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Spinlister, The "Airbnb For Bikes," Gets An IPhone App

The program allows you to rent out your bike at an hourly, daily, or weekly rate.

  • <p>Spinlister lets you rent out your bike on a hourly, daily, or weekly rate.</p>
  • <p>The project launched in 2011 but has put out its iPhone app, which will make it easier to find bikes near you that suit your needs.</p>
  • <p>Spinlister emphasizes good bike-rental etiquette.</p>
  • <p>Search, reserve, and pick up your bike via the new iPhone app.</p>
  • <p>"Adorable mixte bicycle" being listed by Charity R. in San Francisco. $8 per hour, $30 per day, $150 per week.</p>
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    Spinlister lets you rent out your bike on a hourly, daily, or weekly rate.

  • 02 /05

    The project launched in 2011 but has put out its iPhone app, which will make it easier to find bikes near you that suit your needs.

  • 03 /05

    Spinlister emphasizes good bike-rental etiquette.

  • 04 /05

    Search, reserve, and pick up your bike via the new iPhone app.

  • 05 /05

    "Adorable mixte bicycle" being listed by Charity R. in San Francisco. $8 per hour, $30 per day, $150 per week.

You're a two-wheel commuter whose bike is in the shop. Or you love exploring new cities from a bicycle, but are too cool to be seen on a brightly branded clunker or cruiser from a city bike share or rental shop. The solution could be Spinlister, which launched in 2011 as a peer-to-peer bike rental service. The website is a near-clone of Airbnb, which allows apartment dwellers to rent out their rooms, but the volume isn't quite there yet—there are about 1,500 bikes listed in a few dozen cities in North America and Europe, anchored by New York and San Francisco. Prices range from $10 to $35 a day.

Spinlister has struggled to get off the ground, but its new mobile app will make it easier to reserve a bike on the go from wherever you might be. Down the road, it plans to add listings for the other bounty found in people's garages: skis and snowboards.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Spinlister; 02 / Spinlister; 03 / Spinlister; 04 / Spinlister; 05 / https://www.spinlister.com/bikes/382;