The best cycling apps can be hard to locate because new options are constantly flooding onto the market. Whether you want to record your ride, monitor your training, or hassle your local city council to improve the roads: there's an app for that.
Below is a list of the most useful cycling apps we've found - but there are new creations appearing every week.
If you're using one that isn't listed, let us know in the comments. The more supported platforms the better: iPhone and iPad (iOS), Android, Windows, or whatever.
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The best cycling app for ride tracking
One of the most popular GPS cycling apps offers an array of handy ride logging functions which are then uploaded to your online Strava profile.
The free app keeps track of your ride stats as you travel, including speed, time and distance all the while tracking where you've been. At the end of your ride, you can view further stats such as calories burned and elevation ridden - plus whether you have set a new record on any of the numerous Strava segments.
For more in-depth look at your training there's Strava Summit; which has recently consolidated from the three-tiered subscriptions into a single option. The new Strava Summit now includes HR and power analysis, advance metrics, personalized fitness dashboard, live segments and leaderboards, access to the route builder, beacon and personal heat-maps and more.
The best cycling app for planning routes
Komoot can be used on the desktop as well as via an app. There's over 10 million users worldwide, and this user fed system allows cyclists to log rides which will later help future riders plan their own.
The app will show riders which routes are suitable for road vs mountain bikes, the level of fitness required to complete them and more. To plan a route, you simply select your riding style, pick your start and endpoints, and let Komoot do the rest.
Additional features include cafe stop recommendations in the 'Highlights' section and additional images and information, if supplied by other users.
Using the app or website is free. Users can choose to pay for Premium features, these include voice navigation, offline maps, free map updates and tour export for your GPS device. Payment is via region, with a single region at £3.99 /$3.99 and the whole world at £19.99 / $29.99.
The best cycling app for tracking training
TrainingPeaks is one of, if not the most, popular platforms used for tracking athlete performance. Coaches can input workouts, or if you're self-coached you can use it yourself. If your currently neither, you can even buy training plans or find a coach directly on the platform.
The Training Peaks app is considered more of a useful add on to the bigger desktop version, and means you can always access your training schedule, see coaches comments or add your own.
The basic platform is free to use for athletes, but if you want a little more in-depth analysis or schedule activities for future, you do have to upgrade to the Premium for version for approx £7.69 /$9.92 a month, coaches have their own pricing index which starts at approx £14.72 / $19 a month.
Working with a Training Peaks coach will set you back a little more, with monthly packages starting at £92.17 / $119 a month with a £76.68 / $99 one-off start-up fee.
The best app for time triallists
Perhaps this is a bit of a cheat, as myWindsock isn't available as a phone app yet, but the desktop version works well.
The founder - Ben Norbury - wanted to check how weather conditions would affect his upcoming time trials, hence creating the application.
MyWindsock can tell real-time data on the weather along your planned route, if you upload a GPX file. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the URL for a Strava segment into this clever piece of software to see what sort of conditions you can expect, and how many Watts the wind is costing you as a percentage of your power output.
There's a dedicated Cycling Time Trials page with course forecasts (with live updates) for you to check your upcoming race on. It's still in the process of being updated with all the UK courses and events, so if yours is missing, just email it to over to the guys at myWindSock and they'll happily include it for you.
Other perks include feeding myWindsock a Strava leaderboard, to see which weather conditions have produced the fastest times, and when to have a crack yourself. As well as the newest feature of a myWindsock Planner, where you can add all your regular rides and races and get a 10day forecast.
The free to access version will give you access to current wind conditions, along with Strava, GPS, Komoot and one file update a day, as well as the top 10 Strava leaderboard, and hill and wind navigator. The Premium option from £19.99 / approx $27 a year or £2.99 / approx $4 a month will also give you access to unlimited file uploads, Strava Leaderboard weather data, in-depth metrics and charts, virtual partner, multiple rider profiles and even aero field testing, to see the impact of minor (or major) set up changes.
Available for:currently desktop only Price: Free (premium version for extra features) Website:www.mywindsock.com
The best cycling app for hire bikes UK
This independent app developed by Alexander Baxevanis is a must-have for anyone that regularly uses the Santander London Cycle Hire scheme, particularly if they use an array of routes.
Not only will it help you plot a cycle-friendly route to a Cycle Hire docking station in any given area, it will also tell you how many bikes and spaces there are on an easy-to-follow map.
You can also use the app to view your Cycle Hire account details, including recent journeys.
The best cycling app for hire bikes in the US
If you live somewhere in the US that has a bike-share system, or maybe even more than one, Migo offers a consolidated view of every available share bike in your area — it's especially useful for dockless systems.
The Migo app saves you from having to download every company's app to find out where its bikes are located, and if any are available. Plus it shows the information on public transport and shows rates for buses trains, and other options like car share and taxis too.
The best cycling app for road safety
Busby is a free safety cycling app that offers features such as incident detection, incident prevention, by alerting other road users to your whereabouts, and easy to use near-miss reporting. If a user is involved in an incident, Busby gives them 30 seconds to move or respond. If there is no response their location is sent to emergency contacts so help can arrive quickly.
The latest version has users in over 24 countries, 6 continents and has already saved three lives to date, and is also compatible with activities such as running/ jogging, motorcycling, horse riding and scooters.
Partnered with What3Words and St John Ambulance in the UK, if an incident occurs the user's location is sent using an exact 3m x 3m location anywhere in the world. If the user is still conscious, they will also see the St Johns Ambulance 10 safety steps to ensure they are in the safest possible place whilst help is on the way. It's a location tracking system that an ever increasing number of emergency services have adopted around the world for it's pin point accuracy, enabling a swift response.
The Busby app incorporates 'RoadRadar', which has the ability to provide commercial fleet drivers an audible warning that a Busby road user is nearby, to help prevent any potential incident and human error. The advanced audible warning radius gets bigger and smaller depending on the drivers location (ie. City centre will be 5 meters and country road can be up to 200 meters).
The Busby Flare feature is for users who haven't had a serious accident but needs help. Sending out 'Flare' will alert surrounding partnered bike shops, mechanics and users (within 5-10 miles) that another user needs help.
Busby app also rewards cyclists for staying safe and currently offers discounts on brands like Muc-Off, Craghoppers, Blacksheep, Giant, QuadLock, Selle SMP, Altura, Limar, Giro, Bikmo and Pedal Sure insurance.
The team behind the Busby app are already behind the scenes on the next updates with a Group Ride feature coming soon. Allowing your club/ riding buddies to create cycling groups and set a maximum radius around the group, so if a rider goes outside the radius, then the whole group receives a notification. Available for:Iso and Android
Price: Free (or £1.99 / approx $3.61 a month for up to five emergency contacts)
Other really good cycling apps
Ride With GPS
Launched in 2007 Ride with GPS will handle in depth ride analysis, turn by turn navigation, and even has Garmin Varia compatibility.The real strength of RidewithGPS though is in its extensive library of user uploaded routes.See where others have ridden then create a route that works for you and send it your smartphone or bike computer of choice.
Bikemap brings together over 5.5 million cycling routes in more than 100 countries, providing navigation for riders of all kinds - for road, to mountain bike, 'cross and more. You can browse popular routes nearby - and Bikemap has over 3 million users worldwide. You can also search for bike shops and public bathrooms. Upgrade to premium to save maps and view them offline.
Wattson Blue is a training app with a focus on recovery. You can use your phone's camera to record your heart rate variability. Changes in this can suggest overtraining, oncoming illness - basically signs it's time to back off. The app also asks you about your sleep, nutrition, and pairs with Strava to monitor your training load - then charting your activity and recovery levels over time.
VONCRANK lets you order a mechanic straight to your door anywhere within the M25 - ideal if you don't totally trust yourself, and your local bike shop is fully booked.
The on-demand app connects users with a network of qualified, approved mechanics who will meet you at your desired location to fix or service your bike. From an inner tube change to a full bike service, pick the job that suits you and the VONCRANK mechanic will do the rest.
Like VONCRANK, Velofix is a mobile mechanic service that comes to you. While it's not an app per se, the website is set up to be easy to use on your phone.
It's as simple as typing in your zip code, tapping what kind of service you're after, selecting a date and time and entering your contact details. Even better, all Velofix mobile shops are equipped with a coffee machine and Wifi so you can sit with your mechanic, socially distanced of course, and learn maintenance tips from a pro.
Use the Wahoo app to track your rides, and pair it with Bluetooth sensors like heart rate monitors, speed sensors and some power meters. If your devices use ANT+, then Wahoo has a Wahoo Key plugin you can use to pair them too.
Wahoo's app is compatible with others - like Strava, MyFitness Pal and Training Peaks, so you can upload your ride there too.
There's a multitude of customizable pages so you can see all your data, plus GPS maps on board too.
This app allows experts and enthusiasts alike to add routes, which users can browse from anywhere in the world.
In-app purchases mean that users can buy premium maps provided by the Ordnance Survey. The files are quite large so you’ll need to ensure there’s plenty of space on your smartphone.
The app has really good versatility: use it for road riding and mountain biking, but also for walking and hiking, and if upgrading to Premium there's the ability to have live-tracking (signal dependent) and to save unlimited offline maps, so no signal no problem.
Available for:iOS, AndroidPrice: Free, with in app map purchases and the premium option starting at £4.99 / $4.99 a year, but there's a 7 day unlimited OS map access to try before you buy. Website:www.viewranger.com/
This comprehensive fitness app utilizes the GPS functions of Apple devices to create a host of statistics to help you log and improve your cycling performance. Records speed, time, distance and has an extensive array of workouts to follow, making it a virtual training partner.
The app also includes built-in announcements, so that you don't have to take your eyes off the road to know how you're doing. Recorded data can be uploaded to Strava and other ride sharing websites.
Rather than just tracking and logging your activities, Endomondo is designed to be your personal trainer and as such features 'audio encouragement' to motivate you during exercise, including how you are performing against pre-determined goals.
As well as cycling and running, the app can also track around 40 other sports.
Garmin's Connect software provides a link between your mobile device and Garmin GPS device to share data. The connection can work both ways, with a compatible Garmin GPS able to display weather data and notifications on your handlebars.
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Data from the Garmin device goes into the mobile device, giving you a range of ways to display the numbers: charts, graphs, maps, etc.
LiveTrack lets friends follow your progress online as you are riding, and you can compete in weekly challenges and wirelessly upload activities.
Map My Ride
Map My Ride was one of the original ride-logging services, and despite fierce competition for space on your phone from the likes of Strava, it still offers a lot.
The app records a host of data from your ride, including distance, speed, elevation and a detailed route. All of this can be uploaded to the Map My Ride site for detailed analysis and sharing with other users, if you wish.
Like Strava, Map My Ride also includes timed sections, called 'Courses,' where you can try and set the fastest time.
Fill That Hole
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Few road cyclists can boast a pothole-free journey on their local roads, and up until the handy Fill That Hole app came along it was a struggle to report tarmac carbuncles.
Created by national cyclists charity Cycling UK, the plain-looking yet highly functional app allows you report the location of potholes, which are then forwarded onto the relevant local authority for attention.
You can also add a photo of the offending crater. We've tried it, and it works.
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs
The app of the best-selling book, 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, enables the user to locate and ride all of the hills featured in the popular publication. Info and stats are presented for each climb, and riders can see how they measure up against other cyclists as the app links to Strava's segment KOMs.
Bike Gear Calculator
The slick-looking bicycle gear calculator from Matixsoft allows you to compare gear ratios on your bike to optimize your set-up.
There are numerous variables that can be input, including tire width, wheel size and crank length as well as the more obvious number of teeth on your chainset and cassette.
It's not an app for everyone - but the technically-minded will love its graphs and calculations.
Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner
GPS navigation for cyclists, Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner will plot a route from your selected start and finish points using not only roads (omitting divide highways and freeways), but also bike paths and car-free roads, and there's four route options to choose from, such as the quickest or quietest routes.
The app is UK only at present and uses mapping from cyclestreets.net. We like the fact that you can choose a range of routing options from quickest route to quietest route, and it will avoid hills 'where possible'.
There's also a function to find bike shops in the locality.
The weather plays a big part in any cyclist's life. There are few cyclists who don't check the weather forecast before leaving on a ride so that they can select the right clothing and know what they're in for.
We've found the BBC Weather app to be simple and relatively accurate - the best of the weather bunch by far.
For those located outside the UK, Willy Weather is our goto weather app, providing detailed weather forecasts and easy to read rainfall, and wind speed and direction information.
St John Ambulance First Aid For Cyclists
This is one of those apps that you hope you'll never need. St John Ambulance has produced a free app that guides you through first aid treatment for a range of common cycling-related injuries, so that you can treat yourself or others at the roadside.
The app deals with a very wide range of injuries, giving step-by-step advice and diagrams, plus it tells you what to do in a serious emergency.
It's worth noting that the first aid advice is based solely on UK protocols and only UK emergency service numbers are provided.
First Aid - American Red Cross
The First Aid app is in the same vein as the St John Ambulance app. It provides 22 learning modules covering everything scrapes and bug bites to broken bones and heart attacks. Each module covers what you need to know to render aid using step by step directions, instructional videos and FAQs.
Should you find yourself opening the app for the first time in an emergency situation, each module has an 'emergency' section, that will show you the basics while you wait for help. The app also allows you to trigger a 911 call, and be connected to EMS at any time.
Indoor Cycling Workouts
If the weather or life juggling keeps you indoors, the CycleGo app is perfect for virtual training at home. No fancy hardware, connections or sensors required, just hop on an exercise bike and selected the workout.
Audio voice guidance motivates you, while on-screen information tells you what pedaling speed, resistance level, standing/ seated, jumps/ sprints - it's a spin class in your pocket. You don't even need to have phone service to use, so a great one for hotel gyms when you have to take what you can get.
Price: Between £2.79 / $3.99 a month, £23.99 / $34.99 a year or £48.99 / $84.99 for a lifetime membership.
My Virtual Mission
Rather than dealing with individual rides, My Virtual Mission allows you to set an ultimate goal and then work towards it. So, for instance, you can decide that over the coming few months you are going to pedal the same distance as riding from the east to the west coast of the USA.
Rather than actually riding it, you set up the virtual journey on the app, and every time you cycle (or run) it plots the same distance on a map of your virtual journey, adding rides on each time you do them.
As a goal-setting and motivational tool, it's good fun. You could also use it to set up a long-distance ride for charity fund-raising, with the app including a function to track how much you've raised.
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