2017 has been quite a long year and most of us are looking forward to a well-deserved break over December. If you’re a cyclist or mountain biker, you’re probably looking forward to hitting the road or some trails as a part of your holiday plans.
We’ve found the 10 best cycling apps for you to try this December. A lot of them will probably come just as handy in the new year!
1. Google Maps
One of the most popular fitness tracking apps out there, you might already have Strava on your phone. If you don’t, this app records your ride and provides your speed, distance and other metrics, and also allows for a comparison of your ride to the rides of others who have done the same route. You can also follow the progress of friends who are cyclists. Get it for iOS or Android.
Endomondo is another activity tracking app that is very popular because of its simplicity. Track your heart rate, calories burned, speed and the duration of your ride, and keep a log of all your training sessions. Available for Android or iOS.
4. Garmin Connect
Pair your Garmin Edge GPS unit with this app to use Garmin’s Livetrack feature, and let others know where you are on your ride. The app also allows sharing with other apps like Strava and MyFitnessPal, and you can keep a detailed log of your training sessions. Get it for iOS and Android.
Ever wonder what your ride looks like from a different vantage point entirely? Relive imports ride details along distances of 10km or more, or times of 12 hours and more, to create a detailed video of a moving map along the route you biked or cycled. Pretty cool, we’d say. Download it on iOS or Android.
6. My Virtual Mission
If you’re training for a specific race or would like to accomplish a major training goal over a period of time, My Virtual Mission is the app you want to download. It allows you to cover a certain distance – biking from the east coast to the west coast of the US, for instance – over a certain period of timetime, and plots the distance you complete in a session onto a map of the virtual mission you ultimately want to complete. Get it for Android or iOS.
7. Bike Gear Calculator
Are you more of a thinker than an experimenter when it comes to optimising your bike for the best performance? Bike Gear Calculator allows you to see the numbers and compare tyre width, crank length, gear ratios, and figure out what the perfect number of teeth for your cassette is. Download it on iOS or Android.
Serious cyclists and fitness buffs know the importance of nutrition in sport. MyFitnessPal is more than just a food journal, though – it also logs steps and exercise to give you a holistic look at the amount of calories you consume daily. Get it for Android or iOS.
Far too many people in the modern era are chronically sleep-deprived. SleepBot analyses your sleeping patterns to give you an overall view of your sleeping habits over time, and also has a smart alarm function that wakes you up at the optimum time. Download it for your iOS or Android device, and feel refereshed and rested for all your rides this holiday season.
10. Find My Friends
Real-time updated maps in this app allows you to find your friends on the route, wherever you are, provided they are also using the app and have given you permission to find them. Find My Friends is also an app that helps ensure safety on rides. If a friend has been in the same place for 30 minutes, you’ll know something’s up. Download it on iOS, and remember to tell your friends!