UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 19, 2018.
As of April 18th, we have a monthly classic 3 speed option due to requests. Bikes are limited in supply. No accessories are included. Some long term visitors seek monthly rentals. Interns want cheap transport during their stay. CapitalBikeShare can add up and is inconvenient at times, especially when you are riding at rush hour or to popular places. We offer weekly rentals for many of our bikes.
But even with a big discount, we (& our competitors) would still have monthly rates more the purchase of a new bike. The local bike shops would love to have your business, even for a month. In this city you can be assured that if you purchased a good $500 3 speed belt drive bike, you could easily sell it for at least half of what you pay for it. We might even buy your 2017-8 bike from you if it is a Focus Planet Plus. But it is easy to sell it on online yourself.
If you are on a serious budget, you can always buy a bike on Craigslist and sell it when you are done with it. Beware that when you buy used, you buy the used bike problems too. The money you save may still end up at a bike shop, just in the repair department.
The retail & repair shops do not rent. The 5% of shops that do only have a handful of well worn bikes. Capital Bike Share has reduced the likelihood that stores would try new rental options. Some customers don't like bringing the bikes back after use. Therefore, bike share and our business have the advantage.
We have high end road bikes, for the athlete in you. No other area rental company offers our level of bike. We have hybrid bikes for the leisure set. And yet our customers want more options... and for longer.
Finally, Spinlister.com is a site where people offer their bikes for rent. It is a true bike share business.