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Tips for creating a great listing on Spokeo

Creating a great listing on Spokeo is key to getting lots of rentals for your bike or gear, but a great listing takes time. Expect to take 15-20 minutes per listing that you create.

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1. Start with quality, well-maintained bikes and cycling gear

  • Spokeo is a marketplace of good quality, well-maintained bikes and cycling gear. List gear on Spokeo that is lovingly maintained and regularly used.
  • We will not publish listings for bikes and gear that looks like you just pulled it out of a dumpster.

2. Create a great personal profile

  • People are renting your bike, but they need to trust you.
  • Your profile on Spokeo should include a photo in which your face is clearly visible. Avoid sunglasses.
  • Include a short bio describing your experience as a cyclist and bike owner.
  • Mention how you maintain and service your bike(s). Do you do your own mechanic work or do you take your bike(s) to a shop? How regularly?

3. Add 3-5 Great Photos. Yes. People like photos.

  • You probably will need to have a photoshoot with your gear. Clean your gear for the photoshoot. No expensive camera needed, but you will need to know how to take a picture.
  • Include 3-5 photos from different angles to show different parts of your bike/gear
  • Photos should be well-lit, with your bike/gear as the hero, ideally with nothing else in the picture except a neutral background.
  • Avoid photos with people--just bikes & gear please!

4. Include an accurate, detailed description

All bike listings should include:

  • Sizing - include the frame size if known. Include a recommended height range for the rider. Here's a good bike sizing chart
  • Pedals - what type of pedals are installed (e.g. SPDs, flat pedals, etc)? Do you have other pedal options to offer?
  • Tire /wheel size (e.g. 29" wheels and 2.6" tires)
  • Age/quality info - approximately when was the bike new? What component groupo is installed? This helps renters assess the quality of the bike
  • Anything unique about the bike. What makes it cool? Any caveats? Something that doesn't work (but the bike must ride well)...
  • Mountain bikes should include: Front & rear suspension travel (e.g. 150mm travel in front, 140mm rear), whether the bike has a dropper post and if there are disc brakes.
  • Gravel / cyclocross bikes should include: Gears and cassette size
  • Gear (bike racks, bikepacking gear, etc) should include specifics of what the gear attaches to in as much detail as possible. (e.g. the bike rack attaches to a standard 2" trailer hitch) What can the gear be used for? (e.g. this bikepacking gear is perfect for a three-day bikepacking trip) What is the capacity of the gear? (e.g. this bike travel case holds two bikes)

5. Location

  • Currently, we don't have a way to anonymize your location when someone looks at your listing. (We're working on it!) Anonymizing your location is important for security purposes.
  • We have a workaround though… Use a nearby address of a school, park, or public place or just use your zip code
  • Don't worry, we approve listings before they go live and we won't approve your listing with a home address.

6. Pricing

Pricing is totally up to you. Some guidelines:

  • Your pricing should aim to be 25% - 30% lower than the price to rent an equivalent bike at a bike shop.
  • The value and age of the bike are the biggest factors for the rental price.
  • Look at other listings to get a sense for pricing for similar bikes
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