Mobile repairers NipNip launches a collection service that will pick up your bike and fix it within central London

NipNip, a company that provides mobile bike repairs in London, claims a study has shown that 50 per cent of bikes used for commuting in the capital are not road worthy.

With over 200,000 Londoners choosing to commute into the city by bike, NipNip says at least 100,000 of them are unsafe, with the vast majority not being at their best.

The survey coincides with the launch of NipNip Collect, a service that will pick up, fix and return your bike to you anywhere within the capital’s Zone 1 area.

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“Every day we attend to bicycles with serious issues. Just yesterday, we serviced a bicycle with dangerously loose nuts on the front fork, which meant the cycle had a high risk of losing its front tyre and could have resulted in an ‘over the handle bars’ calamity for the rider. Worryingly, the bicycle had been ridden nine miles in to work that very morning,” said Matthew Farr, co-founder & director of NipNip.

“Cycling in London is a popular way of travelling for people of all ages, for both work and play. It has boomed in recent years, with over 200,000 London City residents cycling to work each day.

“Our study showed over 50% of the cycles we saw would not have passed the equivalent of an MOT – if there was one. Based on these figures, it indicates that at least 100,000 cycles being used for commuting purposes are unsafe, giving riders many potential problems.”

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NipNip was formed in 2013, providing mobile bike repairs in the city as well as running a servicing hub near Southwark.

Online retailer Wiggle also recently launched a collection service, picking up and returning bikes within the M25, run by HaveBike.

  • DOCTOR WATTSON

    Commuter bike club in London sorted my bike out and NO IT DOESN’T HAVE BLOODY(!) DISC BRAKES! ???

  • Tim Neal

    “Just yesterday, we serviced a bicycle with dangerously loose nuts on the front fork, which meant the cycle had a high risk of losing its front tyre and could have resulted in an ‘over the handle bars’ calamity for the rider.”

    The company wants to service bikes and thinks a loose wheel nut will cause the tyre to fall off?

  • James Stratton

    Funny that NipNip mentions loose wheel nuts, when they serviced my bike they threaded both rear wheel nuts, returned it with the rear wheel being held on by nothing but the chain and expected me to ride it home!

  • Roland Lawrence

    wed better put in many miles of dedicated cycle lanes to keep the riders safe. dont wanna find out your brakes are dud when you are next to some audi driver on the phone texting & late for work.

  • Howmanyjackos

    Thought we were supposed to be encouraging cycling commuters, not scaring them .

  • Chris Williams

    The title – and the other half get knicked!!! Shock – how many unroadworthy cars are there out there!!!! A lot more dangerous

  • Cyclosaurus-rex

    Think I saw one of these this morning, how he was riding wasn’t road worthy. I’m suspicious that their ‘study’ may be exploiting the fact bikes are supposed have reflectors legally. I think most people who let their bikes get into unroadworthy states are the kinds of people that won’t know a service like this exists.

  • Namothy

    Shock. A company that gets its money from people needing bike repairs says that 50% of bikes in London need repairs. This just in, rain is wet.

  • Robert Brown

    I’m not surprised, working in London of and on, the amount of bikes one sees that have not seen a can of oil in years, any sort of a tool use must be beyond them.