Problem? You need a bike—a specific kind of bike. A cargo bike for running errands. A mountain bike to try getting your tires dirty. But N+1 isn’t always the solution. Instead, Spinlister is a peer-to-peer bike sharing app that lets you rent a bike from a neighbor or offer up your own bike(s) to make a little extra cash.
The premise is simple, think Uber for bikes, but without a driver. You fire up the app, it senses where you are with GPS, then points you to nearby bikes. There are multitudes available in big cities, but unfortunately it hasn’t caught on everywhere yet. If you are near some available bikes, you can request one with a single click, and most bikes rent for $20 to $40 a day.
Spinlister also noticed that many users were renting multiple bikes in a row to test out different models before they purchase one—a great idea if you there are choices around. It has also partnered with Yuba Bikes to offer cargo bike rentals via a local dealer and if they choose to purchase one they can apply the rental fee towards their purchase. Not sure if a cargo bike is right for you? It sounds like a pretty great way to find out. Look for that service to be available soon.
Not sure you feel ok with loaning a stranger your beloved bike? Spinlister says it insures all bikes against damage or theft during a rental period for up to $10,000.
Have you given Spinlister a spin? Let us know in the comments below.