I've noticed that a number of us primarily use Divvy to get around. I figured I'd create this thread to discuss all things Divvy. Compliments. Complaints. Suggestions. All welcome.
Well, it appears that Divvy has been listening to some of the complaints/comments. I received an email yesterday spelling out some upcoming changes, including:
- Annual members will now get unlimited 45 minute rides, up from the old 30 minute limit.
- Overage fees have been simplified to $3 per 30 minutes
- Introduction of a new $3 single ride option (30 minutes)
- Replacement of the 24 hour pass with a $15 Explorer Pass, allowing riders to keep the bikes out for 3 hours, instead of 30 minutes. No mention if the pass is only good for a single 3 hour window, or a 24 hour period.
The Explorer Pass appears to be geared towards tourists, allowing for a more leisurely ride along the lakefront.
With the Explorer Pass you can take as many three-hour trips as you like within 24 hours.
I received my Divvy stats for 2018. 'Not too shabby. I took 462 trips, and logged 5,490 minutes, putting me in the top 1% of users. Given that the bikes rarely have enough air in the tires, the minutes seem much longer than the actual time spent on the bikes.
Speaking of air in the tires, any idea if Divvy uses special tires? I purchased a small pocket air pump, but it doesn't seem to fit on the valve stem.
Did this work for you? I think that Divvy uses regular "Schraeder" valves and I suspect the pump you bought may have had the smaller "presta"valve, although sometimes they have both.
The tires are plenty sturdy, even when only inflated 50%. Trying to pedal on half inflated tires is a real workout.
How about a repair station style pump so you can air up before taking the bike out of the dock?
My experience has been that many of my Divvys had too much air in the tires, causing an overly harsh ride on bumpy roads.
I ride Divvy a fair amount. But with a twist. I try to do what I call my Divvy-Duathlon. Ride for a mile, dock, run for a mile, get a bike, ride, dock, run, get a bike...you get the idea. This is my commute to/fr work. The workout is excellent and the bikes are plentiful. i love the stats that Divvy sends me monthly.
Neat concept. I wish my bum knee allowed me to run still.