.emergency bike repair.emergency bike repair (iphone & ipad) £1.99

There are some ideas which start out well, before fading into slight disappointment. Such is the case with Emergency Bike Repair. The theory is excellent - a little encyclopaedia in your pocket of tips and tricks to get you home in case of breakage on the bike. And so it proves with a first click into 'broken spoke' which, will including healthy dollops of common sense, is indeed a practical solution to make it to your destination, avoiding further damage, and with little tool-requirement.

But delve deeper and the tips start becoming basic bike maintenance. Brake problems? Well there are some nice pictures of caliper brakes and how to adjust them. But nothing on cantis, or discs, or vees. The gears section is a little better, with good explanations of the L and H screws for on-the-fly adjustment. However there's altogether a feeling that lacks depth, and also a lack of true 'emergency' type repairs. And then there are the 'safety tips'.

I clicked thinking it would be interesting little ideas to avoid scuffing fingers when removing tyres and the like. Nope. It's riding tips. And there's never any getting away from the helmet debate, the app declaring that there, "is absolutely no situation in which it’s acceptable to ride without one." Sigh. Can't we just stick to how to fix my bike while out in the wilds and realising I've left my 8mm Allen key at home?

Available from Apple's iTunes Store here.


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.athlete's calculator.athlete's calculator (ipad) £1.99

In reviewing apps in these pages we'll generally be avoiding commenting on the value for money of apps. We'll let you know how much they are of course, but when they generally come along for about two quid, and most of us will happily spend daft amounts of money on our bikes, there's an argument there that any app is value for money. But even we're unsure how to justify a £1.99 price tag on the Athlete's Calculator. You see... It's a calculator...

Of course it's dressed up a little, so it calculates 'pace' if you put in the distance you rode and how long it took. It does mean you could break down into sectors and so on to monitor how pace changes. But. Erm. Couldn't you do that with a normal calculator anyway? You still need to have the information to hand to enter, and a vague understanding of the maths behind it all. This app falls squarely into the 'why?' camp in our view...

Available from Apple's iTunes Store here.

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