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Coca Cola bikes in bad state

  • 17-02-2019 10:44am
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    Registered Users Posts: 198 ✭✭ ceatharloch


    Methinks maintenance has fallen badly by the wayside on the Coca-Cola Bikes.
    I tried to get one this morning at 7.30am, the stall at NUIG Shaughnessy Bridge / Fisheries Field. 10 or more bikes there, but the machine would not read my card.
    I walk on to the nearest stall, opposite Cathedral. 2 bikes there. My card works. I hop on the bike, find the pedals go around, not moving the wheel! OK! So I'll get the other bike. Checking that, same problem, broken / missing chain.

    I walk frustrated the rest of the way to town......:mad:


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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Use this to let them know www.bikeshare.ie/contact-us.html


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,689 joeKel73


    biko wrote: »
    Use this to let them know www.bikeshare.ie/contact-us.html

    If you check in a bike to the same station very quickly they'll ask if there was a problem with the bike. I've reported broken bikes before and saw them left broken on the stand for weeks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8 ✭✭✭ OwenHanley


    Yep, noticed this myself and so every time I passed a station I counted how many bikes there were and what state they were in. Around 1/3 usable is some areas. Lough Atalia station was mainly out of order for a really long time.

    I've been told the original peeps in charge of it have had massive behind the scenes drama with some pulling


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 ✭✭✭ jkforde


    write to [email protected]
    the company managing the scheme is Telfourth Galway


  • Registered Users Posts: 118 ✭✭ doiredoire


    I use the bikes on an almost daily basis. The bikes are not being maintained. The chains are nearly always rusty, the gears don't often work properly. Very often the quick release to change the saddle height can't be opened or closed as it has rusted.

    It's obviously they are not bing properly serviced.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 149 ✭✭ Worn Out


    I’ve given up on them as they are so poorly maintained.


  • Registered Users Posts: 742 ✭✭✭ Thegalwayman


    auto renewed last April but haven't used in 14 months won't be a subscriber come renewal time


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,872 ✭✭✭ beardybrewer


    I never had a chance to use them because they didn't locate them in Salthill. I don't know how that was overlooked or delayed. There's a lot of people who would happily park in Salthill but carry on a city bike for their errands in town. When they added them to westside that was welcome but how Salthill is still ignored seems crazy given so many of the city locations are so close you could easily walk.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,885 ✭✭✭ Fighting Tao


    In Dublin people put the saddles facing backwards if there’s something wrong with a bike. Is there no such etiquette in Galway.

    http://www.broadsheet.ie/tag/saddle-backwards/


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,070 ✭✭✭ what_traffic


    I never had a chance to use them because they didn't locate them in Salthill. I don't know how that was overlooked or delayed. There's a lot of people who would happily park in Salthill but carry on a city bike for their errands in town. When they added them to westside that was welcome but how Salthill is still ignored seems crazy given so many of the city locations are so close you could easily walk.

    Agree. A no of the current stations could actually be moved to Salthill. Newtownsmith(offline for months now - located in the City Council Car parl), Nuns Island, Prospect Hill. 3 stations that Spring to mind


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,138 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Zzippy


    I'm a semi-regular user but have noticed even just walking past stations the lack of servicing. It only takes a minute to oil a chain, but most are dry and rusty. Have had to check a few back in to the same station and take another bike at times, as soon as you start cycling you realise there's a problem. Pity, it's a great resource if it was properly maintained.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,689 joeKel73


    I hadn't used the scheme in a while but had to get into town from Newcastle so decided to grab a bike from NUIG Kingfisher.
    • Card took ages to be detected at the machine
    • Identified 2 bikes that looked in decent shape - neither were available on the machine
    • Picked a 3rd bike from a distance. The chain kept slipping on it, clearly hadn't been oiled in months. Had to stop at another station half way to swap it out.
    • Bike locked into the station but didn't beep despite attempts but it was locked in.
    • Tried to take another bike but terminal said I had one already on rent. Rang the support number - not free phone, about 30c/min. Serious language barrier with phone support but finally got the situation explained. They said someone would come to the station in the next few hours but I couldn't take another bike until then.

    Such a shame to see the scheme being run into the ground!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 ✭✭✭ jkforde


    just got this SMS text from Bikeshare:

    Over the coming weeks, a program of upgrade work is taking place at a number of stations in Galway. Please check https://www.bikeshare.ie/news/ for updates.

    hopefully that won't be it and they'll abandon them for another while, let's see


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,070 ✭✭✭ what_traffic


    [QUOTE=jkforde;110054995]just got this SMS text from Bikeshare:

    Over the coming weeks, a program of upgrade work is taking place at a number of stations in Galway. Please check https://www.bikeshare.ie/news/ for updates.

    hopefully that won't be it and they'll abandon them for another while, let's see[/QUOTE]

    Same as.
    Sounds like a powerwash.......? Any bike improvements I wonder?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,523 spurscormac


    I've started yo use it when going to Connacht games. Tried docking at Eyre Sq, bike wouldn't go into the dock, it was a free dock, not the ones that are covered over. Continued on to City Hall to dock it there instead.
    Also noticed that you'd need to bring a plastic bag or something to cover the saddle if it's rained at any time that day. The saddles are porous foam, so even if dry to the touch, once you sit on it, you're ass is likely to get wet.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 ✭✭✭ jkforde


    Mainguard St. stand getting maintained now, they've the electronics out and everything, seems like a comprehensive job.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,282 ✭✭✭✭ ben.schlomo


    Same was being done as we walked past City hall yesterday.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,714 ✭✭✭✭ zell12


    Doing Headford Road car park today
    Impressive array of electronic gear


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,070 ✭✭✭ what_traffic


    zell12 wrote: »
    Doing Headford Road car park today
    Impressive array of electronic gear

    Are bikes getting upgraded?


  • Registered Users Posts: 67 ✭✭✭ RainNeverBow


    Looks like the stations themselves are being upgraded so they can track more data about the state of the bikes. Hopefully will lead to better maintenance


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,087 ✭✭✭ GerardKeating


    The Coke Zero bike station on the Bowling Green car park seems to have reopened.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 ✭✭✭ jkforde


    have any regular users experienced a positive difference in the bikes themselves, the touchscreen, etc since the maintenance? using my own bike now so not using them, but just curious


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