NEW YORK CITY — Citi Bike is pulling 1,000 bikes from its fleet for maintenance on a faulty part, they announced.
The bike share company sent an email to all Citi Bike members on Tuesday to explain why it will have to yank the bikes from circulation starting this week.
“We have determined that the forks in our new bike fleet — the part that holds the front wheel in place — have been wearing faster than expected,” Citi Bike said in its email.
“To help ensure your safety, we have accelerated the maintenance schedule for this part."
The most heavily-used bikes were removed from the dock and the part will be replaced and tested, Citi Bike said.
They estimate the repairs will take a “a few weeks.”
"We are pulling these bikes for additional testing by a third party engineering firm to ensure that they are safe to ride," said a spokeswoman for Citi Bike in a statement.
"We will replace the forks on any bikes that do not pass inspection and we will have a program to replace the forks on all of our new bike fleet over time."