Smartphones are the perfect tool to track cyclist’s time, distance, speed and ride. No longer are mobile devices made solely for calling and texting, but are equipped with gps and ride-tracking devices that goes beyond the biker’s brain. Explore limitless riding opportunities with these top apps made specifically for the smartest of smartphones.
Map My Ride
Map My Ride originally released as a website for runners and bikers to map routes in their hometown. Now created as an app, this GPS system records and logs every short and long distance ride. Riders explore routes nearby and bookmarks favorite rides. Data such as time, speed, distance calorie expenditure and elevation are recorded. Available in various languages and costs $2.99.
Roadside maintenance is stressful and nerve wrecking for those who have no knowledge on how to change a presta tube. Riders have no fear with the Bike Repair app. The app features 58 detailed guides, and 95 tips and tricks, on how to fix virtually almost every maintenance issue. The app shows steps, labels parts and displays images for the problem. App is available for $3.99.
First Aid for Cyclists
Cyclists pedaling the road less traveled benefit from first aide tips for when the unexpected happens. It is estimated that 19,000 cyclists are injured, or killed, while riding on the road. The app provides emergency and body-part specific care for head, muscles, bones and skin emergencies. The app is free.
Strava Cycling features a detailed GPS tracking system with the ability to upload and share rides with friends. Calculate cadence, heart rate, power and calorie expenditure as well as speed, distance and elevation. Follow friends and climb the leaderboard through personal goals, met records and winning challenges. The interactive tool shows which friends are currently riding or running. The app is $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year.
GPS Quick Location Share
When in need to quickly share your location, this app meets your needs. Riders can instantly share your location, or address, with friends, family and fellow riders. This is perfect for riders who are meeting halfway, or during an emergency situation. The gps coordinate location is sent via text message or email. This app is ideal for those who also hike and head outback to unknown locations.