Manchester Mobike £2 refundable deposit - usually £29
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Manchester Mobike £2 refundable deposit - usually £29

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Found 11th Oct
Update --> thanks to Thar for pointing out that this deal is actually running until 18/10/17. Full details here. To celebrate world mental health awareness day the refundable deposit has been dropped from £29 to £2 when you first register before 23:59 on 11th October 2017. The discount seems to be automatically applied and makes these brilliant bikes much more accessible for those who might be thinking twice because of the somewhat large initial outlay. The above was initially taken from an MEN article but it appears the £2 deposit scheme is actually running until next week.

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Personally I wish they kept it at £29. That stops the chavs and the idiots making off with one for just £2. This is exactly why we can never have nice things sadly...

Not worth nicking at £29, but a bargain at £2.

NaughtyDog56 m ago

Personally I wish they kept it at £29. That stops the chavs and the idiots …Personally I wish they kept it at £29. That stops the chavs and the idiots making off with one for just £2. This is exactly why we can never have nice things sadly...


Today's scally has embraced the future, one mugged me with an avocado spoon. It's a beatiful thing.

I signed up when I was in Manchester briefly recently. I am a great fan of cycling, and a great fan of these sharing schemes. But I was hugely disappointed by these bikes. They are a travesty of what cycling is about, zooming along with little effort on a really efficient machine. These bikes are hard work, heavy, too low geared, uncomfortable with the puncture proof tyres, and the seat doesn't go high enough. The only thing I liked was the twistgrip bell.
If this is someone's first experience of cycling they are probably unlikely to come back.
I got my £29 deposit refunded, but not the balance of the minimum payment of £5. So it was an expensive trial.
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Personally I wish they kept it at £29. That stops the chavs and the idiots making off with one for just £2. This is exactly why we can never have nice things sadly...

Not worth nicking at £29, but a bargain at £2.

saw one park at London yesterday.

JC199719 m ago

saw one park at London yesterday.


I saw one outside my house. I took it home and took it back the next day. Boils my **** that people think it’s funny to steal them...

NaughtyDog56 m ago

Personally I wish they kept it at £29. That stops the chavs and the idiots …Personally I wish they kept it at £29. That stops the chavs and the idiots making off with one for just £2. This is exactly why we can never have nice things sadly...


Today's scally has embraced the future, one mugged me with an avocado spoon. It's a beatiful thing.

I signed up when I was in Manchester briefly recently. I am a great fan of cycling, and a great fan of these sharing schemes. But I was hugely disappointed by these bikes. They are a travesty of what cycling is about, zooming along with little effort on a really efficient machine. These bikes are hard work, heavy, too low geared, uncomfortable with the puncture proof tyres, and the seat doesn't go high enough. The only thing I liked was the twistgrip bell.
If this is someone's first experience of cycling they are probably unlikely to come back.
I got my £29 deposit refunded, but not the balance of the minimum payment of £5. So it was an expensive trial.

All I see on these are chavs who have stolen them and leave them everywhere

accvio2 h, 2 m ago

I signed up when I was in Manchester briefly recently. I am a great fan of …I signed up when I was in Manchester briefly recently. I am a great fan of cycling, and a great fan of these sharing schemes. But I was hugely disappointed by these bikes. They are a travesty of what cycling is about, zooming along with little effort on a really efficient machine. These bikes are hard work, heavy, too low geared, uncomfortable with the puncture proof tyres, and the seat doesn't go high enough. The only thing I liked was the twistgrip bell.If this is someone's first experience of cycling they are probably unlikely to come back.I got my £29 deposit refunded, but not the balance of the minimum payment of £5. So it was an expensive trial.


The bikes are terrible: heavy, slow (no gears), seats that slip lower and lower during the ride. However once you start using the bikes you will find all this forgivable due to the sheer convenience of being able to leave the bike where ever you feel like. 1/10 for the ride, 10/10 for the convenience.

Sure the bikes are uncomfy but I love being able to just dump them wherever with no fear of them getting stolen, unlike my personal bike.

Looked at their website, I couldn’t see a contact phone number or postal address. Maybe I am an old-fashioned but I like these things. The About Us section does not mention any public bodies, so I take it that they are a private company? I couldn’t understand from reading their FAQ what the relationship was between money payed and their points system.

sean856636 m ago

Looked at their website, I couldn’t see a contact phone number or postal a …Looked at their website, I couldn’t see a contact phone number or postal address. Maybe I am an old-fashioned but I like these things. The About Us section does not mention any public bodies, so I take it that they are a private company? I couldn’t understand from reading their FAQ what the relationship was between money payed and their points system.


Private company but the data's being used to improve manchester's public transport systems.

Money does not buy points, points are like an ebay rating, you gain them for taking a ride, you lose them for stealing bikes, leaving them in stupid places or other things. Lose too many and you can no longer unlock the bikes.

In terms of money, you pay a deposit (the £2 headline figure), then pay some money to use as credit, minimum of £5. Rides are 50p per half an hour and that money's taken from your credit. You can get the deposit back any time but not the credit.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 11th Oct

The £2 deposit is available to everyone until 18th October according to this.
Edited by: "Thar" 11th Oct

I wondered what these bikes are that I keep seeing dumped all round Manchester and Trafford Park.

I saw 1 on ebay last week for £25 (Buyer Collects)

maxmix

Keep seeing those in my local canal

maxmix17 m ago

I saw 1 on ebay last week for £25 (Buyer Collects) :omaxmix


Did you buy it

ashmac7 m ago

Did you buy it



Too far for me to go to collect it

maxmix

eatmorefish11th Oct

The bikes are terrible: heavy, slow (no gears), seats that slip lower and …The bikes are terrible: heavy, slow (no gears), seats that slip lower and lower during the ride. However once you start using the bikes you will find all this forgivable due to the sheer convenience of being able to leave the bike where ever you feel like. 1/10 for the ride, 10/10 for the convenience.



I also tried these bikes in other places, really convenient for a short distance transportation. There are different types of bike. The one with a black basket or without a basket is heavier and more sporting. The other type is much lighter and easy to ride. I prefer the lighter one.

great more cyclists on the road

bojangles7 m ago

great more cyclists on the road

Until you find you need to walk somewhere and then they're all over the pavements too!

Just used bikes in Vienna last weekend and they were only a 1 euro deposit, decent bikes with 3 gears, comfortable although heavy. First 1 or 2 hours was free, then it cost a few euros after that. A great way to promote cycling round the city, although they had a lot fo dedicated cycling lanes, nothing like you see here in the UK!
Edited by: "Budden" 13th Oct

But I love my oversized pram. Takes three weeks to completely fill with McDonalds litter until I have to empty it.

Besides, cyclists are pretty intimidating, especially the fit ones with good legs, can’t expect me to hang around at the lights with that lot. No, I was born to ride around in my box, bathing in my fast food farts and beeping my little horn with the dozen airbags that I need to survive. Oh how I miss my mothers. Now if only those airbags came with teets.. life would be perfect..

It's not just cash, there's a points system too - you lose points for putting it in secure areas where people can't get to it... they lose a bike and your points go to 0.

even when you include the train fare from Liverpool this is a steal of a deal for scousers

bojangles13th Oct

great more cyclists on the road


You'd prefer more cars on the road? Seems daft to me.

steford4 m ago

You'd prefer more cars on the road? Seems daft to me.


I want cyclists who obey the rules of the road & to know they are not just for cars.

accvio11th Oct

I signed up when I was in Manchester briefly recently. I am a great fan of …I signed up when I was in Manchester briefly recently. I am a great fan of cycling, and a great fan of these sharing schemes. But I was hugely disappointed by these bikes. They are a travesty of what cycling is about, zooming along with little effort on a really efficient machine. These bikes are hard work, heavy, too low geared, uncomfortable with the puncture proof tyres, and the seat doesn't go high enough. The only thing I liked was the twistgrip bell.If this is someone's first experience of cycling they are probably unlikely to come back.I got my £29 deposit refunded, but not the balance of the minimum payment of £5. So it was an expensive trial.


Haven't been cycling that long and don't yet have a bike of my own so gave Mobikes a try recently and it was horrific. However at the time I thought it was just me being a terrible cyclist and was on the verge of packing it all in. Thankfully you posted this message and have changed my mind so I'm going to give it another try albeit not using Mobike!

NaughtyDog11th Oct

Personally I wish they kept it at £29. That stops the chavs and the idiots …Personally I wish they kept it at £29. That stops the chavs and the idiots making off with one for just £2. This is exactly why we can never have nice things sadly...


I see so many of these bikes dumped all over the place, miles away from the city centre. Scrotes.
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