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Spinlister’s peer-to-peer bike rental service now open for business

Posted by on October 1st, 2012 at 2:04 pm

A Portland listing on Spinlister.

It’s been almost one year since we first told you about Spinlister, an online service that let’s you list your bike for rent. Now the service is out of beta mode and has officially launched. And folks in Portland are wasting no time putting it to use.

Here’s more from their website:

“Spinlister is a marketplace that lets you find the best bikes to rent online, whether from individuals or existing bike rental shops.

Just type where you’d like to ride and Spinlister gives you the best bike rental options for that location. We connect you with awesome people and great bikes from around the world.

If you’d like to list your bike, just snap a few pictures and share your sweet chariot with awesome people like you. We help you meet up, exchange the bike, and have a great experience, whether you’re the renter or the lister.”

Spinlister launched nationally last week in New York City and San Francisco. Currently, only folks from those cities — and people that list bikes — can see the listings. CEO and co-founder Will Dennis says Portland is one of his top target markets (if not for number of listings, for customer interest) and at least two people I know have listed their bikes.

Steve Gutmann — who wrote a guest column for us in 2010 about the oncoming wave of car-sharing in Oregon — has listed his Breezer commuter bike and a Burley Piccolo trail-a-bike. Gutmann is sold on the idea. He thinks it’ll be especially great for travelers. “It’s also a great way for locals,” he shared with us via email last week, “to get more benefit (and for the owner, some revenue) out of the city-wide fleet of underutilized trailers, tandems, cargo-bikes, etc…”

Lillian Karabaic has listed her “Get Laid Xtracycle” for $4 per hour or $15 per day. She seems to be having fun with the new service. Here’s a snip from her listing:

“This bike will get you laid. An absolute gem of a cargo bike, this xtracycle features hot pink and yellow everything. But don’t let its bright exterior fool you: this bike can HAUL. Cute person checking out your sweet ride? Just invite them to come sit on the custom-made wooden deck and haul them home. Friend too drunk to ride home from the bar? Haul their bike AND them home. Need to cater for 15 people? You can carry that! Want to carry camping gear for 3 people? No sweat, add some extra bisquick in there because you got the room! Admiring that 100-pound bag of coffee? Take it home in style!”

CEO Will Dennis says to encourage use of the service, any unrented bike in the system is free for the first day. To become a member and get access to rental bikes across the U.S., you must first list your bike (the service will open to non-listers eventually). Dennis says there are over 500 bikes for rent in the system right now, and that their owners can make up to $150 per week on rentals. Prices average about half of what rental shops charge.

List your bike and learn more about how the service works at Spinlister.com.

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  • Spiffy October 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    oh fun! maybe I can rent a cargo bike to haul the kid in and see how he likes it…

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  • Kris October 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Heh. I’m pretty sure I was just admiring that exact Xtracycle parked outside of New Seasons the other day.

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  • Craig Harlow October 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    The Blue Monstrosity is now listed :^)

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  • Craig Harlow October 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Arg. Like Getaround, Spinlist also uses Facebook for login credentials, and since Facebook is blocked inside my employer’s network, I can’t access Spinlist listings as a renter or owner while I’m at work.

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    • A.K. October 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Do you have a smartphone which you could use to access it over your cellular network rather than WiFi? Not ideal, but it would work.

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      • Craig Harlow October 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Correciton: I can log in at work–somehow I can now, but couldn’t earlier. Now if I could just log in to Getaround.

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    • Pete October 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Bummer. I would use it otherwise, but I absolutely refuse to sign up for Facebook (for many reasons, technical and non).

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    • Kris October 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Argh! indeed. That single fact has stopped me from signing up for Getaround. I sent them an email saying I refuse to use their service while it requires Facebook. I know it won’t do much good, but if they hear from enough people over enough time, I suppose they’ll have to act.

      Spinlister, on the other hand, does not seem to require a Facebook account. Unless I’m missing something, it just makes Facebook the most obvious way to sign up or log-in.

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      • Pete October 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        Thanks, I’ll have to take a closer look when I get a chance. This would be a cool way to both try out as well as share tandems, recumbents, MTBs, TT bikes, CX, etc., as well as not have to ship/haul a bike when traveling.

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  • Craig Harlow November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I keep hoping someone will post a fat-tire Pugsly-ish bike to rent.

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  • Craig Harlow February 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Some months ago they moved to https://www.doliquid.com/, and now their off-line.

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    • Craig Harlow February 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      “…they’re…” :^)

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