Announcing new must-have app for London’s cyclists

New app design preview

It’s my birthday! To celebrate, I’d like to give you a sneak preview of a new app I’ve been working on for London’s cyclists.

Update! The app is now available here: http://bit.ly/ldncyclistapp

I know you’re going to love it but I need your help to make it a reality. Read on!

The app will list all of London’s:

  • Bike shops – currently 239 of them!
  • Cycle cafes – including Look Mum No Hands, Rapha Cycle Club and FullCity.
  • Community initiatives – including London Bike Kitchen and 56a Bikespace
  • Rentals – for when your friend visits town or for when you need a road bike for an event!
  • Mobile repair services – let the puncture repair man come to you!

It’ll be perfect for when you are looking for a well recommended bike shop, a cycle cafe to rest your legs or a great place to get a reliable second hand bike.

There are many places in London that few cyclists know about, so I’d like to bring these great shops, cafes and services the attention they deserve.

RatingsWe created a similar app back in 2010 but it was missing some key features, such as allowing people to rate their favourite bike shops. Plus, the app was paid and this one will be free!

I’m also hoping it will be a good way to bring bike shop discounts to readers of London Cyclist – thus saving you money whilst helping you keep your bike well serviced.

Help: Spread the word

If you think this is a good idea, please copy and paste the link to this post and share it on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you!

Help: Pictures of bike shops

Is there a bike shop you pass every day? One really near your office or home? Please take a landscape picture to be used in the app and send it over to me. You’ll be given credit in the listing page and help me make the app more useful for everyone.

Help: Reviews of bike shops

Have a bike shop you love? Help me make the app immediately useful – write your review in a comment below or send it to me! I’ll make sure we include your words in the app.

When?

Apple is predicted to release the new iPhone and iOS 7 on September 10th. Rather than create an app for the old version of iOS, I’ll be focusing on 7, so we can use the latest features such as AirDrop, which allows you to wireless send information to other iPhones near you. The downside is I have to wait for Apple to release the update.

Help: Let’s bring this to Android

Most popular mobile browsers used73% of mobile visitors on London Cyclist arrive on Apple devices, that’s why I’m starting there.

However, I don’t want to leave out Android users.

The problem is, I don’t know a good Android developer.

Do you?

Please put me in touch with them.

Alternatively, if you’d like to develop this app, then I’d be happy to support you by making the database open source and giving you access to integrate it into an app.

For Android users, I’m also planning on creating a mobile version of the site, so you’ll be able to see the results on your browser.

The database: Could you improve it? / Could you use it?

I want to open source the database for anyone who may wish to freely use it. Just drop me a message via contact page to let me know what you’ll be needing it for. A lot of hours (20+) have gone in to making this the most accurate and useful listing out there of London’s bike services and I’d like to see it well used.

How to download the app

The app is called London Cyclist and can be downloaded for free here.

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33 Responses to Announcing new must-have app for London’s cyclists

  1. Phil 16/08/2013 at 9:15 am #

    Have a look for a windows 8 app developer at the same time… there is more than just apple and Android.

    • Nige 16/08/2013 at 11:47 am #

      Plus its a lot easier to develop apps for Windows 8 phone than iOS/Android :)

      • Andreas 16/08/2013 at 12:55 pm #

        Agreed, and to start with we’ll be launching a mobile version of the content that is accessible through your web browser. That way we’re not leaving anyone out. In mean time, if there’s anyone out there who’s pretty handy at mobile app programming for Android or Windows 8 then please do get in touch!

  2. John 16/08/2013 at 9:15 am #

    Welling Cycles in Welling (strangely enough). Old school shop, doesn’t have a massive range of new bikes but the help and service they offer is absolutely second to none. It’s been there forever but they are busy which is a good sign. They won’t rip you off and do good work.

    • Andreas 16/08/2013 at 1:15 pm #

      Thanks John – we’ve got Welling Cycles in the app – will add your positive feedback about them in the description :)

  3. The Merrie Pedants 16/08/2013 at 10:31 am #

    Cafés. Not café’s. ;-)

    http://wps.ablongman.com/long_faigley_penguinhb_1/7/1977/506165.cw/index.html

    • Nige 16/08/2013 at 11:46 am #

      or just plain old cafes without the accent. The accent is for the French, although these days we’re all one big happy European family so it doesn’t really matter how you spell it.

      http://cafe.askdefine.com/

      • Andreas 16/08/2013 at 12:59 pm #

        Oooops thanks guys! Have corrected.

  4. Hayley 16/08/2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Cycle surgery in Camden (http://www.cyclesurgery.com/store-camden/content/fcp-content) is great – bought my bike there and got it serviced there a few times. They gave me a free tune-up about 6 weeks after buying my bike and the staff are always super friendly and helpful (especially for someonone like me who doesn’t know much about bikes!). They even let me pop in to borrow their pumps to pump up my tires whenever I needed to. Only a wee store, but brill customer service, highly recommended!

    • Andreas 16/08/2013 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks Hayley – appreciate you leaving your thoughts on your local bike shop. Will share some of your comments in the app for others to see :)

  5. feryj 16/08/2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Bike &Run in East Finchley: very professional service,staff are cyclists themselves,reasonably priced repairs,fantastic advice when buying clothing or shoes,they have 2 shops on E Finchley high street. I’m regular customer and was never disappointed.

  6. Eve 16/08/2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Hi Andreas, there is a whole forum dedicated to android development (I get my custom roms from them) called xda developers, you might want to get in touch with them, they might be interested in helping you with your app for android.

  7. Tammela 16/08/2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Hadron Cycles on Hornsey Road. Small shop but with a great selection and personalized service.
    http://hadroncycles.com/

  8. Fern Lindsay 16/08/2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Action Bikes Wimbledon.
    I have tried a surprising number of bike shops and this is one of the few that has impressed.
    I took my biker there to get an emergency tyre replacement and they went out of their way to get the tyre in that I wanted (marathon plus for brompton) other bike shops just said we don’t stock that.
    They noticed the LCC sticker on my bike and gave me 10% discount without me ever asking for it.

  9. Vivian 16/08/2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Please make it for Blackberry users (OS 7.1), yes?

  10. Victoria 17/08/2013 at 11:18 am #

    I’m another Windows 8 user.

  11. Alix 17/08/2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Hello! I’m only a newbie to cycling and have been using the Barclay bikes but I really want to get myself a bike but I want to get a cheap second hand bike because I just want to test it out and I don’t want it to kill me if it gets stolen so I was just wondering if this app will also have people selling their bikes?

  12. Sarah G. 18/08/2013 at 10:40 am #

    Hi there, I could not find this app in app store! I searched for “london cyclist”. Is this app available right now?

    • Andreas 18/08/2013 at 4:06 pm #

      Hey Sarah – not available yet I’m afraid. Should be out around mid september!

  13. MJ Ray 18/08/2013 at 7:42 pm #

    I think there’s probably something wrong with your stats package like it can’t distinguish mobile Firefox and opera from their desktop relatives. But a mobile website is better than most apps anyway- book sneaking around eating battery and running up data bills.

  14. Jon 20/08/2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Waldens Cycles in Kingston: Waldens is a great shop particularly for bicycle repairs and essential components, especially a huge range of tyres and baskets. If you don’t see what you want ask for it. The owner has extensive knowledge of bikes and gives good service and advice and competitive rates. He sells Pashley bikes and town bikes such as Bronx and Bobbin.

  15. Han 24/08/2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Two bike shops I’ve visited recently:

    Central London:
    Cloud 9
    38 Store Street
    Camden Town
    England
    WC1E 7
    United Kingdom

    Croydon:
    Bike Plus

    429 Brighton Road
    Croydon
    England
    CR2 6EU
    United Kingdom

    Both very helpful and friendly staff – which was very useful for me as a novice just really trying to get into cycling to get fit.

    Another I visited in London – Holborn – not very helpful or friendly so I won’t mention them.

  16. Trev 10/09/2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Hey Andreas – Any more updates on this? I’m rocking a Galaxy S4 and would love to be able to get this app on there…

    • Andreas 16/09/2013 at 3:03 am #

      Hey Trev – yep, someone has approached me and I’m hoping we’ll be able to work on it together! It’s up there on my todo list! I’ve bought a samsung galaxy s3 so I can test it out and see how the app would work on there.

      • Trev 14/10/2013 at 7:38 pm #

        Hey Andreas, would happily be a tester for you on the android side if you needed any help.

        • Andreas 18/10/2013 at 1:54 am #

          Thank you kindly Trev :)

  17. Berislav Lopac 15/09/2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Andreas, have you found any Android developers? I’d recommend these guys: http://www.infinum.co/ — they are very good, inexpensive and have experience with traffic apps.

    • Andreas 16/09/2013 at 3:04 am #

      Thanks for the recommendation. Have made a note but I think we’ve found the right guys to work with :)

  18. James 12/10/2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Is this app out yet? Would love to get it! Name? Release date? In apple itunes store?

    • Andreas 14/10/2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Not yet James – hopefully in the next week or two!

  19. James 14/10/2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Thanks for the update – looking forward to the app when it’s ready!

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