36 thoughts on “Stop That

  1. ciara

    It means the last user has had a problem with the bike and you probably shouldn’t choose it. It also indicates to the Dublin Bike chaps that it needs repair/maintenance.
    hope that helps.

  2. Rob_G

    Seen the same thing in Paris & Brussels – I suppose it’s a fairly intuitive thing to do. Fairly clever, all the same.

  3. D

    call my cynical but i don’t think the public are doing this, it’s prob procedure for dublinbikes staff or something.

        1. Rob

          “Jesus wept” is a sarcastic expression of sympathy (similar to the tiny violin saying). I’m not sure it conveys what you are trying to say here. If it does, I don’t understand.

          1. The Old Boy

            I have never heard it used in that manner. To my mind it’s the equivalent of “bloody hell” or similar.

    1. Cup of tea anyone?

      It is a public thing. I have done also. Usually when the bike is not flat but not suitable to ride. Quite a few have issue where the pedals actually hit off the frame.

  4. seanydelight

    Its the public users.

    Its usually just for flat tires but often the gears on the bikes are not working properly.
    I thought to try begin putting the cable around the pedal as a way of indicating the gears needed attention, but then though I had no way of making this public knowledge and thus ‘catching on’.

    Perhaps now is the moment…..

  5. Joe835

    I do this at least once a week, there’s a lot of them in bits on a regular basis. I wish they’d let you put back a gammy bike quicker though, had to stand at the one on Molesworth St for ages waiting recently

    1. Matthew

      I’m fairly surprised that they haven’t got an option on the bike station screens to report a returned bike as damaged/broken.

      1. Deluded

        I don’t know why that is, it would be very useful. Currently it takes several minutes and costs 31c to make a report by phone.

    1. Parky Mark

      He’s just spreading his helpful vibe.
      You probably don’t like him as he comes across as an annoying nerd.

      I didn’t know about the turned saddle thing but I’ll use it from now on. Thanks Darragh.

  6. lolly

    before the bikes were introduced there was a number of articles in newspapers and on radio about how they work in Paris. The Parisian habit of turning round the saddle on broken bikes was mentioned a few times. we live in a big global information sharing world, didn’t you know?

  7. Liam Deliverance

    I’ve yet to see two people on one Dublin bike, is that even possible? I dunno, never been on one myself. Also are they hard to cycle if you are taller than average, say 6,1? Also with regards to turning the saddle around, are they not supposed to be tight for safety reasons? Thanks in advance.

    1. Bonkers

      the saddles are adjustable with a locking mechanism that lets them go up and down so no problems at all if you’re a bit taller.

    2. Delacaravanio

      They’re great. I’m 6’2″ and use them all the time. They’re horrible to cycle compared to a “proper” bike, three gears often not fully working, and brakes that vary between aspirational and scary skid inducing full stop, but they’re so convenient I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

  8. Liam Deliverance

    Ah, that’s how the turn the saddle around, doh, I assumed it was done by brute force. Thanks Delecaravanio, that answers that one, i’m closer to 6′ than 6’1″ so all should be good there!. Now on the two to one bike question, anyone?!

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