Cycling apps – five of the best

The miraculous exploits of Brits in the world of cycling has encouraged more of us to dust the cobwebs off the old bike. And there are plenty of mobile apps to help us explore our locale on two wheels.

 
 
 
 
  • Bike Repair app screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 19 July 2013, 16:48 BST

    Price: £1.03/£2.49

    Operating system: Android, iOS

    If you haven’t had the bike out for a while, it will probably need a bit of a tune-up before it’s roadworthy. Likewise it’s great to have a little knowledge in the bank for running repairs while you’re out in the countryside.

    The app has been designed for those with little prior experience and features 64 photo repair guides for wheel, chain, breaks and more, along with solutions for 87 common bicycle problems.

    It’ll save you a fortune on visits to the bike shop and means you won’t be ringing for a lift home the next time you get a puncture!

     

     
     
     

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  • Tour Tracker app screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 19 July 2013, 16:48 BST

    Price: Free

    Operating system: Android, iOS

    If you’re looking to follow the last nail-biting weekend of this years’ event in split-second detail, then look no further than this free app.  It brings live text commentary on all stages from CyclingNews.com and photography from the road.

    Elsewhere there are interesting maps of the stages, charting the altitudes, along with video previews of each stage.

    While the race is on, there’s live GPS tracking and live updates of splits, breaks and time gaps between competitors.

    When everyone has crossed the line and the race is complete, you’ll see video interviews, extensive photo galleries and copious coverage of the winner of the yellow jersey for the next stage.  

     
     
     

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  • Cycling Streets app screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 19 July 2013, 16:48 BST

    Price: Free

    Operating system: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    It’s simple: search for a place on the map and plot a route there and back again. Want to stop off for refreshments and a bite to eat along the way? Not a problem, you can schedule a break by searching for a place or postcode.

    The app will also plot a route that avoids hills, if you fancy an easier ride, while also picking the fastest or quietest routes to your destination.

    For the environmentally conscious Cycle Streets UK will also inform you how many grams of Co2 you saved by leaving the car at home!

    It’s worth noting the app costs 99p for Windows Phone owners.

     

     
     
     

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  • Map My Ride app iOS sceenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 19 July 2013, 16:48 BST

    Price: Free

    Operating system: Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS

    Map My Ride (free signup required) is an excellent GPS-based tracker and coach. Just hit record when you begin your workout, and the app will go to work. During the ride, you’ll hear voice announcements informing you of your speed, distance, time and calories burned and, when you’re done, you can share the mapped route and stats with friends on social media.

    If you’re really into it for the fitness you can set targets and the ‘coach’ will tell you to speed up if you’re not meeting them!

    You can also use the MapMyRide website to plan your route ahead of time, or pick existing routes charted by fellow cyclists.

     

     
     
     

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  • Size my bike app screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 19 July 2013, 16:48 BST

    Price: £3.77/£2.99

    Operating system: Android, iOS,

    Ever get off your bike with chronic back and knee ache? It could be that your old gears need a little oiling (as well as those on the bike!) or it could be that the bike you’re riding is too small or large for your body type. That could be fixed by adjusting the seat or handlebars, but you might need a new bike too.  

    SizeMyBike is a bike-fitting app.  Inputting six body measurements will help ensure your purchase is perfectly tuned for comfort or performance riding.

    It comes at a cost. But it’s also a lot cheaper than a professional sizing at a bike shop. So, get that tape measure out.

     
     
     

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