock, especially around rush hour.June 11, 2011 at 10:54 am #84062
By light do you mean the reflector mounted on the read mudguard ? The lights are built into the frame of the bike so unlikely to be removed. However some people grab hold of the (stuck on) reflector when undocking I believe and so these come off.June 11, 2011 at 11:00 am #84063
yes i do mean the reflector light attached to the mudguard!June 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm #84064
Ah, OK. It’s not a light though just a reflectorJune 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm #84065
The Toronto bikes are identical to ours in every way *except* they don’t have this extra reflector. Either it was a late addition to the Bixi design for London which didn’t really work, or the designers have realised how fragile and unnecessary they are.
Either way, I dont expect they will be replaced.June 12, 2011 at 8:45 am #84066
Either way these reflectors cost money to be there in the first place. Whether a late addition or not they should not just have been stuck to the mudguard, they should have been screwed to it.June 12, 2011 at 9:34 am #84067
djcParticipantJune 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm #84068
Barely half the fleet have reflectors. More worryingly I’ve seen several with massive wobbles in the rear wheel.June 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm #84069
Yes – another cyclist stopped me to point out a wobbly wheel. The cycle still felt fine to ride though!June 15, 2011 at 4:34 am #84070
Bicycles must display a rear reflector by law. So these bikes are actually unlawful and shouldn’t be in use.June 15, 2011 at 7:26 am #84071June 15, 2011 at 9:23 am #84072
Boris bikes have two rear reflectors. One attached to the seat which (usually!) doesn’t fall off.June 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm #84073
I nearly squashed another dumb tourist today – went for the bell and it went “splink” in rather the manner of a chaffinch with laryngitis.
Think I’ll just yell at them by default now on…June 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm #84074
gingerjonParticipantJune 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm #84075
I was going to dock at LMU Commercial Road the other day when I saw a group of ‘youths’ going along kicking off the reflectors one after another. It seems like this is a new pasttime for bored adolescents.
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