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As you may know, I have spent 5 years living in China for 9-10 months of the year.

Bicycles used to be the biggest mode of transportation for the masses (as they could not afford Cars/Taxis).

Buses are not expensive to use in China.  For example in Mianyang, Sichuan, the cost of getting on a Bus and travelling all the way into the city (or further, was CNY1.0)
These buses often did not have Air-Conditioning (Buses in the City Center with Aircon cost CNY2.0.  The old buses were replaced and had aircon, btt the price remained at CNY1.

In Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, If I recall correctly it was only CNY1.0 also.  In the capital of Hunan, Changsha it is CNY2.0 (US$0.30).


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Sep 27, 2017 - Fuel consumption in China is rising less than before, thanks to a runaway bike boom.

However, there is new resurgence in using 'Dockless Bicycle Sharing' and it's spreading to other Asian Countries like Singapore.

But it is spreading to the UK and now the USA:-

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Mar 22, 2017 - New cycle-share firms in China allow you to simply drop your bike wherever you want. They have caused colourful chaos – and world cities ...

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Jul 18, 2017 - Bike sharing is the hottest start-up trend in China 12:22 PM ET Tue, 18 ... more closely emulates the Chinese model of dockless bike-sharing.

Silicon Valley start-up rivals Chinese to capture bike-sharing market

6 days ago - LimeBike is planning to surpass Ofo and Mobike, which invented the dockless bike-sharing market in China and are now on U.S. turf.

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Sep 5, 2017 - Ofo is bringing its dockless bike sharing tech to London ... Ofo, one of China's big two bike sharing  companies, is set to put 200 of its bright ...

Having used mobike from April 22, just 3 days after my 62nd Birthday, I can say it is extremely convenient.  Mokike uses GPS Module in thier Bikes running from rechargable batteries (powered from generator driven by the [edals in the shaft-drive version and/or Solar Panels).  They use a REWARDS System to report Mobikes illegally parked (in compounds not accessible to the public and/or in underground car parks (where there is no GPS).

They have Mobile APP for Smart Phones - this shows you where the nearest Mobikes are (and can select by type).  There is also GPS Track logs keeping a Diary of where you went, how many Kilo of Carbon you saved, your Kilo Cals estimate and your track of Km pedalled and Time spent giving Average Speed also (NB:  can be way off if GPS loses Synch with Satellites sometimes, but this is noticeable in the GPS track-log image).



''Classic' Mobike

The Classic Mobike, or "Mobike", is the standard variant of Mobike bicycles. It has an all-aluminium, V-shaped chassis, puncture-proof tires, and a shaft transmission system. Instead of conventional wire spokes, it uses five sets of two thick, parallel, metal rods positioned at 72° from each other to improve durability and lower maintenance costs. The identification number of each bicycle is put on the rear part of the chassis.

Renters scan the QR-code, which is displayed at the base of the handle as well as on the smart lock.

The livery is black for the seat, handlebars and the lock, orange for the wheel and metallic silver for the body.

Some users have complained about the Classic Mobike's weight and the lack of a bicycle basket (defended by Mobike as to "prevent spam advertising"), and difficulty in keeping balance on their first attempts, which kickstarted the development of Mobike's second iteration, the Mobike Lite.

Rental cost for a Classic Mobike is 1 yuan per 30 minutes.

'Mobike lite'

Mobike Lite, known informally as "generation 2", is Mobike's compromise to a lightweight yet safe bike more suitable for everyday use. It reverted the Classic Mobike's 72-degree spokes, returning to simple wires, and used the conventional chain drive to deliver torque to the rear wheel. The identification number was moved to the right side on a plastic panel that protects the chain. The QR code that is on the base of the handle is moved to the tip of the rear fender.

The Mobike Lite comes with a net-like metal basket, which can hold bags or other belongings, and features a solar panel that powers the QR lock and GPS tracker. The wheels were coloured orange to differentiate the bike from Classic Mobikes.

NB: there are now adjustable seat heigh versions of both of these and there is Classic Mobike with a front basket also.

NONE of them have gears!   

This is a 'missed opportunity' for Mobike as it would be relatively easy to manufacture into the shaft driven Hub.
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No problem on the flat or downhill (the disc brakes of the Classic being better than the internal 'drum brake'on the 'Classic''. But it is very difficult/impossible to climb hills, or damn hard work, even relatively low inclines, especially if long distance.   Also on the flat, there is a limit to top speed (that of your legs).  Again the adjustable seat heigh versions reduce this problem as your knees don't have to go past 90 degrees and more efficient.

Personally it is easier to ride the Mobike lite (with adjustable seat height) as your knees don't have to go past 90 degrees and more efficient. 

The Classic is heavier and I preferred not to choose such (unless it has Red Flag and conveniently close, so you can ride for FREE if >2 min and if you ride for 10 min+ it is FREE for up to 2 hours and a Red Packet (where one can supposedly win up to CNY1,500 but I only ever got CNY1.0 to 1.9), but it was FREE and I got paid to ride it!

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The cost of such rental in the UK would make it not so desirable, RIP off Britain again.

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I read somewhere that some cities in China are banning the dock less bikes due to piles of them blocking some street / walks.




SHANGHAI — The central Chinese city of Wuhan has banned the further deployment of shared bikes as it tries to deal with congestion and "chaos", the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Monday.

The number of shared bikes in Wuhan's urban districts is already approaching 700,000, far exceeding the city's "carrying capacity" of 400,000, with operators such as Ofo and Mobike expanding rapidly since launching in the city at the end of last year, Xinhua said citing an official statement.

Shared bikes have become ubiquitous throughout China's major cities, with users now able to access an estimated 16 million vehicles nationwide through apps downloaded on their mobile phones, according to estimates from the transport ministry.

But inadequate regulation has caused mayhem on China's roads and pavements, with thousands of bikes discarded or dumped in already crowded public spaces.

Several giant cities have already imposed curbs. The southern financial center of Shenzhen last month said it would ban new additions and ordered companies to take action to deal with misplaced, badly parked bikes throughout the city, which have become a health and safety hazard.

Shenzhen police are also ordering shared bike users who violate rules to write out a 1,000-word traffic regulation by hand or pay a 2,000 yuan ($306.88) fine, the local Shenzhen Daily reported last week.

According to the Ministry of Transport, the cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Zhengzhou and Nanjing have also suspended all new shared bike additions.


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This is what they do with them in Melbourne, Australia


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It's all down to Competition and (lack of) Regulation in China.

MoBike has the GPS Sensor, so they know where all their Bikes are (more or less).  For those parked inside Private Housing Estates, for more than a certain time, they put 'Red Flags' on them.  This encourages users to ride them elsewhere (>2min) and Free if Over 5 Min and Win Money if 10Min or longer and FREE for up to 2 hours (there are Rules on min average speed also).

There are severe Penalties if you park them underground, put padlocks on them etc!  They encourage other users to report illegally parked Mobikes. 

They also reward those with POINTS,  that report DEFECTS, on a given bike.   Also if you show that you have parked suitably, by giving a Photo, showing WHERE (to help new User find it easier).

I used Mobike Singapore, to Download the Mobike APP as it is in English. 
I also used Singapore Mobike Support (as they replied in English, and very helpful and prompt).

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With my loss of balance it would be a death sentence to ride that. I need three or four wheels to leave the farm. Preferably with someone else doing the driving.

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