Liquid Helps Riders Rent or Lend Bikes Online
New site connects riders, bike owners, and shops around the U.S.
A new website called Liquid allows bike-enthusiasts across the United States to rent or lend wheels. The online marketplace connects riders with other users and existing bike shops for secure rental or an easy way to make some extra cash.
Renters provide their location, height and the type of bike they want (road, mountain, cruiser, etc.) They receive a list of rental options that include a description and photo of the bike, a photo of the provider and the cost per day, hour and week.
There’s a decent selection of bikes on the website, depending on location and type of bike. For instance, eight possibilities came back for a five-foot-four rider looking for a road bike in in New York City, with a rental cost between $12 and $30 per day. A mountain bike for a six-foot-tall rider in Portland, OR., however, returned only two results.
To list your bike, take a few photos and post them to the website along with a description and your desired rental rate. It’s a free service and you can accept or deny any rental request. When your bike is returned at the end of the rental period, Liquid will deposit money in your account.
Similar to Airbnb, Liquid uses reviews for a self-regulating security system. Based on feedback from other users, you can identify the best renters and the best bikes. If your bike is damaged or stolen during a rental period and the renter is unable to reimburse you, Liquid will cover a cost up to $5,000, depending on your bike.
The company plans to expand into other countries and is accepting listings from around the world.
To find or rent a bike on Liquid, visit the company’s website.