Using RentaBikeNow is pretty much similar to renting a car, except with no carbon footprint. Type in the address of where you’ll be, then narrow down your search by type of bike (road, mountain, BMX, kids, even tandem), size, and what kind of extras you’ll need like locks, bags and protective gear. After securing a deposit via Credit Card or PayPal, you're free to pick up your bike whenever you need it.
You can even make a same-day reservation before 8 am, and while prices vary depending on the type of bike, they're mostly around $10 an hour or $40 a day. We could go with some cheaper options, but hey, they don't have a lot of competition yet in the online bike rentals market.
The site is easy to use, a good resource for finding a bike in a city you’re unfamiliar with, and it seems to be focused on bike-friendly locales. For example, searching for a cycle tomorrow in San Francisco, the site showed us bikes available in the city, as well as more in nearby Berkeley and Sausilito. Yet in New York City, results were not so goodthe closest thing they’ve got is Farmingdale (Long Island) and Randolph (New Jersey)—not exactly convenient to a circuit around Central Park. Watch their space though, as the service promises to continue adding more partners, and even plans to expand to Europe by the end of the year.