11 Sep '12, 3pm

This guy completed a triathlon this weekend using a bike from the D.C. Capital Bikeshare: First place in

This guy completed a triathlon this weekend using a bike from the D.C. Capital Bikeshare: First place in

Over the weekend, Jefferson Smith, a 42-year-old triathlete, competed in the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C. He did not come in first or second or third in the race, perhaps because his ride for the 25-mile cycling portion was not exactly a top-of-the-line racing bike. But he gets the blue ribbon for First in Awesome in our book, because the bike he raced on came from D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare . This was not the most competitive strategy; compared to super-aerodynamic, super-light carbon frame machines, the Capital Bikeshare bikes are clunkers. They have only three speeds and are designed not for speed but for safety — they’re much heavier than racing bikes and have a low center of gravity. Smith actually went less than half as fast as the overall winner. It was, however, a great strategy for saving money: A few hours on a bikeshare cycle clocks in around $100, while...

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