Find & rent bikes from the best independent bike shops in Europe using BICILET Bike Rental.
It will come as no surprise to learn that we love cycling when travelling. It’s a great way to see a country, meet people, keep fit and – most importantly – have fun. Getting on a bike when we are in a new place is always top of our list of things to do.
Wanting to avoid the hassle and expense of bringing bikes with us, we have always tried to hire, but have consistently been astonished at how difficult it is to rent a bike, especially anything that is not a clunky city bike we can only use for 30 minutes. We’d spend ages trying to find a suitable bike shop in the area we were travelling to, working out what was on offer and when it was available, before going through a drawn out booking process involving telephone / email / printed & scanned forms.
We’d often also have little guarantee that the shop we were using was going to provide what we needed. In short, we don't think cyclists or holiday makers have an easy job today of trying to hire a bike.
We also understand the many challenges facing bike shops / rental outlets – and want to help make their lives easier. Creating a website / booking system is difficult and expensive, and effective marketing is not always a top priority and can be incredibly time consuming. Rental is, however, a great revenue stream for bike shops, and we want to help bike shops reach as many people as possible, and hopefully step-change their business by addressing their rental potential.
We think both sides of a bike rental are poorly served today, and we want to change that.
BICILET Bike Rental was therefore created to make hiring a bike significantly easier, by providing a better experience to hirer and shop alike. As passionate cyclists ourselves, we are keen that everyone considers hiring a bike when travelling – and is able to do so as easily as possible.
The key to BICILET is a simple booking system. To get started, simply use our form or map to find the area you are travelling to, select the type of bike you are interested in hiring, and choose from the shops available. Our platform submists a request for a booking directly with bike shops (who confirm within 48 hours), before paying using a secure payment system – Stripe. Our vetting process (and later, our review system), should provide you with confidence that the bikes you hire are of good quality. You can also ask the bike shops any questions you have (type of bike, delivery options) before payment.
We do not pay the bike shop until after your rental has started – so you can have reassurance that you will get your money back if anything is not as expected. There is no additional charge to hiring a bike through our platform - the cost of hiring will be exactly the same as if you had hired directly. Check out our FAQs for more detail, and our Terms & Conditions here.
Launching in January 2017, we are very much in our early stages, and are keen for as much feedback as possible on the site. We’d love to hear your suggestions – please get in touch with us, and make sure to sign up to our quarterly newsletter. Similarly, if you know of any shops you think would love to be on the platform, or areas you would like us to cover, then please let us know!
We can’t wait to make renting a bike much easier for you.
Henry & the BICILET Bike Rental team.
Henry: 30th Jan 2017 19:46:00