View Full Version : Tour de CaBi Stations in Arlington

09-27-2010, 08:37 AM
I checked out the new bikes and bike stations in Arlington yesterday, and everything worked flawlessly. I just inserted my key next to one of the bikes, waited for the green light, pulled the bike out and easily adjusted the seat height to the right setting for me. The bikes are a lot of fun to ride! In addition to what appeared to be several local CaBi riders, I came across some young guys visiting from Minneapolis enjoying them and showing off their skills a bit, and some visitors from Australia were checking them out too. It was neat to find stations near some really useful spots like Pentagon Row and Jaleos and the restaurants around that area. I can see now that I'll be visiting businesses that I never used to manage to get to, in addition to just taking some spins for fun!

09-27-2010, 08:23 PM
My daughter and I just got our keys today. The bikes work great, are very solid, and the three speed Nexus shifters seem appropriate for these bikes. Because we live in Crystal City we look forward to using these bikes frequently over the next year. I do wonder how the bikes will be protected from the winter weather as at the stations I've visited there is no shelter from precipitation and high wind. There are some areas that would provide better shelter from weather, such as under highway overpasses.

Tim Kelley
09-28-2010, 11:14 AM
The bikes are designed to be heavy duty and live outdoors year round. Systems in other cities like London and Paris also have similar challenges with winter weather, but Montreal's system is packed up and taken offline during the winter. The operations team will be checking the bikes regularly to make sure they are running smoothly.

Only time will tell how well they hold up, but hopefully they won't fade like the SmartbikeDC bikes did!

11-03-2010, 12:03 PM
but hopefully they won't fade like the SmartbikeDC bikes did!

I sure hope so. Those bike look like garbage now. Although, I still hope to acquire one when the system is shut down (if it ever does).