The small BikeLNK staff celebrated with cake Thursday after breaking the bike rental service's one-day rental record, a year after launching the service.

They should have waited a day.

Thursday, the weather was warm, climbing into the 60s. And downtown was swarming with thousands of FFA members. The result: The three-speed bikes were rented 284 times — edging the one-day record of 282 set in September.

“But we prematurely celebrated,” said BikeLNK manager Jamie Granquist. “Because the next day, we had another record.”

Friday, the bikes were rented 333 times.

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All those riders kept her staff busy, shuffling bikes around the 20 kiosks downtown, in the Haymarket and at UNL to balance supply and demand. They still had to accommodate their loyal daily users while trying to keep up with the FFA renters, Granquist said.

The bikes survived the busy week, though she heard reports of teenage renters riding double — which the bikes aren’t designed to withstand — and impromptu parking lot drag races.

“Kids are going to be kids,” Granquist said. “It was fun to see.”

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