Like any new new rider it wobbled a bit at first:
There were also those who wanted to see it fail:
And the Daily News even invented its very own Bike Snob to do a hatchet job on it:
[Bike Snob Daily News]
Nevertheless, over the past ten years its become a part of the cultural fabric of the city. People use them to run errands:
Commute to work:
And of course settle blood feuds:
They’re also a handy alternative to the subway:
Which is often delayed for some reason:
Now, ten years later, the system is adding more electric bikes:
Though for now they won’t be expanding the service area along with it, much to the chagrin of–
Wait, John Tomac lives in South Brooklyn?
No, of course he doesn’t:
Nor will the newest Citi Bikes be equipped with rear discs:
[Via Cyclocross Magazine]
Once upon a time, discs on a mountain bike meant something completely different.
Additionally, Citi Bike will start electrifying the stations instead of–wait for it–driving the fucking batteries all over the place:
Thus fueling the endlessly amusing cycle of advocates demanding more Citi Bikes then yelling at the people whose job it is service the Citi Bikes they’re demanding:
I’m still convinced that one day someone will invent a bike that doesn’t require a battery, but nobody ever believes me.
Hey, I have tremendous faith in the bicycle industry. Consider the Specialized Aethos:
A $15,500 road bike that’s “not intended for racing:”
That’s like a $20,000 TV that’s not intended for watching.
If they can pull that then they can do anything.