App review: Bike Repair HD

While some of us might be completely in a zen-like agreement with their rear derailleur, but there are much more of those who are more in tune with their chocolate pudding than a spanner in the derailleur. There are lots of Youtube videos and web sites like ours, but sometimes it’s good to have a device with clear instructions and an easily cleanable surface at hand and this is where Bike Repair HD application for the Apple iPad comes along.

There aren’t that many useful apps for cycling, since we are a demanding bunch and taking an iPhone for a GPS router for a six hour mountain ride will make sure your battery will be empty after three hours. But where we can use them, is with maintaining our equipment.

The application is available for all iOS devices and contains 55 detailed photo repair guides and 73 common bike problems explained, comparing the amount of the content with the $3.99 price (in the App store)we’d say it’s a reasonable purchase for anyone who sometimes needs some support and some photographic encouragement.

The guides are not overly detailed, but they are clear enough. Using the application doesn’t require a deep knowledge of bikes, but is aimed for the less cultured, but I’ve noticed to learn some things from app as well since it really starts from the beginning. Since we are all self-taught here, there’s been a lot of trial and error and poorly learned ways to do things which the app can help weed out.

The usability of the application is a bit confused with some elements being designed to be used by holding the device at hand, the others are visible from several feet away which is useful if you have your iPad on the ground and your hands fondling a bottom bracket. Luckily the most important things are visible and there aren’t too much information per step.

The content is well done, well written and there’s just the relevant information. Should you come into a problem during your repairs, you might be a bit lost if you can’t look for further information, but that happens rarely.

All in all, the Bike Repair application comes with our recommendation, maybe not for us personally, but our friends, dads and brothers can tune their bikes with this and learn while doing. The application is also available for Android devices.

Our verdict: ★★★★☆

For just $3.99 this app has a lot of content and while it might not be the prettiest app in town, it balances out it’s lack of style with a proper grease monkey attitude.

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By Markus Sandelin

Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.