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Blue Marble Construction gives away a beach bike with every home sale!
Even the Mayor has one!
Beach Bikes are an INSTANT AMENITY- Increase Your Revenue Potential Today! Resort goers look for excellent amenity packages when choosing a place to vacation. A loaner bike program is super easy and inexpensive to get started. Keep bikes at your clubhouse or put one in every unit...either way your vacation destination offers more!
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STEP 1: USE OUR 12 YRS. OF START-UP EXPERIENCE TO SAVE TIME AND CASH
Read our insider tips below and avoid the most common mistakes.
STEP 2: RESERVE YOUR LOCAL BIKE RENTAL DOMAIN IMMEDIATELY
While you learn how to start a bike rental business make the first step count. Be the first place people look for bike rentals in your area. In other words "own the search terms for your location". This is easy, just order a domain and host a small referral site, about an hours work to get set up. Even if you aren't sure you are starting a rental biz READ WHY HERE.
STEP 3: PICK THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
Your bikes and accessories should be rental grade and proven in the rental market. Browsing our packages to see what's working for others will save you money and time.
WHAT MAKES A BIKE BUSINESS FUN & PROFITABLE?
QUICK RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Start a bike rental business today, and within a very short period of time you can be making a healthy profit. Low overhead, fast startup. Very little is needed; just the bikes and a few accessories for a quick start approach. Bike rental rates typically range from $9-$15 an hour so a return on your investment can be fast.
Running a bike business is pretty low key. You'll decide what hours are peak, yes or no to deliveries, what "style" rental company you are, and everything else. Most people renting a bike are having a bit of fun on holiday doing something they don't do much at home.
Bike rentals take place in all kinds of interesting places. Beaches, quaint villages, campgrounds, along greenways and scenic paths, at resorts and hotels, carless islands, busy tourism oriented cities, etc. If you don't have your own location, partner with a business that does. BETTER yet, focus on delivery. Buy your area domain, get a website set up, and start reserving and deliverying bikes almost overnight.
The most common mistakes are buying too much stuff, paying too much for stuff, or not doing your homework. There are lots of ways to mess with your profits and success, so take a few minutes to skim the items below, and consider yourself a little better prepared.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON STARTUP MISTAKES?
Mistake- Poor Location
It is much, much better to operate your business online than to spend time and resources looking for the perfect location. Reserve your domain, set up a website and start renting and deliverying bikes directly to your customers. Our preference is to operate primarily with a strong online presence; grabbing up search traffic and rentals, supported by truck based delivery. Then when possible having the additional advantage of a highly visible walk up rental location is just icing on the cake. If you don't have a good spot for people to see your bikes, be creative and rent a bit of visual real estate from someone who does. In other words, don't under-estimate the added benefit and importance of walk-by "ready to rent" traffic, but don't focus on it exclusively or even first.
Mistake- Expensive Start Up Bike Inventory
Make absolutely sure the brand you are looking at is PROVEN in the rental industry. There are lots of bikes out there, but only a few can really take the beating. You need a good, solid, attractive, beach bike with quality components, and some very basic options. You do not need top of the line cruisers or mountain bikes that will cause you financial and emotional distress when bent, broken, stolen, lost or not taken care of in some other way. Start up bikes should pay for themselves in 2 weeks of renting at 50% vacancy. If you overbuy, you are much less likely to cover your capital costs quickly. Remember, you want a high quality bike that is still low cost enough to give you almost immediate cash flow so you can respond to the market when demand increases.
Mistake- The Wrong Bike Inventory
Also consider the mix of your inventory. Typically you will need a few sizes, and some flexibility in your inventory. Consider making a generous portion of your lineup unisex/lady bikes, but in a guy friendly color, to give you the broadest customer fit options. Unisex bikes fit small to mid size guys, most girls, teens, and most seniors. Get a few full size mens for the bigger guys, and some 24" lady bikes for the smaller women and tweens. Throw in a few kids bikes and you have a nice round up.
Mistake- Too Many Accessories
We'd love to sell them to you but when you are just getting started, you only need a few upsell items like tag-a-longs, kid trailers, and baby seats. Don't go overboard; get one or two of what you need then ask us to send you more when you know you can rent it. We want you to be on the phone yelling, I need 5 more baby seats, not sitting there in your shop looking at the stack you ordered and wishing you didn't buy them. ;) There are few accessories related to rider safety you will want to at least consider, and we've outlined those below in Mistake- Thinking Your Renters Can Ride a Bike Well
Mistake- Forgetting Convenience Accessories
There are some things that will make your life easier, or maybe more importantly, that of your customer. You need quick release seat posts for fast, easy adjustment, and so that people renting a bike can share it with their family and resize on the fly. You need some baskets, water bottle holders, definitely helmets, and a good lock for each bike. We like u-locks for sketchy areas or where bikes must be left out at night, and cable locks with resettable combos which are lighter and more flexible for rental use if you aren't in a happy-go-bike-stealing kind of place.
Mistake- Thinking Your Renters Can Ride a Bike Well
Most people who say to themselves "hey I think renting a bike would be fun" probably don't ride often, and very likely haven't ridden recently. Serious riders don't typically ride other people's bikes, and frequent riders often bring their own. There are exceptions of course but as a general rule, take the education and safety of your renters very seriously. They need to wear helmets, not use a rear baby seat (handlebar mount seats are much more manageable for a less experienced rider), be told where it's acceptable to ride, and given some tips on more dangerous or challenging areas to keep away from when riding. You should carefully adjust their seat, and then ask them to ride the lot. It is nice to have orange safety flags on the back of all bikes, they are very cheap and worth their weight in gold because it really helps vehicles see the biker. This doesn't look as awful as it sounds ;) Rear facing mirrors, and handlebar mount water cages are a nice to have.
Mistake- Thinking There Will Be No Repairs
Get some tubes, one pump, one entry level tool kit, and unless you want to be hunched over all the time, a tripod stand. If you are in the Caribbean or US desert areas consider thorn resistant tubes, put them on half the bikes and then see if they are the way to go in the future. Put some time aside every day to pump up tires, lube chains, wipe down grips, adjust brakes, replace damaged seats or bent rims, etc.
Mistake- Thinking Alloy Bikes Mean No Rust
Salt is your enemy, but hey most people renting bikes are doing so in seaside areas so salt is also your friend and probably the reason you can think about renting bikes for a living. It's sad but true, alloy bikes are not the answer to rust free rentals. Alloys are great because they are lighter, and we have alloy bikes in our lineup, BUT for both alloy and steel bikes, the actual metal of the bike is covered by paint....so there's that. You will see rust on handlebars, the hardware on baskets, your chains, and other miscellaneous exposed items. Bikes should really be indoors when not rented out, but that just isn't practical. You can spray your bikes with a rust inhibitor like Frame Saver but that gets sticky and customers don't like it. You can upgrade to alloy handlebars for about $40 each, and use rust buster chains for around $10, but really the best plan is to spray your bikes down, wipe them thoroughly with nice soft towels, and then do your lube maintenance. Remember, bikes pay for themselves quickly, so replace the bike if it looks bad, don't kill yourself with gimmicky treatments, or upgrading too many parts.
Mistake- Not Using BOTH a Waiver and a Rental Agreement
Both of these forms are very important and don't let any rider, regardless of age or number of riders in the party, get on your bikes without signing them. We have a great example of both forms we are happy to share with you, just shoot us a mail and ask for it. You will need to have it checked for accuracy and coverage in your state, but it's a good solid place to start so you don't have to write it all yourself.
Here are some other important topics and considerations you don't want to overlook. We will expand these topics over time, but put them here to jog your thinking.
More Possible Mistakes
So keep in touch and ask for help, we're here for you.
Branding- there may be other places to rent bikes; so decide what will set you apart, making you cooler, more fun, or easier to deal with than your competitors
Signage- you need super obvious, fun, easy to read, call to action signage
Bike Branding- put some form of branding on your bike but DON'T make it embarrassing to ride, people want to look cool on a bike, not like a human banner for your biz
Repeat Business- incentivize another rental in a very short window of expiring time, offer referral gifts
Rental Customer Identification- drivers' license or some other form of ID, plus the swipe of a credit card towards damages are both CRITICAL
Tracking Your Bikes- track your bikes down to the hour with each bike's info unique and detailed and consider spray painting a large orange number on the bottom of the seat
Pricing for the Best Yield- this is a huge subject but basically don't rent all your bikes at a discount for multiple days, then be empty handed for walk-ins
Competitor Research- do a bit of stealth marketing, what are they charging, what equipment, how are they getting the word out
Complimentary Relationships- work with realty companies, popular hangouts, time share resorts, and hotels to get more rentals
Business Expansion- consider deliveries, online reservations, and more than one rental location
Theft and Damage- have extra parts on hand so bikes aren't down for more than a day, think RENT at all times
We have 12 years of experience starting and helping other people start rental and loaner programs, and we are happy to share anything we can. If you have a question, we've probably dealt with it. If we haven't one of our 800 customers have and we'll follow up and ask for you.
BIKE RENTAL BIZ Startup Package - Most Popular
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GREAT FOR RESORT LOANER OR NEW BIKE RENTAL BIZ START UP! Feel free to ask for a long list of references, our customers LOVE the 3 SPD Urban.
Lowcost Startup Pkg. w/ Everything you need to make money fast
This package is designed to give you optimum rental yields and super fast start up. We've selected our customers' favorite bike mix and accessories so you can get started quickly and with the confidence that you'll have what you need. We've added the very minimum of tools and parts needed, and you're all set. One click...open for business :)
- bike size mix proven to get the best rental yield
- 3 spds for longer rentals (or single spds, you decide)
- accessories that you need, no fluff
- basic tune up quick start, no wasted tools or equipment
Our flagship Urban Beach Cruiser in the Nexus 3 speed version allows for longer and more frequent rentals. Don't wear your customers out, give them comfort with 3 speeds.
The bike is loaded with the Nexus three speed shifter, coaster brake, comfort spring loaded seat, widened handlebars and the extra wide tires. This simple low maintenance yet sturdy beach bike will last years to come offering relaxing and countless good times. This bike is of excellent quality and durability tested by dozens of resorts, hotels, and campgrounds. The accessories have each been carefully selected to be easy to use, low maintenace, cost effective, and program enhancing.
The package includes: (send an email for special requests, it's quick to modify the below order)
20 BIKES FIT THE MOST COMMONLY NEEDED SIZE RANGE- 4' TO 6'2" (or choose your own size mix or SINGLE SPEEDS we reduce price by $70 p/bike)
4 URBAN NEXUS 3 SPEED MAN 26"
12 URBAN NEXUS 3 SPEED UNISEX/LADY 26"
4 URBAN NEXUS 3 SPEED JR UNISEX/LADY 24"
BASKETS/HELMETS/LOCKS (feel free to leave something off...we'll adjust your price)
20 LIFT OFF BASKETS w/HANDLE- Attractive easy to use carryall basket. The lift-off design makes it easy to switch bikes, or leave the basket off when not needed. The handle gives riders added flexibility for shopping resort stores or taking items from bike to beach.
20 HELMETs- This helmet style has 10 vents, a removable visor and comes with a lifetime crash replacement guaranty from the manufacturer. Available in four colors too. Unless you contact us with additional specifications you will receive 10 S/M, 10 M/L.
20 EXTRA LONG U-LOCKS or RESETTABLE COMBOS- We chose this heavy duty lock for security of your asset, ease of use, durability, and it's highly functional clip which helps keep the lock with the bike and not left somewhere accidentally. You can substitute resettable combo locks if you prefer.
KID CARRIERS MAXIMIZE RENTALS (we highly recommend these for maximum rental yield and $)
1 TUG A BUG- This attaches to an adult bike for those kids too large for a trailer, and not enough stamina to keep up on a child's bike.
1 HARD SHELL TOW TRAILER- Tows behind any adult or JR bike, for kids 4 and under. Fits two children, up to 100 pounds, hard shell bottom.
1 FRONT MOUNT CHILD CARRIER- For the child too small for the two trailer, mounts in front facing adult rider for safety and balance.
REQUIRED BIKE ADD-ONS (expected by renters)
20 QUICK RELEASE SEAT POST CLAMPS- Makes changing seats fast for you and the rider, and sharing much safer.
20 HANDLEBAR MOUNT WATER CAGES- Customers EXPECT a place to put their water bottles, and handlebar mounts mean no holes in your frames.
BASIC NECESSITIES FOR REPAIR (simplify your maintenance, don't spend too much on repair equipment)
1 FOLDING, TRIPOD BIKE REPAIR STAND
1 MECH STARTER TOOL KIT AND BOX
1 EASY READ GUAGE STEEL TIRE PUMP
10 24" TUBES
10 26" TUBES
5 BOTTLES OF CHAIN LUBE
2 PATCH KITS
Shipping to your business destination in the 48 contiguous United States.
When ordering if you'd like exceptions to the above simply reply to your confirmation email with details of your needs. If we don't receive a special request by the end of business day your order will be placed as described above. For quantity discounts: Any delivery damage claims or manufacturer defects will be handled via Cheap Beach Bikes, but are solely the responsibility of shipper and manufacturer. There are no returns or refunds, and all sales are final.
BIKE SPECS: MODEL: 26" URBAN NEXUS 3 SP MAN Frame Size- 19" for Man, 15.5" for Lady Frame- Hi-Ten Steel Frame Fork- Hi-Ten Steel Fork Headset- Steel Crank- 1 piece Steel 40T Front Der- Nil Rear Der- Shimano Nexus inter 3sp Shifters- Shimano 3 Speed Rim- Alloy Rim, 36H Hub- Steel 36H + Shimano Nexus Freewheel Shimano Nexus Tire- Kenda 26"x2.125" Black with White Wall Brake- Shimano Nexus Coaster Brake Handlebar- Steel Cruiser Bend Stem- Alloy Saddle- Comfort w/ Spring Post- Steel, CP Pedal- Resin Body Extras- Stainless Spoke
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