With so many apps available for today's cyclists it's hard to choose the right one. We have decided to help you here a bit. Below is a list of best apps, defined by categories, that each serious cyclist should have on his or her smartphone:
Strava is without a doubt today's #1 workout tracker (not only for cyclists, but for any kind of workout you can virtually imagine).
The application does not only have a fancy interface, but what many of similar services lack - a huge community of engaged and more importantly, contributing members. This huge social component places Strava way above the competition.
There's a Premium version that allows to integrate with 3rd-party devices like heart monitor in real-time, set custom goals and much more.
Price: Free (there's a Premium version, too, for $59.99/year)
Map My Ride
Map My Ride is another great application for cyclists. It has not that appealing interface compared to Strava, but functionality is very similar. Routes library is probably even bigger.
On the downside, free version is packed with ads. But still, for the cyclists just starting to track their workouts, it's more than enough.
Price: Free (MVP version gives you more analysis opportunities and costs $29.99/year)
Bike Computer does what any, well, any bike computer will do - it provides real-time data about your ride in a sleek and accessible interface.
It can integrate with Strava for logging your workouts and external HR monitors to give even more data.
Another great feature is great-designed embeds for sharing on social networks with your friends.
Price: Free, with Premium version available
This the app for outdoor cyclists among us. ViewRanger has best topographic maps in the world which are priced very reasonably for the amount of details they have.
A great feature of this app is Skyline, an amazing implementation of augmented reality that shows you routes in real-time on your phone screen.
As of now, topography maps (for offline use) are only available in Canada, but hopefully, developers will add more countries soon.
Price: Free, detailed maps are extra fee
First aid by British Red Cross
We hope you will never have a chance to use this app. However, it only needs around 60 megabytes of space on your smartphone, so just download and let it sit there, just in case.
What this app does, is self-explanatory. It has all the instructions you need to perform first aid.
Even better, it works 100% offline.
DIY cyclists who like to do bike maintenance and repairs by themselves will like this app. Those who would like to learn, would love it too.
This app is another reminder that you should always have your essential toolkit for basic bike-related job somewhere with you.
Detailed and well-structured videos on how to perform any bike-related job for only five bucks? We're in!
Maps.me (previously known as MapsWithMe) is an app that offers the most detailed offline maps for free. You can import your pins from Google Maps or any other app that supports .kml format.
Level of details is very impressive. On this app we were able to find tracks that were invisible on major (even paid) apps.
On the downside, search functionality could work better - even if specific POI is present on your downloaded map, there's a chance you won't find it via search.
Another great app for outdoorsy cyclists. It allows to plan your biking adventure, has offline maps and seamlessly integrates with other tracking devices and apps. Turn-by-turn navigation makes things so much easier on hard trails.
The app's goal is to give you best adventure possible, so don't expect shortcuts and fastest routes.
First region is free, extra ones available via in-app purchase.
Price: Free (first region), extra is paid
Relive app allows you to create a great-looking video of your ride by uploading data from tracking devices and apps.
Of course, once generated the video can be uploaded to your favorite social media or sent directly to friends.
You can have a look on demo here.
This is quite an interesting try to combine local city guide (the app is available in 450 cities worldwide) with tracking and navigation.
One of the advantages is a growing community of contributing users.
The application is paid and costs anywhere between $3.99 and $4.99 per city.
Price: Free (first region), extra is paid
Bike Fast Fit
Amazing app for those who want to analyze their riding position from a scientific point of view.
It allows you to shoot the video of you cycling right from the app and after that, analyze it with mathematic precision - angles, etc.
You will need a trainer stand. Also, it's only available for iOS.
Another bike computer app that is now available on Android (there was iOS-only version before).
If you like to attach your phone to handlebar while cycling, it provides a plenty of detail about your ride.
The level of detail and all the graphs, maps and integrations it provides will impress even sophisticated cycling geeks.
Price: Free, in-app option to upgrade to Elite version
Since Google allowed to download offline maps a couple years ago, its app became quite popular.
Even when offline, the quality of routes is great, but when you have a chance to download data it becomes very hard to compete with Google Maps.
In combination with any other map that gives access to OpenStreetMap data, you will have best possible coverage for all your map needs. Yeah, and it's absolutely free.
We hope you will find this selection of applications helpful. Do you think we missed something and another favorite cycling app of your should be included in this list? Let us know in the comments below!