Rear Lights disappearing and general poor maintenance of bikes

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    Ldnfatso
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    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.

    #84062

    yorkiebar
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    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.

    #84063

    Ldnfatso
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    yes i do mean the reflector light attached to the mudguard!

    #84064

    yorkiebar
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    Ah, OK. It’s not a light though just a reflector :)

    #84065

    cyclingnewbie
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    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.

    #84066

    Ldnfatso
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    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.

    #84067

    djc
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    Replying to @cyclingnewbie‘s post:

    They were an addition for London. Possibly because it is (or was) a legal requirement for bikes (and all other road vehicles) to have a reflector.

    #84068

    Bromptonaut
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    Barely half the fleet have reflectors. More worryingly I’ve seen several with massive wobbles in the rear wheel.

    #84069

    cyclingnewbie
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    Yes – another cyclist stopped me to point out a wobbly wheel. The cycle still felt fine to ride though!

    #84070

    Disappointed
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    Bicycles must display a rear reflector by law. So these bikes are actually unlawful and shouldn’t be in use.

    #84071

    yorkiebar
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    Replying to @Disappointed‘s post:

    Technically yes but I hope people don’t “red light” bikes because of this.

    #84072

    cyclingnewbie
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    Boris bikes have two rear reflectors. One attached to the seat which (usually!) doesn’t fall off.

    #84073

    timjwatts
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    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…

    #84074

    gingerjon
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    Replying to @timjwatts‘s post:

    Same. Hyde Park and they were a bit lost rather than deliberately on the cycle track but a bit alarming when you go to ding and no sound comes out.

    #84075

    ashbro
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    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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