October 14, 2014
Field-testing YO BIKESHOP

So, I was out on my bike in Box Hill last Sunday morning, and this happened:


Bollocks. Was hoping I wouldn’t have to use my YO BIKESHOP hack so soon…

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A good opportunity to try out my YO BIKESHOP hack, you would think… but I quickly noticed that out in the middle of nowhere, on a Sunday morning when many bike shops are closed, my existing search functionality didn’t find any results.

So over the last couple of evenings I tweaked the search, so if it’s not finding a result very nearby, it will gradually widen the search area, in the hope there’s something open a little further out. This should help in a situation where the nearest open bike shop is more than a couple of miles away (it won’t search any further than 50km away, since that’s a limitation of the Google Places API I’m using, and that’s probably further than you’d want to go anyway).

And because BIKESHOP has already well over 500 subscribers, I thought the hack deserved its own domain, so I give you http://yobikeshop.com!
The site should work well on a mobile phone (RESPONSIVE, BABY!).

As ever - ping me via @mario on Twitter with any feedback or - god forbid - problems!

In the immortal words of the great Matt LeMay:

October 8, 2014
Yo, where’s my nearest open bike shop?


If you’ve ever broken down on your bike, you usually just want to know where your nearest open bike shop is, so they can fix you up and get you back on your way as soon as possible.

And if you’ve been wondering why you want to use the Yo App… well, if the above scenario sounds familiar, I give you at least one reason: the BIKESHOP Yo service I knocked up today while having lunch - entirely bootstrapped! ;)

It’s simple:

  • install the latest version of YO on your iPhone (link), Android (link), or Windows (link) device. It needs to be the latest version, since older versions don’t support location.
  • add “BIKESHOP” as a new contact
  • PROTIP: Click on this link http://justyo.co/BIKESHOP on your mobile device, and it will prompt you to install Yo (if needed) and add BIKESHOP to your contacts
  • double-tap on BIKESHOP, which sends us your location (double-tap is important: if you only tap once, we won’t get your location, so we won’t know where you are)
  • we send you back a YO that contains a link to your nearest, currently open, bike shop

If your phone prompts you at any time about location, make sure you give permission to use location.


(If there’s problems because some of my sandwich fell into the code and messed things up, hit me up on Twitter at @mario)

NOTE: Some users have reported a problem with the Yo App when double-tapping a contact, where it just spins and never sends the Yo. As far as we can tell this is a problem with the Yo app itself, rather than the BIKESHOP application, so it’d be best to report it to the Yo guys themselves.

October 1, 2014
‘Poontang’ by LadyscraperEnded up here via @proofpositivegig -> @shitwifeband… from jazz quarters to breakcore squats ;)

‘Poontang’ by Ladyscraper
Ended up here via @proofpositivegig -> @shitwifeband… from jazz quarters to breakcore squats ;)

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September 25, 2014
‘Roehre’ by Camera is my new jam.

‘Roehre’ by Camera is my new jam.

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September 15, 2014
‘Riding Bikes’ by ShellacI’M RIDING BIKES

‘Riding Bikes’ by Shellac

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September 4, 2014
‘Ladybird’ by Shit And ShineDo I win a @thisismyjam prize for a 41-minute jam? (It’s good too)

‘Ladybird’ by Shit And Shine
Do I win a @thisismyjam prize for a 41-minute jam? (It’s good too)

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August 12, 2014

The extended live versions of this song are so amazing. Tooting next week!

(Source: Spotify)

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August 11, 2014
‘Tiger Woods’ by Claude Speeed is my new jam.

‘Tiger Woods’ by Claude Speeed is my new jam.

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July 30, 2014
‘The Breaking Hands’ by The Gun Club"The sun and sea are smiling, while you’re going to bed"

‘The Breaking Hands’ by The Gun Club
"The sun and sea are smiling, while you’re going to bed"

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July 18, 2014
‘Heatwave’ by Atari Teenage Riot is my new jam.

‘Heatwave’ by Atari Teenage Riot is my new jam.

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