Bike Your Way to Glory
Everywhere you look, bike lanes are being paved and docking stations are going up. People of all ages and ability levels are hopping on the biking bandwagon!
Cycling can save you money, torch calories, and whittle your waist. Check out these apps that will give you reason after reason to keep your car in the garage.
What happens when you’re 10 miles up a mountain and you hear a snap and a clang? Bike Repair features dozens of basic repairs with clear photos and instructions for quick fixes on the go. You can also collect all the information on your bike’s parts in one place, including maintenance history.
Even cyclists who can’t assemble an IKEA bookshelf will be able to help themselves out of a jam with Bike Repair’s help. This app even has a “what to wear” feature for your ride based on your current location, perfect for the cyclists who always find themselves too hot or too chilly.
Keep an eye on your splits, intervals, and zones with Cyclemeter. It’s an easy way to train for your first race or your hundredth and track your improvement over time. Cyclemeter collects a ton of data and presents it in colorful graphs and charts, leaving you with a wealth of information about your health and well-being. The latest version has a speed sensor that helps tracks your progress more accurately.
There are dozens of workout tracking apps on the market, but Strava’s slick interface and social aspects set it apart. Earn badges, compare your time and ability with other cyclists, and share photos of your best views on Instagram.
You can even keep track of your equipment usage so you know when it’s time to replace your tires or get your bike tuned up. If you have a Garmin tracker, it’s easy to link the two programs for even better analytics. This app also lets you track your activity from your Apple watch.
Map My Ride
If you love your spin class but are new to biking on an actual road or path, Map My Ride promises to help bring the best elements of a stationary bike’s computer to your outdoor adventure.
Unlike a lot of other tracking apps, it automatically stops the meter when you’re held up by a stoplight, preventing those weird spikes and valleys you sometimes see. You can also challenge your friends and compare workouts. With flyover views of your ride and sharing controls, it’s easy to see why Map My Ride is so popular.
If you use your bike to commute, this app is for you. Bike Hub helps you find the quickest and quietest routes and gives you step-by-step instructions on where to go. The app also has a built-in feature that lets you avoid hills so you can get from point A to point B quickly.
The app also lets you know where the closest bike shop is in case you have to make emergency repairs. This app is a must have for the on-the-go urbanite.
Planning a biking trip somewhere far away? Bikemap can help you get the lay of the land. With over a million user-submitted routes in countries across the globe, it shows these routes or lets you upload your own to share with other cyclists.
You can filter by description, distance, elevation, and difficulty level so you can find your ideal ride at home and abroad. You can also post and share your maps with social media.
CAA Bike Safety App
If you’re new to cycling, it can be hard to know what the rules of the road are. After all, they don’t teach that in drivers’ education! Learn how to use bike lanes, the best ways to signal your intent, and when you have the right of way with this helpful app.
The CAA Bike Safety app has tips for how to avoid collisions, good rules for cyclists to follow, and it even has tips for motorists who want to be safe around bikes. Test what you’ve learned with the quizzes provided so you can get out and enjoy riding fearlessly.
We selected these biking apps based on their potential to help people enjoy biking safely. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to biking. Together, this collection represents a valuable cross section of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are designed to help users have fun and bike safely.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) haven’t approved them unless otherwise indicated.