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Thread: In Praise of CaBi bikes

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    What's wrong with running?
    Absolutely nothing, if you're being chased.

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    How are these bikes for uphill climbing? Is the lowest gear suitable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    Absolutely nothing, if you're being chased.
    Mr. Happy strikes again

    Why the strict insistence on separating out everyone by what they do, and creating little warring tribes? I spend almost as much time running as I do cycling. If we followed your approach of an exclusive no-one-else-allowed club, then someone like me should not post here at all because I dare to run. Oh, the horror!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GovernorSilver View Post
    How are these bikes for uphill climbing? Is the lowest gear suitable?
    I'd say it's OK for most hills in DC and Arlington. But the main challenge with steeper climbs like Walter Reed Drive in Arlington or some of the hills in Tenleytown is the weight of the bikes. They are significantly heavier than road bikes. I know some people will say that they can still beat most people on regular bikes while riding CaBi, which may be true. But the fact is that you will definitely notice the extra weight on hills, especially if you aren't a super-strong climber already. It's not impossible to climb, and it's not too bad for moderate hills.

    If you're worried about it, try out some of the hills on your route on a weekend. Or take a slight detour, if possible, to avoid the steepest climbs. Sometimes there may be a slightly longer route that spreads out the elevation change over a longer horizontal distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    Mr. Happy strikes again

    Why the strict insistence on separating out everyone by what they do, and creating little warring tribes? I spend almost as much time running as I do cycling. If we followed your approach of an exclusive no-one-else-allowed club, then someone like me should not post here at all because I dare to run. Oh, the horror!
    If you don't lighten up a little bit, you'll never be any fun at parties. Do you respond to everything with a wall of text in real life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    I'd say it's OK for most hills in DC and Arlington. But the main challenge with steeper climbs like Walter Reed Drive in Arlington or some of the hills in Tenleytown is the weight of the bikes. They are significantly heavier than road bikes. I know some people will say that they can still beat most people on regular bikes while riding CaBi, which may be true. But the fact is that you will definitely notice the extra weight on hills, especially if you aren't a super-strong climber already. It's not impossible to climb, and it's not too bad for moderate hills.

    If you're worried about it, try out some of the hills on your route on a weekend. Or take a slight detour, if possible, to avoid the steepest climbs. Sometimes there may be a slightly longer route that spreads out the elevation change over a longer horizontal distance.
    Thanks!

    I'm debating whether to ride my own bike to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival or take CaBi. Either way I'll be coming from the vicinity of Huntington Metro in Alexandria, taking Huntington Ave to either the overpass to Eisenhower (a climb but not as steep a grade as I've seen in Tenleytown) or to the pedestrian bridge between Rt. 1 and Washington St./MVT.

    I've already been dissuaded by someone else from the CaBi option on the grounds that I might fall victim to "dock block" in a festival environment. I was thinking of CaBi in the first place for fear of "rack block".

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    Quote Originally Posted by GovernorSilver View Post
    Thanks!

    I'm debating whether to ride my own bike to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival or take CaBi. Either way I'll be coming from the vicinity of Huntington Metro in Alexandria, taking Huntington Ave to either the overpass to Eisenhower (a climb but not as steep a grade as I've seen in Tenleytown) or to the pedestrian bridge between Rt. 1 and Washington St./MVT.

    I've already been dissuaded by someone else from the CaBi option on the grounds that I might fall victim to "dock block" in a festival environment. I was thinking of CaBi in the first place for fear of "rack block".
    ???

    Not on a CaBi you won't be. You'll be taking metro to King Street (or Braddock Road, or wherever), or your own bike or car to one of the stations in Alexandria, where you'll pick up your shiny red bike to ride into the district on the nice flat MVT. No climbing (on a CaBi) involved.

    Unless you are talking 2025 Folklife Festival, in which case maybe but I still kinda doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    If you don't lighten up a little bit, you'll never be any fun at parties. Do you respond to everything with a wall of text in real life?
    You're telling me to lighten up? Um, OK. Not even sure how to respond to that one.

    If you don't want to read my posts, feel free to skip them. Or put me on Ignore. That won't bother me. Your choice. Was that too many words? Did I go past your mandatory character count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GovernorSilver View Post
    Thanks!

    I'm debating whether to ride my own bike to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival or take CaBi. Either way I'll be coming from the vicinity of Huntington Metro in Alexandria, taking Huntington Ave to either the overpass to Eisenhower (a climb but not as steep a grade as I've seen in Tenleytown) or to the pedestrian bridge between Rt. 1 and Washington St./MVT.

    I've already been dissuaded by someone else from the CaBi option on the grounds that I might fall victim to "dock block" in a festival environment. I was thinking of CaBi in the first place for fear of "rack block".
    I'm not familiar with that overpass, so I can't comment on that part.

    As for CaBi, yes, the docks will probably be full during the Folklife Festival, although it could depend on what time of day you arrive. If you go during on a weekday, especially in the early afternoon, there might be enough back and forth traffic that there could be free spaces. But no guarantees.

    If you have a smartphone, you should try the free Spotcycle app. It's developed by the same company (8D) that wrote the software for Capital Bikeshare. The app has near-real time info on bikes and docks. You can check the Capital Bikeshare website before you head out, but the bike/dock info can change during your ride.

    If you aren't trying to get to a specific concert or program at the Festival, you could use a backup station if the closest ones are full. Spotcycle will come in handy there. Note that the Festival is moving over to a different section of the Mall this year, because of the renovations. They will be crammed into the area between 3rd and 4th St, with some programs taking place in the American Indian Museum.

    P.S. I don't use the "dockblock" word any more. Mostly because of what the word is based on. Just my personal preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amalitza View Post
    ???

    Not on a CaBi you won't be. You'll be taking metro to King Street (or Braddock Road, or wherever), or your own bike or car to one of the stations in Alexandria, where you'll pick up your shiny red bike to ride into the district on the nice flat MVT. No climbing (on a CaBi) involved.

    Unless you are talking 2025 Folklife Festival, in which case maybe but I still kinda doubt it.
    I was thinking next weekend will be a typical Metro situation - 20-25 min. wait between Yellow line trains so I'd ruled out taking Metro. I could have sworn I saw a CaBi station near the downhill entrance to Huntington Metro.

    I'll probably just take my own bike due to the high probability of dock block under festival conditions. I figure it's a lower risk of not being able to find a rack or other suitable spot to lock up my bike.

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