Now, more and more cycling apps are constantly flooding the market. There are loads of advantages the app brings to us. You can use the app for recording your ride, monitoring your training, or detecting the road condition. What’s more, there is a large vast range of cycling information through your smartphone, allowing taking place by a bike computer or GPS. The app will collect the data from your rides which can be saved and uploaded to websites so you can observe your progress and compare your rides with others. Smartphones have exerted a huge impact on the cycling industry. These apps can be supported by many platforms, such as iPhone, Android, Window, or whatever. It is unnecessary to worry about that your phone and the apps are not compatible. Now, I will give a list of some really useful cycling apps and there is something for everyone here. From navigation to planning routes and fixing your bike, these apps will satisfy your need.
Strava is one of the most popular GPS cycling apps which will collect your ride information and then will be uploaded to your online Strava profile. The app keeps tracking your ride as you cycle, including speed, time and distance. When you finish your ride, you can view further data such as the calories burned and elevation climbed. Besides, you can see whether you have set a new record than previous. The app is available for iOS and Android, and it is free to download this app. However, if you want to upgrade, you need to pay for. You can share it and compete with your friends. Strava also can record the running data, such as how much you run, how fast you run and detecting your heart rate. It is worth downloading because it not only can save your money but also can make us life more convenient.
CycleMaps can plan your cycle route, which includes many soft wares such as Open Cycle Maps and Cycle streets to explore the safest route for you and your bike. You can design a simple A to B route, and plot multiple stations. It will check your design and find the path you need. In addition, you can customize your own routes. For example, if you would like to ride in a fancy, slow, less traffic route, you can find in CycleMaps and it will find the perfect path for you. If you want a more direct, quicker route for fast commuting and training, it is also available. Moreover, it also can be used as an online mapping tool. This kind of app is available for iOS, Windows, and iPhone. The price is free in iOS platform but you need to purchase at $2.59 in Windows platform.
3. Map My Ride
Map My Ride was one of the original ride-measuring services. Despite the fierce competition for space on your phone from Strava, it still offers a lot of advantages. The app records a lot of data from your ride, including distance, speed, elevation and a specific route. All of this data can be uploaded to the Map My Ride site for detailed analysis and sharing with other users. In addition, you can try and set the fastest time in the timed sections. It also can plot the nearby road condition such as the distance, time and offer you more choice. This kind of app is available for iOS, Windows, and iPhone. You can download for free; even the premium version is also available.
This app allows users to add routes which they can browse from anywhere in the world. That is the meaning of ViewRanger. You can buy premium maps offed by Ordnance Survey. However, the app is quite large so you need to make sure that there’s enough space on your smartphone. At the same time, this app has another striking feature that is its versatility. You can use it for road riding and mountain biking, but also for walking and hiking. In addition, you can know other situation which is the same with you though the ViewRanger. It is available for the iOS and Android. The price is free with in app map purchases.
This app is a comprehensive fitness app which utilizes the GPS functions of Apple devices to record loads of statistics to help you improve your cycling performance. For example, the app can record speed, time, distance and offer extensive workouts to follow. This app can become your virtual training partner and help you design your training plan. This app also includes built-in detector so that you don’t have to look around the road and know what you are doing, which can reduce the risk of road accidents. In addition, the recorded data can be uploaded to any ride sharing website. The apple can be supported by the iOS platform. The price is free but if you want to update to the Elite version, you should pay some money.
6. Bike Gear Calculator
This splendid bicycle gear calculator allows you to compare gear ratios on your bike so that you can optimize your device. What’s more, there are loads of variables can be input, such as tire width, wheel size, and crank length as well as the chain set and cassette. If you are particular about the technical design, this app is designed for you. I am sure that you will love its graphs and calculations. Besides, you can detect any problem from the screen, and you can adjust by your own or give it to the professional technician. This app is available for iOS and Android. It is free, even the premium version also available.
7. BBC Weather
The weather plays a vital role in any cyclist’s life. But still, there are some cyclists who don’t check the weather forecast before leaving for a ride so that they can’t choose the right clothing and know what they are in for. This BBC Weather app is very simple and relatively accurate, and it is the best weather app so far. This app is available for iOS and Android. It is free.
I hope this list of best cycling apps can help you enjoy your trip. At the same time, I would like you to contribute your own recommendations and leave a comment. In the future, cycling will become a more advanced activity with the help of technology.