Top 10 List of Apps for Cyclists
After completed several shake-down trips on my touring recumbent trike, I've got all of the essential things that I need to ensure safe and comfortable trips. As my iPhone 6 smartphone is one of the essential pieces of technology that is with me on every trip, we've compiled a list of top 10 applications for cyclists.
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Strava. (Free/$5.99/$59.99 Premium Upgrade) Seeing where you've been, reviewing activities and seeing how much riding your friends or local riders have completed. It is also easy to view the most popular routes and scenic routes. It's interface is also user friendly. The app also allows you to include photos from your journey and alert any friends of your start and finish for safety purposes. The Premium version allows you to see the routes you most often use and view your heart rate. You can also set weekly goals at $5.99/month or $59.99/year). Community Rating: 5 stars.
Cycle Maps. (Free/$3.99-Premium Upgrade) Open source app that allows you to look up the safest and most pleasant bike route from A to B. Community Rating: 4.5 stars.
Map My Ride. ($2.99) Crowd sourced coaching available: upload your activity for analysis by expert riders. Also compare your time with other users. Community Rating: 5 stars.
Cyclemeter. (Free/$9.99-Premium Upgrade) GPS Records unlimited number of workouts, automatic stop detection, view terrain and traffic maps with google maps, view full summary of rides and workouts. Hear your distance and stats automatically. Community Rating: 5 stars.
Bike Gear Calculator. ($1.99) A sleek bicycle gear calculator from Matixsoft which allows you to compare gear ratios on your bike to amp up your set-up. There are many variables that can be input, including tire width, wheel size and crank length. Community Rating: 5 stars.
Runtastic Road Bike. ($4.99) Developed by road bike experts this app turns your phone into a top GPS cycling computer with a variety of incredible features. Community Rating: 5 stars.
CAA Bike Safety. (Free) Road safety isn't only important for drivers. It's important to learn the rules of the road to enjoy a safe and pleasant cycle ride.
Google Maps. (Free) Of course google maps is not just for driving! Google maps is amazing and can map out wonderful routes for cycling with turn by turn navigation. Community Rating: 5 stars.
Garmin Connect. (Free) A fitness tracker and personal training app that enables you to track your workouts and bike rides through GPS technology. View your stats and reach your fitness goals. Community Rating: 5 stars.