Launched in April of 2012, in San Francisco and New York, Spinlister introduced the world to peer-to-peer bike sharing. Based on a model similar to Airbnb, and on-demand ridesharing services like Lyft, Spinlister now allows users to rent bikes all across the United States as well as over 40 countries abroad.
Now, with the introduction of the new mobile app, renting a bike is easier than ever. Simply allow your device to use your current location and instantly you have a list of available bikes in the area, ready to rent in a few quick swipes of the finger.
“I've always believed in the idea of enabling likeminded people to connect and share their bikes and experiences. In the age of city bike share programs, we believe Spinlister is the People's Bike Share alternative," said Spinlister CEO Marcelo Loureiro.
Loureiro was a seed investor in Spinlister and, after seeing the power of the service first-hand, acquired the entire company.
"The new app makes it even easier, more efficient, and safer for riders to find the best bike they want to rent no matter where in the world they are while enabling bike owners to easily turn unused or under-used bicycles into income.”
By providing the peer-to-peer framework, Spinlister makes the renting process a pain-free experience, and even provides a hearty sense of security with it’s theft replacement policy: “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.”
“Spinlister lets me share my passion for cycling with other like-minded people, be they visitors to Los Angeles looking for a quality bike to ride during their stay, or locals in need of a bike for the weekend," said Spinlister user Alex de Cordoba. "Spinlister puts the vast resource of quality bikes sitting idle in garages into the hands of those who need them, while earning a tidy profit for the owner. I’m stoked to put my bikes up for rent, and feel safe they are protected in case anything happens.”
Don’t be surprised if you see a Paved test bike for rent near you…