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AirDonkey is a platform to share your bike and earn money from it

A Copenhagen-based start-up is looking to raise funds for a new bike hire mobile app. Similar to Uber, the basic premise of AirDonkey is that it will allow people with spare or little-used bikes to share them and earn money by doing so.

The Guardian reports that the firm behind the project, Donkey Republic, have successfully tested the system around Copenhagen. The next step involves looking to raise about €100,000 of funding via Kickstarter.

“You could see it as a Scandinavian reply to the American way of doing things with Uber,” said co-founder Erdem Ovacik. “Of course, these are very ambitious words. But that’s the vision.”

AirDonkey concept video from Donkey Republic on Vimeo.

Before a bike can be made available for hire, it must be ‘donkified’, which is expected to cost around €80. For that, you get a special rear-wheel lock, an information panel which you affix to the handlebars, stickers marking the bike and a listing on the website.

The website keeps a track of available bikes’ locations via the lock and users can then release them via the mobile phone app. The firm envisages a daily rental charge of about €10 in places like London and Copenhagen.

The idea is similar to existing rental scheme, Splinister, which differs from AirDonkey in that bikes are collected from and returned to their owners rather than being left out on the street. The challenge for both projects may be to get enough people involved that bikes will be readily available for those using the app.

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Leviathan [2903 posts] 2 years ago
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The lovely Dan from Cracked tells us why Uber is Terrible:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og3PjvcR1Pc

Why would you let a stranger ride your precious.

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LarryDavidJr [382 posts] 2 years ago
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Presumably they cover you for the loss of the bike when someone inevitably steals it (either a user or while it's locked up)? Can't see any details about that. It does sound like it's more for your 'beater' quality(ish) bikes to pick up at short notice rather than when you need something specific (i.e. needing an MTB, a race bike, a tourer etc.) like Spinlister offers.

I tried to get a Spinlister bike in a large city in the US recently. The two in my size were both owned by the same person, who hadn't signed in for months. He or she had obviously forgotten about it and changed their mind (or had got rid of the bikes) because almost as soon as my request went in it was turned down and the bikes disappeared from the listings.

Looking around the site, it would seem rather a lot of people have listed and then not had cause to log in again for ages, so you have to wonder how many of them are actually still available .... a shame because it's a great idea.

Paid about £50 in the end for a Cannondale Super Six Evo from a local bike shop, who were very pleasant to deal with.

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gazza_d [472 posts] 2 years ago
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No, it would be like whoring out a family member

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aladdin pain [84 posts] 2 years ago
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Not really the point, but AirDonkey need to sit down with MailChimp, SurveyMonkey, DesignApe, and SoundSquid to rethink this animal name thing.

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joules1975 [490 posts] 2 years ago
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aladdin pain wrote:

Not really the point, but AirDonkey need to sit down with MailChimp, SurveyMonkey, DesignApe, and SoundSquid to rethink this animal name thing.

 21 But at least with four of the five there is a bit of a hint at what they are about.