A guide to smart-phone cycling apps

A cyclist using the Fill That Hole app

A guide to smart-phone cycling apps

A cyclist using the Fill That Hole app
A cyclist using the Fill That Hole app
Long gone are the days when we had to buy a dedicated cycling computer to tell us how far and fast we were riding — now we can find out all that from our smart-phones. In fact, with new products appearing all the time, it’s incredible just how many different ways of your cycling life can be assisted with the right cycling app. Journalist and Cycling UK member Matt Lamy lists the best ones around.

Here, rather than create a spurious ‘our favourite top-10 or 20’ list, we’ve tried to round up as many cycling-based apps currently available as possible. Because apps are free or inexpensive, and because there are often many different choices providing essentially very similar functions, we suggest you enjoy playing with a few similar versions out to find which one you like best.

There may be something with a very popular product that you find infuriating, while another hidden gem lurks somewhere lower down an app store’s rankings. 

In the list below we have included the app name, price, website and available operating systems. For the less tech savvy, iOS works on iPhone and other Apple products; Android is used by Samsung and most other phone manufacturer. The main other alternative is the Windows operating system, found on phones from Nokia/Lumia and Blu — we have given Windows apps their own section at the bottom of this list. 

GPS route recording and mapping apps


Perhaps the first type of apps cyclists think about, GPS and mapping apps record your ride — where you cycled, when and how fast — and present it on a suitable map. These apps often synch with a website to record your riding schedule and may offer other functions, such as monthly mileage or climbing challenges, or even elements of community social media where you can interact with other users.

Strava 

£Free / iOS and Android 
https://www.strava.com

MapMyRide

​£Free / iOS and Android 
http://www.mapmyride.com

Cyclemeter GPS

£Free / iOS only
https://abvio.com/cyclemeter/

Runtastic Road Bike

£Free / iOS and Android
https://www.runtastic.com/en/apps/roadbike

Ride With GPS

£Free / iOS and Android 
https://ridewithgps.com

Endomondo

​£Free / iOS and Android 
https://www.endomondo.com

Sports Tracker

£Free / iOS and Android
http://www.sports-tracker.com

TrackMyTour

£Free / iOS only 
https://trackmytour.com

Cycle Tracker Pro

£2.29 / iOS only
http://www.bluefinapps.com/cycle-tracker-pro.html

B.iCycle

£7.99 (iOS) £3.99 (A) / iOS and Android
http://b-icycle.com

 

Journey planning apps


Want to know how to cycle from a to b in the quickest, simplest of safest way? Cycle journey planning apps are the answer — think of them almost as satnav for bicycles.

CycleStreets

Journey planning app using the same mapping as Cycling UK's Journey Planner
£Free / iOS and Android 
https://cyclestreets.net/mobile/

Bike Hub 

£Free / iOS and Android 
http://www.bikehub.co.uk

CycleMaps

£Free / iOS only
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cyclemaps-cycling-route-planner/id428397...

CycleMap

​£Free / iOS and Android 
https://cyclemapapp.com

Pedal It Now Lite

​£Free / iOS and Android 
http://www.pedalitnow.com

 

Practical help apps

​The next section is a broad range of different apps that supply practical help, from bike maintenance to our very own FillThatHole app, which records, reports and then helps local authorities repair potholes across the country. We’ve added a one-line description for each app below to explain what they provide.

Bike Repair

Repair instruction guides and riding tips.
£2.99 (iOS) £2.49 (A) / iOS and Android 
http://www.bikerepairapp.com

Bike Doctor

Personal pocket bike mechanic.
£3.99 (iOS) £2.15(A) / iOS and Android
http://bikedoctorapp.com 

FillThatHole

Cycling UK’s pothole recording and reporting app.
£Free / iOS and Android 
http://www.fillthathole.org.uk

SizeMyBike

Helping you choose the perfect geometry for your body.
£1.49 (iOS) £3.77 (A) / iOS and Android 
http://www.sizemybike.com

Bike Fast Fit

Bike fitting and positioning advice guidance.
£3.99 / iOS 
http://bikefastfit.com

The Roadie Bike Fit

Bike fitting for road cyclists.
£3.25 / Android only
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantapix.android.thero...

Bicycle Gear Calculator (Bike Gears Free)

Work out gear sizes with different parameters.
£Free / iOS and Android
http://www.bikegearcalculator.com

Ride ID

In-case-of-emergency app with all a rider’s personal medical details.
£Free / iOS only
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ride-id/id548626479?mt=8 

St John Ambulance First Aid For Cyclists

Advice to deal with most common cycling injuries.
£Free / iOS and Android
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/about-us/latest-news/cycling-app.aspx 

Bike 3D Configurator

Play about designing your own bike.
£Free / iOS and Android
http://www.mobogenie.com/download-bike-3d-configurator-1045969.html

 

London and city cycling apps​

​Dedicated apps designed to make cycling in London and other cities easier.

Santander Cycles

The official and quickest way to hire a London Cycle Hire bike.
£Free / iOS and Android
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles/community?intcmp=5390

Cycle Hire

Non-official but very handy companion to the London Cycle Hire scheme.
£0.79 / iOS only
http://cyclehireapp.com

London Bike Rides

30 great cycle routes through London.
£2.29 / iOS only 
http://londonbikerides.com

Bike Citizens

Route planning app for cities using cycle courier knowledge.
£Free / iOS and Android
http://www.bikecitizens.net/app/

 

Mountain biking apps

While road and commuting apps might seem the most obvious users of smart-phone technology, off-road riders have plenty of app options open to them as well.

Runtastic Mountain Bike

GPS route mapping and training app.
£Free / iOS and Android
https://www.runtastic.com/en/apps/mountainbike

Trailforks

Mountain bike trail database, GPS and other features.
£Free / iOS and Android 
http://www.trailforks.com/apps/map/

ViewRanger

Route guides, offline maps, GPS navigation and innovative Skyline functions.
£Free / iOS and Android
http://www.viewranger.com/en-GB

MTB Project

Trail guides, offline mapping and GPS navigation.
£Free / iOS and Android 
https://www.mtbproject.com/mobile-app

OS Map Finder

Official app from Ordnance Survey allowing you to buy map tiles for your device.
£Free / iOS and Android 
https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/mapfinder

My Trails

Download maps to your device so they are available offline.
£Free / Android only 
https://www.frogsparks.com

ForestXplorer

Official app from the Forestry Commission full of information.
£Free / iOS and Android
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/mobileapp

Dirt School

Mountain bike skills coaching with videos.
£Free / iOS only
https://dirtschool.co.uk/digital/ 

Cane Creek Dialed

Tune your Cane Creek suspension perfectly.
£Free / iOS and Android 
https://www.canecreek.com/products/suspension/tuning-field-app

 

Fitness apps

​While many of the GPS and mapping apps certainly have elements that contribute towards establishing an effective training programme, the apps below are particularly focused on establishing cycling fitness. 

myETraining

Interactive virtual coach for Elite turbo-trainers.
Initially free then €9.99 a year subscription / iOS and Android
http://www.elite-it.com/en/products/us/trainers/app/app-my-e-training

Cycling Workout (iOS)

Variety of turbo-training / spinning programmes.
Free / iOS 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cycling-workout-spinning-your/id94480095...

Cycling Workout (Android)

Variety of turbo-training / spinning programmes.
Free / Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.knila.cyclingworkout

Motivo

Wide ranging turbo-training app.
£Free / iOS 
http://www.motivo.cc

My Virtual Mission

Use your daily rides to achieve an overall fitness challenge.
£Free / iOS and Android 
https://www.myvirtualmission.com

 

Windows Phone apps

​Windows phones tend to be under-represented when it comes to apps but here are a few cycling-specific options that are available.

Endomondo

GPS route recording and mapping app.
£Free 
https://www.endomondo.com

B.iCycle

GPS route recording and mapping app.
£3.09 
http://b-icycle.com

Cycle Tracks GPS

GPS route recording and mapping app.
£Free
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/cycle-tracks-gps/9wzdncrfhzjj

CycloMeter

GPS and training app.
£Free
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/cyclometer/9wzdncrfj0bm

CycleStreets

Journey planning app.
£Free 
https://cyclestreets.net/mobile/

CycleMaps

Journey planning app.
£3.09
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/cyclemaps/9wzdncrdc8xv

Finally, don’t forget every cyclist’s favourite get-out-of-jail-free card: Google Maps. It might not have the bells and whistles of other mapping apps, but when it comes to trying to work out exactly where you are, there’s nothing simpler. 

What apps do you use? What have we missed? Log in and leave a comment below. 

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