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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.

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.

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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.

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She’s the author of Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006) and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Her next book, The Test, about standardized testing, will be published by Public Affairs in 2015.

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