Today when just about everybody has a smartphone in their pocket, it comes to no surprise that developers and companies are introducing all kinds of useful and not so useful mobile apps on a daily basis.
Thankfully for cyclists, there are a number of highly useful smartphone cycling apps which can provide you with all sorts of cycling information, including navigation, planning routes, tracking the distances and speed, analysis of the results, bike repair tips and so on.
In fact, if you pick the best cycling apps you can rely on your phone for all of the data which your bike GPS has been providing you.
So, here are the best smartphone cycling apps which every cyclist or e-bike rider should consider downloading and using.
The motto of this app is “become a faster you”, and it can help you do just that. The app offers useful tests for testing your cycling aerodynamics via the aeroTEST so that you can optimize your performance and get better results when cycling and racing.
The test is easy to perform and will give you a clear view of your current performance as well as ways to improve your speed and overall performance by tweaking and testing the different bike settings.
You will need a Garmin GPS tracker (Edge 520, 820, 1000, 1030), a power meter and if possible a speed sensor.
The app is part of the Garmin ConectIQ platform. Its basic version is free but you will need to pay for the premium features.
This app is a must-have for serious cyclists who want to optimize their performance or luggage for endurance races.
This app is aimed at cyclists who are looking for losing some weight, eat better or simply to stay in shape. You will need to enter some basic data including your age, weight, and gender and you can start using the basic free version of the Lifesum app immediately.
You can enter your daily meals, set goals, and have the app provide you with advice
on what to eat in order to lose weight or stay in shape. You can also get a personalized weight loss program with a full meal planner and a grocery shopping list.
The premium version will cost you just about $3-4 per month, but the app does a perfect job for helping you live healthier and get into perfect shape.
3. Bike Citizens Cycling app
This is the perfect app to have handy if you like traveling the country or the world on a bike. It will provide you with useful information regarding the best or fastest routes to take depending on your preferences. You can choose among the easy, balanced and fastest routes, and the app will keep a record of your entire cycling trip for you so you can share it with your friends. You can also specify if you are riding a city bike, a road bike or an MTB.
The app offers voice navigation and will help you explore new cities and areas around the world.
It has wide coverage in Europe (over 450 cities) and also in many cities and states in the US as well as other parts of the world.
You can read other cyclist’s routes and recommendations and add yours as well.
The app is absolutely brilliant for planning a cycling trip in Europe and in other countries worldwide.
This is the mobile app to have if you want to plan your cycling routes and get accurate navigation while riding. The app will save your completed tours. The best part about this app is that it will offer you different variants and not only the shortest and fastest routes, so you can plan your journey depending on your preferences. This is perfect for off-roader or bike tourers or for commuters who use regular or electric bikes who want to try out different routes to work or school.
The app is free for one region, and if you want to use additional maps you will need to pay a minimal fee.
5. Bike Gear Calculator
This useful app offers an easy and quick way to compare different setups and gears on your bike when you are planning a trip, race or tour. It will inform you how fast you will be going in a certain gear. All you need to do is enter some info about your bike, and the app will do all of the calculations for you automatically.
The basic version is free, but if you want to take advantage of the more advanced features you will be asked to pay a fee starting at about $3.
This free cycling app will capture your cycling data from your Garmin Connect, Strava, Polar or Endomondo and will transform it into a mind-blowing moving map for you. You can upload any ride which is at least 10km or lasts up to 12 hours, and your map will be shared to the logging service. You will receive the link to the video of your moving map via e-mail.
7. Bike Computer
This free mobile app will turn your smartphone into a bike computer. It is available for iOS and Android phones and is compatible with all Bluetooth heart rate monitors. It will track and store your pace, route, distance, and elevation and you can share the data directly on Facebook or Strava. The free app uses about 12% less battery than any other fitness tracker, so you don’t have to worry about running out of battery in the middle of a ride.
This is probably the most popular cycling app which doesn’t need an introduction. The app will track and record your entire ride including details of your distance, speed, and others. It presents your rides in segments which will show you the leaderboard and how you have done as compared to other users. With Strava you can take part in challenges, follow the progress of friends as well as join a club in the growing Strava community. The basic version is free, but there are in-app purchases.
9. Garmin Connect
This free app is particularly useful if you use a Garmin Edge GPS. The app will connect to your device and upload your rides to the Garmin Connect website from where you can share them with MyFitnessPal or Strava. The LiveTrack feature will let somebody know exactly where you are when you are cycling.
10. Google Maps
If you are using an Android phone, chances are you already have Google Maps installed and ready to use. The free app offers accurate navigation, useful information and features cycling routes as well.
This is another popular activity tracking app which will track your speed, distance duration, calories burnt and can be paired with a heart rate monitor. The app is free with in-app purchases and will help you keep track of and analyze your training and progress.
12. Rain Alarm
This is one of the most popular free apps for cyclists and it will provide you with an accurate weather forecast for a planned trip, as well as notify you in real time if rain is approaching. The app offers weather details on the clear maps on the screen.
With any one or more of these cycling apps, your trips will become more enjoyable, your training will become more fulfilling and your progress will improve. So, why not try them out right now?
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