We recently covered details of NUI Galway’s bike hire system (read more here), and the bikes arrived on campus today:
— Enda O’Connell (@beslowboy) August 13, 2013
@SpinBikesGalway also confirmed who the first user was:
Hey @michaelgmadden you were our first hirer today!! We hope you enjoyed your first ever Spin.
— Spin Bikes Galway (@SpinBikesGalway) August 13, 2013
Here’s photos of the bike stations:
— Michael Madden (@michaelgmadden) August 13, 2013
— Niall Madden (@nllspace) August 13, 2013
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