CitiBikes are plagued with two potentially deal-breaking problems: clumsy, often broken rental stations and pavement-cracking weight. That being said, we're not complaining; CitiBike, Hubway, Divvy, CaBi, and Pronto (can you name each of their cities?) have set off a hunger for public-access bikes which we can seriously get behind. But what if there was a better option? Spinlister’s new take on bike sharing aims to satisfy the public's appetite for instant-bikes while patching its gaping holes.
Up until now, Spinlister’s concept was simple; it’s Airbnb for bikes. If you’re in an area and need a ride, check the local listings, find and reserve what you need, and pick it up. And if you own a bike that just sits around, you can make some extra dough by listing it. While this idea is admirable, it was missing a key element—convenience. So Spinlister teamed up with Dutch bike company VanMoof to try something using the magic of Bluetooth and GPS.