Our overseas visitors wanted to borrow Next Bikes to explore the city. They’re familiar with Boris Bikes in London, and were keen to try ours. They’d already registered and downloaded the app. However, when they tried to acess the Restart Mall’s free wifi from the bike stand, the signal was too weak. They tried the phone number, but found it hard to hear among noisy traffic and construction. I was left to mind the two bikes they’d chosen, while they returned to the heart of the Restart Mall for better wifi. Like many overseas visitors, they don’t have a cheap phone data connection in New Zealand.
That worked, the bicycles were released and adjusted, and off they pedalled.
The verdict on return was that the bikes were excellent, of good solid construction. The back pedal brake was something they’d met previously in Berlin, and they soon got used to it. Our Next Bikes compared very favourably with hire bikes in London and Berlin. I like the fact the bikes have good skirt guards, and bells. Next time, I’ll have a go.
“There’s lots about them that I like
and I shall soon try a Next Bike.”