Rent Out Your Bike and Make Money: A Comprehensive Guide

an orange rental bike in a downotwn area
I wrote a blog post about 10 ways to use your bike as a side hustle. This is the 3rd one I listed. If you live in a tourist heavy place this might be a good choice for you. Sure, it might be difficult to get people to rent a single bike from you but you could invest in about 3 or 4 sturdy bikes and start a small company. You can read later in the post about how Spinlister grew from a small company to becoming a leader in the field.

Here is the original post, Make Money with Bicycle Related Side Hustles

If you have a spare bicycle that you don't use very often, you can turn it into a side hustle by renting it out to tourists or other cyclists who need a ride. This is a great way to make some extra money and help others enjoy your city.

Here are a few tips on how to get started:

  1. Choose a bike rental platform. There are a number of different bike rental platforms available, such as Spinlister, Airbnb Bike Rentals, and Wheelz. Each platform has its own fees and terms and conditions, so be sure to compare them before choosing one.
  2. List your bike. Once you've chosen a platform, you'll need to create an account and list your bike for rent. Be sure to include a clear and concise description of your bike, as well as high-quality photos. You'll also need to set your rental rates and availability.
  3. Be reliable and responsive. Respond to customer requests promptly and let customers know if you are unable to rent out your bike on a particular day.
  4. Be flexible. Be willing to work with customers to find a time and location that works for both of you.
  5. Be professional. Be polite and courteous to customers and provide them with all the information they need.
  6. Take care of your bike. Make sure your bike is in good condition before you rent it out and clean and lubricate it regularly.

Insurance Needs

Most bike rental platforms offer insurance coverage for their renters. However, it is important to read the terms and conditions carefully to understand what is and is not covered. For example, some platforms may not cover theft or damage to the bike if it is left unattended.

If you are concerned about theft or damage to your bike, you may want to purchase additional insurance coverage. There are a number of different insurance companies that offer policies for bike rentals.

How to deal with theft or damage

If your bike is stolen or damaged while it is rented out, you will need to report the incident to the bike rental platform immediately. The platform will then investigate the incident and determine if you are eligible for insurance coverage.

If your bike is stolen and you do not have insurance coverage, you may be able to file a police report. However, it is important to note that the police may not be able to recover your bike.

If your bike is damaged and you do have insurance coverage, the insurance company will typically repair or replace your bike. However, you may need to pay a deductible first.

The Spinlister Story

Spinlister is a great example of how you can turn a side hustle into a successful business. The company was founded in 2012 by two friends who were looking for a way to make some extra money. They started by renting out their own bikes to tourists in New York City.

The business quickly grew, and Spinlister now has over 100,000 bikes listed on its platform in over 100 countries. The company has raised over $4 million in funding and has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, and other major publications.


Renting out your bicycle is a great way to make some extra money and help others enjoy your city. By following the tips above, you can increase your chances of success and start generating income from your spare bike.

Here is my next blog post: How to Start a Pedicab Business and Make Good Money


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