crotchety young dude
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SF, CA
Bikes: IRO Angus; Casati Gold Line; Redline 925; '72 Schwinn Olympic Paramount
Have him sign something saying that he can use it free of charge while you're gone, but he'll pay for any necessary repairs that will be done due to his riding the bike. Before this, have the LBS provide a written statement signed by a well trusted mechanic stating the bike's condition. Make sure that when he returns it you take it to the same mechanic, have him check out the bike, tell you both what needs to be done (because of the riding) and have the "renter" pay for those repairs.
Don't be malicious about it, but just make sure the rider understands that you value this bike and want it treated kindly. If he/she does not understand this (or won't agree), point him/her to a local bike rental place to show that you do want this person to ride.
IRO Angus Casati Gold Line
Originally Posted by CardiacKid
I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.