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What's your favorite bike share company?

Old Aug 3, 18, 8:18 pm
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What's your favorite bike share company?

Greetings all. This thread is unlikely to lend itself to especially stimulating discourse because, as far as I can tell, the bike share market is continuing to trend towards a Mobike/Ofo duopoly. That having been said, I'm interested in hearing your thoughts about: 1. Mobike v Offo; 2. those blue bikes that claim to be completely free; 3. random companies that are strong in certain markets.

I use Mobike myself because I've found that a greater percentage of their bikes have baskets than Ofo. The reason I use Mobike exclusively is because I'm extremely judicious about downloading apps to my Android. Mobike's new bikes look pretty sweet, by the way, but I haven't had a chance to try one out yet because people seem to hide them for future use.

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Old Aug 3, 18, 11:26 pm
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.....Mobike's new bikes look pretty sweet, by the way, but I haven't had a chance to try one out yet because people seem to hide them for future use.
In my part of the world that's called theft.

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Old Aug 3, 18, 11:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
I wouldn't exactly call it a crisis here. I don't think many people actually park bikes inside their houses, but behind a hedge is fair game. Furthermore, this problem will cease to exist as more new bikes come online. The cool thing about the current generation of bike sharing is that you can leave them pretty much anywhere that is safe for the bike.
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Old Aug 4, 18, 7:13 am
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I finally scored one of the new mobikes this evening, and I really enjoyed it because the seat was almost high enough for me. I didn't park it in a secret location.
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Old Aug 5, 18, 11:07 pm
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Enjoy it while you can. I don't think share bikes like these will be around for too much longer given the current credit crunch.
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Old Aug 6, 18, 3:36 am
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Enjoy it while you can. I don't think share bikes like these will be around for too much longer given the current credit crunch.
My understanding, which could be mistaken, is that both Mobike and Ofo own their current fleets free and clear. And, in theory, operational cash flows should be sufficient to cover the purchase of new bikes plus maintenance. That having been said, I've often wondered about fleet loss risks.
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Old Aug 9, 18, 10:00 pm
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Mobike's upkeep of their bikes seems to be much better than Ofo's. The addition of the new Mobikes makes the difference between the two even more stark. I only ride Mobike now and usually don't have a problem finding the new ones in Shanghai. The new style Mobikes were available in Chengdu in March when I was there but have only appeared in Shanghai since June, I wonder if they use certain cities as test markets? Anyway, as a daily user of Mobike, I'm satisfied that it is a great deal!
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Old Aug 9, 18, 11:30 pm
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Mobike's upkeep of their bikes seems to be much better than Ofo's. The addition of the new Mobikes makes the difference between the two even more stark. I only ride Mobike now and usually don't have a problem finding the new ones in Shanghai. The new style Mobikes were available in Chengdu in March when I was there but have only appeared in Shanghai since June, I wonder if they use certain cities as test markets? Anyway, as a daily user of Mobike, I'm satisfied that it is a great deal!
I've recently started biking to and from my subway station, in spite of the fact that is only 500 meters away. In this extremely hot weather, being outside for 2 minutes is preferable to 7 minutes.
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Old Aug 12, 18, 8:43 pm
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I liked Ofo since it was here in Worcester, MA though they recently pulled out of the state. it was hard to find one to begin with since the street trash always stole them or damaged them beyond repair.
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Old Aug 13, 18, 9:05 am
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Ofo just pulled out of Dallas also, as well as other US cities.

Does anybody living in a Chinese city (with these services) still own their own bicycle?
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Old Aug 13, 18, 6:11 pm
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