Ready or not, China, once known as the bicycle kingdom, is in the midst of a cycling revival. While the car has rapidly displaced bikes, we now see more than a dozen startups flooding into the dockless bike-sharing arena. Investors have taken their sides in the stiffening battle, but a more pressing question is which startup provides a better experience?

TechNode decided to test out some of the cycling apps to shed some light on this question. We chose Mobike, Ofo and Xiaoming Bike because they are the most accessible bikes on the street of Shanghai and the most easily identified with bright colors: orange and white for Mobike, yellow for Ofo, and blue for Xiaoming Bike.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.