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Top 10 Apps For Your Next Bike Ride

Words by Cycle King

on 19/04/2021 16:19:17

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Nowadays, there seems to be an app for everything and anything! Cycling is certainly no exception. There are a huge number of apps for both experienced and budding cyclists available for all smartphones. Let’s run through a few of our favourites!

Plan and track your route

One of the most popular categories of cycling apps is those that plan, track, and map your routes. While many of these apps perform the same basic function, they each have their own unique benefits.

Strava

Strava is one of the most popular activity recording apps. It’s used by walkers, runners, and cyclists alike. At its core, Strava logs your cycling routes, time-taken, speed, and many other variables. The app stores your previous cycling stats, meaning that you can compete against yourself in an attempt to score a personal best!

Strava’s more unique feature is that it doubles as a social media platform for cyclists! The app enables you to view the routes taken by other cyclists which can be a great inspiration for finding new places to cycle in your area. You’re also able to compete against fellow cyclists on these routes and maybe even reach the top of the leaderboard in your area!

Another great feature of Strava is photo sharing. View images of other cyclist’s bike rides and share your own. It makes for a great way to find new routes and get to know other cyclists in your area.

Strava is free to download on iOS and Android. For more information, search Strava on your app store or visit https://www.strava.com/.

Citymapper

If you live in or cycle through a city, Citymapper could be a great addition to your smartphone. Its fundamental features are similar to Strava, but it’s USP is that it specifically benefits city-goers.

The app is a huge time-saver for cyclists in busy cities as it helps them navigate quieter and faster cycling routes between locations. If you’re keen to get cycling but don’t own a bike of your own, Citymapper also highlights bikes for hire so that you can find one quickly and easily.

Citymapper is free to download for both iPhone and Android. To find out more, visit their website https://citymapper.com/london.

Ride With GPS

If you have an existing bike computer, Ride With GPS could come in handy! As well as the basic mapping features discussed with the previous two apps, Ride With GPS enables support for Bluetooth cadence, heart rate, and power accessories. It can even work in unison with your existing bike computer!

If you, or perhaps a friend or family member, enjoy cycling alone, the app has another aspect that could help put your mind at ease. The “track your friends” feature enables live logging, which means that your friends or family members can keep track of where you are. This is particularly useful in case of an emergency.

The Ride With GPS app is available on both iOS and Android. It is free to download but includes some paid subscription upgrades.

Komoot

Komoot is similar to Strava & Ride With GPS in that it can record and upload your rides so you can keep track of progress or share them with your friends.  However what makes it stand out is it’s route planning feature. Komoot enables you to plan routes depending on the type of cycling you’re doing, want to do some relaxed riding? Select cycle touring mode and Komoot will choose quieter roads for your route. Want to test out your mountain biking skills? Komoot will automatically choose a route that goes off road as much as possible.

You can also access a large number of routes planned by other people using the app so if you’re lacking inspiration for your weekend ride this can be a great place to start!

Komoot is free to download on both Android and iOS but you’ll need to purchase upgrades if you want to download the routes onto your cycling computer, these cost around £3 for each area you want to ride in.

Google Maps

Although not built with cyclists in mind, Google Maps could be incredibly useful for your next bike ride. The app is extremely user-friendly and useful for walking, driving, and public transport directions. If you prefer to cycle with earphones, the app has easy-to-follow turn by turn instructions to get you where you need to be without fuss.

As well as this, Google Maps offers you tonnes of additional information such as reviews and locations for local businesses and  landmarks. After all, how else are you going to find the best café for coffee and cake after your bike ride? With Google Maps, you can put in your destination and be directed straight there!

Fill That Hole

Every cyclist hates potholes! They can be extremely dangerous and detrimental to your bike. In fact, we wrote a blog post on this last year if you’re interested in learning more. Thankfully, CyclingUK have created a genius app, Fill That Hole, where you can report a pothole on your cycling route. Simply put in the details, upload a picture and the app delivers the information to your local authority.

The app is free to download for both iOS and Android, visit www.fillthathole.org.uk to find out more.

Daylight

It’s no breaking news that in these colder months, we’re starting to see darker evenings earlier and earlier. Cycling in the dark isn’t always ideal so, often, you’ll want to ensure you’re home before the sun goes down.

Daylight is a really useful tool to help you know when the sun is coming up and going down. The app uses your current location to compute sunrise and sunset times, as well as a twilight period. Simply search “Daylight” on your iPhone or Android device to download.

Epic Ride Weather

You know the feeling, it’s sunny outside and you decide to go for a ride only for it to start to rain at the halfway point! Epic Ride Weather allows you to put in the route you’re planning to ride, your typical average speed and works out what weather you’ll have along the way.

It will also use the wind direction and speed to highlight areas where you will be struggling with a headwind (or sailing along with a tailwind!) This can be really helpful when it comes to planning your ride, making sure you’re not taken by surprise and are able to enjoy it as much as possible. It’s even used by some of the teams on big races like the Tour De France!

Epic Ride Weather is available on iOS and Android, you get to plan 20 rides for free after which you can purchase more forecasts for a small fee.

My Fitness Pal

If you’re using cycling as part of a keep-fit regime, then you may benefit from My Fitness Pal. This app is the perfect pocket calorie counter and exercise tracker. You’re able to track the food and calories you consume which enables you to keep # track of your diet and try to live a healthier lifestyle.

The app is free for both iOS and Android and can be downloaded from https://myfitnesspal.com.

Bike Doctor

Finally, we understand how difficult and time-consuming fixing a broken bike can be. Bike Doctor is your personal pocket bike mechanic, full of easy-to-follow instructions for fixing all the common bike repairs. Whether you need a gear cable replacing, or wheels truing, bike doctor includes step-by-step guides, complete with pictures, for all.

There are also additional guides that help cyclists avoid the most common maintenance errors, punctures and more!

The app is £4.99 and available for both iOS and Android, just search “Bike Doctor” or visit https://bikedoctorapp.com/.

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