WESTERLY, R.I. (BRAIN) — In classic start-up fashion, Velotooler lends itself nicely to an elevator pitch (or more accurately, an Interbike booth pitch): It’s Uber for bike mechanics.
Velotooler, now in beta testing and expected to launch in the coming weeks, connects consumers and independent bike mechanics. Like Uber, Velotooler sets the prices and handles transactions through the app so the mechanic doesn’t need to worry about getting paid. After a consumer requests a mechanic for a specific task, the job goes out to nearby participating mechanics, who can choose whether to accept the job.
The program would be a boon for experienced mechanics to use for moonlighting or off-season work, Velotooler’s backers say. For busy consumers — many of whom are growing increasingly reliant on peer-to-peer commerce sites like Uber and AirBnB — it’s a low hassle way to get their bike up and running.
The app is being developed by Yahor Buben, a former amateur road racer and software developer. Buben, a former IT manager at Yale University, has previously developed a peer-to-peer shipping service in Eastern Europe.
Buben has consulted with Rhode Island retailer Amos Brumble on the app; the two are former teammates on …read more