Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Airbnb Experiences, a potential revenue stream for your LBS?

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Airbnb Experiences, a potential revenue stream for your LBS?

Old 07-06-19, 11:14 PM
  #1  
jade408
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1,532

Bikes: Working on replacing my stolen Soma Buena Vista Mixte

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 415 Post(s)
Liked 82 Times in 41 Posts
Airbnb Experiences, a potential revenue stream for your LBS?

A couple of years ago, Airbnb launched "experiences," where you host a special outing in your city. In recent months, they have been promoting this as a good thing for locals to do at home as well.

Today I went to a local teashop, and one of the workers was really busy - he was running an experience. The experience was basically a special tea tasting. They regularly host tea tastings, but this was a bit more one on one than a usual one. I am not sure if they charged the regular price or more - it was too busy for me to ask.

So imagine your LBS hosted and "experience." Of course this wouldn't work every where but it could work in a lot of places. Imagine an enthusiastic employee leads a tour on the MUP, complete with a bike rental with accessories. Maybe the experience adds a picnic, or a stop at a brewery/coffee shop/ice cream place or whatever. Or maybe a couple of businesses on Main Street collabo and have a few targeted stops so someone can experience the neighborhood.

It would be something relatively inexpensive to try. To get started, you'd basically need to plan the experience and make a nice little web page for it.

The buzzword right now for millennials and "affluent" people is that no one wants stuff, they want experiences. The growing sports (corn hole and axe throwing) and fitness studio trend really epitomize that right now...and the LBS is missing out. Maybe they can jump on it too. Create an experience that shows off a bike and some accessories. Or just a new service to get people in the door.
jade408 is offline  
Likes For jade408:
Old 07-07-19, 06:54 AM
  #2  
ChinookTx
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Posts: 261

Bikes: Kona Rove Ti., Motobecane Whipshot Ti

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 99 Post(s)
Liked 46 Times in 34 Posts
How does liability work in such a case? Someone falls down during their "experience" and crack their skull while cycling down the MUP? Is it the LBS's fault? Not trolling, just curious.
ChinookTx is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 07:05 AM
  #3  
Lemond1985
Sophomore Member
 
Lemond1985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 1,644
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 936 Post(s)
Liked 247 Times in 178 Posts
Is it the LBS's fault?
Did someone from the LBS toss a broom stick in their spokes? If so, then I guess it would be.

If not, then I doubt it, especially if they have the riders sign a disclaimer saying LBS is not liable for any random road accidents that may occur that are not caused by the LBS. At least that's how it would work in the US.
Lemond1985 is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 07:43 AM
  #4  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,350

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1198 Post(s)
Liked 54 Times in 41 Posts
Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
Did someone from the LBS toss a broom stick in their spokes? If so, then I guess it would be.

If not, then I doubt it, especially if they have the riders sign a disclaimer saying LBS is not liable for any random road accidents that may occur that are not caused by the LBS. At least that's how it would work in the US.
I'm not a lawyer but I play one on the internet.
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 08:00 AM
  #5  
Kedosto
Ambulophobic
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: San Leandro, CA
Posts: 1,157
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 437 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 76 Posts
The “experience” idea is creative and interesting but the example you’ve cited wouldn’t be possible for most LBSs.

Offering rental bikes and accessories opens up a whole other set of business considerations. Of course it could be a BYOB situation, but then that’s pretty much an experience the bike owners already know; it’s basically a “come join us for a group ride” which every shop is already doing (at least in my neighborhood).

How about tea at the bike shop? Cyclists learn/enjoy tea and tea drinkers learn about cycling (ebikes, commuting, repairs, etc)


-Kedosto
Kedosto is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 08:06 AM
  #6  
ChinookTx
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Posts: 261

Bikes: Kona Rove Ti., Motobecane Whipshot Ti

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 99 Post(s)
Liked 46 Times in 34 Posts
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I'm not a lawyer but I play one on the internet.
ChinookTx is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 08:25 AM
  #7  
Kedosto
Ambulophobic
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: San Leandro, CA
Posts: 1,157
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 437 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 76 Posts
So I mentioned your post to my wife as I made my way to the shower. She, a former active Wombat, did her best to resist the urge to smack me up side my head.


-Kedosto
*lucky man*
Kedosto is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 01:03 PM
  #8  
teejaywhy
Senior Member
 
teejaywhy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: AZ
Posts: 136

Bikes: 2019 Specialized Roubaix Expert; 2018 Breezer Thunder Expert

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Liked 26 Times in 20 Posts
Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
Did someone from the LBS toss a broom stick in their spokes? If so, then I guess it would be.

If not, then I doubt it, especially if they have the riders sign a disclaimer saying LBS is not liable for any random road accidents that may occur that are not caused by the LBS. At least that's how it would work in the US.
You seem unfamiliar with the American tort system.
teejaywhy is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 01:21 PM
  #9  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,396

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 188 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6899 Post(s)
Liked 238 Times in 196 Posts
a girl stepped on the foot of an employee's sleeping dog , in the bike shop,

she got a tiny wound under her chin from the dog jumping up in reaction to having the foot stepped on.

so they lawyer-ed up, ... no money down ... contingency fee 40 % .. typically..

and Businesses insurance company came up with $50K in the settlement, probably out of court negotiations ..
fietsbob is offline  
Likes For fietsbob:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.