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Why do bike share bike typically have drum brakes?

Mostly it is about maintenance costs and reliability. Drum brakes require the least maintenance of all brake types and have lower initial cost than disk brakes. They are also not affected by damage to ...
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Shared bikes - what makes them robust?

Mass - resists denting and damage. Some are steel, some are aluminium. Single-speed - a lot of city bikes only have one gear, and those that have more are often euro-IGH (internally geared hub) with ...
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Shared bikes - what makes them robust?

What I would add to nice @Criggie answer: "Sealed", long lasting drum or roller brakes. Sealed dynamo hubs. Shaft drive instead of chain or chain with anti-corrosion coating (i.e. Shimano NX10) But ...
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We offer our riders shared helmets. What sanitizing spray or barrier product can we provide alongside the helmets?

Have you also considered that Under NZ Heath and Safety laws, you have a responsibly to keep your workers safe - you have to ensure you are not endangering there health though poor hygiene. One thing ...
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We offer our riders shared helmets. What sanitizing spray or barrier product can we provide alongside the helmets?

I'd be wary of using IPA because it may affect the glues used in the helmet, even if it doesn't attack the foam in any obvious way. And the manufacturer would probably advise against it (and many ...
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Bicycle access options for a week-long stay in Paris

Velib makes the most sense for you. The use case you outlined is exactly what bike shares were designed for: short point to point trips where you don't necessarily expect or need to take the exact ...
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How can I carry a heavy bag without a rack?

Put it on the handlebars, it should be fairly easy since the bag will settle into place and the weight will hold it there. Drive carefully of course. I've taken a full crate of beer on my handlebars ...
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How can I carry a heavy bag without a rack?

Depending on your backpack you may be able to lash it to the outside. I've carried bike wheels this way. I've also carried 10-15kg backpacks while riding, so know it takes some care. You might have ...
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We offer our riders shared helmets. What sanitizing spray or barrier product can we provide alongside the helmets?

Considering the health concerns, between any number of skin-borne infectiions, diseases and just the general grossness of other people's sweat touching me... I don't think the bank of shared helmets ...
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Where can I return a Gobee bike in Paris?

I asked Gobee via Facebook and I was told that the bikes can be returned to the banlieue proche (nearby suburbs). I asked for a map, but I got no response yet. I will try tonight to see if I can ...
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How can I remind myself to lock a rental bicycle at the end of the ride?

Counting Method Count the number of steps you must perform at the end of the ride and then refuse to leave the bicycle until you have done all the steps. For example - End Of Ride Steps: Park the ...
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A bike-share system's website told me: "The subscriber is valid but the account is disabled." Why? (It turns out that my credit card had expired.)

It turns out that I saw the message because my old credit card had expired, and I had not entered the replacement credit card's details into the website. When your credit card expires, your account is ...
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How can I remind myself to lock a rental bicycle at the end of the ride?

A coil tether or retractable lanyard could work (provided that you remember to attach it in the first place). Attach one end to your backpack (or belt loop) and the other to the seat post of the bike. ...
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How to choose the right Citi Bike?

As an update to this, there are now multiple versions of Citi Bikes. The ones you want (if maximizing speed is your interest) are these ones: not these ones: Note the difference in the fender—this ...
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We offer our riders shared helmets. What sanitizing spray or barrier product can we provide alongside the helmets?

Dawn and a little bleach in warm water will kill just about everything, or some sanitizer like they use in meat production like a quaternary ammonia chloride. Alcohol based stuff is useless it doesn’t ...
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