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The Bike Club

Baron GreenbackBaron Greenback Posts: 128
edited November 2016 in Family & kids cycling forum
Hi everyone,

http://www.thebikeclub.co/choose/

Has anyone seen / signed up for this? Seems ideal for those parents of single children where handing a bike down isn't an option.
The rates feel reasonable too?

I read somewhere that islabikes were working on a project similar to this, however, I hadn't seen any firm details.

Regards,

Greenback

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  • natrixnatrix Posts: 1,111
    Islabikes are setting up their 'Imagine' project, see http://www.islabikes.co.uk/imagineproject

    One of the drawbacks with this sort of scheme is what do you do with the bikes that have been rented out for 3 months or so and then swapped for a bigger size? How much can you then rent out a second-hand bike for? If you are going to service it, touch up the paint etc, you are paying UK labour rates and it could become economically unviable.

    I wish them luck with it, but it is a competitive market these days, with Islabike, Frog, Wiggins, Hoy etc all doing lightweight childrens bikes.
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  • I think the intention with this us when a bike gets returned, it gets cleaned up / serviced / refurbished, depending on what is appropriate, and then it gets sent out to hire again.

    There is a disclaimer stating that the bike received is not guaranteed to be new when first received.

    For me, it could work for my youngest, as I don't plan on having another child in the household to pass it down to (!). Buying an Isla for him seems like a stretch, as my available capital us low, and also he will grow out of his first bike quickly.
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