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This appears to be a widely-used, but unofficial way of communicating that the bike is broken and should not be ridden. See the Wired article that documents this trend: "Courteous Citi Bike Riders Are Alerting Others to Broken Rides" by Christina Boddington. Also, on Twitter, you can find numerous examples (many of which were cited in the Wired post).


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I seriously doubt that it's due to the lack of shocks, unless you have some really bad roads there -- many people ride bikes great distances with no shocks, skinny, stiff tires, and no real springs in the seat. More likely your problem is with your posture -- seat too low, handlebar too low, handlebar too close or too far away, and/or pedals at the wrong ...


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To add to what others have said, I started getting bad upper-back pain on my commuter bike (probably similar to the bike share bikes) on both short and longer rides (a couple miles to 10 miles). I eventually saw a physical therapist who was able to help me to the point where the problem no longer occurs (even on days where I ride ~20 miles). For me, the ...


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By improving your technique. It is possible to have a very comforting ride on rough roads even with a rigid bike (no suspension at all). So, whenever you are seeing roughness on the road ahead you need to do what I've described in http://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/16315/908



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