We take a similar approach and sell people a discounted AS-IS bike (tuned-up used department store bike) for around $40 Cdn if they promise to dontate it back when they are finished with it. This avoids a lot of hassles with tracking the rentals and with our lack of insurance coverage for rentals.
Chris Wells (Email Handler & one of many Volunteer Head Mechanics)
re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op 477 Bronson Ave. Ottawa
--- On Fri, 7/3/09, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
From: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Coming to PDX, need a bike to ride while there. To: "The Think Tank" email@example.com Received: Friday, July 3, 2009, 8:37 PM Community Cycles in Boulder doesn't rent bikes, but we get asked about it all the time. Our work around is that we'll sell you a bike and then you can donate it back when you're done. No deposit, return it in whatever shape.
I don't know if we've had any takers to date, but it evens out with our local bike rental places after about 5 days or so.