Back in 2009 I wrote one of the most popular posts on London Cyclist that we’ve ever had. Since then, I’ve been meaning to update it. Today, I want to present to you a new list of iPhone apps for cyclists. Take a look, download, share the article, enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments!
For Android users we’ve got a list here.
Repair your bike using your iPhone
As I’m a shameless self promoter, I’ll start off with my iPhone app, Bike Doctor. For £2.99, the price of an inner tube, you get a comprehensive guide to bike repairs. The instructions are written in a simple and easy way to follow manner, with a clear picture demonstrating each step. Additional useful tips such as how to avoid the most common maintenance errors and how to prevent punctures are included. The iPhone app has been downloaded by over 15,000 cyclists and has received lots of enthusiastic, 5 star reviews.
Push yourself and track your cycling
The Strava iPhone app is bound to bring out the competitive side in anyone. The app contains all the usual functions you’d expect in a bike computer. It uses the iPhone GPS to track your ride and displays the usual stats such as distance travelled, speed and calories expended. Where things get really clever however, is how Strava uses the data it has collected from different cyclists. Segments are set up along routes and you can compete with fellow cyclists in the rankings. For example, there’s a counter clockwise segment around Regents Park that you can compete with over 1000 other cyclists on. I’m always looking to connect with more of my fellow cyclists on Strava and you can find my username here.
TomTom GPS for cyclists
How would you like a turn by turn navigator for cyclists? Would you like it if it picked out specific, more quiet back routes that are often better for cycling? Now, how would you like it if such a fantastic and complex app was complete free? Well, unbelievably, it’s all possible with the BikeHub app! Apologies, for the cheesy TV commercial style introduction! The BikeHub iPhone app combined with an iPhone bike mount is a game changer for cyclists. Download this app today, grab an iPhone bike mount and thank me later in the comments!
Find London’s best bike shops, cafes and workshops
I need to update this section to include information on the London Cyclist app!
Follow cycling routes
One of the first iPhone apps for cyclists to hit the app store, was Cyclemeter (£2.99). Since then, the developer has been tirelessly updating it with new and amazing features, all the while keeping its simple appeal. Nowadays, I tend to use Strava for tracking my cycling, but Cyclemeter remains the best app for importing cycling routes. I can research great bike rides and then import them easily in to the app, by emailing myself the KML or GPX file. Then, I simply tap the attachment and choose to open it in Cyclemeter. With the ride on my iPhone screen, I attach my iPhone bike mount and off I go!
Find your nearest cycle hire bike
Cycle Hire is an iPhone app for cyclists by a good friend of mine Alexander. The app shows you the nearest cycle hire docking stations and at a quick glance you can see if any bikes are available and if there’s any space to leave your bike. The iPhone app also has a simple reminder function, so you know when it’s time to return your bike without paying more. It uses Open Street Maps so it’s available even when you don’t have cellular reception. Finally, it’s everyone’s favourite price: Free!
Discover amazing cycling routes in London
The London Bike Rides iPhone app shows you the best cycle routes London has to offer. From short interesting rides around the quirky sights of the city, to training routes for road cyclists along quiet country lanes, in the outskirts. It’s all covered in the app.
Cycle training coach on your iPhone
The £2.99 CoachMyRide iPhone app aims to bestow you with the knowledge of cycling coach Lionel Reynaud. A useful app for any cyclists who want to improve their times.
Viewranger Outdoors GPS
For mountain bikers and general outdoor fans, the OS Landranger maps are unmatched for detail. The Viewranger Outdoors iPhone app will give you access to them. However, do be aware that these maps are rather expensive to download and therefore the app will not come cheap.
Know when the sun is going down
The Daylight iPhone app is a useful app for cyclists. It tells you when the sun is coming up and going down, so you can plan your cycling. This is particularly useful to touring cyclists.
Fill that pothole
Report potholes to the CTC using the Fill That Hole iPhone app.
Manually track your cycling
If you like to manually log your training rides, runs and swims then the Active Goals iPhone app for cyclists will appeal.
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