Bike not quite running how it should be? There’s an app for that? Lost? Yup, that too.

In fact there are now loads of cycling-specific apps for the iPhone, many of which are extremely useful. In no particular order, here are 10 of our cheapo favourites.

iMapMyRide, Apple iPhone cycling appsImapMyRide

One of the many free apps offering GPS, Imapmyride gives you the option of ant+ add-ons like heart rate, speed and power.
Pros: A great way to collate data from many sources if you don’t have a device currently. Live tracking of friends’ training, climbing, speed, distance, time, logged training, all of which can be linked to your user name on the website.
Cons: Reliant on strong GPS signal – as are all similar apps. Need a good phone signal to view map info live (it still records data without this).

Cycling Proficiency, Apple iPhone cycling appsCycling Proficiency

Safely should always be a priority, whether you’re a novice or an old hand. This app gives help in handling various situations, rules and laws, plus best practice tips.
Pros: Tips on how to tackle crossings, junctions, clothing, signs and the dos and don’ts of cycling on the road.
Cons: The roads, as we know, are not always as simple as black and white. Even with
this, safe cycling requires common sense.

Rapha Rendezvous, Apple iPhone cycling appsRapha Rendezvous

Designed to reduce the hassle of arranging rides, this app lets you plan, meet and let everyone know if you’ve punctured or are running late for whatever reason.
Pros: Accept/decline rides, see routes mapped out with time, terrain and start place. Message board. Message quickly with info – saving the guesswork of who’s first at the cafe.
Cons: Everyone you ride with needs an iPhone, or you’ll still have to resort to calls and multi-texts. 

Cycle Hire, Apple iPhone cycling appsCycle Hire

Finding Boris Bike parking space can be tough, so this app allows you to find the closest station near you with bikes/spaces available… which of course gives you a route to find it.
Pros: Many unique features which allow you to view favourite destinations, account balance, previous rides and routes. Live updates with directions to anywhere you want to go.
Cons: Chocolate teapot time if you never use the London Cycle Hire scheme. Only as accurate as the last time you checked availability. 

Size My Bike, Apple iPhone cycling appsSizeMyBike

This app uses your body measurements to give you the ‘ideal’ bike fit.
Pros: Simple to use – gives you two ideal set-ups, road and mtb. ‘How to’ section provides some set-up info. All you need to do is measure yourself!
Cons: Doesn’t take into account cleat position, handlebar size and obviously bikes will be
different sizes.

London Bike Shop, Apple iPhone cycling appsLondon Bike Shop

A one-stop shop for info on the capital’s local bike shops, with opening times and phone numbers.
Pros: Search by address, location and see if shops are open. Search history allows info sharing, and there’s a list of cycling cafes.
Cons: Only as useful as the accuracy of the info. No customer feedback or rating allowed. 

Bike Gear Calculator, Apple iPhone cycling appsBike Gear Calculator

A gear calculator to calculate gear ratios, gear inches, development and gain ratios using bike measurements. You can choose from a wide variety of wheel and tyre sizes.
Pros: Can find all variations of gear ratios, taking into account all tyre sizes and crank lengths. Select a gear at a certain rpm to find how long it will take to do various distances including one lap of a track, 250m, flying 200 TT, a mile and a kilo. Not got that gear combination? The swoop feature allows you to find the closest alternative ratio.
Cons: While Bike Gear Calculator is absolutely fantastic for the track rider, fixed wheel trainer or single-speeder, it’s of little use beyond this, and the skid patch calculator is truly ‘hipster’. 

Sleep Cycle Alarm clock, Apple iPhone cycling appsSleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Uses the iPhone’s motion sensors to wake you in the lightest sleep phase so you’ll feel rested and relaxed.
Pros: Monitor the pattern, time and quality of sleep. Wakes you during the lightest phase, up to 30 minutes before the alarm time, so you’re less likely to reach for the snooze button.
Cons: You may wake up earlier than you want (but not as dopey). Needs accurate, regular placement for long-term monitoring of sleep. 

iLands Majorca, Apple iPhone cycling appsiLands Majorca

A wealth of info for the training camp Mecca with plenty of pretty useful stuff.
Pros: Offline map, doctors and hospitals info, cycling routes and hire destinations, restaurant tips, and there’s even a beach finder for rest days.
Cons: English can be a little, shall we say, ‘interesting’, and for the most part, the info can be found elsewhere for free before the trip. 

Bike Doctor, Apple iPhone cycling appsBike Doctor

Designed to assist the new cyclist in basic repairs and save you money at the bike shop for things you can do on the road.
Pros: Gives a good step-by-step tutorial of your repair. Search to eliminate anything not relevant to you and your bike, and there are good illustrations with a checklist of tools you will need to use. Choose between, road, hybrid and mountain bikes.
Cons: Basic repairs are covered, but not many manufacturers’ higher-end product – but then, it is aimed at the novice rather than the seasoned cyclist. 

Handy apps: Other options
There are plenty more useful apps out there too, including these Tech team favourites…

Spirit level, Apple iPhone cycling appsSpirit level: 59p
Not able to get your saddle completely flat? A simple app that allows you to level anything correctly without the hassle of carrying an actual spirit level.

Instant Heart Rate, Apple iPhone cycling appsInstant Heart Rate: Free
Uses the camera to measure your heart rate – great for early-morning RHR checks when training hard.

Spoke Calc, Apple iPhone cycling appsSpoke Calc: Free
Calculates the length of bicycle spokes given the hub and rim dimensions as well as spoke crossing patterns. Really useful for budding wheel builders out there.

This article originally appeared in the April 21 2011 issue of Cycling Weekly maagzine


  • Douglas Pepelko

    How about the iPhone Spoke tensioner?
    True your wheels with sound!

  • daran

    I map my ride – what a waste of time. Tried the app for the first time today instead of runkeeper, hit record, starts recording, slip into my jersey – 30 mile ride – no record. Crap.

  • Mark Lecy

    What is the exercise app pictured in the magazine?

  • Sarah

    You missed mention of OS maps- you need OS maps in this country and they need to be on the device too, not online. I use OutDoors GB which does that- let’s you download any of the OS maps you want into one app. Keeps your position centre of map too. Records your route, duration, speed etc. Awesome for mountain biking and even road biking- quite often Google is hopeless in the countryside…

  • tazo101

    Iphone, Southerners, owt else needs saying?
    I need an app for London, maybe Garbage radar alert, Mugger alert, linked to Crime scene tape alert, Sleeping policeman app dont want you climbing an hill, ….
    Could go on but got to get out into that green lumpy stuff outside my front door…
    Iphone good god, all bling no brain!

  • David

    How did the OpenCycleMap based apps fail to make the list? CycleStreets is the one I use, but there are at least 3 others. Very useful for planning quiet routes, shows the route profile, and takes hills into account when calculating how long the journey will take.

  • Velosaurus

    Have they really tried the Cycling Proficiency app? I suspect not. after reading the “comics” write up I downloaded the app and it’s CR@P! I deleted it within minutes.

  • Mother’s Pride

    Perhaps, for the Northerners, you could do a review of fountain pens and writing paper?

  • Jasper

    Yes, can we have a review of Android apps too please? And maybe you could split the site into a UK south and a UK north version, so that we retarded Northeners don’t get in the way of those progressive Southern types 🙂

  • Mother’s Pride

    Two capital-based apps is the minimum we would expect. They’re apps Hovis, for progressive types, usually southern-based. I didn’t even know that Northerners had telephones!

  • Warburtons

    Hovis – There’s ‘no way’ you’d go to London?! Did your mum tell you it was full of scary people with sharp teeth or something? Look forward to your Yorkshire cake app.

  • Hovis

    I might go to Majorca, but London! No way. You guys need to get out into provinces a bit more and realise that a ‘Top 10’ with two capital based apps ain’t much use to most of year readership. I’ll let you know when the cakestopsofyorkshire app is ready!

  • Vic 20

    Yes, and how about a top 10 of Commodore Vic 20 programs for cyclists

  • Si

    How about a review of some android apps? We’re not all iPhone daft you know.