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The Top Ten Reasons to Add Boulder B-cycle to Your Bike Collection

by Sara Michaels | Aug 24, 2016

We hear it all the time from people who have never used bike sharing: “I don’t need a B-cycle. I have my own bike.”

But we’re not trying to replace your bike. Our riders know this, as evidenced by the fact that 93% of them own a bike.

Yup. 93%. That’s more than own cars, by the way.

So what’s going on here?

The fact is, bike sharing is a totally new mode of transportation—one that has a host of benefits distinct from bike ownership, and one that deserves to be in your arsenal. Straight from the mouths of our riders, here’s why:

10. It’s the only way to take one-way bike trips.

one way trips from a to b

There’s no getting around it: If you want to get from A to B and leave your bike without having to come back to B, bike sharing is the only way to do it. Just click your bike into any station, and you’re done. You can start riding again from any other station.

You can’t get that flexibility from your own bike.

9. Ride in Denver (and 20 other cities) without having to haul your bike.

Map of other B-cycle cities

If you ever leave the Boulder bubble, you need to become a Republic Rider. Not only does that pass get you an unlimited number of 60-minute trips in Boulder, but you can also use it in Denver and 20 other cities (and counting!) around the country at no extra cost.

8. Chain guard. Mudflaps. Keep that organic hemp outfit squeaky clean.

Rear view of a B-cycle fender

Riding a bike can be messy, but not a B-cycle. Every bike is equipped to keep that outfit in pristine condition. You can even ride a bike in a suit—which would matter more if Boulder weren’t one of the worst-dressed cities in America.

Oh, well. At least you can keep that Patagonia jacket looking good?

7. Only want to ride downhill? You can do that.

A B-cycle riding down a hill

See also point #1: you don’t have to start and end your trips in the same place, ever.  Ride the bus up the hill, ride a bike down. Repeat. That’s flexibility you can’t get with a regular bike.

6. Bike to bus to work: Connecting to public transit is a breeze.

Bus2bike2work movie poster

Speaking of buses, if you’ve ever tried to combine biking and public transit in Boulder, you’ve probably run into a snag: buses only hold two bikes each. That’s not enough space for Boulder! If you B-cycle to a bus, that’s not a problem. Just chuck the bike in a dock, and your trip is done.

5. Docks > locks.

A B-cycle being returned to a dock

Checking out and returning a B-cycle is fast. Like, really, really fast. On top of that, once a bike is in a dock, it’s not your problem anymore. Worried that your cable lock isn’t going to hold up when you lock your bike up downtown? Ride a B-cycle instead and don’t sweat it.

4. You’ll never guess how much fair trade granola fits in the basket.

B-cycle basket full of granola

Here’s a hint: it’s 20 pounds. We’ve seen all kinds of Boulder things in baskets that wouldn’t work in a shoulder bag: pastries, fresh produce from the farmer’s market, a case of craft beer, yoga gear—you name it.

3. Keep 300 bikes in your wallet: B-cycles are there when you need them and gone when you don’t.

A B-cycle card being used

Life is full of uncertainties. Don’t know what your plans will be for the day? Don’t know what the weather is going to be like? Don’t know if you’ll feel like biking? You could gamble and haul your own bike along just in case, or you could bring your Boulder B-cycle pass. It’s the size of a credit card. If you don’t end up using it, no sweat. If you do, you have 300 bikes at 40 stations at your disposal.

2. We handle the maintenance, you handle the fun.

Fleet technician fixing a B-cycle

There’s nothing quite so disappointing as looking forward to a nice, relaxing bike ride only to find out your tire is flat, your chain is broken, or your gears are slipping. Sure, you may enjoy the satisfaction of tuning and repairing your bike, but that doesn’t change the fact that in a pinch, everyone needs a backup plan. Our team keeps every Boulder B-cycle in top shape. Throw a Casual Cruiser pass in your wallet and give yourself peace of mind—it’s free.

1. No Spandex Necessary.

A stylish man rides a B-cycle

With a step-through frame and a comfortable seat, B-cycles let you hop from the boardroom or classroom to lunch without a change of clothes. I mean, you can wear spandex if you really want. If that's your thing. No judgement.

There you have it: Boulder B-cycle is simple, fast, convenient, and flexible. It’s a way to ride bikes more often, because it does things a normal bike can’t.

Start riding today. We have pass options for Boulderites from every walk of life.

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