Whether you want to get away from the perils of daily life or cut down those extra pounds, trust a machine with two wheels to do the magic. Technology has gifted us with mobile phones, which we can use to have an even more amazing cycling experience by using the many free apps available.
Here are nine best smartphone cycling apps for iPhone and Android you need on download today:
A cycling app available on iPhone and Android, Strava helps you record distance covered, speed, the time taken, and location while you are cycling. You can form groups and include people you’ve never met until now to organize group cycling events.
What we love the most: We love Strava’s Segments section because allows you to compete with other users or set goals for yourself. When you win a trail or track competition, you become the Queen (or King) of the Mountain.
Cost: it is free to use, however premium membership comes at a price.
Living in the city meaning you are constantly surrounded by traffic. You can use CycleMaps to check roads without any traffic with the use of CycleStreets and OpenCycleMaps. If you are cycling while running errands, you can feed that in your app and it will come up with a cycling route for you.
What we love the most: The app will find you a scenic route for a more relaxed and quiet ride.
Cost: It is only available on iOS and is completely free to use.
3. Wahoo fitness
Cycling is a hardcore cardio exercise, which makes it very important to track your heart rate and speed. Wahoo Fitness uses Bluetooth to track your speed, heart rate, and pulse. Since it is compatible with Training Peaks, Strava, and My Fitness Pal, you can upload your ride there, so that they can add the calories burnt to your total.
What we love the most: You can customize the tabs that appear on the dashboard and also offers GPS maps.
Cost: It is free to use on Android and iOS. Premium versions are available.
4. Bike Computer
A simple yet efficient smartphone app for bikers, Bike Computer (yes, that’s name itself) records distance, speed, pulse rate, heart rate, and calories burnt. It is compatible with Facebook and Strava, so after you complete your ride it gets shared on your account immediately. The app also shows the route you covered using the GPS map, which is available on the dashboard.
What we love the most: Bike Computer has a dark mode allowing it operate at only 12 percent of battery life. Also, in emergency situations, the app sends an SMS to all your emergency contacts. For that, you have to keep the app’s “Keep Me Safe” feature on.
Cost: It is completely free to use.
The best cycling app available on iPhone and Android, Cyclemeter not only records your daily cycling routine and vitals but also creates a statistics to help you track your performance over a week or month.
Cyclemeter is like a virtual training partner with a list of workouts that you can perform and increase with intensity. You can share the recorded data on Facebook and ride-sharing websites and mobile apps including Strava.
What we love the most: The app has built-in announcements, so you don’t have to look at the mobile screen while riding your cycle.
Cost: It is only available on iPhone and is free to use.
6. Garmin Connect
An app to connect the Garmin GPS device with your mobile phone, Garmin Connect displays weather conditions and temperature along with daily caloric intake, a number of calories burnt, distance covered while cycling, speed, and time are taken. It also records the number of stairs you climbed and a number of activities you performed in the day.
Using your heart rate, the mobile app records the number of minutes you performed intense exercise. You can share the recorded date with your friends and co-cyclists using LiveTrack.
What we love the most: It records active calories you burn daily using your heart rate, which also involves the calories you burnt while walking or doing other activities.
Cost: It is free to use both on iOS and Android but needs Garmin device to work.
7. Bike Gear Calculator
If you use a gear cycle, then you should definitely have a Bike Gear Calculator on your mobile phone. Use the app to compare and optimize gear ratios by putting in several variables including wheel size, tire width, crank length, and the number of teeth on the chainset and cassette. After you press ok, you’ll get to see a number of setups that you adjust on your bike.
What we love the most: We love everything technical and this app is a dream come true.
Cost: It is free to use on iOS and Android. Premium versions are available.
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8. Cycle Hire
Are you traveling to London and worried that you won’t be able to exercise? Well, it’s time to put the excuses to rest and download Cycle Hire on your iOS smartphone. Developed by Alexander Baxevanis using data from the London Cycle Hire scheme, the app guides you through various cycle hire stands and routes that you can cruise through the city without asking the locals.
What we love the most: The app gives a number of bikes available in an area and a list of your recent cycle rides, so if you liked a particular route, you can take that again.
Cost: It is a paid app but very affordable.
9. My Virtual Mission
If you are someone who likes setting goals and achieving them, then you should definitely download My Virtual Mission. Say for example you want to cycle your way from California to Florida, so before you start the ride you can mark your route and whenever you complete a certain distance, the app darkens that area.
What we love the most: The app has a feature that allows you to host a charity fund-raising and see how much your long ride has raised.
Cost: It is available on both iPhone and Android smartphones for free.