This year has taken many of us by surprise. Many of us were not ready for this turn of events and had to change our usual way of life. Quarantine, closure of many establishments, prohibited travel and flights. Life seemed to slow down. However, for many people, it was a chance to return to their old hobbies or find totally new ones. There are more and more cyclists on the streets of cities around the world. For many people, cycling has become a life-saver that brought back a sense of freedom during isolation.
Now that everything is becoming more accessible again, it is not time to stop cycling. This is not only a wonderful hobby but also a healthy habit. Especially for you, we have prepared the list of the best cycling apps.
Strava is one of the most popular activity tracking apps that allows its users to record and upload their rides, run and analyze their training with all the stats, and view activities of their cycling mates. One of the greatest benefits of this app is the real-time data delivery. You will receive detailed information on your speed, pace, distance traveled, elevation gained, and of course, calories burned. Moreover, it can be used on various devices. You can install the app on your iOS or Android smartphone, as well as on a newer version of Garmin Edge or Wahoo Comp. You can also follow your friends and view their routes and progress, just like on social networks. You can add photos of your trips and view photos of others. This is just a great feature that will help you find not only inspiration but also new exciting routes. Strava displays leaderboards with time scores for so-called segments, popular stretches of roads or trails. This app is free, but there is also a pro version for $5/month.
Cyclometer is another great app. What is remarkable about it? It is a great helper while riding. It will keep your focus on the route like a coach who motivates you to ride. It has configurable sound notifications that help you stay in the zone. Cyclometer supports different types of activities, from running and cycling to skating and even skiing. You can also set up various kinds of training, such as interval or tempo. The app measures your time and distance traveled. It records your heart rate, speed, cadence, and bike power using sensors. Moreover, it automatically records the weather. The app shows detailed maps, your stats, bar and pie charts so you can take stock of your training and track your progress. Cyclometer has a calendar that shows all your trips, and it notifies you when you should schedule your next ride. The app is free, but there is also a pro version for $10/month. It is available on both Android and iOS.
TrailForks contains a database of mountain bike routes. It has over 50,000 registered routes. The data is provided by users and published only after moderation by local trail associations. You can check the routes created by local cyclists and top trails nearby, as well as choose trails on a map color-coded by popularity. The app is integrated with the platform Pinkbike.com. You can access maps and information even offline. TrailForks displays your current location on a map and guides you along the route using GPS navigation. It also shows trail and route elevation profiles along with the grade of climbs and descents. Moreover, the app provides a lot of other useful information on regions and trails, including photos, videos, and condition reports. You can submit all this information as well. TrailForks also allows you to view your friends' ride logs, share your rides and routes with friends, add trails to your wishlist, and send your location on a map to a friend or emergency services. The application is free, but there is also a pro version. It is available on both Android and iOS.
All three apps have similar features, but they also offer a set of unique tools. We hope that our article will help you choose the app that works best for you. We wish you exciting rides and good training results.