Demand for Citi Bike, a good alternative of subway and bus to commute in New York City, is surging amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some people say getting a good working Citi Bike is by luck. “Err.. Not really”.
These are the 4 things I would check when choosing a right Citi Bike:
Basket is the key for me — I need a place to put my bag securely. Citi Bike with larger basket is also a newer model. The old design basket is open on two sides and pretty small, while the new one is three-sided and larger with cords to keep things from bouncing around.
2. Gear shifter
Speaking of shifter, it quite varies from person to person. Personally, I prefer the continuous shifter which gives more flexibility to change the gear, rather than the discrete one (with only choices of 1, 2 and 3). But I believe once you get used to any of those types, it should not be a problem.
I would do a quick check to see if the lever to adjust the seat is working (if the height of the seat matters to you!). On a rainy day, it may also worth checking if there are any cracks on the saddle seat as your butt will thank you later to have kept it dry.
4. Brake, Bell and Tire
Like any other bikes, check to make sure that brake and bell are working as they save lives.
Follow traffic rules and enjoy your biking!
Meet the bike: https://www.citibikenyc.com/how-it-works/meet-the-bike