Got a spare bike? Rent it out with Spinlister

Spinlister - rent out bikes

I’m currently visiting Medellin in Colombia and I can’t help but think what a joy it would be to rent a nice bike for a day and explore the hills and nooks and crannies of this beautiful city.

Currently, I have to rely on local bike shops that often rent out clunky, badly maintained bikes. This is fine for a few short journeys, but not enough to satisfy my cravings for some real exploring.

However, a new startup Spinlister, that now has a pretty website and app (of course!) is shaking things up a little. Whether you are visiting a new city and want to rent a bike, or your bike is broken and you need to hire one or you’ve got a spare bike lying around and you want to make some extra cash, you’ll want to sign up!

Sign up is quick and easy and you can view all the bikes available for rental in your area. In London, pickings are still a little slim, but as the word gets out I’m sure this will become more popular.

Spinlister in London

Many of the first people to sign up are local bike shops. I can see Velorution and Cloud 9 Cycles are already offering bikes for rental, with both a Brompton and a Dutch style bike available.

Prices seem reasonable and only time will tell whether they’ll go up or down. The Brompton is available for $20 for the day and  you can get something for as little as $10 per day (around £6.50).

Through the app or website, you can book how long you’ll need the bike for and the owner can accept your request.

You exchange payment details and ride off with the bike.

Obviously, there are some awkward situations that could arise. For example, what if the bike you rent is stolen? Spinlister says it would be your responsibility to replace, much like you would replace it for a good friend.

I really like the social nature of Spinlister. I’m visiting New York soon and intend to rent a bike through the service to check it out. What will be particularly useful will be recommendations that the person will be able to give me for where to ride and what to look out for. It’s always nice to get to know a cyclist in a new city!

Would you use the service?

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5 Responses to Got a spare bike? Rent it out with Spinlister

  1. Tammela 07/08/2013 at 3:30 pm #

    This is a brilliant idea. I’d definitely use it, both as a renter (if I had a spare bike) and/or a rentee.

  2. wim harwig 07/08/2013 at 9:18 pm #

    good initiative ; but should implement this idea better

  3. Helen 08/08/2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Sounds good but what if the person renting your bike doesn’t return it? Would insurance cover that?

  4. Kie7077 09/08/2013 at 10:49 am #

    “The Spinlister Guarantee

    We want you to be comfortable listing your bike on Spinlister. That’s why we’re guaranteeing your bike’s safety on our system. If your bike is damaged or stolen during a rental period and the renter is unable to reimburse you for the fair value of your bike, we’ll cover the cost up to $5000. And we’ll buy you a cake. (Valid for bikes in USA and Canada only)”

    Note that last bit, North America only.

    “Twitter and Facebook Verification” Not everyone has or wants a twitter or NSA, sorry I mean Facebook account.

    Nice idea but too rough round the edges.

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