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Tired of his Manhattan office job, Jeffrey Tanenhaus went for a bike ride—to California



ONE NIGHT LAST summer, Jeffrey Tanenhaus did in Manhattan what people in New York do about 35,000 times each day: He unlocked a Citi Bike from a bike-share station. With more than 300 such kiosks sprinkled mostly around Manhattan and Brooklyn, Citi Bike had become New York’s newest mode of transportation, and one of its more fashionable, at least until the hoverboard came along.

Tanenhaus had an annual membership, which allowed him to use a Citi Bike for 45 minutes at a time before having to dock it again. He was thrilled because the Citi Bike he had just selected was apparently new. “The spokes sparkled,” he would write on his blog. “The bell chime could summon angels.”

The ability to call forth seraphim is, in fact, not a known feature of Citi Bikes. In the two years since Mayor Michael Bloomberg had introduced New Yorkers to bike sharing, some had derided the bicycles, sponsored by Citibank and prominently adorned with that institution’s logo, as bulky (45 pounds) and slow (three speeds only, to discourage fatal encounters with tourists and yellow cabs). The newer model Tanenhaus found promised to be slightly more fleet and durable than the original issue.

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