As either a long-distance bike rider or just one who toils around the neighborhood you’d be amiss not to take advantage of all the benefits that cycling apps have to offer. Whether they be for entertainment, functionality, or safety bike apps are a must have and these are the best of the best:
Largely considered the best app for cycling (and running) Strava tracks your route and stores the information. Also lets you share photos from a route and follow others in a social network setting.
2. Dark Sky – Weather App
Nothing can rain on your parade quite like…rain. This is especially true on a bike ride and the Dark Sky app will predict whether it will rain at your location down to the exact minute.
3. Where Am I?
Sometimes after taking numerous twists and turns after hours of pedaling on the roads you might find that you’ve somehow gotten lost. Luckily the Where Am I application can show exactly where you are on Google Maps and help you find your way to more familiar territory.
4. Bike Shield
With more and more vehicles having satellite communication capabilities the Bike Shield app works to send signals to them that a rider is approaching them, ultimately creating a safer route for both car and bike.
5. Bike Gear Calculator
Unique app that lets you find the right gear cadence, ratio, and rotation for your specific bike and pedaling tendencies.
6. RoadID – Routing App
The coolest thing about this routing app is an eCrumb feature which sends a link to family and friends so they can monitor your ride in real time. This helps not only for them to meet up with you but also for safety purposes if you’re not back at a scheduled time.
7. MapMyRide – Route App
The best way to see where you’re going and know where you’ve been is with the Map My Ride app. It allows you to save your routes and share them with friends but also log food and track activity for full fitness.
Of course even with all the benefits of these cycling apps there can be some downfalls of using them. For instance it’s very easy for a rider to get distracted fiddling with the app and lose focus on the road. Subsequently apps with GPS running constantly in the background can drain a battery which could restrict being able to make a call in an emergency. In addition, accuracy of the data may interfered by weak data signal strength in certain area.
It is depending the cyclist purposes, for just want to get a simple data such as max speed, current speed, total distance of your riding, cycle computer works perfectly which price start at RM 89 (Cateye Velo 7). For more advance, Strada Smart cycling computer is latest device works with apps which helps to avoid full dependence on the phone while still tracking important data that works like any other apps.