SoBi Social Bicycles in Hoboken

SoBi Social Bicycles – are they useful in Hoboken, NJ?

Sobi Social Bicycles are they too costly in Hoboken NJEach month – I notice more and more people and companies getting swept up by this whole “carbon footprint” and “eco” movement. Trending more than ever is hourly bike rentals, such as this SoBi Social Bicycles operation that sprung up recently in Hoboken.

SoBi Social Bicycles has around half a dozen “docking” locations here in town, and the premise works as such – with a catch.

  1. You sign up with your credit card.
  2. Then you can pick a “plan.” As of press time, they only have one plan. $15 a month, 60 minutes of free riding per day, and $10 an hour thereafter. I recall they might offer an annual plan for around $100.
  3. To ride the bike you have to make a reservation online.
  4. Then go to your specified bike location, enter a pin number to unlock it.

Who exactly falls for programs like this?

Back in the day, you either owned a bike and used it when you felt like it – or you didn’t, and you either walked, took a cab, or drove your own car. Why get caught up in this complicated rental situation? Is it that difficult to own a bicycle?

Risk vs. Reward for SoBi Social Bicycles

SoBi Social Bicycles may cost you 1000 dollarsOne thing that caught my eye (besides them having your personal information, as well as knowing when your ride – and probably where – hello big brother!) is their legal terms.

For starters, by signing up, you have to fully accept their terms and conditions. And did you know that their limit of liability in case you get hurt riding their bike is only $100? What if faulty engineering was responsible for your injuries? You’re screwed!

Secondly – they have a condition that if the bike gets stolen or damaged – that you’re on the hook for a whopping $1000 dollars! Sound like this startup operation has unsuspecting riders completely by the balls! All in the name of “eco-friendly.” Seems more like you’re friendlier to the owner’s wallets than anything else!

More sensible alternatives to SoBi Social Bicycles

These clunky SoBi Social Bicycles look like they weigh a ton, and have the maneuverability of a circus elephant. With the ongoing costs, invasion of privacy and potential liability on the user’s end – you might want to consider alternatives.

One such alternative is buying a low-end single-gear bike over at Target.

Below is Magna White / Silver / Lime fixed gear bike. For just $99. Sure, it may be cheap and made in China – but so are $10,000 racing bikes.

One thing you may strongly want to consider is getting the bike assembled by a professional bike shop – like Flo on Wheels in Hoboken (1222 Washington St.) For just $40 they’ll assemble any fixed gear bike as good as it can possibly be ($60 for multi-gear bikes). Much safer than assembling it yourself, because you’ll certainly endanger your life otherwise.

Owning a cheap “throw-away” bike seems smarter, with a whole ton less liability and complication. This crap bike gets stolen? You’re out $100. Big F’in deal!

Magna White fixed gear bike at Target

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2 Comments on "SoBi Social Bicycles in Hoboken"

hobofromme
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hobofromme

I would give this a try…
I wouldn’t buy a cheap bike at Target, because if I was inclined to buy a bike I would look for value and quality.
As a second floor resident, the rental for the occasional ride makes sense. I don’t have room to store a bike in my apt, can’t leave it in the hall, and wouldn’t feel comfortable chaining it up outside.
Before you make assumptions about how the bikes ride, or how heavy they are, etc why not do a single day rental and see what it is really like.
Try giving this company a chance before you write them off…
As far as the invasion of privacy, anything you rent, be it a car, rug cleaner, or purchase online will allow the vendor to have access to your info.

homeworld
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Last time I had a bike in Hoboken it got stolen. So I don’t have one anymore. [quote comment=”220984″]I would give this a try… I wouldn’t buy a cheap bike at Target, because if I was inclined to buy a bike I would look for value and quality. As a second floor resident, the rental for the occasional ride makes sense. I don’t have room to store a bike in my apt, can’t leave it in the hall, and wouldn’t feel comfortable chaining it up outside. Before you make assumptions about how the bikes ride, or how heavy they are, etc why not do a single day rental and see what it is really like. Try giving this company a chance before you write them off… As far as the invasion of privacy, anything you rent, be it a car, rug cleaner, or purchase online will allow the vendor to have access to your info.[/quote]

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