Shiny new bikes just arrived

Share   |  Posted Jul. 7, 2011 by Bill Dossett

With all the new stations coming on-line and usage of the Nice Ride system higher than ever, it's definitely time to add more bikes. The first truckload containing over a hundred of those shiny new bikes arrived today. We started with 700 last year. We'll add about 500 more this year. Nice Ride mechanics will get the new bikes ready to roll and start adding them to the system immediately. We'll continue to add more bikes in the coming weeks as they arrive. More bikes in the system will help us keep bikes available at the stations where they're needed most.

Nice Ride Bikes
New bikes ready for service

The new bikes look a whole lot like the old bikes, which are working out very well. Our existing fleet of bikes has done a great job of standing up to the rigors of public use. We're continuing to do maintenance on the bikes throughout the summer, filling up tires and tightening brake cables.

Some people have asked why the brakes on a Nice Ride bike feel a little different from brakes on other bikes. Nice Ride bikes use a hub braking system which requires less maintenance and performs better in wet conditions. Hub brakes are very reliable and do not require frequent adjustment, however they do require a firm squeeze to engage the brake.

If you ever see a problem with a Nice Ride bike, please return it to a dock and take another. If a bike needs repair, press the red button on top of dock immediately after you return the bike. The system will send a message to our mechanics so they can track down that bike and make the necessary repairs. Thanks for helping us take care of the Nice Ride fleet!

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From the FAQ

How do I return a bike?

Push the front wheel of the bike firmly into the bike dock until the green light on the dock comes on. The green light indicates that the bike is locked and properly returned. If the red light on the bike dock stays on, remove the bike and try another empty bike dock. The bike remains your responsibility until it is properly returned.