Squeaky brakes, slow changing gears and punctures – we’ve all experienced problems with our bikes at some stage. When these things happen we have a few options. We could take it to the local bike shop, we can try to ignore the problem and hope it goes away or we can fix it ourselves.
Bike shop repairs can be expensive and they can’t always complete the repair on the spot. Ignoring the problem normally makes it worse. That leaves fixing it ourselves!
Fortunately, most bike repairs are easy to do at home, especially if you have the right guide that is easy to follow.
That’s where Bike Doctor comes in.
The next time you need to repair something on your bike..
Load up Bike Doctor on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device and switch to the bike view.
Tap the part of your bike with a problem and checkout a list of relevant repairs.
Flick through the list of relevant repairs and choose the one you wish to follow.
Follow the detailed, step-by-step guide and complete your repair.
Get back to riding your bike!
Designed for beginners
Whilst I know even Cytech mechanics use Bike Doctor at times, it is designed for complete beginners.
In the past I’ve found many bike maintenance books to be frustrating. They seem to leave out little details that are important to complete a repair or to work out why you are performing a certain action.
Bike Doctor is different. After the first draft of the instructions were created for the app, we tested them out on bike maintenance beginners. Looking over their shoulder as they went about completing the repair, we made notes where things went wrong and improved the instructions. The result is that this is the easiest to follow bike maintenance guide you’ll find.
14,233 downloads and counting!
Here’s some of the feedback the app has been receiving:
“I read somewhere about truing wheels and it said don’t bother unless you are a pro, but I’ve just sorted my wheels out a treat. The app paid for itself straight away!”
“Great app, worth every penny, saved money on a service already!”
“Excellent application with nice clear photos. Explanation are concise but personal, the writer has a passion for cycling and it shows, which makes for a refreshing experience.”
And my favourite review so far:
“I love bikes”
Yes you do!
As featured in…
- BikeRadar: “The bike doctor app features 29 of the most common repairs [we've since upped this to 42!]. From ﬁxing punctures to stopping gears from skipping, the app will take you through it step by step. It’s a useful guide to have in your pocket at all times ready for emergencies.”
- The Independent: “There are visual, step-by-step repair guides for common problems, which are constantly updated and expanded on by the developers.”
- Bicycling, TechCrunch, Cycling Plus etc.
How to get a copy?
Either tap one of the buttons above or alternatively search for Bike Doctor in the app store.
Bike Doctor is a little cheaper than a London pint at £2.99. For that price you get both the iPad and iPhone edition.
What if I’ve already got Bike Doctor 2.0?
Jolly good, head to app store on your iPad and seek out Bike Doctor. You should, pending any weird errors, be able to download Bike Doctor for iPad free of charge.
Enjoy! (+your help!)
I’ve had an incredible time putting together the new Bike Doctor. I got the chance to work with a talented developer and graphic designer. It’s been a lot of hours of work but I’m really pleased with the result and I hope you will be too.
If you enjoy the app then please help me spread the word to other interested cyclists out there.
Coming to the iPhone version..
I’m working on a different app at the moment, but once the dust has settled on the Bike Doctor iPad launch, I’ll be re-doing the iPhone edition with larger pictures, search functionality and more repairs.
I’m having trouble downloading it..
Are you on iOS 6? The app requires iOS 6 to work.
Video of the app in action
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As seen on The Guardian, BBC and The Independent.