Friday, November 24th 2017 at 8:47PM GMT
VonCrank of London plans to roll-out an AA-style bike-rescue service for cycle commuters in London, with emergency repairs carried out by bike couriers. Founder Cariern Clement-Pascall told BikeBiz he plans to launch the service by March next year.
Currently, VonCrank has 120 mechanics on its books, and 2,000 users, said Clement-Pascall, a former professional rugby player. (He played for London Broncos and London Skolars.)
Clement-Pascall created VonCrank to be a Deliveroo for bike mechanics. His firm takes a 20 percent cut from the jobs sent to mechanics via an app.
Before creating VonCrank he operated the Velo City Cycling mobile mechanic service which he ran in London between 2011 and 2014.
Most of the VonCrank mechanics are based in London, he said, but there are also two in Edinburgh, two in Birmingham and one in Bristol. He’s planning for more to join as he “scales” the service.