Bike Nation Unveils New Bike Design for Long Beach and Los Angeles

Generation 2. Picture from the ##http://wp.bikenationusa.com/bike-nation-unveils-second-generation-made-in-the-usa-bike/##press release.##

Bike Nation, the bike share company that has struck deals to bring bike sharing to Anaheim, Long Beach and Los Angeles, unveiled a new bicycle design today at the Pro Walk Pro Bike conference in Long Beach. The “Gen 2 Made in the U.S.A. Bicycles,” (G2) will be used in Long Beach and Los Angeles, with the first generation  (G1) of bicycles going to Anaheim.

Generation 1

Bike Nation also announced that the G2 bicycles will be built in a facility in Southern California, unlike the G1 bicycles that were made by Rugged Cycles in Texas. An announcement on which company will be making Bike Nation’s G2 bikes is expected soon. Today, Bike Nation boasted that it is “supporting and sustaining manufacturing jobs and projects to create 150+ service jobs through 2013.”

“As we continue to grow bike share throughout Southern California and the country it was vitally important to us that we manufacture our bikes in the United States,” said Derek Fretheim, Bike Nation Chief Operating Officer. “Bike share programs have had great success in major metropolises around the world and, as an American-based company, we look forward to being an industry leader in providing cost-effective and eco-friendly options to commuters and visitors alike.”

Just because a bicycle is made in America and is “made in the U.S.A. certified” doesn’t mean that every part comes from America, especially when some of the custom parts needed aren’t made in any American factories. In Bike Nation’s case, several parts of the G2 bicycles come from other countries including bike gears, hubs and the shaft. However, that doesn’t impact the “Made in the U.S.A. certification” because those parts are not made in the United States.

Both G1 and G2 designs have are chainless and feature active GPS technology and airless tires, helping reduce the need for on-road service. Both have baskets in the front and wheel covers in the rear emblazoned with the Bike Nation logo. The kiosks for both bicycles look to be identical.

So what’s different? G1 bicycles used the frame from Rugged Cycles as the base. Builders then built the rest of the bicycles to specifications provided by Bike Nation.  Bike Nation redesigned the base frame from the single tube design in the G1 bicycles to a double tube design in G2. According to Fretheim, this won’t lead to any changes in the rider experience, but allowed them to purchase less parts from foreign companies. It’s not noticeable in the pictures, but there’s also a change in the basket design and mating dock where the bikes attach to the kiosks.

Bike Nation also claims the G2 bicycles are also made of 100% recycled metal and materials (certification pending.)

In other Bike Nation news, the bike share company announced the hiring of April Economides as general manager for their Long Beach operations. Economides’ name is familiar to many bicycle advocates because of her many volunteer roles and because she was the consultant who oversaw Long Beach’s groundbreaking Bicycle Friendly Business District program.

Bike Nation is also getting ready to launch in Anaheim after a couple of false starts and a much-hyped public relations event last summer.  All of the paperwork between the city and Bike Nation has been completed and the company hopes to have “over half” of the kiosks and bicycles on the ground by the end of the month. When they’re installed, Streetsblog will be venture behind the Orange Curtain to review the system, bikes and kiosks.

  • DENNIS.HINDMAN

    I do not notice any reflectors, taillight or headlight on the bike. How is that legal and what do they expect to happen to bike riders when it turns dark?. Evidently, anyone riding one of their bikes at sunset should immediately return the bike and don’t rent before sun rise or after dark seems to be the message. This makes the bikes a lot less useful for most commuters.

    The bike also seems to have a back-pedal coaster brake, rather than front and rear brakes activated by hand-levers on the handlebar.

    The front basket on the bikes are going to get a lot of damage and theft judging by the experience that Velib has had using this type of design in Paris

    The bikes are much more primative than what I have seen from most other bicycle share systems around the world. The national railway company in the Netherlands does rent a bike that has a coaster brakes, but they include a generator powered taillight and headlight.

  • Confused

    Oh, look, another Bike Nation-Streetsblog collaborative press release. Where’s the actual journalism, Damien?

  • Dennis Hindman

    The picture of the Bike Nation bike on the website appears to be a digitally rendered mock-up. If you click on the top picture of the bike on their website, and zoom in on the details, you can see that there is no information on the tires, which is required by law. There is also no bolt holding the front forks to the wheel. There is also no binder bolt, or collar to hold the seatpost. The seatpost also seems to be much too small for the seattube. Are there going to be seat height indicators on the seatpost so that people that rent them can have a easy reference to know the height they need to adjust the seat to the next time they use one of, the picture would indicate no? Most bolts on the bike seem to be a standard size that can easily be removed with ordinary hand tools, which is not a good idea to prevent theft.

    There does seem to be left and right levers on the handlebar that should be for front and rear brakes.

    No reflectors or bike lights can be seen, nor is there a large enough front hub to suspect that the bike are equipped with a generator for lights.

    It still does not seem that Bike Nation has a finished bike design, nor a final product yet.

  • Joseph Eisenberg

    I agree with Dennis, the Streetsblog coverage for Bike Nation leaves much to be desired. If these bikes lack lights, they will be useless for most trips in winter. And airless tires are a terrible idea – there is a reason that everyone else uses pneumatic tires. 

  • glad to see the new baskets, but where the heck are the child seats? it’s 2012.

  • Bikeshare Enemy

    Just noticed LA Streetsblog’s twitter update mentioning Bikeshare Friend.  You do realize that Bikeshare Friend is in support for bike sharing and that the reason he/she is critical of Bike Nation is because he/she doesn’t want them to screw it up for Southern Cali.  I believe Dennis Hindman is also in the same boat as Bikeshare Friend.  You shouldn’t be worried about Bikeshare Friend’s scorn, you should be worried about mine, which I’m going to save for tomorrow….

    I cannot say this enough, bike sharing will hurt the long-term goals of the livable streets community.  All of these bike sharing companies (Bike Nation, Alta/Bixi, SandVault, Bcycle, etc.), minus JCDecaux, are a bunch of opportunists looking to make that money (directly/indirectly) instead of putting in the effort to come up with real solutions to make our cities/streets more livable.

  • Ubrayj02

    Where is the public bike share, on this earth, that has bikes pre-equipped with child seats?!

  • Bikeshare Friend

    Bravo Streetsblog on a genuinely good article! I would say that I’m “impressed”, but that would sound condescending and I don’t intend that. I think the best word would be “proud”.

    The rendering of the bike also looks genuinely impressive! It’s pretty, has a skirt/coat guard, and may actually be made locally. The skirtguard also gives more advertising space which makes the revenue-generation expectations closer to reality. I’m still holding my breath (though obviously not my tongue) on the economic reality of their advertised business model, of course.

    I also reserve actual excitement until Bike Nation actually has a product. (A concept rendering is just an idea and sales contract is nothing until bike stations are moving people.)

    Onward to find the details on the changes…

  • Bikeshare Friend

     I don’t follow Twitter feeds, so this was the only alert I’ve received of my mention.

    1) I’m flattered!
    2) Bikeshare Enemy is right. I want bikeshare to succeed and my criticisms and investigations have been based entirely on the assertion that Bike Nation is wrong company for Southern California (or anywhere) given their lack of experience, product, history, and outright lies and deception on multiple occasions and multiple settings.
    3) I would happily share the rest of the info I have with Bikeshare Enemy because if his findings and assertions defeat my own, then I may well become a supporter of his philosophy. If not, then hopefully I can convince him otherwise. (Yay! Rational discussion!)

  • Bikeshare Friend

     Hangzhou rocks bikeshare like crazy. They have it at all their transit stops with their transit use and bikeshare use being integrated into the same verification system. That would be the dream of spread out metropolitan areas like the LA/Valley/Orange County area.

    Unified payment system for Metro, OCTA, RTA, Metrolink, Amtrak, Long Beach Transit, and bikeshare — DROOL!

  • Bikeshare Friend

     Indeed. This is purely a concept design. I’ve come to take Bike Nation announcements with 1/10 of a grain of salt. Everything they’ve said has been theory, plans, and “what ifs” in effect. This is a very pretty bikeshare bike, but I’m not actually expecting them to roll this out anytime soon (if ever).

  • Bikeshare Friend

     Note: I would be more proud still if I saw an investigative article from Streetsblog, but this beats press releases.

  • Hangzhou has the biggest, baddest, best Bikeshae on earth. People seem to think that we’re going soft on Bike Nation for some reason, but if they were doing bike share like Hangzhou, then there would probably be a stream of promotional pieces.

  • I certainly didn’t mean to be making fun of Bikeshare Friend behind his back, I was trying to be a little lighthearted.

    I’m not really worried about anyone’s “scorn,” I actually find the discussion on bike share/Bike Nation interesting and informative.  I’ve never covered bike share before and have used the commentary here to inform the questions I ask when I talk to Bike Nation, city staff, or even other bike share providers.

    I do wish Bikeshare Friend would give us a clue to his/her identity because the amount of inside information he/she has implies he/she has some sort of inner connection or relationship and I think readers deserve to know how he/she’s gotten it. That being said, I would never dream of trying to out him/her or forcing him/her to do it for posting rights.

  • I’m curious what exactly you’d like us to do that we haven’t? Outside of actually testing the bikes (which we’ll do once they’re on the ground in Anaheim, even though the bikes themselves will be different in LA/LB), I’m not sure what you’d like us to do. We’ve talked to the city/Bike Nation about the initial talks between them, we’ve discussed the relationship with Rugged Cycles,  we even talked to other bike share providers about whether or not their business model makes sense (and both of the ones we talked to think they’re going to make a killing in L.A.). What are we missing?

  • I’m a fan of bikeshare but not BRT — the presence of those massive BRT lanes/stations as well as running BRT instead of LRT  (less room for bikes, more buses have to be crossed instead of fewer trains, buses have to enter and leave the lanes across bike lanes, diesel exhaust, more pressure to keep driving b/c buses less desirable, etc.), makes the biking environment much more difficult. 

    BRT is holding back Hangzhou bike share bigtime. Bike-share needs to be expanded. They should dismantle the BRT outright and not replace it, giving the reclaimed space to bikes. Or, they should drop in LRT, giving the reclaimed space to bikes.

  • Bikeshare Friend

    If I had a respected news blog and a strong dash of audacity, I would do the following:

    –Interview those who actually made deals with Bike Nation and get their feel of how happy they are with Bike Nation so far.

    –Public Records Request from City of Anaheim, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and OCTA regarding the proposals (RFPs) they received from Bike Nation and check those for facts and follow-through. May as well ask about the offers from the other players, too. Find out what the process was to accept Bike Nation over others.

    –Try to speak to the above entity’s Bike Coordinators and try to get their feel about the deal and Bike Nation. Be sensitive to the “safe speech” they may use.

    –Find out who else is being courted by Bike Nation and see if you can be part of the proposal process. Newport Beach is looking into bikeshare, now. They have a meeting that I think is open to the public on Monday night. Maybe stop by?

    –Converse with owner of Rugged Cycles and confirm their sourcing (instead of having to take the word of pseudonymous commenters like myself) and the experience thus far with Bike Nation.

    –Request information about BikeConnect (Derek Fretheim) by contacting them directly through that company’s channels. Ask what if any connection they have with Bike Nation.

    –Request information about Acire Inc. (Derek Fretheim again) by contacting them directly through that company’s channels. Ask what if any connection they have with Bike Nation.

    –Contact former Bike Nation employees (Dave Campbell, for example) and ask about the inner workings of the company (allowing the people to stay anonymous if they prefer). It is, after all, the right of a journalist to protect the identity of the source of information.

    Warning:
    Of course, just like my fact finding has done for me, your investigation may lead you to be tentatively labeled as having a crusade against bikeshare or having a grudge against the company.

  • Bikeshare Friend

    I felt flattered. =) And you shouldn’t worry about my scorn. I don’t have much to give, so it’s very sparingly used.

    I’m just a really nice guy bike advocate that has seen too much BS with Bike Nation to sit *completely* idly by as they risk the reputation of bikeshare in Southern California.

    Much love for your statement of ethics, too.

  • Bikeshare Friend

     I don’t think you’re going “soft” on Bike Nation, per se. I am kind of concerned that people aren’t talking as frankly with you as they have with me. It may be that your background in having a journalistic blog may flip on their PR switch.

    Maybe you need to go undercover. Represent yourself as a non-profit considering a bikeshare. Meh, but that’s dishonest. =

  • Bikeshare Enemy

    I’m going to reserve my scorn for a later date.  I will say this, LA Streetsblog should be thankful to Bikeshare Friend for contributing to their site with his/her in depth critical analysis of Bike Nation, essentially doing the job LA Streetsblog should have been doing as others here have mentioned.  I wouldn’t be suprised if this annoucement of Bike Nation’s Gen 2 Bike was made because of Bikeshare Friend’s critical analysis.  Dennis Hindman also deserves some credit. 
     

  • Bikeshare Enemy

    Also, Bikeshare Friend gets my nomination for “Best Commenter of the Year” for the end of the year awards you guys do.

  • Bikeshare Enemy

    Again Bikeshare Friend delivers!

  • Bikeshare Friend

    “I wouldn’t be suprised if this annoucement of Bike Nation’s Gen 2 Bike
    was made because of Bikeshare Friend’s critical analysis.  Dennis
    Hindman also deserves some credit.”

    I would be both flattered and hopeful.

  • Outside of the public record’s requests, we’ve done everything you’ve asked us to, even trading a couple emails with David Campbell, who decided in the end not to chat with us…whether for fear of burning a bridge, or assuming we were in the tank for BN or whatever other reason.

    The vast majority of the comments that we’ve gotten from people in these cities is that Bike Nation is working in good faith, they’re looking forward to the things going live, process is complicated..etc…not much of a story there. Of course, outside of LA we don’t have contacts that would whisper to us.

    So here’s where we are, whether one likes it or not, Bike Nation is coming to L.A. The announcement caught us by surprise, and I talked with members of our Board of Directors before we published our first article. But Mayor’s don’t have major press events announcing something and then back off.

    So what can our role be as a journalism outlet and non-profit:

    1) Ask questions, try to get our readers involved in asking questions.
    2) Use our outlet to try and push Bike Nation to listen to readers/advocates/etc
    3) Publicize their actions and decisions to help people get involved with the process
    4) Do what we can to help them succeed so we have as good a bike share system as possible in LA (and now LB/Anaheim/wherever else)

    I think we’ve done that and I’m happy and comfortable with our coverage.

  • Bikeshare Enemy

     Bikeshare Friend I’m trying to contact you. Reply back!

  • Bikeshare Friend

     I too am happy with Streetsblog performance within their capacity. You do a great job providing tons of info that would otherwise go unnoticed and provide an unbiased comments section for people like myself to rail within. My hopes/wishes are not more than hopes/wishes.

    I really hope you can push Bike Nation to see these comments. They should know that we know. Southern California is full of people who know SO MUCH MORE about bikes, bikeshare, accounting, advertising, sales, etc. than they would assume. Some of us are even compelled to speak up when shady things are found or experienced.

    Bikeshare Enemy said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the conceptualization of a new bike came from the varied criticism they’ve been seeing regarding the use of a Rugged Cycles bike and its contradictions with their claims of it being “Buy America” compliant (a federal term different from “Made in America”). If that was the case, then this conversation is working in one of the two beneficial ways (a. Exposing them for being lying swindlers, b. Compelling them to be more honest).

    Keep up the good work and don’t take our requests for “more” as disdain. You have done more than any newspaper in the area.

  • bike snob

    Let’s be clear, until now there has been no actual BikeNation bikehare bike.  The ones I just rode in Long Beach could have been easily disasembled and parted out with a $5 multitool, and the lights are held on with nothing more than hose clamps and feature delicate external wiring.  The brake cables are exposed.  And their two big selling points: the airless tires and shaft drive (which will remain on the new bike), degrade the riding experience so much that they will do more to turn people off from cycling than on.   The bikes handle very poorly.  I don’t know anything about the company, but their judgdment on the bike design is so bad that it calls into question EVERYTHING about them.

  • Erik Griswold

    Perhaps you could write a piece with sources/links for Streetblog? I am sure Damien would appreciate the help, given his limited resources. Of course you’d have to put your real name on the article. Until ,then, may we ask how much money you have contributed to Streetsblog in the past to supprt their work?

  • zippy

    I see honest but unflattering comments are deleted.  Not very honest.  Very un-American.

  • Streetsblog has not deleted one comment from this thread.

  • Erik Griswold

    Zippy, sometimes either Disqus (the coments software) misbehaves or the computers I use don’t play well with teh intarwebs and my comments don’t make it the first time. Cut and Paste the text firstto a notepad app before posting so that you can post again if it doesn’t “stick”

  • zippy

    The idea is good, the execution is awful.

    1.  Looks very heavy.
    2.  Looks like an electric bike.
    3.  It has ancient technology.
    4.  Totally not cool.

    Sorry.

  • Bikeshare Friend

     Zippy – I had the same problems and found that very long posts or with formatting transferred from MS Word. I ended up resigning to typing into the text box directly to make sure everything made it through. And you should also do what Erik mentioned.

  • Yesman

    Solid idea, good business plan, but customers like options. Add single gear bikes – road tires, cruisers… Fixing any single gear bike is minimal cost. How much does this new bike cost to manufacture?
     

  • i think the ‘customers like options’ meme is overrated. customer like a single good option. if they get that single good option, they’ll use it and be happy.

  • John Spence

    Looks again like Bike Nation is trying to dupe us!!  That version looks like a knock off Rugged Cycles bike, with a different downtube!  Just stating a fact!

    Word on the street has it that Rugged Cycles pulled out of the project because of non-payment back in july after delivery was made!  I’m curious why LAStreetBlog hasn’t followed up with them!  I bumped into the owner at Pro Walk Pro bike Conference in LBC as he was taking pics and confronting Bike Nation on patent infringements and non payment…it was quite amusing to see Bike Nation squirm!  Please someone let’s get a real BikeShare company into our area!!!!  We all are tired of being lied to by Bike Nation since march!  I’m loosing faith in this blog as it seems Damien has drank the ‘koolaide’! 

  • Concerned Bike Share Resident

    Damien,
    I wanted to direct this post to you, as you are the editor of this blog.  First and foremost, i don’t read this blog, and it’s only after being directed to some of the craziness happening here that I decided to read for myself.  I’ve read through 90% of the comments, as well as 100% of your articles on this subject.  First off, all I can say is this.  This blog has unfortunately been persuaded, for whatever reason, to not look into things.  Good journalists should, and typically do research the truth, rather then take someones word, print, and call it a day, which is why people are loosing faith in blogs!
    Saying that you contacted Dave Campbell, (LAStreetBlog artical: Sept 12th; Bike Nation unveils new design…) is sort of crazy, as you, as well as most, know that Dave left the company in May 2012.  Dave’s decsion not to speak makes sense, as he is in litigation against BN and doesn’t want to jepordize his case, not the fact you elude too that he …” doesn’t want to burn bridges..”  As he could care less after being wronged by Bike Nation’s partners, especially when he helped found the company.
    Saying that you discussed Rugged cycles and their relationship with Bike Nation, why didn’t you reach out to Rugged Cycles directly?  A good journalist would have!!  As well, if you were in contact with them, your articles and answers in the comments would definitely be different.
    I also want to reiterate a fact, that if you had done your homework Damien, you would have found out for yourself: USA compliant, and Made in the USA, are two aspects that Rugged Cycles does not promote and can’t.  Their bike is designed in Texas by them, as well as are assembled in Texas by them, being produced all in Asia.  All parts and product for assembly come from asia, with exceptions of a few parts (namely the grips and the tires).  Of which, both do not make the bike USA Compliant as well as Made in America, which Rugged Cycles would confirm. 
    Bike Nation, has been misrepresenting their brand in stating that their bikes are USA compliant complete bicycles (www.BikeNationusa.com —just google the name and you don’t have to go to the site, it’s a part of their website description on google, additionally, as stated in the video on their site by Navin narang, Founding partner), additionally as having been launched in the city of anahiem as apart of their publically viewable RFP (obtained from the city of Anahiem including pics from the formal presentation), the Rugged Cycles bike, under this auspice, which if you look at the RFP for the cities of Anahiem and LA, will confirm, including looking at the actual bikes will re-confirm they have been misrepresenting themselves for monetary gain.  I have also obtained documents such as a BOM (bill of materials–for the Bike Nation bike which confirm this fact of non-USA compliance from an associate in the media who is looking into this.  So why have you not done your homework?
    Look, Bikeshare friend, bikeshare enemy, dennis.hinderman, and i could name more from the readings on this site, have been stating their concerns, and frankly, they are absolutely right, even down to I wanted to corroborate their facts stated…all true with some research.  Bike Nation does not read this site appearantly, accept for telling you what you want to hear to get you to post about their happenings as press releases.  When noone else in the bike industry seems to care, as when research has been conducted, nothing adds up, thus press releases are deleted. The bike industry has been supporting real bike share companies such as B-cycle, Bixi and the programs run under Alta’s management. 
    I have done my research and looked into as well as have information that back up every claim i have made here, which you should and easily can do yourself.  People obviously do not trust Bike Nation, they have been pulling the cloak over everyone’s eyes now for a year.  As a resident, with time on my hands and experience in researcch, I too see them as frauds.  They have been recipiants of awarded pilot programs in three cities and can not follow thru. If any other company was awwarded the pilot, we would have have the 10 bikes they have in anahiem at all three ccityies with dialgue being pushed to find out where they are placing bikes, instead of ideas  they have as renderings and retoric.
    Look, Damien, you have great intenions I see, but the journalistic authenticity is lacking and everyone has been trying to tell you this, via this blog’s comments.  I’m not attacking you personally, but trying to get you to realize, your comments about what you want this blog to do (Sept 12 comment section–bike Nation unveils new design), is working, it’s just you’re not listening and delivering.  People are attempting to inform you that in SoCal…..bike riders are so, so smart concerning bikes, because it is in our culture.  Bike Nation’s only words, are acting as if we are in timbuk too, and we are all idiots, when in fact, the fox smells his own hole first (directed at Bike Nation managing partners), always!
    One last comment i want to make, this design, that Bike Nation has released as a rendering?  Who on earth launches a Bike Share company with one bike, saying in their TV interviews over bike week that this is their own owned technology, have secured three huge cities that real bike share companies were trying to get (LA,Anahiem as well as LBC) put 10 bikes out for the launch, then promotes a ‘new design’  two months later, where only the downtube was changed and showcasing the same ‘owned technology’, as well as have promised to start delivery in late 2012/early 2013 bikes in LA…..and we are suppose to swallow this???  Damien, let me let you in on one last thing….if these guys are still working on renderings and not showcasing the bike….then this bike will not be ready until 2014, and if they haven’t ordered a pilot run for LBC and LA (the old Rugged Cycles Bikes) then they will not be able to deliver until this time next year if they are lucky.  If they are now planning their bikes to be USA Compliant then I would definietly count any date in 2013 out.  There is more that Dennis Hindeman has pointed out, that I could even more point out that this bike, if it is made, i see a lawsuit coming!
    Additionally let me also let you in on something….all the ‘technology’ that Bike Nation says they own…is not their technology, it was developed, owned, and patented by a company, that is not Bike Nation, and if you do your research, you will find out whether that company will ever license it’s technology to Bike Nation (hint: i doubt it).
    I have written a lot  to try to influence you to only do some research, because it seems that everyone commenting here, does.  It is also evident that people want bike share here in our city, but not a company that tries to bull sh%$ us.  Alta is more than willing to come in with the Bixie system which is excellent, as well Trek’s B-cycle program is equally effective and if it is good enough for our capitol, it is good enough for our great city (Trek even has operations here in SoCal).  I hope you understand my points…..just listen to the big influencers here…your avid readers…they must like your blog to comment…they must love our city to be concerned.  All my best….A concerned resident that knows what’s happening and doesn’t believe the hype!

  • Bikeshare Friend

    http://goo.gl/Nxdtn Bike Long Beach has posted a picture of the Bike Nation kiosk installed at the Anaheim station. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first kiosk they’ve ever installed, so good for them! Of course there are no bikes and it’s in a severely high collision risk area… but good for them…

    From what everyone’s saying, with Rugged Cycles issues and over-spreading their really bad promises, it doesn’t look like they have long to live. I’m sure glad Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Long Beach all jumped on the bandwagon for politics’ sake instead of for cycling sake and chose the worst option out there.

    Anaheim still doesn’t have a bikeshare system even though the initial installation date was supposed to be May 1, 2012 and the program was “launched” in July.

    I think it’s about time people start demanding the proposal documentation (such as committee recommendations as compared to what vendor was selected) from these cities. Damien, would you be interested in contacting the city councils and/or bike coordinators in these cities and letting us know just how these cities made these decisions? What do you know about the California Public Records Act? http://goo.gl/cahln

    John Spence – That’s a golden post there.
    Concerned Bike Share Resident – Keep on posting. =)

  • Bikeshare Friend

    Actually, B-Cycle offers 3 different bikes with their system. It’s not online, but I have a brochure laying around somewhere. There’s the standard dutch-style city cruiser with a basket on the front, the cruiser with wire basket panniers in the back (perfect for a college campus), and a trike with a big basket in the rear (shopping trip!).

  • Bikeshare Friend

     And Bike Nation’s Facebook page shows more station installations… can’t wait.

  • Nothing to see here

    The BN US frame concept was designed by a US frame manufacture with the capability to produce the frame in volume. It was a fully engineered frame and fork designed to BN specifications.

  • CommerceK

    I tried to use the Anaheim bikes today and there were many problems.

    1 Not all of the stations show on their website map even exist, the bikes are nearly impossible to find, more detail needs to be provided easily form the home page

    2 There was no one to answer the toll free help number

    3 The kiosk was not working! A totally dead screen with no way to access a bike at the Anaheim station.

    This was a complete waste of my afternoon!  This service will never get ff the ground with poor execution!

  • wayland

    Based upon the fact that Alta- Bixi has delayed 3 major bike Share Programs in 2012 with a myriad of excuses, some of which simply are not real, not sure that they should be trumpeted as a good choice for any new program. Apparently BN has all sorts of “issues” which would make anyone skeptical. The Rugged Cycle connection is weird, the made in the USA claims false……  this is apparently  one messy situation with lots of false claims though out.
    BTW… perhaps the little bike share program in Tulsa OK should be looked at as a model of a project that has been up and running for 5+ years, using American made Stock Bikes (Worksman) and a docking system that works. With no controversies…  wow, what a concept.

  • Phillip Erickson