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    Quote Originally Posted by buschwacker View Post
    I haven't ridden a CaBi Plus yet, but your experience may be the result of a defective cadence sensor on that bike.
    This is a really good point. I suspect that either the cadence sensors are a point of failure for the Cabi+, or they're using sensors with an insufficient number of magnets to get smooth power delivery. I know that Radpower Bikes used to have something like a 7 point cadence sensor (so 7 magnets) and people found the power delivery jerky, but the newer models have a 12 point sensor and it's pretty seamless.

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    From an interview with William Shatner, 87 years old, in the LA Times:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    From an interview with William Shatner, 87 years old, in the LA Times:




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    My problem with this quote is the last half sentence... "I go back to my car when the bike ride's over"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    My problem with this quote is the last half sentence... "I go back to my car when the bike ride's over"...
    True. But even Captain Kirk can not fix California Car Culture on his own.

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    I finally managed to capture a CaBi Plus in the wild! (Previous attempts had ended with everything from five different ones disappearing while I was racing from dock to dock, to the time someone had spread dog poop all over one.)

    The good news: I was able to ride it all the way to Bethesda (although unfortunately, the nearest dock is still over a mile from my house). Having had to stop all my Jump bike rides at the DC border, this was a big improvement.

    The bad news: What is with those saddles? I was biking in a dress, and the saddle chafed the inside of my thighs so badly that I was having to hobble into the house and apply diaper rash ointment when I got home. This has never happened with a Jump bike.

    If CaBi ever gets enough Plus bikes so I have a reasonable chance of getting one on any given night, I will definitely get an annual membership. However, I'd better keep some bike tights at the office, because that chafing was a major pain!

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    I found a CaBi plus on Friday night, mostly because the rack I wanted to get a bike from was blocked as they were changing traffic lights at Quincy and Wilson (in prep for the bridge move?). Along Fairfax it was great - a bit of a shock to get power as I was trying to just get off the sidewalk (which was also under construction, so off the curb I went), but otherwise, nice getting decent speed along the road. When I started uphill on the Ballston Connector to the Custis, the power cut out a few times and similarly on the other hills as I rode it back along the Custis and to the docking station on Washington Blvd. Nice when it was working, but annoying that it kept cutting out when I needed it more. I did like the fact that there are baskets on the front that one could place larger items on than on the regular CaBi. I would use again if I found one, but the regular CaBis are just fine for me.

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    Jeff Marootian, DDOT Director addressed the DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment on 2/25 and among other items reported "We also introduced an electric bike pilot deploying 80 e-bikes across the system this year. We have had positive feedback on this pilot and are preparing to announce a significant expansion in the coming months." Source: https://ddot.dc.gov/sites/default/fi...2_22_FINAL.pdf

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    Next week CaBi begins increasing the number of electric bikes to about 12% of its fleet and using one will cost an extra $1 per ride.

    https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/blog/500-plus-ebikes

    I do hope they will waive the surcharge not just for those receiving financial assistance but also anyone who takes an electric bike if there are no red bikes available. Paul, are you listening?

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    Fire breaks out at NY Citi Bike hub after e-bike battery charger bursts into flames.

    Whoops, shades of the fire in 2015 that gutted Hybrid Pedals in Arlington. More seriously given the NY Citi Bike fire involves the same operator as CaBi, Motivate, I hope they consider installing a battery bunker or other storage room with a lithium extinguishing system at Capital Bikeshare warehouse/maintenance facilities and carry Class D dry powder extinguishers and battery storage ammo cans in the rebalancing trucks.
    Last edited by Dewey; 03-27-2019 at 02:58 PM.

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