Punctures can turn the best of rides into the worst of rides, especially when you have to fumble about changing your inner tube and getting your kit filthy in the process.
But a new app promises to take the hassle out of repairing it yourself, by paying someone else to do it instead.
Kerbi will locate your nearest repair provider, which could be your local bike shop, a courier or just a vigilante with a tool kit, and sends them a message as to your whereabouts.
>>> How to fix a puncture
Once the repair has been made you can pay for it through the app using online payment system Stripe.
Kerbi’s promotional video shows a rider in London calling for assistance and choosing from the long list of nearby ‘agents’ to come and patch him up.
While this could be a quick and easy way to repair a puncture on a bike that requires specialist tools, or when you’re riding around a busy urban area, it might not be the best option when you blow out on a country road in the Yorkshire Dales.
>>> Puncture proof? We install solid tyres
Visit www.kerbi.uk for more details on the app and how to sign up.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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