Best cycling apps for iOS and Android: turn your phone into a bike computer


Regardless whether you are cycling for sport, leisure , or commuting, you most probably want to keep track of your progress. Dedicated bike computers with GPS are nice and all, but the good ones are a bit expensive. And admit it, you won't put a no-name bike computer on that aluminum Specialized bike of yours, right?

So, smartphones it is then! Yeah, they are smart enough to do the job just fine, as a multitude of biking apps have existed for a while now. Most riders swear by Strava, arguably the most popular and widely-used app by bikers. While we are huge fans, we can't overlook the fact that it's not the only bicycle app around. What's more, is it really the best one around?

As we usually do, we will provide you with options!

Strava 

Download on Android | iOS

Strava, as we mentioned above, is the go-to app for the majority of bikers out there. It allows users to create routes and follow routes, as well as distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burned. You can create goals to keep yourself motivated, and most importantly, see how your friends fare and compare yourself with them, because who doesn't like some competition? Just don't forget to put an appropriate name for the ride. What's even niftier is that you can pair an ANT+ compatible gadget to further improve the accuracy of the app. For example, if you have an ANT+ cadence meter on your bike's wheels, Strava can pair with this one and show you more accurate speed reading. Strava also has an Apple Watch app.


Runtastic Road Bike

Download on Android | iOS

Unsurprisingly, Runtastic's bicycle app uses the GPS of your phone in order to make its mojo. It is monitoring your current progress and shows the distance you've covered, the speed, elevation gain, and calories burned, which are essential features for any bicyclist. There's a voice coach feature that keeps you updated, as well as auto-pause, and integration with Open Street Map, which means that you can download a trove of local maps and use them to get around. You can also use the app with a compatible cadence meter or a heart rate sensor.


Map My Ride

Download on Android | iOS

Map My Ride does the same things that almost all other cycling apps do: it uses your GPS to measure your speed, distance, route, and calories. Why should you consider it? Well, it has some outstanding features - you can control your music from it and the calories you've burnt will be directly supplied to MyFitnessPal, so that you get a fuller picture of your everyday calorie net gain. Additionally, you can use Map My Ride to track over 600 activities, not just cycling, so there you have it.


Cyclemeter

Download on iOS

A complete cycling app that comes guns blazing with an Apple Watch companion one. As the rest of the cycling apps we've listed so far, Cyclemeter for iOS also relies on your GPS to keep track of business. Distance, pace, calorie expenditure, and route are all covered. What some users might not like is that it requires a subscription and its free version does not offer all features right off the bat.


Garmin Connect

Download on iOS | Android

The official companion app for connected Garmin devices is available on all major platforms nd provides you with the usual kind of data. Speed, route, and distance are tracked, though you will need a Garmin wearable in order to make use of it. One of out favorite features of Garmin Connect is its live tracking feature - simply head for a ride and your friends will be able to check out your progress on Google Maps on the fly.

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12 Comments

1. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

STRAAAAVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

2. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

Gamin! :) love it

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Mapmyride is awesome. It offers very nice features and it doesn't cost a dime. It shows the route I took, my speed, miles covered, calories burned and even works with some fitness bands. While wearing headphones, you can here the app, read to you he miles you covered, and your speed and average speed. You can create an account or use Facebook. You can also set the app to automatically post your progress to FB at the intervals of miles you set. FREE!

4. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Really!? Facebook! Fabulous... >Throws up

8. OscarHUGar

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Anything but Hangbiker, please … ahahha…. I just somedays take the long road to home , my agm x1 ( great rugged phone), some music and enjoy the afternoon :)

10. solesolesalva

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

Oh cycling ... so much time without doing a good afternoon :( ! ... btw: usually rugged phones were great for its time; expensive but worth it… were also kinda rare not so much time ago,,, Have you seen the agm line ? They remember me this one: but since they are waaaaaay cheaper but still pretty good and waterproof ! ip68 and now the x1 has a Gold version or so with a 5k battery :O Nice article! TY for sharing

5. KrugZnak

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2016

VeloPal is actually the ONLY app the tracks your workouts with the Garmin like accuracy. Fully customizable stopwatch. They use a new smartphone technology for tracking your workouts.

6. michelbobard

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

I think you should add "WM Sports" to your ranking. It is a very good application, multi-sports and especially 100% free and without ads. Available for Android and iOS.

7. ajuliusdota

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

I love the social aspect of STRAVA to compete with other cyclists! I get on the bike; my headset on, agm x1 (a phone that endurance falls, water, aaaalll) some water … and I lose a few hours in the road ♥

9. OscarHUGar

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Thanks for the article! To me Strava is the best!! I love the social component of it :) I use it on my AGM X1 check it out!! It has Octa-Core 1.5 GHz, 4GB ram, 64GB mem ( review on the phone here: thatagmdude.blogspot.com/2017/03/RDeen0Xagmx1part1​.html)

11. solesolesalva

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

Great idea, man. Now I strongly prefer a waterproff rugged phones for a cycling trip , you know… falls, water and stuff : still remember my first phone falling straight into a puddle of rainwater. hahaha ... i didnt knew that much about cycling apps but i do recomend phones like the AGM x1: is quite good ! and not so expensive :S ... to me is perfect, honestly; but to be honest the specs are too much to me since i only listen music while i run.... but for work is amazing! check it out. Thanks for the article again :)

12. solesolesalva

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

Thanks for the article! To me Strava is the best!! i hope there released new versions too... I love the social component of it :) I use it now n my AGM X1 ... cool rugged cheap phone: check it out!! It has (Octa-Core 1.5 GHz, 4GB ram, 64GB mem :O ) ; i got it as a gift and cant leave it alone , didnt knew a phone could endurance that much... and is really cool since in my cycling to the beach i tend to kiss the sand quite .. .well a lot: and also resis water so... xD

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