Your phone can help you plan your next bike trip, track your progress or provide ideas when you’re ready to take biking to the next level. You might not be Lance Armstrong, but these apps will help you feel like a champion.
Bicycling For Fun and Fitness
Like starting any new workout routine or hobby, you need to find the right place to begin. Bicycling For Fun and Fitness is the perfect app to get you going on the right (bike) path. The app offers suggestions about what bike and accessories you’ll need, depending on the type of cycling you plan on doing. Once you get the gear, the app suggests routes, offers warm-up and cool-down exercises to keep you in your prime, and records your speed and distance so you can track your progress. Available on iPhone for 99 cents and Android for $1.36.
So you want to go for a ride, but don’t know where? Not a problem. MapMyRide offers a datebase of hundreds of bike routes for cyclists of all abilities. Once you’ve picked the right road for you, the app tracks your speed, calculates how many calories you’ve burned based on your speed and saves all the stats from each trip so you can try to beat best your time and distance. Available for free on Android and iPhone.
Alright, speed racer – here’s the app that shows how fast you’re pedaling. By tapping into your phone’s GPS, this app records your rapidity just like your car’s speedometer – but better: Speedview notes your maximum and average speeds. You can also use this app when running or hiking. Available for free on Android.
Your commitment to cycling is going great. Then one day, oops – what was that snap? The Bike Repair app offers a step-by-step guide to 38 common bike repairs. Each guide is accompanied by high-quality photos so you can doctor your bike as best you can. According to satisfied users who have rated the app, in many cases, you’ll be able to fix the problem yourself rather than take it to the repair shop. Available on Android for $3.99 and iPhone for $2.99.
After you and your bike have logged some miles together, it’s important to keep your machine tuned and regularly maintained. Bike Quiver helps you perform a routine check on your own – and keeps a log of what you did and when. The clever app can make you aware of when to replace the brakes or buy a new light. Available on iPhone for 99 cents.
Ride the City
Ride the City can be your best friend. The app keeps maps for 39 major bike-friendly cities around the world, including San Francisco. It offers a route planner, weather updates and an array of other useful information such as where to park your machine. Other locales mapped out in Ride the City include Seattle, Boston, Paris – even Santiago, Chile. It’s perfect for planning a workout or leisurely trip through the city. Available on Android and iPhone for $1.99.