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Picked up this unusual bike this weekend. Supposedly it was a Washington, DC Transit Bike.
The fender skirts are molded plastic and in good shape. It has a 24" Nexus 3 speed with a roller brake. Front wheel is 20". Apes with an integrated basket like rack.
Maybe I'll use this for the next Muscle Bike Build Off.
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Turns out this was part of DC's SmartBike program, which was the first government bike share program in the country in 2008. It failed, but was replaced with a different bike share program.
 

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Here is one that someone posted on FB that they road in Spain. Turns out that multiple cities in the world used these as city bikes.
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Found this video (among others)
 

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I think that is a cone of silence rear fender.
 

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That swept frame itself is not unappealing...just a little on the small side.

Yeah, but actually bigger than a muscle bike since is has that 24 on the back and it's actually sized for adults. I bet if I put a nanner on it, it would be a decent adult sized muscle bike (with some other changes too).
 
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DC and smart should never be in the same sentence.
Gov program that failed, image that!
I could go on but this post would prob get pulled. I mean, I do live where I live.
Now back to bikes, that's a neat little bike.
 
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Gotta tell you the current DC bike share program is sweet! I pay $8/mo for unlimited use :)30 min at a time). I've worked it into my commute b/c it beats heaving a personal bike into the belly of a commuter bus.
 

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Just got finished breaking this bike down to part out. I'll post up pics in a For Sale thread in the next few days.
For now here is a preview of what I have for sale from the bike

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Handlebars - SOLD
Fenders - $100 - available
Frame, Fork, Cranks, Chainguard, Seatpost, and Pedals - $75 - SOLD
Wheelset - $175 (24" Rear Nexus 3 Speed with shifter and roller brake plus 20" Front Wheel)
Shipping not included
 
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