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Old 06-14-19, 05:39 AM
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Heads up - the ofo tools have been located:

How to fix an ofo dockless bicycle - The Bike Share Museum




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Quite a unique set of theft deterrent bolts on those bikes.

Apparently not a lot of bikes in their "Museum". But, perhaps it will grow.

Someone had posted a battered Lime Bike in the Wacky thread of a bike that had popped up on Craigslist, but it was never clear if it was stolen.
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Any particular reason for their infamy? Heavy, or just poorly assembled? I haven't had an opportunity to see one of these in person, so I know zilch about them.

I know some of them have airless plastic tires, which seems like a pretty terrible idea.

I think I know the model of Mobike you speak of from Sicilly - hydrofomed shaft drive area, like this one?
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Yes, the Mobikes were all variations on that design. Aside from the weight, they were just in poor shape, or were bad from the start. Most of the wheels felt (and were visibly) wobbly, and as you mentioned when talking about hubs, there was the sensation of riding with the brakes on. I tried to spin the front wheels on a couple, and they came to a stop pretty quickly because they were driving a generator. It all just added up to a terrible riding experience.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Quite a unique set of theft deterrent bolts on those bikes.

Apparently not a lot of bikes in their "Museum". But, perhaps it will grow.

Someone had posted a battered Lime Bike in the Wacky thread of a bike that had popped up on Craigslist, but it was never clear if it was stolen.
Doing my best. I have had correspondence with Spin and Jump.

Lime has ignored me as much as humanly possible As a matter of fact, I have yet to find a single instance of Lime donating any of their bicycles when a scrapyard was well at hand.

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Yes, the Mobikes were all variations on that design. Aside from the weight, they were just in poor shape, or were bad from the start. Most of the wheels felt (and were visibly) wobbly, and as you mentioned when talking about hubs, there was the sensation of riding with the brakes on. I tried to spin the front wheels on a couple, and they came to a stop pretty quickly because they were driving a generator. It all just added up to a terrible riding experience.
That brake sensation sounds like dragging band brakes. If the generator hubs were causing it, it wasn't from the magnets - there's very little drag on either the Panasonic or off-brand 6V generators on either of the ofos.

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