So I was down in London recently and I got pretty drunk on the train because it was super delayed as usual and when I arrived I had missed the last tube. I figured the best course of action would be to hire a Boris bike and cycle the 5 miles to where I was staying.
Hiring a Boris bike is retarded. It should be a case of enter credit card > pay > get bike. But it’s not. When I put in my card and paid money for 24 hour access it didn’t tell me what to do next and it was only until some Spanish tourist (the fcking irony) came up to me and said that I had to put in my card again and get an access code.
Why couldn’t I get the access code in the first place? What utter knobjockey figured that this wasn’t a good idea when I made the payment. I mean, what do you think I’m going to do? Go up to a bike hire stand, pay for bike hire and then just f*cking walk away? Morons.
Anyway, I hired the bike and was surprised at how light the gears were and the fact that I couldn’t go faster than about 15mph on account of my drunken legs spinning out at 100rpm.
So Boris bikes suck.
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4 thoughts on “Hiring a Boris Bike”
You don’t have to put your card in twice. After you’ve paid it asks if you’d like to start your bike hire now, press yes, and you get your code.
But the gears are shit.
i didnt see that. its an extra dumb question.
I just hate that you’re essentially riding an advert. They should be free, and Barclays should subsidise it for the advertising. Also, I’ve noticed that ‘yooves’ are very good at just prising them out of their locks for a free ride. Good on them!
I seem to have struck a nerve with this post