Cycling Apps – The Essential Tool Kit
Apps Every Cyclist Should Install
Bike computers, GPS, route planners? Where do you start? Cycling apps are everywhere, but which ones should you use?
Here is our very own cycling app tool kit of what we use before, during and after every ride.
Do you use a cycling app that you feel you could not live without? Let us know in the comments section below.
Before Your Ride
Ride with GPS
Ride With GPS is an all round cycling app that can be used in every stage of your ride. Personally, we use it for route planning especially when cycling with the kids near roads as RWGPS offers great features for getting your route exactly how you want it. It’s not the easiest app to use and there is a learning curve, but it’s well worth it.
Ride With GPS will record your route, automatically upload any photos you took during your ride, and share with social media.
If you choose to subscribe to one of their plans, Ride With GPS provides you with voiced turn-by-turn directions and offline maps plus more to take you on your route seamlessly.
RWGPS also supports a number of power and cadence meters as well as several heart monitors.
£3.99 for 1 month
£39.99 for 12 months
£7.99 for 1 month
£59.99 for 12 months
Do you want to care for and maintain your own bike? Need help and advice? Check out the Bike Repair app which is full of useful step-by-step instructions to keep your steed in excellent condition. This cycling app will also help you alleviate those aches and pains you get when riding by giving you hints and tips of how to adjust your bike for the perfect fit.
With Bike Repair you can log every component of your bike, keep a maintenance schedule and add reminders for tasks you need to perform on a regular basis. Connect the app to Strava and Bike Repair will automatically download your mileage to trigger reminders such as when your chain may need replacing.
Additional features include a spare parts inventory with photos, clothing suggestions for the weather where you can add your own notes for the next ride, and data back up to iCloud or Dropbox.
We love this app as it’s very helpful when teaching our kids how to maintain their own bikes.
During Your Ride
Komoot is a great app offering full turn-by-turn navigation for mountain biking, touring, road cycling and hiking, and offering you the opportunity to explore new routes while out on your ride.
Plan your routes on the go with the built-in route planner, but don’t be afraid to go off piste as the app automatically reroutes you to your original destination. What’s more you can save your routes and maps off-line so you don’t need to rely on an internet connection.
Komoot offers user-generated content with Highlights where users can add their own photos to highlight sites of significant interest – stunning views, sights to see and much more.
Download Komoot and one region for free to test the power of this app. If you want more counties, regions or the whole world, buy with in-apop purchases. Wait approximately 10 days from app download and receive the welcome offer for a reduced price on the complete map package, The World.
The World Package £29.99
The World Package Welcome Offer (after 10 days) £19.99
Single County £3.99
Cyclemeter is packed full of statistics data giving you a complete overview of your performance. Plus your kids will love to see how fast they were going and the map of the route you took after your ride.
Most metrics work straight from your phone, others such as power, cadence and/or heart rate require supported meters and monitors fitted to you or your bike to record data. Distance, speed, elevation and calories burnt are all measured as well as providing a map of the route you rode.
Set up the app exactly how you want it to work and share your data on popular fitness social media sites like Strava, dailymile, MyFitnessPal as well as Twitter and Facebook.
Cyclemeter can also be used to measure your running sessions too.
The £9.99 for 12 months in-app purchase of the Elite option is worth it in our opinion. Just think how much a decent dedicated cycle computer device costs, £250+?!
The only element missing from Cyclemeter is turn-by-turn navigation. This can be overcome by planning a route on Google My Maps or Ride With GPS and exporting it as a KML file to your app. This saves the route as a ride you’ve already done albeit with no data. Simply call up the route again and follow it on your next ride.
£9.99 for 12 months
Fill That Hole
Fill That Hole is a simple and free cycling app that does one small, but vitally important job: it’s a reporting tool for potholes.
Potholes are the bane of cyclists of all ages and abilities when out on the road. They are a danger not only to cyclists, but to all road users. Stop potholes becoming worse by using Fill That Hole to report issues to your local council. Potholes can only be fixed if the council knows about them, so report it if you want it repaired.
Developed by Cycling UK, Fill That Hole is quick and easy to use. You may even include photos to support your report.
After Your Ride
Strava GPS Running and Cycling App is probably one of the most popular fitness apps. Plus it also tracks your swimming sessions – just don’t put your phone in the water!
Available in both free and premium, Strava is designed for you to use as much or as little as you like depending upon which data you are interested in. If you only want to record your own rides for your own viewing then the privacy settings lock your activity entries so no one else can see them. Should you want to share your rides for all to see, you can do that too. It’ll even gain you kudos from people you follow.
For those of us who are competitive, you can try and beat segment times for KOMs, however please be aware that some users have been known to cheat i.e. complete the segment in a car. Some common sense is needed when comparing yourself against other users.
Strava is a great app that millions use, particularly on the free service. Unlike many others, subscribing to Premium is not a requirement to get a lot out of this app.
Why is this app in the After Your Ride section? Simply because we do not record our rides with Strava. We use Cyclemeter and Komoot, and after our ride share the data with Strava. You may choose to do things differently, and that’s how it should be.
£5.99 for 1 month
£44.99 for 12 months
You and your kids will love Relive, a great app that takes the route recorded by Strava (or from a number of other cycling GPS apps including Map My Ride, Endomondo, Garmin, Polar, and iOS Health) and turns it into a 3D video.
Your video shows your journey on a detailed map with the photos you took while on your ride at the relevant points thanks to the GPS coordinates embedded in your photos. You can even add your own background music.
Put together this creates a video of your ride for you to share so yourself, your kids and others can relive your ride. Simple, quick and a great way to keep your memory of your ride fresh.
£7.99 for 1 month
£79.99 for 12 months
Other Useful Cycling Apps
First Aid for Cyclists
Unfortunately accidents happen, even to the best cyclists, young or old. St John’s Ambulance created First Aid for Cyclists to help you quickly treat any injuries that occur while out on your ride.
Divided into four sections, the information is easy to navigate and specific to most cycling injuries.
We hope you never have to use this app, but we ask you to install it just in case.
Rain Alarm is a simple app which once we installed and set up, we never opened again. That’s not to say it isn’t extremely useful, we just never open it. Why? Notifications.
Rain Alarm sends you notifications of how far away the rain is and how likely it will reach you. Very valuable in planning and during your ride.
Open the app and you will see an animated weather map showing the rain forecast moving across the country and your relative location.
Not bothered about getting wet on a ride? We would still recommend this app so you know if you need to take your waterproof with you.
£1.99 (one-off payment)
We hope you enjoy our essential cycling app tool kit. We find these apps useful, informative and fun.
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