I don’t own a bike, rather I always hire one whenever I need to. In the city I live, Baoding the most popular bike hire company is HELLO bike. These bikes are the blue and white bikes you can see everywhere. These hire bikes are on every street corner. I use an app on my phone to hire one, so they cost me less than 3 dollars a month. Hire bikes in China are super popular with over 2,500,000 of them in Beijing alone!
When I want to take a short trip and use a bike. I just look look around to find a bike by the side of the road. They are everywhere. There is often allocated places for these bikes to be placed. You will always find them outside malls and next to bus stops. So, people can find and use them, however you can drop them off ANYWHERE. So, finding these bikes only takes a minute or two. I scan the QR code on the bike. Then within a couple of seconds the lock clicks open and off I ride.
As with most apps that pay for something in China, it is incorporated into my Alipay app. So, I use that for everything I pay for, that and Wechat.
The Hello bikes are mostly in very good condition. The tires are solid rubber, so you get a bumpier ride. The the single gear is easy to pedal, and you can get up to quite a speed. The padded seat also helps as the roads here are not in that good condition.
Hire bikes in China are Easy to Use
So, if you are here, have the ability to use a payment app. Then I suggest you can use these bikes to ride around almost every city in China. They are super cheap to hire and can add a little fun to a visit to a place, rather than just walking around.