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For Sunday, July 13, 2014

By McClatchy News Services


Spinlister's shared bikes are an easy way to get around town.

» What it does: It's a bike-sharing service that lets you rent a bike or list one. To rent a bike, choose a date and time, message the owner and arrange to pick it up. For those who list their bikes, know that they are insured up to $5,000.

» What's hot: The geographic possibilities are impressive. U.S. cities with the biggest rental inventory include New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. I also checked out Rome; London; Barcelona, Spain; and Paris, where I found a tandem bike for rent at $6 an hour, or $26 a day. I even found an Ironman winner's bike in the small beach town of Encinitas, Calif., for $100 a day. It seems just about every big city or region offers at least a couple of rental options.

» What's not: There are buttons for renting surf and paddleboards or ski and snowboard equipment. However, it was harder to find destinations that offered these rentals. I have high hopes that those numbers will grow once more people find out about Spinlister.

Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

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