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Old 03-30-11, 03:01 PM
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Velolet - very interesting idea!

This seems to be a pretty innovative idea with lots of potential. Businesses and individuals can use their site to list bikes that they would like to rent out to cyclists or tourists visiting their community. They take care of the hassle - the credit card and insurance stuff.

http://velolet.com/

http://www.thelinemedia.com/innovati...let021611.aspx

I would like to put some of my bikes on the site, but, alas, I live in Japan and they apparently don't have licensing to do business overseas yet.

Anyway, I think it's a cool idea. What do you think?
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That is kind of neat. My LBS rents bikes; they might want in on this.
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Old 03-30-11, 04:24 PM
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That is indeed a neat idea. But... (gad I feel like a miserable, stinking cynic for saying it...)

I'm afraid of letting ham-fisted strangers ride my bikes, cross-chaining, banging up my perfectly balanced rims, scratching my pristine paint jobs.

And I'm also afraid of scheduling time off from work, making travel arrangements, enduring layovers, delays, airline food, and Paulie Shore/Sex in the City movies through the flight, arriving at my destination and finding this waiting in front of my Belgian hotelroom:




I'd honestly rather make an internet friend, see about engineering an agreement like this, and exchanging pictures and details about each bike. Having a semi-personal acquaintance with the person seems much safer to me.
Either that, or just UPSing one of my bikes to my vacation destination. (It's remarkably cheap, IMO.)
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
That is indeed a neat idea. But... (gad I feel like a miserable, stinking cynic for saying it...)

I'm afraid of letting ham-fisted strangers ride my bikes, cross-chaining, banging up my perfectly balanced rims, scratching my pristine paint jobs.

And I'm also afraid of scheduling time off from work, making travel arrangements, enduring layovers, delays, airline food, and Paulie Shore/Sex in the City movies through the flight, arriving at my destination and finding this waiting in front of my Belgian hotelroom:




I'd honestly rather make an internet friend, see about engineering an agreement like this, and exchanging pictures and details about each bike. Having a semi-personal acquaintance with the person seems much safer to me.
Either that, or just UPSing one of my bikes to my vacation destination. (It's remarkably cheap, IMO.)
LOL - guess it could happen but when you list a bike for rent, you are supposed to upload a current photo of it. Customers can leave comments - so any business that did that wouldn't be in business for long methinks, but I suppose an individual could do it. Not sure how they could counteract that.

Still think it's an excellent idea though. I live in Yokohama, Japan and am visiting my parents in Raleigh, North Carolina. It would have been nice if this service was available here, - I would have a greater selection of bikes to choose from. As it is, seems like only a few shops offer rentals and they are expensive. I really wanted to rent a casual inexpensive bike or folder to use while exploring downtown.

I could certainly imagine a tourist or businessman deciding to explore the city they are in, while covering more ground and getting a bit of exercise by using a bike, and perusing the listings to find out what's available and maybe who offers delivery and pick-up service to their hotel..
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Originally Posted by owenfinn View Post
I could certainly imagine a tourist or businessman deciding to explore the city they are in, while covering more ground and getting a bit of exercise by using a bike, and perusing the listings to find out what's available and maybe who offers delivery and pick-up service to their hotel..
That's exactly what I did when I went to Portland a few months ago. I took the train from the airport to downtown, rented a bike instead of a car, rode all over town, spent an extra day after the trade show, ate four meals every day (sometimes two dinners, sometimes two lunches), took our regional sales rep out to a swank dinner, and then my cousin out to another swank place the night after that, AND drank myself stupid every night on Portland's excellent microbrews.
I gained FOUR pounds eating at Portlands finest restaurants on the company dime, but when my boss saw my expense report, she still called me a cheap date!

It's simply a matter of looking up "bicycle rentals in Portland" on Gmaps.
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